The past few years have been full of challenge, crises, amazing things, and enjoyment.

Surviving isn’t always easy. Especially when you try something big. These books helped me along the way.

The simple art of not giving a f*ck.
Going through change? Struggling to figure out what the hell everything means? Why you are so stressed, and have a meltdown when your internet connection drops for the third time in a row? You are clearly giving too many f*cks. This book turns reality upside down by challenging what is important in your life and emphasizing the ability to prioritize.

The obstacle is the way – Ryan Holiday 
Doing something really really challenging? So hard you want to give up? Ryan Holiday has been there, and has the scars to prove it. He uses his own experience, and the wisdom of the stoics to illustrate how the challenges in life are really the biggest periods of growth for us. That changing perspective on things can make all the difference in the world.

Learning Fast
The 4-hour Chef – Tim Ferriss
Entrepreneurship is about doing lots of things you have never done before. Exploring new territory requires an intense amount of efficiency. Tim’s book help you understand how best to deconstruct complex things, select what to focus on, sequence them, and hold yourself accountable by setting up stakes that guarantee their use. Great perspective on how to objectively break down learning from a serious pro.

Ego is the enemy – Ryan Holiday
Done something big? Getting full of yourself or struggling to figure out why nothing seems the same anymore? Ego is indeed the enemy of greatness. While it helps us achieve our goals, It also gets in our way, forces us to stumble, makes us unpleasant to be around, and many other things most people don’t want to be like. We all have one, best to figure out how to tame this animal before it tamed you.

The Last Lion
We learn so much from history. At least the smart ones do. Winston Churchill is one of my heroes. He personally saved the world from Naziism. This series of three massive books (hope you have a free years), is a phenomenal magnum opus of William Manchester that steps through the amazing life of the Enigma, Winston Churchill, global politics, and both WW1, and WW2.

Existential Crisis
Mans Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
Having a meltdown? Not sure if you should go to work today or stay in bed because what the hell does it matter anyways? Listen to the psychologist that went through multiple death camps during WW2 and survived the holocaust to write about his experiences of those who survived and died in the camps and the hell they went through. This fascinating look at stripping away humans of everything, down to their dignity, will make you appreciate that life can’t be that bad, and there is meaning. You just have to find it.

How to fail at Almost Everything and still win big – Scott Adams.
I was going to use the word failure for this one. It is after all a big word that catches attention and freaks people the hell out. But really, failure is just one part of growth. Scott’s book is around the idea of thinking about systems, not goals. Goals can bring failure if they are not achieved. Our westernized worldview has taught us that, but this book changed that lens to a more positive relationship with growth. It’s not failure if you learn. If what you are doing is part of a system, not succeeding in the way you hoped, just shows you the path that didn’t work, and that is growth. As Nelson Mandela says “I never fail, I either win or I learn”.

Community Building
Startup Communities – Brad Feld
Thinking big – like community big? Wish that the people in your community would work together and build something amazing? Startup Communities blends psychology, sociology, business, and creativity to enlighten readers on building a strong community around pretty much anything.

These books share a common thread – the human condition. They are books that help people connect, understand one another and most importantly the self. They are good for the soul, good for society, and good reads.

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