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THE $100 STARTUP by Chris Guillebeau – Book Summary
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau has two key themes: freedom and value. Freedom is what we're all looking for, and value is the way to achieve it. The concept of having your own startup is the ultimate form of freedom according to Chris Guillebeau. He discusses different lessons on the road to beginning your own startup. With a focus on small ‘micro businesses,' this book has plenty of tips and advice for every step of the journey.
17 ANTI-PROCRASTINATION HACKS by Dominic Mann – Book Summary
17 Anti-Procrastination Hacks by Dominic Mann is a list written to help you stop being lazy, overcome procrastination and finally get stuff done. Procrastination is something everyone can relate to. Mann's list has different approaches, theories, and techniques that you can apply to your daily life to get more done and avoid the procrastination trap!
THE 4 DISCIPLINES OF EXECUTION by Chris McChesney – Book Summary
The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney is an excellent guide to removing the distractions of the day-to-day tasks in your day job and being able to focus on ‘Wildly Important Goals' and execute these excellently. Using real-life examples such as the ever-successful Apple and Steve Jobs, McChesney produces a straightforward and actionable step-by-step guide that could transform the way you and your team work.
THE 4-HOUR WORK WEEK by Tim Ferriss – Book Summary
The 4-Hour Work Week teaches techniques to increase your time and financial freedom giving you more lifestyle options. By automating a passive income and liberating yourself from unproductive tasks you can live the lifestyle of the ‘new rich' – one defined by having, doing and being what you want. Even for those people who have no interest in starting their own business, the principles in The 4-Hour Work Week can be applied to almost any situation or any environment you find yourself in. The ideas behind the 80/20 principle, outsourcing, elimination, and liberation will help you develop a much more productive mindset
THE 48 LAWS OF POWER by Robert Greene – Book Summary
The 48 Laws of Power examines 48 key steps to understanding how to use and enforce your power. These fundamental “laws” are a combination of actions, thoughts, and tactics that you can employ in order to ‘play the power game'. Greene understands and clearly outlines how power can be effective in furthering your business potential.
THE 5 SECOND RULE by Mel Robbins – Book Summary
In The 5 Second Rule Mel Robbins shares a useful tool that will help you in all areas of life. The 5-second rule can help you in those everyday moments of difficulty, uncertainty, and fear. It can help you improve your health, increase productivity and combat procrastination. Robbins helps you be courageous and step outside of your comfort zone. And most importantly, Robbins explains how easy it is to take control and make a change!
50 POSITIVE HABITS by Michael Chapman – Book Summary
50 Positive Habits to Transform you Life by Michael Chapman is a quick and easy to read checklist of things you can add to your day to improve your life by implementing positive thinking and actions. From fitness goals, mental habits, emotions, lifestyle, personal habits and developments, Chapman covers all areas of life. If you need convincing on introducing these habits, Chapman's book has great personal examples of why adding these simple habits has made his life better and what life would be like without them!
7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Stephen Covey – Book Summary
In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey examines what habits you can adopt to become a more productive person, organization or business.
A GUIDE TO THE GOOD LIFE by William Irvine – Book Summary
A Guide to the Good Life is an eye-opening read about how to live a happier and more meaningful life. The book challenges you to think about living life as an art. The art of living is a skill to be practiced (rather than “misliving” and failing to acquire the happiness you want).
ANYTHING YOU WANT by Derek Sivers – Book Summary
In Anything You Want, author Derek Sivers highlights the main lessons learned while building his business, CD Baby. This quick read is full of actionable and sometimes controversial lessons that go against the norm. Derek challenges conventional business thinking and turns a lot of assumptions on their heads.
THE ART OF NON-CONFORMITY by Chris Guillebeau – Book Summary
The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau is a great read about how to set your own rules and get a little bit more out of life. Guillebeau emphasises that too many of us ‘settle' for the lives we lead, we need to set our own rules and start living a life that you are passionate and excited about. Guillebeau discusses ideas that can help you on your journey to create a life that may be ‘unconventional' but allows you to reclaim control!
