- Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink : I originally found this book by listening to Jocko’s podcast. The lessons in the book about leadership are similar to those mentioned in his podcast. However, the reason that this book is so great is that he recounts his experiences in the military that help explain why the lessons he teaches are so crucial.
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell : Outliers is known for the claim that it takes 10,000 hours to master any skill. The book contains a lot of examples that help further your understanding of mastery. If you plan to master any skill then I would suggest reading this book as it can help re-motivate you.
- The Book of 5 Rings by Miyamoto Musashi: Musashi is a master swordsman from the 17th century and this is his “no nonsense” account of how he became such a phenomenal swordsman. I found this particularly interesting when I was boxing because there are a lot of similarities in winning a sword fight and winning a boxing match. I would suggest this book to anyone who engages in any type of martial art.
- Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson: This book made the list because it helped my personal growth. Emerson stresses the importance of not conforming, following one’s own voice and encourages the reader to develop their own culture/traditions instead of blindly following societies traditions that may be harmful or meaningless. Overall, this book made me feel like more of an independent individual (self-reliant) and was an enjoyable read.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: Brave New World was an interesting read as it brought up many moral issues including ideas such as eugenics, personal freedom and human nature. Moreover, this book is a classic and has helped me understand many references in other novels and movies, which has ultimately provided me with a deeper understanding of these other works.