Some More Books You Might Enjoy

by Stephen Mills on February 6, 2010

Books

Please check out my Some Books You Might Enjoy article from October as well.

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives This is a really interesting book.  Everyone has probably heard of the six degrees of separation theory.  It’s basically that everyone is connected to everyone else by an average of six hops.  This book takes that a step further and shows that influence within our social networks travels about three degrees of separation.  The author likes to say that your friend’s friend’s friend can make you fat.  I learned a lot about social networks, their structure, and their power from this book.  If you are interested in human social relationships, this book is for you.

Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan.  I loved this book.  It’s a bargain book on Amazon and it’s well worth your time and $9.  Play is not just for children.  The authors argue it’s a critical component to success and being a fulfilled human being for adults of all ages.  Play is an important factor in brain health and is a critical factor in happiness, social relationships, creativity, and innovation.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller.  This is a story about a man who found meaning and fulfillment in his own life after he already was a best-selling author.  It really gets to the heart of what success is and is not.  This book is very inspirational and it teaches you all along the way.  A wonderful read.

Why Your Life Sucks by Alan Cohen has a cover that absolutely sucks and a title that’s not much better.  However, in the pages of this book, much wisdom can be found on living a happy and fulfilled life.  It is highly recommended, and a better use of $10 would be difficult to imagine.

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock.  This is a great book that both describes latest findings from brain science and and shows you how to make practical use of them.  There is a lot of good information in this book and it is put together in a unique and useful way.

Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide by Caroline Adams Miller is an outstanding book.  I cannot say enough good about it other than just get it.  It is incredibly content dense and full of exercises and tips.  It’s all about goal setting and positive psychology.

Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back This was a fascinating book and has some really interesting ideas on how the world has become a giant corporation and how we participate in it.  He includes a really interesting historical discussion of the Renaissance and the establishment of corporations.  I found his material on local currencies intriguing.  The author, Douglas Rushkoff starts off the book by relating how he was mugged in his trendy Brooklyn neighborhood.  His neighbors were concerned not with the fact he was mugged, but that his advertising of that fact might affect their property values.  A truly sad commentary on what we have become in this modern materialistic culture.  There is a lot of good in this book, but Rushkoff’s far left political philosophy seem to take over at times.  If you can let that chaff go, you will find yourself challenged by intelligent discussion of important issues.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin is outstanding.  I discussed it in a full length review here – Linchpin – A Review

Are You Ready to Succeed? Unconventional Strategies to Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life by Srikumar S. Rao.  I once watched a 10 minute YouTube video about carrying around unnecessary burdens.  I remembered the name of the professor in the video – Srikumar S. Rao.  One day browsing the bookstore, I saw his name on a book and decided to get it and I’m glad I did.  Are You Ready to Succeed is an excellent book oriented towards mental models and mindfulness.  It’s very well done.

I’m finding that I am running out of space with so much more to tell you about so I think I will continue this tomorrow.

Do you have any great books you want to tell everyone about?  Leave a comment.

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Richard | RichardShelmerdine.com February 7, 2010 at 4:22 am

I’ve heard a lot of great things about “life inc” and the title makes m ant to buy it. It’s on my wishlist. Cheers.
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Nimit Kashyap February 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Good post , try to find some the books you mentioned.

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Tess The Bold Life February 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I’ve read nearly all of Alan Cohen’s books. There full of stories that get his point across. Nice list. I need the one on focus!
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..Born To Run =-.

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Self Improvement Guy February 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I just formulated a new list for this year – first up is ‘The Power of Less’ by Leo Babauta – but I have to add Cohen’s book to the list. That title kills me, but I must say that I’m intrigued!

Best to you,
Scott
.-= Self Improvement Guy´s last blog ..Ben Franklin – Self Improvement Guru? =-.

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Vin - NaturalBias February 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Hey Stephen,

How are the exercises and quizzes in Creating Your Best Life? I love books that foster introspection and this sounds like a good one.

I just read Andre Agassi’s autobiography which somewhat surprisingly isn’t all that much about tennis. In a way, it sounds similar to A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. It’s a great story!
.-= Vin – NaturalBias´s last blog ..Learn from Andre Agassi’s Search For Meaning =-.

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Jonny February 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

Nice list of resources Ste, appreciate the time it took to put them together.
.-= Jonny´s last blog ..Unfortunately Sir, I Think Your Acting Career Is Over – Your Plan Of Action To Wealth And Success =-.

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