Christmas can be a good time to take a break from all the madness of work/college and a great opportunity to start (or finish) a new book. So, with that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 5 non-fiction books I’d recommend reading over the holidays to start your 2018 off on the right foot. Not only that, but they could be great gifts for a friend or family member if you’re stuck for a present idea. You can thank me later!
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A fairly well-renowned book by Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success takes the reader on a journey through the world of “outliers” – the best, brightest, most famous and most successful people on the planet. Gladwell believes we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. It’s a fascinating read and really gets you thinking about how successful people, from all walks of life, are where they are today. Is it luck, good timing or something else? Maybe all three. Find it here.
One I read at the very start of my entrepreneurial journey (pretty sure it could’ve even been the same week I started CASTLE33) is Do Cool Shit by serial social entrepreneur, angel investor, and all-around cool shit–doer Miki Agrawal. It covers how she started her first business with no experience or capital, and how you can quit your day job, start your own business and live happily ever after. Definitely recommend it for new, current or future entrepreneurs. Find it here.
This book helped me get through some tough times earlier this year when my GAD took a turn for the worse. Owning It is a funny, honest and fairly light read that also gives good practical advice in regards to tackling anxiety. Focusing on Foran’s own battle with anxiety, it chronicles the various treatments and activities that she undertook to finally lead her to controlling – or owning – her anxiety. Find it here.
The newest on the list is Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World. It’s the latest book from Tim Ferriss and is more of a reference or coffee-table book than a long sit down read. If you don’t finish it over Christmas (or even in 2018) I don’t blame you. The book’s blurb sums it up pretty well: “the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book—a compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world’s top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors, their short profiles can help you answer life’s most challenging questions, achieve extraordinary results, and transform your life.”. This book will definitely give you some great tips for having a productive and successful 2018. Find it here.
Last but not least is the book I’m currently reading and also recommended last week in my 5-Bullet Friday. Easily the oldest (and shortest) book on the list, it was written in approximately 49 AD by Seneca The Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher. It’s an essay written to his father-in-law and focuses on a number of Stoic principles regarding the nature of time, namely that people waste much of it in meaningless pursuits. According to Seneca, nature gives people enough time to do what’s really important and the individual must allot it properly themselves. In general, time is best used by living in the present moment in pursuit of the intentional, purposeful life. I think, without a doubt, that we can all learn something from Seneca’s writing. Find it here.
Have you read any of the books that I’ve mentioned? Got any recommendations for what I should read over Christmas? Leave a comment below or tweet me at @EoinDM. Thanks for reading!