Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz (audio version): This is one of the most important books I have ever read. It’s a great companion book to Levels of Energy and The Good Life Handbook. It’s a thorough study of the subconscious mind, and offers practical solutions to fundamental human problems: how to be healthier, happier, calmer, more prosperous etc.
Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggeston by Émile Coué: A wonderful companion to Psycho-Cybernetics, explaining how the subconscious mind works and how to use it to your benefit. Many others, from Napoleon Hill to Maxwell Maltz, were influenced and inspired by Émile Coué. If you are interested in the subconscious mind, I highly recommend it.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport (audio version): A thought provoking manifesto on how to find work you love. Instead of blindly following your passions, it urges us to focus on our skills. I especially loved the chapters about craftsmanship and practice. If you care about your work, I can highly recommend reading it.
The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kichimi and Fumitake Koga (audio version): Wonderful book, presented in an engaging dialogue format between a master and a youth. It’s an introduction to the psychology of Alfred Adler. I liked the ideas of “separation of tasks” and “all problems are interpersonal relationship problems.”
The Practice by Seth Godin (audio version): Seth Godin is one of my favorite thinkers and he is occupying a rare spot on my personal “list of heroes / mentors”. This book is another masterpiece. It’s written for people who ship creative work, and offers nourishing guidance on the creative path. It was my guide when I created my personal finance video course.
Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier (audio version): Eye-opening and thought-provoking arguments against social media. The author is a Silicon Valley insider, works at Microsoft, and is considered a founder of the field of virtual reality.
Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu, translated by Stephen Mitchell (audio version): Timeless wisdom by Lao-Tzu on life and the nature of reality. It’s one of those books that you can read or listen to many times. The energy of it is very high and it has calming and elevating properties. I especially enjoyed it when I was in bed with the flu, half awake and half dreaming, the perfect food for my soul.
The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer (audio version): Excellent and recently updated book about philanthropy. It offers a helpful guide for donors to improve their capital allocation and to maximize the effectiveness of each $1. The book inspired me to think more deeply about my own capital allocation in this regard. The author has bought back the book rights and is now giving away the book for free, so that these ideas can spread more rapidly. You can download the ebook or audiobook by clicking here.
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