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5 Life-Changing Books I read in 2017 and books to read in 2018


I read because I think is the easiest way to get smarter and grow through someone else experience. “Men who have made these discoveries before us are not our masters, but our guides” - Seneca

Every year I publish my favorite books, and this year is no exception. I really enjoyed the following 5 books. And I’m really looking forward 2018, and keep these learnings through the rest of the year. I will read 40 books this 2018.

1. A book about Enlightenment - The truth around life and nature.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”

“What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.” 

2. A book of tools to live by! Dense, not easy to read, but profound knowledge on how to tackle any problem.

Algorithms to Live By: The ComputerThe Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths

”To try and fail is at least to learn; to fill to try is to suffer the inestimable loss of what might have been.”

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3 Pick and Choose anything you want to improve your life. From health, wealth, to knowledge.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferris.

“The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It’s just like building muscles.” 

If you’re looking for a formula for greatness, the closest we’ll ever get, I think, is this: Consistency driven by a deep love of the work.

“The big question I ask is, “When I had the opportunity did I choose courage over comfort?”

4 The best book to reflect on the everyday life.

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living  by Ryan Holiday

”Be as you wish to seem.” Socrates

Progress is not achieved by luck or accidental but by working on yourself daily.” Epictetus

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius

5 A Kick-Ass Guide to become the ultimate manager and leader in business. (Foundations of Product Management)

High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove

Remember too that your time is your one finite resource, and when you say “yes” to one thing you are inevitably saying “no” to another.”

“As a middle manager, you are in effect a chief executive of an organization yourself….As a micro CEO, you can improve your own and your group’s performance and productivity, whether or not the rest of the company follows suit.”

This is my list of what I’m planning to read in 2018:

  1. Principles by Ray Dalio
  2. Option B by Sheryl Sanberg & Adam Grant
  3. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferris
  4. The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox
  5. Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson
  6. A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing by Burton G.
  7. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham
  8. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone
  9. Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday