Some of the authors and thinkers who have changed me
Some mornings I have something I want to do a whole lot more than write another daily blog post. Sometimes this is so true that I don’t. I’m not sure if you notice, but my Mom sure does. She writes a daily blog, too. Today is one of those mornings. Instead of skipping writing, though, I thought I’d share another short bit about some of the thinkers who have really influenced me.
Yesterday, I was journaling about how much I’m loving Give and Take by Adam Grant. I realized how his book will fit in a relatively short list of books or speeches that have completely shifted the way I see the world. I thought it would be fun to list out a few of the others, so I might as well share a few:
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- Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot — My friend Michael Marantz took Carl narrating part of this book and set it to piano he composed and video he shot. It’s worth checking out.
- Richard Feynman’s The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
- Alan Watts’ The Dream of You and The Real You — Warning: the music here adds a degree of drama that is a bit unnecessary.
- Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes
- Christopher Hitchens’ Arguably
- Seth Godin’s Linchpin and Tribes
- Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From
- Robert Greene’s Mastery
- Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead
- Albert Wenger’s World After Capital
- Adam Grant’s Give and Take
That’s not an exhaustive list, but they’re all books I keep coming back to over and over again. Each time I discover another like it, I’m stunned at the power of a single book.
What do you think is missing from my list?
🎉 🍻 ❤️ — Andy