To open my mind.
To change and become better.
Reading has changed me - the way I think, the things I believe, my choices. It has changed my life for the better. It has opened up my world and filled me with light and knowledge.
I am reading (or re-reading) one book a week this year.
Here are my books so far this year:
- Scrum: The Art of Doing Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
- The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
- Essentialism by Greg McKeown
- Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie - I re-read this about every quarter. I find I become a little better version of myself each time - more concerned and thoughtful of others.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - one of my favorite books (this is a re-read)
- Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things Building a business when there are no easy answers by Ben Horowitz
- Start With Why by Simon Sinek
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
- Contagious by Jonah Berger
- Start-Up Nation by Saul Singer and Dan Senor
- The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber (this is a re-read)
- Good to Great by Jim Collins (this is a re-read)
- You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
- The Science of getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
- #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
- Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
- Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
- You are a Badass by Jen Sincero (this is a reread)
- The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- This Book Will Teach You How to Write Better by Neville Medhora
- Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (this is a reread)
- Mans Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (this is a reread and is one of my all-time favorite books)
- Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by Pema Chodron
- Creativity, Inc. by Amy Wallace and Ed Catmull
- Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
- Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
- The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane
- The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
- Trust Me, I'm Lying by Ryan Holiday
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (reread)
- The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
- Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
- Total: 43 books
What I Learned
I didn't reach my goal of 52 books. I really hate not reaching my goals.
At the same time I got myself in the habit of reading a lot more than I had the year before. I also read more books than I would have if I had not set the goal.
Sometimes I read straight from one book to the next without time to reread or reflect and apply on the lessons I learned from the book. There are some books that I would like to go back and outline or take notes or review. In 2016 I will take the time to review some of these books.
I also learned the power of making my goals public. I held myself more accountable because I was publicly accountable. There were some weeks where I was behind on my goal and wanted to give up or lower them. But, I was publicly accountable and so I kept with them.