Book Recommendations

I’m always interested to get book recommendations from people. I love to read and it’s always interesting to hear about books that really spoke to someone. Sometimes I agree and that’s like finding buried treasure.

In that spirit, here are a few that I refer back to over and over.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
by David Allen

Everyone has more to get done than they can possibly do. He presents a system to help organize all your “stuff”.

Anything You Want
by Derek Sivers

I could try to tell you about the book, but if you’ll watch the author’s TED talk¬†How to start a movement¬†– you’ll get the idea.

Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality
by Henry Cloud

This isn’t just about the “doing the right thing” kind of integrity, but more along the lines of the integrity of metal (solid, not broken). He talks a lot about the wake that people leave behind (like a boat wake).

The Flinch
by Julien Smith
Interesting perspective about how normal people avoid getting hit (pain), but boxers know they are going to get hit and train themselves to get through it to get what’s on the other side.

Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
by Thomas Sowell

Everyone should read this. I wish it could be required reading for high school seniors.

Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers
by Geoffrey A. Moore

Great marketing strategy for start-up founders. Inspired by the Allies invasion of Europe in World War II

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
by Peter F. Drucker

Anything that Peter Drucker wrote is fantastic, but this is a good start. This book was first published in the late 60s, but is still so relevant. Computers were new then, but his insight on their application to business is spot on.

Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers
by Seth Godin

Seth is my favorite author of “business-related” stuff. I love all of his books, but I think this is my favorite.