The smartest people read nonstop, mostly books, from a variety of disciplines. The best books spark new ideas and insights with each reading, so it's better to read a great book twice than a marginal one once. "Some books should be tasted, some devoured," wrote Francis Bacon, "but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly."
When asked about the key to success, Warren Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said, "Read 500 pages like this every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it."
Each of the following books includes a high-level summary and notes from the most insightful and thought-provoking ideas. Cedric Chin offers a good mental model on the three kinds of non-fiction books.
"It will generally be admitted that the true test of all books is the influence they have upon the lives and conduct of their readers." ~ Charles Helman
Born within every man are the Jungian masculine archetypes—king, warrior, magician, and lover—that transcend time and space. Many of us, however, did not receive good enough parenting and are therefore stuck in boy psychology. This book speaks to the possibility of accessing the archetypes and manifesting our mature masculinity in all its forms.
A smart and timeless book for anyone who leads or manages others professionally or personally. Learn—in three simple steps—how to get the best out of people by appealing to their basic need for goal-setting, feedback, and respect. Based on fundamental human psychology, you will learn why they work and how to apply them to your life.
If you love business, and life, this book contains more wisdom than meets the eye. For the first time ever, Amazon’s 14 leadership principles are illustrated with real-world in-the-room examples. Written by former executives who worked directly with Jeff Bezos, this insider's guide shares what “Being Amazonian” is like.
One of the most comprehensive and informative books on the topic of personal growth. Contains Stephen Covey's entire body of wisdom from decades of research, consulting, counseling and personal experience. One could spend a lifetime mastering these skills.
My favorite nonfiction writing book. In-depth coverage of the mechanics and methods of great nonfiction writing, the different types - business, travel, interviewing, etc - and attitudes like voice, fear and conficence. Excellent handbook for new and seasoned writers, bloggers and journalists alike.