Books Read by Me

Life

If you’re not growing then you’re dying.

The Obstacle is the Way — Ryan Holiday

An awesome book about how the practice of three disciplines: perception, action, and will, can make you overcome obstacles in a whole new way. The main idea is that obstacles are not there to stop you, but to show you the correct path. If you find my notes valuable, the book is strictly better. I highly encourage you to read it.

My rating: 5/5. It was awesome. My notes length: 7 min.
Date read: October 17, 2016. More information on Amazon.


Meditations — Marcus Aurelius and Gregory Hays

It’s amazing how one of the most important person in the world who lived more than 18 centuries ago had to deal with the same problems that we deal on a daily basis. It’s also amazing how he always tried to approach the problems not using his power, but as a good person. This book contains timeless lessons about how to live a good life with the advices that Marcus Aurelius continuously told himself.

My rating: 4/5. I really liked it. My notes length: 5 min.
Date read: May 21, 2017. More information on Amazon.


The Total Money Makeover — Dave Ramsey

This book doesn’t have any new secret, and the author knows it. It’s main value is the simple (although not necessarily easy) 7 step plan. It’s a detailed plan to helps you to, slowly but steadily, get out of debt and build wealth. He makes you want to improve your money habits to achieve financial freedom. This book is about putting what’s important to you, before childish “needs”.

My rating: 4/5. I really liked it. My notes length: 8 min.
Date read: September 29, 2016. More information on Amazon.


To-Do List Makeover — S. J. Scott

This book doesn’t have new techniques. It’s rather a mixture of several ideas from other places. Its great accomplishment is its simple and actionable system that actually works. I absolutely like this system, and it’s what I’m using right now. It has helped me focus on what’s important instead of busywork masqueraded as urgent tasks.

My rating: 4/5. I really liked it. My notes length: 5 min.
Date read: April 29, 2016. More information on Amazon.


Some Thoughts About Relationships — Colin Wright

Relationships are hard, and cultural knowledge and archetypes aren’t helping us. It’s surprising to read a book that talks about relationships in a such rational way. Even though a rational approach might sound distant or cold, the way it’s written makes complete sense. The ideas expressed are pragmatic and, in most cases, actionable.

My rating: 4/5. I really liked it. My notes length: 3 min.
Date read: March 19, 2016. More information on Amazon.


Make it Stick — Peter Brown

Most commonly known ways to study doesn’t work. There are more effective ways to learn, which may seem counter intuitive or difficult at first. This book explains different techniques to improve your learning; full of references and stories to support their ideas. It ends with practical tips for teachers, students, trainers and lifelong learners.

My rating: 4/5. I really liked it. My notes length: 3 min.
Date read: February 10, 2016. More information on Amazon.


Tribes — Seth Godin

Being part of something is a natural desire. A group with a shared vision becomes a tribe and tribes needs leadership. This book is about what it means to lead a tribe and how to do it. Imagine leading a tribe that shares your beliefs and vision of the future. Wouldn’t that be a good reason to go to work every day?

My rating: 3/5. I liked it. My notes length: 4 min.
Date read: May 23, 2017. More information on Amazon.


Time Well Spent — Mike Burns

Time management techniques has nothing to do with managing time. Spend your invaluable time doing the right things instead of doing many things. Being busy isn’t valuable nor important. What’s important is working towards the life you want. Accepting that everyone leaves things undone, but deciding to leave undone the least important ones.

My rating: 3/5. I liked it. My notes length: 2 min.
Date read: December 10, 2016. More information on Amazon.


Simpler: Declutter Your Life and Focus on What's Most Important — Mike Burns

I’ve been a minimalist for a while, but this book opened my eyes on what’s the importance of being a minimalist. People are more important than things. Time is more important than things. Minimalism is a process, not an end itself. The purpose of minimalism is to enjoy all the extra time, money and energy that we gain by being a minimalist.

My rating: 3/5. I liked it. My notes length: 3 min.
Date read: August 31, 2016. More information on Amazon.


Tyranny of the Urgent — Charles Hummel

A small book about how we allow the urgency of tasks dictate our lives, taking all our time, whether we want it or not. Time is best spent doing important things. Looking back, a list of urgent tasks finished generates anxiety. A list of important tasks finished generates peace. Even though written more than three decades ago, it’s still very relevant in these times.

My rating: 3/5. I liked it. My notes length: 1 min.
Date read: April 17, 2016. More information on Amazon.


The Freedom Handbook — Jeff Hirz

You can achieve personal freedom. It doesn’t depend on external factors, it just depends on you. Realize that life, as it is today, is full of unnecessary burdens. Constantly clean up and periodically reflecting upon your life to achieve freedom. Experiencing what life can give you. Enjoying every bit of it without regrets.

My rating: 3/5. I liked it. My notes length: 2 min.
Date read: April 17, 2016. More information on Amazon.


Simplify — Joshua Becker

Focusing on a simpler life helps building a better life. A life with less stress and worries. A life with more meaning and joy. Impress your friends with your lifestyle. It’s a book on minimalism, getting rid of anything that distracts you from what you value most.

My rating: 3/5. I liked it. My notes length: 3 min.
Date read: April 10, 2016. More information on Amazon.


You Are Dying, and Your World is a Lie — Johnny Truant

A short guide on the importance of doing important things. The time you spend worrying about things is time you’re never getting back. Use your time to test your boundaries and increase your levels of discomfort, because greater joys comes after great discomforts.

My rating: 3/5. I liked it. My notes length: 1 min.
Date read: March 01, 2016. More information on Amazon.


The Universe Doesn't Give a Flying Fuck About You — Johnny Truant

Everything you do, and don’t do, every decision you make, and don’t make, is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Eventually, nobody will care, and then nothing will care. Stop worrying and start living.

My rating: 3/5. I liked it. My notes length: 0 min.
Date read: March 01, 2016. More information on Amazon.


As a Man Thinketh — James Allen

Highly motivational, without supporting studies or evidence (not that it needs it anyways), to convince you to take action on improving your life. You’re the sum of our thoughts, so changing your thoughts will change yourself. Cultivate calmness of thought to be in control of your life.

My rating: 3/5. I liked it. My notes length: 1 min.
Date read: March 01, 2016. More information on Amazon.


Lying — Sam Harris

A kind of handbook that defines “lying” and explains how to be honest all the time. Even though it might seem trivial, it’s actually a lot harder than it seems. It includes several examples to help you determine how to be honest. Being honest is the greatest gift you can give to others and to yourself.

My rating: 3/5. I liked it. My notes length: 2 min.
Date read: January 31, 2016. More information on Amazon.


The Power of No — James and Claudia Altucher

It emphasises the importance and benefits of saying no to several situations that can cause us harm. It doesn’t go into the details of how to actually say “no”. It includes an interesting 5 year plan for success. Focused and constant effort will undoubtedly help you make a living by yourself.

My rating: 2/5. It was OK. My notes length: 4 min.
Date read: April 03, 2016. More information on Amazon.