1. How to See Yourself As You Really Are
It is a book on Buddhism, about realizing how we exist and the interdependency in which we live.
I haven’t read much about Buddhism before, not more than we were forced to in school, but what I learned in this book was a great place to start, it was in many ways a beginners guide to finding the clarity Buddhists are after. Read more
2. Finding Flow The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“It is not length of Life, but depth of life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote really sums up the meaning of this book.
Mihaly teaches the value of finding flow in everyday life.
Flow is when you are completely immersed in a subject and can focus completely.
3. The Secret
The Law of Attraction
At its core it says thoughts attract.
It builds upon the old saying “Thoughts become things” or as the Buddha said it “With our thoughts, we make the world”.
4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Stephen Covey has a gift with words and a gentle way of challenging us to see the better in ourselves and to take responsibility for our actions and our lives.
He has split his book into 7 parts, habits, that start you at step one and move you from dependency to independence to interdependence.
5. The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey
It is about finding your mission, your purpose and about helping others find theirs.
The trip it took me on helped me become a better leader and a better person.
6. Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs
Muhammad Yunus is the man who saved the lives of millions of people around the world by introducing micro loans to poor people, giving them a chance to build businesses and give them a chance to thrive.
This feat won him the Nobel Prize.
7. What to do When You Become the Boss by Bob Seldon
I have found to be the best way to improve is to go back to basics.
Starting at the beginning and learning the basic techniques helps you plug holes in your knowledge and abilities.
8. Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
In his book Eat That Frog he shares his advice on how we can cure procrastination.
Large tasks tend to intimidate us and make us avoid them.
Even small tasks can feel daunting at times and we will try to avoid them.
9. Getting Things Done
It is a very complicated explanation of a simple and effective system.
The system David has created is very effective and I have in fact incorporated it to my own time management system.
The problem with it is that it doesn’t capture activities you have to do every day, it is build around projects, ideas and unexpected events.
10. From Good to Great by Jim Collins
I am very disappointed that I just read this book, I wish I have read it years ago.
The lessons I learned where extremely valuable and not just when running a business. Just like Jim Collins says himself, the rules they found go for all development, he just uses organizations to illustrate it. Read more