The Last Lecture: The only book I read every year. Short, simple, and a moving reflection on life and achieving your dreams. The first book I mention when someone asks for a recommendation.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: I consider this the best startup book out there. I never thought I would describe a business book as a page turner, but Horowitz does a remarkable job blending great storytelling with practical advice.
The Nordic Theory of Everything: I’ve always been fascinated by the Nordic countries because I consider them having some of the most modern and successful societies in the world. I find their approach to the fundamentals (healthcare, education, etc) exemplary and consider this book a great introduction into how they do things.
Born to Run: An exciting read on how running is a core part of being human, interwoven with a thrilling story behind one of the greatest races ever ran.
Not Fade Away: Similar to Last Lecture, this book is on living life to the fullest. I found it inspiring and entertaining.
Outliers: I credit this book to be the tipping point (pun intended for any Gladwell fans) that led me to love reading. I’m continually in awe of Gladwell’s remarkable storytelling and persuasiveness, and this book is a fitting demonstration of his genius. A fascinating read for those curious about the science of success.
The Art of Racing in the Rain: Combine a dog, Seattle, Ferraris, and Senna into a story and you will easily have me hooked. The story is one of the few that I’ve felt deep connections to as a dog-lover, car enthusiast, and Seattelite.
Start With Why: A powerful book on understanding purpose – this has substantially influenced how I lead and approach everything I do.
Where Good Ideas Come From: An engaging book that studies the process of innovation. This book plays a strong role in my entrepreneurial mindset.
The Design of Everyday Things: The book that introduced me to the world of design. Most importantly, it made me aware of all of the design around me and truly appreciate the effort put into creating the world we live in.
Predictably Irrational: A captivating and surprising read on how the human mind is consistently irrational. Introduced me to behavioral economics, which I have been addicted to ever since.
Freakonomics/Superfreakonomics/Think Like a Freak: Aside from the awesome title, I was drawn to this book because of my fascination for the application of economics to everyday life. I love the seeming randomness of Levitt’s nimble mind; you never know what to expect in the next chapter.
4-Hour Body: A fun how-to book on hacking your life and body. Ferriss went through an overwhelming amount of research and self-experimentation to write it.
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: An unexpected dive into the fine line between psychopaths and successful business/political leaders.
Steve Jobs: An eye-opening look at the life of one of the most influential entrepreneurs, detailing Jobs’ immense struggles and challenges managing two Fortune 500 companies.
Ultra Marathon Man: An exciting read about one of the best modern runners. One of the best “get up and do something” motivational books. I went running immediately upon finishing this book.