THE ART OF PEOPLE by Dave Kerpen – Book Summary
The Art of People is a guide written by Dave Kerpen on how to manage some of the most important people and relationships in your life. Kerne emphasises that people matter. They matter more than anything, in managing your job, career, life and relationships. People can make all the difference between an average life and a great life. This book has 11 handy tips on how to understand people, build better relationships and get the most out of relationships.
ATOMIC HABITS by James Clear – Book Summary
Atomic Habits by James Clear is a great read for anyone interested in self-improvement, particularly those looking for help with habit making or breaking! Clear analyzed top performers and scientific research in order to truly understand habits and how they work.
BUILDING A STORYBRAND by Donald Miller – Book Summary
This book aims to teach people how to sell their product or service. Even better, it shows how people can change the lives of their customers for the better. Most customers want this and the book will greatly assist you in performing this service. If you have some other endeavor, such as making a team or winning someone else's heart then there may be words of wisdom for you as well.
BUILT TO LAST by Jim Collins – Book Summary
In Built to Last Jim Collins examines a selection of ‘Visionary Companies’. He compares these to other companies and identifies what it takes to run a visionary company. Collins book is well researched, he debunks myths and examines key ideologies. It's an excellent guide to creating a successful business or organization that will prosper over a long period of time.
CRUSH IT by Gary Vaynerchuck – Book Summary
Do you have a hobby you wish you could do all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take those passions and make a living doing what you love. Now is the perfect time to cash in on your passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses in his hit book; Crush It.
DARE TO LEAD by Brené Brown – Book Summary
Dare to Lead is the bible for courage-building in the workspace. Leaders and teams alike face serious problems showing up vulnerable at work; instead, they sabotage themselves, killing innovation and creativity. This book is about owning your fears, choosing courage over comfort and whole hearts over armour, and building an organisational culture based on bravery & vulnerability.
DECISIVE by Dan & Chip Heath – Book Summary
Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath takes you through the decision-making process and offers advice on how to make better choices in life and worth. A four-step process helps to avoid common biases that are most likely affecting the decisions you make today. The strategies and tools in Decisive are useful and easy to implement into your life, and the engaging examples used are enjoyable and relatable.
DECLUTTER YOUR MIND by Barrie Davenport & S.J. Scott – Book Summary
DEEP WORK by Cal Newport – Book Summary
Cal Newport’s Deep Work is a fascinating read about the benefits and practical steps you can take to do more deep work. Unlike shallow work, that can give the false impression of productivity, deep work is much more conducive to increased productivity and getting the results you desire.
DESIGNING YOUR LIFE by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans – Book Summary
Designing Your Life is a book for people who want to claim control of their life, instead of living in somebody else’s. It’s a book for those who seek ways to live a more fulfilling life and squeeze lessons out of their daily grind. Above all, it’s a book for those who feel lost and can’t find a direction in their lives.
DIGITAL MINIMALISM by Cal Newport – Book Summary
Digital Minimalism is an ideal read for entrepreneurs who have a hard time focusing on producing their best work because of distracting technology. It’s a wake-up call for the younger generation, who have grown up in the anxiety caused by the digital world. If you want to hold long conversations and enjoy life without checking your phone every minute, then this book is for you, too.
THE DIP by Seth Godin – Book Summary
The Dip, by Seth Godin, is a quick and easy little ready that teaches you when to quit on ideas, and when to stick with them. If something is worth doing, there will be a dip and you need to learn how to navigate it successfully if you're going to come out the other side.
EAT THAT FROG by Brian Tracy – Book Summary
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy is a well written and easy to digest list of 21 tips to help you stop procrastinating and get more work done. This is a great guide for anyone who feels overwhelmed with work and doesn't know where to start. Brian Tracy shares different methods for planning and prioritising, shows you how to identify the most important tasks and tips for keeping focused.
