Recommendation: Mind-blowing non-fiction books

Summer is a traditional holiday season. Most of us take a break and enjoy some time-off from the busy work life. For me it is also a great chance to enjoy a few books from my “must read”. So it is a perfect time to refresh the list and crowd-source for updates.

Well, since that you are in my network here on LinkedIn, there is a chance that we might have many things in common and share similar views. I trust your expert opinion and hope this crowd-sourcing exercise will benefit both you and me and the rest of the network, so I encourage you to share this post with your connections and build together “the best of the best” reading list!!

Here are some of the books that I tend to recommend to others. That is not a complete list, but sort of “top of my mind” list. I bet you have read most of these popular books. I believe they are all worth reading either for the great ideas they have or just for the very practical stuff that you can start implementing right away for a positive life changes. So if you find the book you haven’t read yet, please add it to your personal list.

“7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey is on the top of my list. I just think that it is one of the most inspiring and impactful books. First time I read it was about 10 years ago and I still keep returning to it from time to time.

Malcolm Gladwell stays on the top of the best-selling authors list for several years now. These 3 are my favorites: “The Tipping Point”, “Blink”, “Outliers

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“The 4 Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss is an easy read and there are some very useful tips that I picked from the book.

I believe these 3 books are absolutely essential for anyone interested in Investing:

Great book on Negotiations: “Getting to Yes” by Roger Fisher

“The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker is a fundamental for every manager.

I liked the structure of “Business Model Generation” by Alex Osterwalder. It is very visual and puts business strategy in a simple practical approach.

“The Republic of Tea” by Mel and Patricia Ziegeler inspired me to start my own business years ago.

Next week I have my vacation starting and I am taking “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty with me. This book raised so many discussions around it and received very positive feedback from people I trust, so looking forward to reading it in the upcoming weeks.

I also check-out INSEAD library catalog from time to time to find interesting reads, here is the link, so maybe you’ll add it to your bookmarks as well.

What would be on your list of mind-blowing books and why?…

Originally published at on July 8, 2014.

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