Books

A reading list of more than 100 great books organized by category. Some are life changing, others are light-hearted feel good books.

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10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

Make the present moment your friend rather than your enemy. Because many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment. And imagine living your whole life like that, where always this moment is never quite right, not …

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Arctic Dreams

The word “Eskimo” is from the French Esquimaux, possibly from eskipot, an Algonquian word meaning “an eater of raw flesh.” Some Eskimos feel this attribution puts them in a poor light with modern audiences and so uses other terms for themselves. “Inuit,” the most widely used of these terms, refers …

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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

In 1971, an American physiologist trekked intro the Copper Canyons and was so blown away by Tarahumara athleticism that he had to reach back twenty-eight hundred years for a suitable scale to rank it on. “Probably not since the days of the ancient Spartans has a people achieved such a high …

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In Patagonia

I climbed a path and from the top looked up-stream towards Chile. I could see the river, glinting and sliding through the bone-white cliffs with strips of emerald cultivation either side. Away from the cliffs was the desert. There was no sound but the wind, whirring through thorns and whistling …

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Into the Wild

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the …

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Meditations

Concentrate every minute like a Roman—like a man—on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can—if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your …

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Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)

The key is to let go of two things: grasping and aversion. Grasping is when the mind desperately holds on to something and refuses to let it go. Aversion is when the mind desperately keeps something away and refuses to let it come. These two qualities are flip sides of each other. Grasping and …

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The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

11 Ways to be Unremarkably Average

  1. Accept what people tell you at face value.

  2. Don’t question authority.

  3. Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something.

  4. Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England.

  5. Don’t try to learn another …

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Every time I read a management or self-help book, I find myself saying, “That’s fine, but that wasn’t really the hard thing about the situation.” The hard thing isn’t setting a big, hairy, audacious goal. The hard thing is laying people off when you miss the big goal. The hard thing isn’t hiring …

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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World

But why don’t we see leaves as black? Why don’t they absorb all the light? Chlorophyll helps leaves process light. If trees processed light super-efficiently, there would be hardly any left over—and the forest would then look as dark during the day as it does at night. Chlorophyll, …

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The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science

Humboldt’s books, diaries and letters reveal a visionary, a thinker far ahead of his time. He invented isotherms – the lines of temperature and pressure that we see on today’s weather maps – and he also discovered the magnetic equator. He came up with the idea of vegetation and climate …

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The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

I have learned from both my own successes and failures and those of many others that it’s the boring stuff that matters the most. Startup success is not a consequence of good genes or being in the right place at the right time. Startup success can be engineered by following the right process, which …

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to …

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The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

Old-school “networkers” are transactional. They pursue relationships thinking only about what other people can do for them. And they’ll only network with people when they need something, like a job or new clients. Relationship builders, on the other hand, try to help other people first. They …

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. People who enjoy the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape. People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it. People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the …

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Think and Grow Rich

Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.

More than five hundred of the most successful men this …

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