The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

I almost didn’t know which of my “categories” this fell into, because there for sure isn’t a self-help section. Tim Ferris uses the term lifestyle design, so I’ll consider this a topical deep-dive into that process. First, I hate the title. I hate that this book is an example of him practicing what he preaches (half the book is links to apps/services) by selling information. But, I do love some of the core concepts Ferris evangelises: don’t wait until the end of your life to retire, automate everything, and apply the pareto principle ruthlessly. (View on Amazon)

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

Written by Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit. This book is heavy on research studies, diving into the topics of motivation, focus, and goal setting, among others. Of note was the section on teams, with highlights from Google’s People Operations team and the founding of Saturday Night Live. This is a must-read for anyone who’s on a mission to become more effective. (View on Amazon)

Einstein: His Life and Universe

There have been many biographies written of Albert Einstein. This one by Walter Isaacson is notably great for the incorporation of science, emotion, storytelling, and details. It describes Einstein’s theories, his thought experiments, and his process. It also chronicles his personal life – including his first marriage, his second marriage, his infidelity, and his relationship with his children. (View on Amazon)

The rise of the useless class. 

Yival Noah Harari, author of Sapiens (which I recommended a few weeks ago), wrote a new book called Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow. This is an excerpt discussing how he believes AI will create a new class of society (the useless class) much like industrialization created the working class. It’s a polarizing idea, but one that’s worth seriously considering. learn more