My 2018 in Books & Learnings

My 22 list of books

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This year I tried to double the books I read, also I mixed it a little bit between business non-fiction (Peter Drucker), and science non-fiction (The Emperor of All Maladies). Last year I learned about Stoicism, so there are more stoic books this year, and probably I’ll increase it in the coming years.

This is my 2018 reading list, includes why I read the book, my learnings, and if I would read it again.

On How I Read?

Do you finish every book you read? Yes and no.

Yes: Until I understand the principles and the general idea of the book, or I’m so hooked in the book that I want to finish it.

No: Sometimes the author wraps the same concept around different examples, and it becomes repetitive. Then I just change the book

I suggest reading as far as you think you need to absorb the learnings from the book. Reading a book is about extracting a message from the author’s experience.

Do you read multiple books at once? No.

At least 80% of the time I’m reading only 1 book at the time, sometimes I get bored and I change it.

Around 22 books.

My favorites:

1. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto): Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Will you reread it? Yes.

Why did you read it? Reid Hoffman & Naval recommended it.

Learning Life should be like a muscle, the more friction, the stronger you get. If you isolate from friction & stressors, you become soft, therefore fragile.

Self-reflection: My salary was my main and only source of income, I need to diversify, and increase optionality.

2. Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Will you reread it? Yes.

Why did you read it? When the book launched there was a lot of hype.

Learning Everything is a machine, design it to fulfill your goals. Understand the different parts interacting with itself to make the machine run better.

Self-reflection: There’s higher-level self & lower-level self, and life is about the higher-level self leading the distracting lower-level self.

3. Man’s Search of Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Will you reread it? Yes.

Why did you read it? Because is a question I’ve asked myself before.

Learning Life is about finding a purpose, taking responsibility of ourselves and others.

Self-reflection: “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

4. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Will you reread it? Yes.

Why did you read it? I read about stoicism and Marcus Aurelius through other books (Ryan Holiday), so I thought to go to the source.

Learning “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Self-reflection: Hustle through the things you can control or persuade. If you can’t persuade, then waste no time and find new paths.

Other books

5. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Will you reread it? Yes.

Why did you read it? My best friend is a doctor, and my best friend’s dad passed away.

Learning “For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens.”

Self-reflection: I would choose the quality of life than quantity of life.

6. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

Will you reread it? Yes.

Why did you read it? It’s a classic.

Learning “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

7. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch

Will you reread it? Maybe

Why did you read it? I wanted to improve the way I organize my time and tasks for different projects.

Learning You must find the relation of input vs outcome, and increase the sources that create most of the outcome.

8. Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

Will you reread it? Maybe

Why did you read it? Tim Ferris recommends.

Learning Amazing book to understand the difference between product and service. Some businesses like design, photography, aren’t scalable due that is a service, instead of a product.

9. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Will you reread it? No

Why did you read it? I was vegan for 4 months, and I wanted to understand further

Learning Don’t eat chicken.

10. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Hardcover by Yuval Noah Harari

Will you reread it? No

Why did you read it? I read homo sapiens, and Homo Deus focuses on what will happen tomorrow with data and AI.

Learning Yuval explains that if we hurt animals because we are smarter than them, what’s the difference of robots hurting us if they are smarter than us?

11. How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Will you reread it? No

Why did you read it? I don’t know, I read how to influence people and I loved it.

Learning Nothing new, a lot of stoicism.

12. How to Develop Self-confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie

Will you reread it? Yes

Why did you read it? Improve public speaking.

Learning “Don’t speak until you are sure you have something to say, and know just what it is.”

The rest of the books:

13. The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

14.The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

13. The Art of Asking: Amanda Palmer

14. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

15. A Short History of England: The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation by Simon Jenkins

16. Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk

17. On the Shortness of Life: Life Is Long if You Know How to Use It by Seneca

18. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

19. Think like an Engineer: by Guru Madhavan

21. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

22. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

My goal is to increase it to 30 books this 2019! Happy New Years

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