I ❤ reading books, and I'm keeping a list of books here that have taught me something interesting or expanded my mind in some way. A lot of the books you'll find here will help you if you want to be more productive.
Tim Ferriss is a best-selling author and as he calls himself: a human guinea pig. The first book I read of his was The 4-Hour Work Week which really opened up my eyes about how there are other ways to make a living than just following the standard path of college and working 9 to 5. It also inspired me to quit my job and take a 1-year sabbatical when I had been working for 10 years.
This book is not a book that you would read from cover to cover. At least, I didn't do that, but that is because I used it as a reference to the podcast it's based upon.
In the podcast, Tim interviews famous people in the world of tech, sports, entertainment, health care and other interesting subjects. These interviews can take up to 3 hours and are one of my favorite things to listen to when I'm in my car on the way to work.
The only thing that always bothered me was that I couldn't write down stuff while I was driving so now with the book I can look up highlights and learnings from the interviews and even discover interviews to listen to that I might not have listened to before.
I work full-time as a software engineer, am a mother to a 3-year old boy and wife to a Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher who runs his own gym and who relies on me to help him with administrative tasks.
Why am I telling you this? Well, besides those things I also like to learn new technologies and write tutorials and posts about them on this blog. I was looking for a way to get more done in the limited time I have while still being able to spend quality time with my family.
After reading Deep Work by Cal Newport, I'm convinced I have the found the answer.
Cal Newport is a writer and a professor of computer science and in the book he explains that to learn hard things quickly, you must focus intensely without distraction. That is easier said than done, as I have found in the past year when I was trying to cut back on my distracting habit of internet usage.
In the book, Cal gives you different strategies, rules and tips on how to integrate deep work into your life.
Most people see their work as just a job to make money so that they can enjoy their free time. However, we all have it in us to become a Master in what we do and actually enjoy the work we do.
The book will guide you through the path to Mastery and uses biographies from well-known Masters (including Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator) in different fields to teach you how to find your own way.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is just starting out in their career and anyone who feels like they are not really living up to their full potential.
This one is one for the few fiction books I've enjoyed in 2015. It kept popping up everywhere, in posts I read and podcasts I listen to, so I read it and I loved it!
If you have no idea what stoicism is (like I did before I read this book) and you struggle with all the problems you have in your life, this book is a very good read for you. It teaches you how to change your perception of the obstacles that you encounter in your life and how to overcome them.
I'd been reading a lot about MVP's and wanted to really dig into the background about this. This book is a very interesting read and gives you a framework to help you build a successful app.
I wrote a post about this book here.
I learned a lot about user psychology and habit-design while reading this book. It's definitely a must-read for every developer who wants to build a successful mobile app.
I wrote a post about this book here.