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Game-Changing Books – How To Think > What To Think

“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think.” — Harper Lee

Today I’m just going to give you a list of “game-changers”. These are some books that helped shape me and the way in which I view the world.

They basically gave me the tools to learn how to think rather than what to think.

I return to some of them every other year or so because each time I read them they give me something new.


Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction — Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner

The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization — Arthur Herman

Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time — Jeffrey Pfeffer

Outliers: The Story of Success — Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference — Malcolm Gladwell

Think like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain — Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything  — Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance — Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything — Joshua Foer

Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative — Austin Kleon

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered — Austin Kleon

Mastery — Robert Greene

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action — Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat Last — Simon Sinek

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success — Shane Snow

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day — Michael J. Gelb

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast — Josh Kaufman

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success — Carol S. Dweck

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us — Daniel H. Pink

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others — Daniel H. Pink

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles — Steven Pressfield

Do the Work — Steven Pressfield

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connections and Courage — Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead — Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are — Brené Brown

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration — Ed Catmull

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway — Susan Jeffers

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear — Elizabeth Gilbert

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life — Jon Kabat-Zinn

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version — Lao Tzu

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity — Julia Cameron

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You — Elaine N. Aron

What the Bleep Do We Know!?: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality — William Arntz

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance — David Epstein

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions — Randall Munroe

The 4-Hour Workweek — Timothy Ferriss

Poke the Box — Seth Godin

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? — Seth Godin

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion — Robert B. Cialdini

Think and Grow Rich — Napoleon Hill

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — Charles Duhigg

Man’s Search for Meaning — Viktor E. Frankl

The Last Lecture — Randy Pausch

Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life — Maxwell Maltz

Contagious: Why Things Catch On — Jonah Berger

How to Win Friends and Influence People — Dale Carnegie

Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion — Gary Vaynerchuk

How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! — Anthony Robbins

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking — Susan Cain

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change — Stephen R. Covey

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work — Mason Currey

Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average — Joseph T. Hallinan

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results — Gary Keller

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help — Amanda Palmer

Also, you should get on Goodreads to get more recommendations and connect with fellow readers.

What are some of your favorite books? Do you have story about how they helped shape your life or how you found them? Please leave a comment, I’d love to know.

Happy reading!


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