EGO IS THE ENEMY by Ryan Holiday – Book Summary
Ego is the Enemy is a fantastic read about how on the road to success, we mustn’t let our ego’s become a controlling factor in the way we act and make decisions. The book is a great continuation on from Ryan’s last book, The Obstacle is the Way.
ESSENTIALISM by Greg McKeown – Book Summary
Essentialism by Greg McKeown is a must read for people interested in productivity and getting more done. It’s a real eye-opener which challenges you to think about what’s important and how you’re spending your time. The book guides you through the process of saying “no” to the “trivial many” so you can focus more on the “essential few”.
EXECUTION by Larry Bossidy – Book Summary
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy is a 3-part examination of what it takes for companies to succeed through strategies, processes, leadership and ultimately, execution. It is this which sets successful companies apart from those that fail.
EXTREME OWNERSHIP by Jocko Willink – Book Summary
Extreme Ownership is written by Jocko Willink, a SEAL leader who explains how the lessons he learned in combat are relevant to leaders in any role. The importance of team is emphasised, you are only as good as the men or woman behind you. This book provides fundamental leadership lessons through Willink’s insightful combat experiences and stories. Willink examines a number of leadership concepts that have been proven as effective in both combat and business scenarios.
THE FIRST TIME MANAGER by L. Belker, J. McCormick and G. Topchik – Book Summary
The First Time Manager by L. Belker, J McCormick and G Topchik is a great guide for anyone looking to step up in their career and take on the role of a manager. They cover different types of managers, different types of employees and discuss how to handle the transition from employee to manager. With plenty of tips and tricks on what to do and what to avoid this is a must-read!
GETTING THINGS DONE by David Allen – Book Summary
Getting Things Done is arguably the world’s most well-known book on productivity. The lessons in this book should be considered essential reading for anyone looking to pursue a more productive lifestyle. Normally when I write a book summary I outline the main points from each chapter. However with GTD, the book is jam-packed with information and ideas. In order to make this summary useful, actionable and concise I thought I would summarise the main lesson from the book as a whole instead of each individual chapter.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – Book Summary
Written by Sophia Amoruso, the successful owner of popular brand Nasty Gal, #GIRLBOSS tells the story of her road to becoming a GIRLBOSS, and aims to teach you how to learn from your own mistakes and from other people’s mistakes. To help you realise when to quit and when to ask for more. To encourage you to ask more questions and when to either follow the rules or re-write them. A guide to becoming a boss from a women’s perspective that is equally relevant in the man’s world.
GIVE AND TAKE by Adam Grant – Book Summary
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant is an interesting perspective on the three different types of people in life; givers, takers, and matchers. By identifying and assessing the different characteristics of each, Grant provides an interesting insight into who is actually more successful in life based on their approach. With real-life examples, Grant offers plenty of useful advice on how to navigate situations and get the most out of them while also contributing to others.
GOOD TO GREAT by Jim Collins – Book Summary
From the author of Built to Last, Good to Great outlines a model for turning a good, average or even mediocre company into a great one. The book includes a useful model which brings all the theory together in a meaningful and memorable way. By bringing together disciplined people, using disciplined thought and disciplined action companies can build up and break through the barriers that hold them back from greatness. The author, Jim Collins, and his research team put together a list of “good to great” companies which were compared to the “comparison companies” in order to determine what separates the elite from the rest.
GREAT BY CHOICE by Jim Collins – Book Summary
10 years ago, Jim Collins wrote, Good To Great. Recently, in collaboration with Morten T. Hansen, he has now written another book, based on nine years of research by a large team who he acknowledges. The book is called Great by Choice. In this book, they exhaustively ask why some companies thrive in conditions of great uncertainty, while others do not. In this work, they examine cases of companies who greatly outstripped their competition in conditions, which were very challenging.
GRIT by Angela Duckworth – Book Summary
Grit by Angela Duckworth is a psychological examination of the concept of Grit. A combination of passion and perseverance. She discusses how effort is often ignored, outshone by ‘talent’. When really, what is most important in life is the effort. Duckworth shares personal lessons learned, real-life examples and useful tips for raising your own children to be ‘gritty’. This book is a really good in-depth discussion about the psychology of talent, effort, and achievement.
