Book Recommendations Q2-2017

I’m often asked what I’m reading so I’ve been making a point to share my recommendations every quarter. I have business partners and friends who read aggressively and often share their recommendations with me. Reading is a major tenet in lifelong learning and growing. Some of what I read is professional, but every book I read is with the goal of learning and growing as an individual. Previously I shared Books I Read in Q1–2017, and Books I Read in 2016.

Here are my recommendations for Q2–2017

The Male Brain by Louanne Brizantine

The half-size follow up on the Female Brain from the same author. This book gives the physiological evolution of the brain related to our behaviour. Both great reads.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, and Ron McMillan

If you have to work or live with any other humans that you have to communicate with this is a must read. I’d recommend this for anyone in management. Great practical lessons.

The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo

On the surface a very thorough and thoughtful methodology on how to declutter the things in your house and a metaphorical example on personal values how to declutter your life in order to focus on what matters most.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Incredibly inspiring and fun first person account about how the author decided to hike for three months alone. This had tremendous impact on me and my journey not to mention getting my ass in gear to complete my book.

Free Will by Sam Harris

Harris argues that the truth about the human mind (that free will is an illusion) does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of political and social freedom, and can as well as should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

Rich Roll is the host of my favorite podcast where he interviews world renowned athletes, scientists in nutrition and experts in a wide array of topics. This book is his memoirs and talks about going from an overweight couch potato to one of the fittest men on the planet. It’s such a great read.

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn Dr. Elissa Epel

Telomeres are the stem cells located at the tips of our chromosomes. The length of these telomeres have a direct correlation with our our biological health. This is book is the scientific evidence from a Nobel Prize Laureate PhD and a second PhD about what activity and nutrition we consume in our daily activities, and even how our thoughts, affect our physical health. This is an emerging field and is fascinating.

10% Happier by Dan Harris

If you’re looking for a real world, practical way to get meditation in your life without the dogmatic noise this is for you. This is a witty and insightful account of a highly touted ABC news anchor’s journey from a meltdown in live TV to the top of his game both professionally and personally.

The Plantpower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt

You might have noticed that I am a huge fan of Rich Roll and Julie Piatt. This is the first cookbook I’ve read as a regular book. Important insights and tasty ideas on plant-based nutrition.

The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

These two troublemakers are akin to a comedy group. The two met for five days for the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday and through their love and respect for each other have formed this work around how to achieve joy in your life. This isn’t about Buddhism or Christianity, but about the practical, tactical ways of living situations and realizing true joy. It’s the first book that I wanted to start over again as soon as it was over.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

This may shock you, but I’m not an astrophysicist. I know right? I am curious about the universe however and, like many, I love Neil deGrasse Tyson whom I’d discovered in other arenas. This book is a great way to learn the basics of astrophysics to at least understand what we know and how we know it. Plus it’s read by Tyson in the audiobook.

Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian by Anthony Ervin Constantine Markides

Imagine you become an olympian, win a gold medal, decided it wasn’t for you so you went to New York, didn’t tell anyone who you were so you could find yourself, partied like a rock-star literally, then decided to go back and become an Olympian and win again and then do it all over again. That’s what Anthony Ervin did in this creatively written telling of his journey.

SuperLife: The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome by Darin Olien

In this groundbreaking health and lifestyle guide, the superfoods expert, nutritionist, and creator of Shakeology provides the key to understanding and utilizing the five life forces — the sole factors that determine whether or not we will be healthy, fit, and free of illness.

Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery by David Clark

Out There is similar to one of my favourite books, Finding Ultra. It’s described as an “unwashed and unfiltered reality of David’s journey. It is brutally and unflinchingly honest — and a testament to the power of redemption and the human spirit.”

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness

From deliberate learning, fuck distraction, and do one thing at a time. Some great anecdotes and science-backed practical methods behind maintaining peak performance. Gladwell’s 10,000 hours depends on the quality of those hours. The courage to rest, the productivity of sleep, the practical power or purpose and the importance of who you should surround yourself with. This also includes a real roadmap to get there.