“Successful people have libraries. The rest have big screen TVs.” – Jim Rohn
An obsession with books is the path to intellectual distinction. To have new ideas, first acquire those of others.
I read 150+ books a year. Most books are terrible (I don’t finish those). Of the decent ones, a small fraction stand apart from others.
These are the game-changers, the paradigm-shifters, the real deals…
Below are my personal list of the best and the brightest. Each one of these has played a pivotal role in my own development. Enjoy…
- Antifragile by Nassim Taleb. Millionaire trader, philosopher, writer and weightlifter. By far the clearest and most unconventional ideas of our generation. My #1 favorite book of all time. Changed how I see the world.
- What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard Feynman A curious and playful physicist, womanizer and adventurous safe-cracker, Feynman had absolutely no respect for false authority. Did I mention he won the Nobel Prize in physics?
- Gateless by Sebastian Marshall. Sebastian is a dark horse. I call him “the best systems-builder nobody knows about.” I’ve read Gateless three times and I’m still taking notes. After you read it, grab a copy of Progression. The systems he uses for productivity, networking, planning, etc. are on a different level. Everything is extremely practical.
- How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams. From the creator of Dilbert, this is an intensive guide to Scott’s success systems disguised as a biography. This guy came to all the same conclusions I did: Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you get a few things right, you’re ahead of 99% of people. Worth reading twice.
- Letters from a Stoic by Seneca. Age-old letters from the great stoic philosopher. Seneca made himself into the richest man in Rome. Not enough? He was also the second most-powerful man in the world as advisor to the Emperor. Timeless wisdom in here.
- The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne. The father of the modern essay. Honest and inquisitive, he seems to cover every aspect of human nature in his wandering writings, but he always comes back to one core lesson: be skeptical—think for yourself.