GROWTH HACKER MARKETING by Ryan Holiday – Book Summary
The premise of Growth Hacker Marketing is that exponential growth as seen from the likes of Dropbox, Instagram and Facebook is not down to luck and it hasn’t come from traditional forms of marketing. Their rapid growth has been engineered from the beginning and despite being late entrants into their markets, these companies have succeeded using new age marketing techniques.
THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS by Ben Horowitz – Book Summary
Entrepreneur Ben Horowitz has written The Hard Thing about Hard Things as a guide to starting and running your own startup. He shares his own journey with many helpful insights on how to be a successful CEO, how to create a company with a vision, how to encourage work culture, how to hire, how to fire and many more interesting tips. A great read for anyone looking for business-hopefuls looking to start their own venture!
HOOKED by Nir Eyal – Book Summary
Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? Hooked breaks down the 4-step Hook Model, discusses the morality of manipulation and uncovers opportunities for innovation.
HOW TO WIN FRIENDS & INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carnegie – Book Summary
Everyone, and I mean everyone can learn something from How to Win Friends & Influence People. The principles in the book are simple, but something a lot of us fail to use or remember. This book will help you to convince people to your way of thinking, avoid arguments and become more liked. If you’re in a leadership or sales type role, I strongly recommend this book. HTWFIP was one of the first best-selling self-help books ever published. Written by Dale Carnegie and first published in 1936, it has sold 15 million copies worldwide.
INSPIRED by Marty Cagan – Book Summary
Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan is a well-written book detailing the process of creating a product, whether that be internet based or physical. Cagan starts from the beginning with the key roles of team members, takes you through the development process and finishes with marketing and selling your product.
I WILL TEACH YOU TO BE RICH by Ramit Sethi – Book Summary
I Will Teach You to be Rich helps you identify where your money is going and gets it working for you so that you can save for the things that will bring you true happiness and lead a rich life. The six-week program identifies how to create a system for optimising your bill payments, savings, and investments so that your money goes to all the right places with less than an hour of maintenance a month. Now, who wouldn't want to spend less time managing their bank accounts while at the same time knowing that your money is going to the places it needs to be. Automating your finances like this is incredibly rewarding and will save you heaps of time every month.
LEAN IN by Sheryl Sandberg – Book Summary
Lean In is written by Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. The book is an interesting examination of the current workplace and women's role within it. She identifies a need for women to be in leadership roles and explains the reasons why women both hold themselves back and are held back. Sandberg includes many examples from her own life, specifically working with Mark Zuckerberg and emphasises the importance of men supporting women in the workplace, and women supporting women. We all need to lean in.
THE LEAN STARTUP by Eric Ries – Book Summary
The Lean Startup defines a scientific methodology for running startups and launching new products. This new approach has been adopted around the world within startups and established organisations. Regardless of your role or company size, this is a must-read for entrepreneurs, marketers, developers and business leaders.
LEADERS EAT LAST by Simon Sinek – Book Summary
Leaders Eat Last is a fantastic read all about how leaders can create organizations and cultures that allow workers to go home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work that they do. By creating an environment built on trust, teams will pull together, again and again, to help their tribe not just survive, but flourish.
THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo – Book Summary
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a really interesting read all about being more organised and intentional with what you choose to own and how this can impact your way of thinking and perspectives on life. Tidying up and getting rid of your possessions can seem like a daunting task, but going through the detailed process in this book will help you to surround yourself with things that bring you true joy (instead of clutter, which causes unnecessary stress and headache).
LIMINAL THINKING by Dave Gray – Book Summary
Liminal Thinking by Dave Gray is a great book that challenges the way you think and the way you see the world. Gray emphasises that we all have a choice in how we see and navigate the world, and the first step to success is to engage in liminal thinking and allow ourselves to explore new opportunities.
THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG by David Schwartz – Book Summary
The Magic of Thinking Big contains the secrets to getting the most out of your job, your marriage, your family life and so much more. The book illustrates how you don’t need to be incredibly intelligent or unique to have all the success you want; you simply need to think in a way that cultivates success. By thinking big you can motivate yourself to improve your work life, earn more money and get more happiness and fulfillment out of life.
MANAGE YOUR DAY TO DAY by 99U – Book Summary
Should you answer that email, or answer your calling? Tune into social media, or tune into your own voice? Respond to other people’s needs or actively set your own agenda? When it comes to creative work, every decision, every day, matters. 99U brings together the insights of 20 creative experts to produce “Manage Your Day to Day”. Learn how to build a rock-solid routine, find focus and sharpen your creative mind.
THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR by Thomas Stanley – Book Summary
The Millionaire Next Door is a fascinating examination of the common characteristics of the millionaires living among us. Authors Thomas Stanley debunks the myths and will give you a detailed view of what real millionaires look like.
MINDSET by Carol Dweck – Book Summary
Mindset by Carol Dweck is a psychological examination of two different mindsets; the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. She discusses how these come into play and how they affect our lives. Deck's book goes into detail about how mindsets can be applied to all areas of life from schooling, work, relationships and parenting. At the end of each chapter, Dweck has leading questions and tips on how you can grow your own mindset. A must-read for anyone looking to expand themselves, grow and learn.
MINIMALISM by The Minimalists – Book Summary
Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life is written by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus – The Minimalists. Their book questions what it means to be happy and explores how life a meaningful life. By identifying and explaining five core values Joshua and Ryan offer useful advice on how you can take steps towards living a life full of happiness, passion, and freedom. Their book makes you take a step back and take inventory of your life, it can open your eyes to things you are doing, and things you own that may be getting in the way of your own happiness and freedom.
THE MIRACLE MORNING by Hal Elrod – Book Summary
The Miracle Morning is an instructional book all about how to create a morning routine that sets you up for success in every aspect of life. Now practised by thousands of people worldwide, the Miracle Morning is helping transform lives and create greater success for its readers. By using the morning to invest in and develop yourself, you to can live the Miracle Morning and start on your path to success.
MULTIPLIERS by Liz Wiseman – Book Summary
Multipliers is an excellent book for leaders who want to bring change in their organisation and the whole world. It will be a valuable tool for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders. Corporate executives will immediately see its relevance, but so will leaders in mid-sized businesses, for- and non-profit organisations, startups, and the government.
NEVER EAT ALONE by Keith Ferrazzi – Book Summary
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi is a guide to establishing and managing some of the most important relationships in your business life. These relationships can be used to open up new doors and opportunities, achieve great success and reach your goals. Ferrazzi emphasises the importance of networking, meeting new people and reaching out to people beyond your usual social circle.
THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY by Ryan Holiday – Book Summary
The Obstacle is the Way is a fantastic and instructive read all about how to overcome any obstacle or challenge and turn it into an advantage. From author Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way draws on key historical figures and stoic philosophy to communicate its message. No matter what background you come from, your area of expertise or goals for the future, everyone can learn a valuable lesson from this book.
THE ONE MINUTE TO-DO LIST by M. Linenberger – Book Summary
The One Minute To-Do List is a step by step guide for anyone looking to get more organised and aiming to manage their workload better. An easy to understand system is explained with different approaches. Michael Linenberger also gives options depending on what platform you wish to create your list; pen and paper, computer desktop or your smartphone. A quick, easy to read guide that can help you become a little bit more productive in your day-to-day life.
THE ONE THING by Gary Keller – Book Summary
The ONE Thing is a must-read for anyone interested in productivity and personal improvement. This book clearly defines why productivity is the perfect vehicle for getting what you want and living an extraordinary life. The advice in this book is incredibly practical and the full copy of the book is well worth the read.
THIS IS MARKETING by Seth Godin – Book Summary
This is a great book for anyone working in or interested in the marketing world. As Godin says: “Marketing is all around us. From your first memories to the moments before you began to read this book, you have been inundated by marketing. You learned to read from the logos on the side of the road, and you spend your time and your money in response to what marketers have paid to put in front of you.”
PASSIVE INCOME by Richard Gadson – Book Summary
Passive Income by Richard Gadson has 30 strategies and ideas to start an online business and acquiring financial freedom. Perfect for someone looking to escape the office and the 9-5 lifestyle. Full of tips and ideas on how to get started on your journey, this book covers everything from starting an online shop to selling eBooks on Amazon.
PEAK PERFORMANCE by Richard Gadson – Book Summary
Peak Performance by Brad Stulburg and Steve Magness is a great, inspirational read. There is a heavy focus on sport but this book is not just for athletes. All of the messages are relevant to anyone who wants to succeed in life, no matter what their path.
THE POWER OF LESS by Leo Babauta – Book Summary
The Power of Less by Leo Babauta is a guide on how to de-clutter your life and work to create more time for the important things. Leo explains how identifying the essential aspects of your life and eliminating all of the non-essentials can allow you to focus on goals and aspirations that can continue to change your life for the better. We live in a world that is fast-paced and very-full, this book helps show you that slowing down and having less can actually be beneficial.
THE POWER OF HABIT by Charles Duhigg – Book Summary
The Power of Habit is a must-read for anyone interested in training themselves to create new habits and rituals. This book clearly defines what a habit is and how we can shape, mold and change them for individuals, organizations and societies.
RE-AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN by Tony Robbins – Book Summary
Re-Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins is an inspiring read about how to live a happier, healthier more fulfilling life. In the book, Robbins discusses how to empower yourself by taking control of your emotions, values, and beliefs.
REMOTE by J. Fried & D. Heinemeier Hansson – Book Summary
Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is an examination of the emerging trend of remote working. They discuss the benefits of working remotely for both the employer and employee while examining common excuses. Remote offers plenty of advice on how to get your company started on having remote employees and also advice on how to manage your work if you are a remote employee. A great all-around guide to the new way to work!
REWORK by J. Fried & D. Heinemeier Hansson – Book Summary
Rework is a fantastic read for anyone interested in business, leadership, and entrepreneurship. It's very quick and easy to read. Each section is very concise; there's no fluff – just quick tips and actionable ideas. This is one of the reasons I love the book so much!
RICH DAD POOR DAD by Robert T. Kiyosaki – Book Summary
Rich Dad Poor Dad is a really interesting perspective on lessons learned from a Rich Man and a Poor Man. Including helpful tips on how to translate these lessons into real life and become rich yourself!
SLEEP SMARTER by Shawn Stevenson – Book Summary
Sleep Smarter is a quick and easy read packed with facts, studies and scientific insight all about getting better quality sleep. Shawn takes you through the essential components of a good nights sleep. The book also contains a few surprises about how much impact sleep has on your day to day health. When you improve the quality of your sleep, almost every aspect of your life improves, including, yes… you guessed it, your productivity. By the end of the book, you'll definitely be settling in for a good nights sleep.
SMARTER FASTER BETTER by Charles Duhigg – Book Summary
Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg explores 8 different concepts and how they can make a difference in your life. Outlining the ‘secrets' to being more productive by starting with motivation, focus, teamwork, goal setting, managing others, making decisions, innovation and finally, absorbing information. This book is a really good read for anyone looking to kickstart their productivity and improve their choices and actions in business and in life.
SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOU by Cal Newport – Book Summary
So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport is an interesting and engaging analysis of the correlation between passion and work. Newport argues that the concept of finding a job that matches your passion can actually lead to uncertainty, unhappiness and can potentially be bad advice. This book emphasises that possibilities of finding happiness and fulfillment in work that may not necessarily start out as your passion.
SPRINT by Jake Knapp – Book Summary
Sprint is written by Jake Knapp with help from John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz. These three have all been a big part of Google Ventures. Together, they have put together a guide for “solving big problems and testing new ideas in just five days”. You’ll find useful start-up examples including those from Slack and Blue Bottle Coffee. Knapp, Zeratsky and Kowitz have put together a must-read checklist at the back of the book that will assist anyone in this problem-solving, idea-testing journey.
