Hola! Welcome back to “Read in 2016” series of posts. I am glad you read the first post in the series in which I suggest you Top Non-Fiction Books I read this year, irrespective of their publication date. As, in the previous post, I discussed by motive to come out with these book lists is that to make your TBR list for next year, a bit heavy. So, I hope you are ready for some more titles. If you haven’t read the post go and read it here.
48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Reading this book will definitely increase one’s awareness as he will become more conscious to what and how is it going around. Some of the laws will inspire you as it did to me, towards empowerment of your own and some will help how not to lose that conscious mind in somebody else’s hand. Greene encourages an individual to be fluid in his plans and actions as actions are what matters and not the words.
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
Selected from the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, these letters illustrate the upright ideals admired by the Stoics and extol the good way of life as seen from their standpoint. They also reveal how far in advance of his time were many of Seneca’s ideas – his disgust at the shows in the arena or his criticism of the harsh treatment of slaves.
Seneca believes that a trained man can transcend the whims of fate and find a greater happiness from within.
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
I’d title this book as Post-Modern Stoic philosophy work. The Ego is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to history. We meet fascinating figures like Howard Hughes, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, all of whom reached the highest levels of power and success by conquering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite.
Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
The follow-up to the War of Art in which Pressfield identifies the enemy to living an authentic life – resistance. In Turning Pro, Pressfield teaches you how to drive your mental energy towards being less distracted and working your way like a professional. This book is short but some good points to think, and a great addition if you read it after Carl Newport’s Deep Work.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
This book is a great introduction to start on the matter of educating yourself in terms of “money”. This is the message Robert Kiyosaki wants to convey in this 200 pages long book. This book isn’t about money, it is about how we think and are taught to think from an early age about money and not in terms of money. Some might wonder why Kiyosaki isn’t the richest man on this planet in terms of wealth, and this question might want you not to read this book. I would suggest, put that thought on hold while you read this book and try to see and learn what Kiyosaki is teaching in this mere 200 pages.
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