This page is an ongoing list of books I find awesome or useful. I have read every one of these books and will tell you what I think about each of them.
The Motivation Hacker by Nick Winter
This book is currently my favorite book, I’ve read it 3 times. Each time I read it I learn something new. This book is packed full of great information that us presented along with the author’s own story which makes the book much more interesting and easy to read.
The author of this book talks about the time he spent creating an app called Skritter which is an app that teaches people how to write in Chinese. He shows us the tools he used in order to hack his motivation to get massive amounts of work done.
If you aren’t always motivated to work and feel stuck from time to time then this book is for you. Whenever I start to feel like I am slacking off in my work I just re-read this book and it gets me fired up again.
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
I was never able to wake up early in my life and when I had to it was a grueling task. After reading this book surprisingly I have become a morning person.
The author Hal Elrod got hit by a car and was declared dead for 6 minutes. Thankfully doctors were able to get his heart working again. He then spent the next 6 days in a coma. When he woke up he was hit with the news that he would never walk again. Today Hal is a ultra-marathon runner.
This book shows you how Hal was able to accomplish this feat and It teaches you the benefit of having a good morning routine.
I wrote a full post about this book which you can read here.
How I learned To Code by Christopher R Dodd
This book is the story about the author and how he became a digital nomad. That means he works from his computer and travels the world.
In this book the authors talks about how he learned to code in three months and landed his first job right away. Now he travels around the world and works from his laptop.
This book doesn’t have that much actionable advice but the story is inspirational and motivating.
The author also has his own YouTube channel named Chris The Freelancer.
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
This is a great book that I plan on reading again sometime soon. This book’s main message is to eat your biggest frog first.
That’s just a strange analogy the book uses but it means the first thing you do in your day should be your most important task.
In this book you will learn the importance of prioritization and how to get more important work done first. By doing your most important work first you will work be able to work less while getting more done.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
This book is very motivational, it has many case studies of people that started successful business for less than $1000.
I recommend this book for people interested in starting their own business because it has a lot of good advice for growing a business. It will show how many other people that where able to create successful businesses and it will teach you so you can do the same.
The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
The 4 hour workweek is the first of the series of 3 books and it shows you how to cut down your working hours so you have more time to do other things.
This book provides a lot of good advice but it doesn’t really show you a step-by-step method to set up a passive business so you can party for the rest of your life. This book does teach you that living this way isn’t as impossible as you think.
Tim’s two other books in the series are also great:
The 4 Hour Body and The 4 Hour Chef – All of Tim’s books provide way more value than the names suggest. The 4 Hour Chef isn’t really meant just for people learning how to cook. It’s main purpose is to teach you how to learn new skills faster.
Deep Work by Cal Newport
I am currently reading this book and so far it is great. The main purpose of this book is to teach you how to become more productive by working deeply with focus as opposed to working shallowly with many distractions and interruptions.
Getting into a state of deep work can be hard but this book makes it much easier. So far I have found the benefits of this method to be very impressive. I am getting more done in a few hours than I did in a whole day before reading this book.
No matter what your goals are in life the benefits of deep work can help anyone.
No Excuses by Brian Tracy
This book was very informative and teaches you how to improve your self-discipline. However I thought it actually had too much information with not enough explanation.
This is still a good book to read you just can’t read it as if it’s a normal book. You need to take your time with each chapter to make sure you remember all of the useful information.
You may have noticed the author Brian Tracey also wrote Eat That Frog. For me I found Eat That Frog to be more useful than this book. But if you read and enjoy Eat That Frog than this may be a good book to read after that one.
The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman
This book is perfect for the aspiring renaissance man. It shows you how it really only takes about 20 hours in order to become great at anything. Realizing this makes learning new skills feel a lot easier.
In this book you will learn how break down skills in order to learn them faster. Below is a video of a Ted talk that the author gave explaining why it only takes 20 hours to get good at something and how you can do it too. The video is basically a quick summary of the book.
The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas
Ever meet someone and talk to them for a while but forget what their name was? This book teaches you tricks to avoid this awkward moment using associations. Or do you forget where you put your keys often? This book can help with that too.
This is the book I used to learn how to make my memory palace. It also has a bunch of other great memory tricks that can make it look like you have superhuman memory.
Using this book I learned how to memorize 314 digits of pi in less than 2 hours. I also learned how to learn languages faster and how to memorize facts easily. Basically, if you ever had trouble remembering anything this book can teach you how to fix that problem.
The first half of this book is where most of the useful information is, I didn’t finish reading the second half because was mostly full of practice memory exercises. I may revisit the second part of the book in the future but the first half was great enough to get it on this list.