Favorite Reads of Late

book Recommendations

Just like the previous post outlined, I’ve been mulling around a number of business and personal ideas.  During the process, I’ve read a number of good articles and books.  I’m sorry if the header is misleading: this list is a smattering of both to whet your appetite:

  • The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss: I enjoyed The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss enough that I thought I’d give this a try.  The 4-H Workweek certainly helped me learn to better prioritize my life and lead to my approach to setup a self-sustaining business.  More on that in later posts.  For now, check out one or both of these books.  You’ll like what you learn to do with your body, lover, and business.  By the way, don’t be intimidated by the size of the 4-H Body.  It’s an easy read. 
  • How to Stay Stuck in the Wrong Career by Herminia Ibarra: This is an older Harvard Business Review article, but as pertinent today as it was almost a decade ago.  If you feel like you’re stuck in your career, you must read this. The author describes why some of the more common approaches to career and business advancement do the exact opposite.  So, read on and learn to avoid making these common mistakes, disguised as “best practices” for growth by some.
  • How Successful Leaders Think by Roger Martin:   Another older Harvard Business Review article.  This is more pertinent if you’re curious how to get past the management barrier and become a leader.  If you think or someone you know thinks of only two solutions to most problems where you have to state them as, “we can EITHER do x OR y to solve this issue” then you need to read this article. 
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: I love this book.  It made me realize how vanity hinders us so much in life.  More importantly, the book made me remember the old axiom that the journey of life is more important than the end prize.
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx:  I’ve heard so many criticisms of Socialism and Communism recently when referring to the Democratic agenda that I figured I might as well get to know what one of the fathers of Communism wrote about it.  I highly recommend this book.  It’s a small book and more like a Thesis paper.  I had to read it three times to get what Karl Marx meant by certain terms and ideas.  Now I can have a more genuine discussions about the subject.

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