THE START-UP OF YOU by R.Hoffman & B. Panocha – Book Summary
The Start-Up of You is written by Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of Linked In along with entrepreneur Ben Panocha. The book explains why you need to manage your own career as if you were managing a start-up business. Taking advice from start-ups, and the entrepreneurs who run them is key to accelerating your career in today's ever-changing and overly-competitive world. Well worth a read if you are looking to take control of your future and career path.
START WITH WHY by Simon Sinek – Book Summary
There are leaders and there are those who lead. Start With Why is about a naturally occurring pattern, a way of thinking, acting and communicating that gives some leaders the ability to inspire those around them. The more organisations and people who learn to also start with WHY, the more people there will be who wake up feeling fulfilled by the work they do.
THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK by M. Manson – Book Summary
A guide on how to let go a little bit and enjoy life more. To realise that we will suffer in life, not everything is always great, and this book will show you how to suffer better, more meaningfully and with more compassion. In The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Mark Manson is straight-up with his advice but when you have finished reading it, you will have a new lease on life. Most importantly, Mark Manson will help you pick meaningful values for your life and teach you that you don’t have to try anymore.
SUPERHUMAN BY HABIT by Tynan – Book Summary
Superhuman by Habit by Tynan is quite literally, a guide to becoming the best version of yourself, one tiny habit at a time. Tyne takes you through the process of building habits, choosing which habits to work on, maintaining, regulating, assessing these habits and staying accountable throughout the journey. Tynan has a useful section where he breaks down popular habits. He analyses the pros and cons; the feelings you will more than likely feel if you are going through the process of building these specific habits. If you are interested in building habits and looking for support and guidance, I recommend you download the book!
TED TALKS by Chris Anderson – Book Summary
TED Talks: The Official Ted Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson is an encouraging and relatable guide on how to give a good talk. Anderson examines the importance of public speaking and the joy it brings to both the speaker and the audience. TED Talks offers ways to plan and deliver a talk and to gain some more confidence in public speaking. Using examples from some inspirational TED talkers such as Jamie Oliver and Bill Clinton, this book is easy to read and full of useful advice, tips, and tricks.
THE THANK YOU ECONOMY by Gary Vaynerchuck – Book Summary
The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck is an insight into the changing platform of marketing. Vaynerchuck emphasises the importance of social media in any business venture. He debunks common criticisms and offers useful strategies. Vaynerchuck explains just how important company culture and employee happiness is on the road to running a successful business. The Thank You Economy has an entire section dedicated to real-life examples of companies putting the Thank You Economy into action; how using social media transformed their business.
THINK AND GROW RICH by Napoleon Hill – Book Summary
Think and Grow Rich examines the psychological power of thought and the brain in the process of furthering your career for both monetary and personal satisfaction.
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman – Book Summary
Thinking, Fast and Slow analyses two modes of thought; system one and system two. It examines emotional thought versus more logical thought and how this is evident over multiple platforms.
THE THIRD WAVE by Steve Case – Book Summary
The Third Wave by Steve Case is an insightful look into the future of startups and entrepreneurs in our ever-evolving technological world. Examining experiences from his own life, large global companies and recent stir-ups such as Uber, Case shares plenty of advice for those looking to achieve more and succeed in what he is calling ‘the third wave'.
TOOLS OF TITANS by Tim Ferriss – Book Summary
Tools of Titans is a fantastic read and there really is something for everyone in this book. Broken up into three sections; healthy, wealthy and wise, author Tim Ferriss deconstructs the habits, routines and daily rituals of the world’s top performers.
TOP OF MIND by John Hall – Book Summary
Top of Mind is a book for business leaders, public speakers, social media influencers, thought leaders, personal brands, and any company that wants to build meaningful relationships with its audience and industry influencers through a powerful content strategy.
