2019 Book Summaries

Below you’ll find the “Quick Takes” from my 2019 book summaries. The quick lesson is what I’ve learned from the books I’ve read in one paragraph or less. You can read my complete summary by clicking on the title of the book.


Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and Win

High-performance leaders practice extreme ownership. They empower their team to make decisions and act. And, at the same time, they take full responsibility for the outcome. Great leaders blame no one when things go wrong.


Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Makin More and Working Less

We are the managers of our lives. The world is a series of systems. Our job is to create and manage the systems of our lives so that they serve us.


Emerson’s Essay on Compensation

There is an absolute balance in nature.  Everything has a benefit and a cost.  There is a price for everything.  And, every price we pay will return something of value in return.  You cannot do good without benefiting, and you cannot do wrong without recompense.  Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Do the Work

Motivation is for amateurs.  Your feelings are irrelevant.  Do the work.


Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers

The key to health, including brain health, is to eat properly, to get regular exercise, and to get good sleep.  The keystone action is to eat properly.  When you eat well you will get better sleep and have the energy to exercise.  The key to eating properly is to remember this:  sugar is bad, fat is good.  Written by Dr. David Perlumutter.

Looking for More Great Books?

I hope you’ve enjoyed the quick lessons from my 2019 book summaries. Here are a couple of other book lists I’ve compiled:


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