Book List

Books related to design and business, as well as philosophy and personal finance.
Design and Business
Book Recommendation - "Start with Why" by Simon Sinek

Start with Why

by Simon Sinek
Simon shares an alternative view on critical problem solving. By purposely digging for the root cause of an issue, I allow myself to take a step back and see the bigger picture. This helps me formulate better solutions to any problems in design, business, and even everyday life.
Book Recommendation - "The Design of Everyday Things" by Don Norman

The Design of Everyday Things

by Don Norman
A knowledge-filled book that covers essential concepts that every designer should learn and implement. Don Norman goes deep explaining how human psychology can be leveraged to design more useful and delightful products.
Book Recommendation - "Extreme Ownership" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Extreme Ownership

by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Leadership lessons from a former U.S. Navy Seals Commander. Ideas are presented as case studies from their experience in the battlefield and how the same principles can be applied to business.
Book Recommendation - "The 4-Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferris

The 4-Hour Work Week

by Tim Ferris
A book that offers a new perspective on productivity and efficiency. Tim Ferris explains how he optimized his business in a way that enabled him to be more productive while working less, and actually have time to enjoy his life.
Book Recommendation - "It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be" by Paul Arden

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be

by Paul Arden
This is a quick and straightforward book that aims to inspire everyone to keep working on their goals. Always improve, never settle for average.
Book Recommendation - "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?" by Seth Godin

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

by Seth Godin
This book switched my mentality from an expendable employee to an indispensable asset to my company. This realization helped me refocus my professional goals into delivering only the best work and continue to search for ways to provide value to my company and our clients.
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Philosophy
Book Recommendation - "Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi

Book of Five Rings

by Miyamoto Musashi
Insights from a master samurai from the 1600s outlining his strategic thinking that kept him undefeated throughout his whole martial arts career. These concepts maintain relevant to both modern martial artists and business professionals — centuries after his time.
Book Recommendation - "Mastery" by Robert Greene

Mastery

by Robert Greene
A collection of stories of people who have achieved a level of mastery in their craft. At the very least, you will the learn about how these masters have dedicated their life to become the best in their respective fields. At most, the book will inspire you to stand-up and start your own path to mastery.
Book Recommendation - "48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene

48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene
A book that offers bold ideas regarding self-improvement based on lessons from iconic figures throughout history. These concepts can be applied in a variety of subject matter from social interactions, personal relationships, and business development.
Book Recommendation - "Man’s Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl
What is the meaning of life? Who else is more qualified to answer this age old question than a psychiatrist who managed to find a way survive after experiencing first hand a life of suffering in a Nazi death camp.
Personal Finance
Book Recommendation - "The Automatic Millionaire" by David Bach

The Automatic Millionaire

by David Bach
This book Introduces the advantage of an automated personal finance. Building a system that automatically organized my money into different goal-based buckets ensures that my money always goes to the right place.
Book Recommendation - "The Richest Man in Babylon" by George S. Clason

The Richest Man in Babylon

by George S. Clason
Pay yourself first. A concept that I wish I learned sooner than later. This book talks about money saving strategies and how to keep more of your hard-earned cash.
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