Top Reads from 2018

  1. Legacy by James Kerr (5/5)

I re-read this for the third or fourth time this year. It offers many brilliant insights into building an elite culture.

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2. The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman (5/5)

This book has impacted me in a massive, life-altering way every time I read it (this was the third such occasion).  It’s a little out there but lots of great metaphors and lessons.

 

3. Principles by Ray Dalio (5/5)

I found it be tremendously helpful having just started up a business. As AHP grows I know I’ll continue to refer back to it.

 

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (5/5)

I first read this book when I was 19 and I didn’t like it – I didn’t understand why it was so highly regarded. Being nearly a decade older though, this time I loved it and also appreciated the writing much more.  I think oftentimes we idealize the past and it does us no good. That’s essentially what this classic is about.

 

5. Culture Code by Daniel Coyle (5/5)

Another solid book about building a strong culture within an organization.

6. Sapiens by Yuval Harari (5/5)

This book was flat out brilliant. It was a really cool history of our evolution since the beginning – with an extremely broad scope. The author has a real knack for making what may seem like dry subjects very interesting. I read it and then immediately re-read it I found it so interesting.

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7. Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain (5/5)

I read this and Tom Sawyer for the first time this year and loved them both, but if I had to pick one over the other I’d go with Huck Finn. As someone who loves writing, I loved both the story and Twain’s way with words equally.

 

8. Start With Why by Simon Sinek (4/5)

A good message and lots of good information but a little repetitive.

 

9. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson (4.5/5)

A really quick, easy read if space, time travel, etc fascinates you like it does me.

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10. Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss (4/5)

This isn’t a book you should read in a traditional way – however it’s filled with lots of good quotes and insights from many successful people. I found it interesting that many of the most successful individuals in the world cited taking time to themselves, going on daily walks, and meditating as being keys to their success.

 

 

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