Every Christmas I usually go to my parent’s house in a small village. And every year I do the same, read a lot. The good thing about Christmas is that you can take an advantage of that time to learn something new, to read the books you say you don’t have time to.
So here it goes my must book’s list for this Christmas:
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike — Phil Knight.
This is a beautiful book written by the founder of Nike. Phil Knight’s memoir is the kind of story that motivates and push you to do something. Looking backwards, the author tells how everything started. It’s incredible how a 24 years old kid started to travel the world in the search of meaning in his life, and ended up with a multi-million company. Definitely it’s one in my top memoir’s list.
Rework: Change The Way You Work Forever — Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.
You can find it in the book review section (clicking here). I think this is one of the books I’ve recommended the most. It’s focused on several topics that concerns businesses and desmystify standard applications that injures businesses. (Ideas like ASAP is poison or workaholism.) It will make you rethink and rework the way you work. Seriously, the book is really good. (You can also check another book from the authors called Remote: Office Not Required.)
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future — Ashlee Vance.
This biography shows you that everything is possible. It’ll kick your ass and you’ll do something worthwhile. It’s difficult to say that this biography is my favorite one, but it really is. This books relates the story of the successful billionaire Elon Musk. From how he started with nothing, sleeping in his office while founding Zip2, and how he battled to get where he is. Intriguing and inspiring.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard — Chip Heath and Dan Heath.
It’s been difficult to choose a book from Heath’s brothers, all of them are really good. In this case, I recommend you Switch. It’s not new, I think it was released in 2010, but if you need to pick a book of how to tackle change, this is THE book. Applying human behavior to their research, Heath’s brothers show us how those principles can be used to change our lives or businesses. It’s a must read.
Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth — Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares.
If you’re taking Christmas to think about launching a new project, you should get this book. It’s like the Lean Startup book for communication. It’ll show you a variety of traction channels to choose from, and how to pick the right one. It doesn’t provide an extensive content of each channel, but the enough information to get started and know where you should go.
(Read the review clicking here.)
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich — Tim Ferriss.
The famous best-seller was written in 2007 and it’s still in the top ranks. I usually recommend this book to people who are getting started, and everybody after reading it says… thank you. The book covers a lot of topics, but it doesn’t dive too much on any of them. Anyway, it’s a good base to get a lot of knowledge of how to be more productive, challenge yourself, start new businesses to get income, and how to think differently about what having a job means. I read this book a while ago, and it was one of the reasons I started to live abroad. Totally worth the time.