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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Books That Could Change Your Life

I read a ton (mostly audio books while I drive, actually) and I get asked frequently about the books I'd recommend others to read. So I have a list (that regularly is updated as I read more, of course). So, if you're looking for a book that could change the way you think or live, here's a list of books that could do that for you.

Important Note: I don’t agree with all of the conclusions or perspectives of these authors. Many of them have a very different worldview than I do. But all of these books are 1) well written/engaging to read, and 2) very thought provoking/mind stretching.

Getting Things Done by David Allen
Influence by Robert Cialdini
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
 (wisdom and decision making)
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Talent Is Overrated by Geoffrey Colvin
Brain Rules by John Medina
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Influencer by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, and Ron McMillan
Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Drive by Daniel Pink
Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (parenting)
The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons
The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig
Leadership & Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Boundaries by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster (Christian living)
The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely

Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina (parenting)
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Great by Choice by Jim Collins
How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins
Mastery by George Leonard
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely
The Sir Winston Method by James C. Humes (on communication skills, but out of print & hard to find)
Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis
Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Glimmer: How design can transform your life, and maybe even the world by Warren Berger
Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
Three Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick Lencioni
Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated by Timothy Ferriss
The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley
Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley
The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman
Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute
Strategic Intuition by Bill Duggan
Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell
Freakanomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
Being Wrong by Kathryn Schultz
Story by Robert McKee
John Adams (biography) by David McCullough
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Sacred Marriage (Christian marriage)
Sacred Parenting (Christian parenting)
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (for those who are writers/thinkers/creative professionals)


  1. Scott, thanks a ton for this list! Don't forget How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie - my all-time favorite! I made a list of my top 15 recently: http://www.nathanmagnuson.com/2012/08/27/favorite-books-on-leadership/

    1. Ah, that is a classic and one I learned a lot from, too. I'll need to add it to my list. Thanks for the reminder! Also, thanks for the heads up on your list. I'm adding a few to my reading list.