What are 5 self-development books you recommend?
Here is my top 5 picks:
- Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- One thing Thing
- Atomic Habits (Recent one which has become my favourite)
- The 4-hour workweek
- Make & Shine by Anne-Laure Le Cunff
- Getting Things Done: The concept of "next available action" was eye opening. Always knowing what the next task is you can work on for any given project. Also the requirement of a task starting with a verb. So instead of just "laundry" I'd say something like "select clothes to put in washing machine". Even though I know what "laundry" means, having it be more concrete helps actually doing it.
- Thinking Fast & Slow: Helps you become more aware of all the common mistakes our brain make.
- The Creative Habit and The War of Art: Both taught me you don't need "inspiration" to do creative work. With good habits and discipline you should be able to do creative work anytime.
- The Effective Executive: No-nonsense advice on how to be a more productive executive.
I read these books quite a while ago. Many of them I wouldn't enjoy today, but they worked for me in the moment. I recommend just getting the free chapter on iTunes/Amazon and if you don't enjoy it try again in a few years.
- The Power of Habit (or Atomic Habits is apparently also good but I haven't read it)
- Algorithms to Live By (best book I've read in a long time)
- Man's Search for Meaning
- Give and Take
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***
If you're interested in more books in the p-dev area, I recommend more here: https://stephsmith.io/books