Book List

I read a TON (and so does @Chris ), so I thought I’d start a book recommendation thread here. I’ll just drop a short list of my top books lately and we can get a conversation going!

My current read (which I finally got Chris to pick up) is The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler. It’s a primer on peak performance and achievement that covers a range from motivation to purpose, learning, creativity, and flow.

What surprises me about this book is how dense it is with gold. Literally. My copy is more yellow than not of highlights, and I’ve had trouble taking notes on it, because Kotler’s use of language is superb. I can’t summarize or say it better than he already has.

Next up — Essentialism and Effortless by Greg McKeown. Effortless was my most recent read from McKeown, and it immediately went on my “top books” shelf. Essentialism is a book on prioritization, Effortless is a book on energy and time management. Making the big rocks smaller so they all fit.

Last for this post — Creative Calling by Chase Jarvis.

Another book packed with insights, especially for creative professionals, on how to pursue a calling without sacrificing ALL of your security. Yes, there’s inherit risk in any pursuit, but Jarvis gives you a toolkit that you can use to follow your bliss.

I have plenty of book recommendations, and I’m sure this list will grow over time. I can’t wait to see what other people recommend! What are some of the TOP books you have on YOUR shelf?

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  • Josh Johnson

    Start With Why and The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek. Both are amazing books on thinking bigger with a mission in mind, and how to use your “Big Why” as a compass for your actions.

    Mostly for business application, but the ideas work incredibly well for personal goals too.