TRUST ME I'M LYING by Ryan Holiday – Book Summary
Trust Me I’m Lying is an eye-opening book about how the modern media operates, the economics that drives it and how the system can be manipulated. Author Ryan Holiday details how he himself manipulated the media, by bribing bloggers, writing their stories, pretending to be other people and defacing his own advertisements to get the media writing the stories he wanted.
UNSHAKEABLE by Tony Robbins – Book Summary
Unshakeable is another excellent book from Tony Robbins. In this book, Robbins examines the current financial conditions and takes you through facts, figures and historical patterns to help you understand the market and its fluctuations. Robbins has tips for anyone looking to invest money and invest in your own future. Common misconceptions and mistakes are discussed so you know what not to do. Using his hand-selected financial ‘masters' Robbins supplements the information with plenty of real-life examples. The last section of the book is perhaps the most important – it's about how money doesn't bring happiness and fulfillment. Robbins has tips on how to master your mind and find inner peace.
THE WAY OF THE SEAL by Mark Divine – Book Summary
The Way of the Seal by Mark Divine identifies a number of skills that you can build on and develop. These skills align with the Seals way of life and will enable you to think and act like an ‘elite warrior'. These lessons in leadership and life are applicable to business, personal life and any challenges you may face. Mark Divine has a series of exercises and questions that will help you to develop the necessary skills. The Way of the Seal is an enjoyable and educational read for anyone looking to develop their leadership skills.
WHAT SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO BEFORE BREAKFAST by L. Vanderkam – Book Summary
Productivity researcher Laura Vanderkam has combined her three mini e-books into one comprehensive guide. Through Laura’s research and interviews, ‘What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast’ reveals how to plan your mornings, weekends and work time to achieve greater productivity and happiness. It was after reading Laura's book that I transformed my morning routine which is now one of my favourite times of the day. If you'd like to learn the most common productivity skills among the world's top performers, then this is the book for you.
WILL IT FLY by Pat Flynn – Book Summary
‘Will it Fly?' is a book for the budding entrepreneur, particularly one intending to use the Internet. The book attempts to answer the question and provide the means for finding the answer so that the embryonic tycoon can find out if his or her business idea will work. The book is very readable and is full of fascinating ideas based on the author's vast experience.
WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER by Timo Kiander – Book Summary
Working Smarter Not Harder by Timo Kiander is a quick read that identifies 18 different ways to improve your working day. Tips range from learning new valuable computer skills to understanding your own working patterns and rhythms. An easy-to-read guide that will help anyone increase their productivity one step at a time!
YOU ARE A BADASS by Jen Sincero – Book Summary
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero is an entertaining read with plenty of real-world advice. Her book aims to empower any readers and teach you how to stop doubting yourself and get stuff done. Sincero helps to identifies key problems in everyone's life, she then explains how best to combat these hurdles and live the best life you can. Whether you want to start a business, learn how to make extra money or get another job this book is an excellent guide!
YOU ARE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY by Jen Sincero – Book Summary
This isn’t your average how to make money book, this book really focuses on your mindset, thoughts, and beliefs. You are a Badass at Making Money is an excellent read for anyone looking for some financial advice with a decent sense of humour. Jen Sincero uses her own economic transformation to teach you what’s truly holding you back from making real money.
ZEN TO DONE by Leo Babauta – Book Summary
Zen to Done is Leo Babauta's response to two of the best and most popular productivity systems; David Allen's Getting Things Done and Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Successful People. Allen and Covey's books have been summarised already on my site, Leo Babauta's guide is an interesting and new take on the two systems, taking the best concepts from each and creating what Leo Babuata describes as ‘The Ultimate Productivity System'. Zen to Done is a relatively short E-Book that I encourage you to download and read in full if you are interested!
ZERO TO ONE by Peter Thiel – Book Summary
Zero to One by Peter Thiel is a must read for startup entrepreneurs everywhere. The book looks at how companies can engineer radical changes and in doing so, move the human race forward. Author Peter Thiel was the co-founder of PayPal, the first outside investor in Facebook and is now the co-founder and chairman of Palantir Technologies.