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My 2020 reading list is an inventory of the books I am currently reading or have read this year. I’ve included the reason for choosing this book. If I have summarized the book, I’ve linked to my summary including what I believe to be the most applicable lessons. If I have not yet summarized the book, I’ve linked to the book in the Amazon.com Book Store.
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
I first read this book in 1984 after it was recommended to me by a mentor of mine at the time. It has had a profound impact on the way I view the world. I have re-read it several times over the years and decided to re-read it this year after it was recommended by Tim Ferris, who called this one of the four most important books he has read.
Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by A.G. Lafley & Roger Martin
Strategy is often misunderstood as vision, a plan, optimization or best practices. Each of those is a component of strategy, but none in and of themselves are strategy. Strategy is choosing how you will play a game. This book examines five key choices that make up a winning strategy.
Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland & J.J. Sutherland
This is a book about Agile project management, but it is more than that. It is a book about how to get things done. This is another of the books I have read more than once, and each time I read it I become more productive, more efficient and more effective. You can use the lessons in this book to lead an organization, a team or yourself.
I have resisted reading this book because it seemed too simple. Was it really necessary to write an entire book that can be boiled down into one sentence? But, since the book was recommended to me over and over again. I decided to give it a go. My suspicions were confirmed. The entire book can be boiled down into one sentence, a question, really. And, it may just be the best book I’ve read in a very long time.
This book contains 365 small lessons on stoicism and stoic living. It is meant to be read one lesson a day for a year. The book examines three disciplines: perception, action and will power. Within each discipline is a monthly focus, including clarity, emotions, action, problem solving and resilience.
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
This is an all-time classic and another book that I have read many times. It’s a parable, a story of Hafid who was given ten ancient scrolls containing life-changing wisdom. Those scrolls make up most of the book, each scroll comprising a chapter. While you could read the book cover to cover, the book was written with the intention that you would read and re-read each scroll every day for a month, before moving onto the next scroll. That is how I’ve chosen to engage with the book during this reading.
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