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The Other Books I Recommend

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 | 7 Comments

When I posted about Chris Guillebeau’s book “The Art of Non-Conformity“, Alex posted a comment requesting the other books I recommend.  Here are the books, along with a brief explanation:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey.

  • Who should read it: Anyone and everyone.  This book will help you live a better life.
  • What this book did for me:  Covey’s seven principles allowed me to make major changes to my life, which ultimately led me to all the things I’m doing today.

The 4 Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss.

  • Who should read it: Anyone that hates their job, thinks saving for retirement is wasting the best years of your life, and anyone interested in making a living with passive income.
  • What this book did for me: Ferriss, like Guillebeau, talks about unconventional ideas.  His advice helped me become a “professional” writer and consultant, while allowing my family to travel the world.

Ignore Everybody, by Hugh MacLeod

  • Who should read it: Anyone in the creative arts, especially writers and artists.  Also, anyone that feels they have something significant to share with the world.  This book is about YOUR big ideas.
  • What this book did for me:  I attribute the success of The Barefoot Running Book to MacLeod.  Among his best advice for writers- publishers are nothing more than middlemen. 

Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hannson

  • Who should read this book:  Anyone that owns or manages a business.
  • What this book did for me:  Fried and Hannson provided the ideas that became the working framework for BRU.

Anyone read any of these five?  Care to share your thoughts?


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  2. Marnie
    November 13, 2011

    I love the 4 Hour Work Week! I’ll have to check out the other books, thanks for the recs.

  3. Trisha Reeves
    November 4, 2011

    With that said, I think I’ll read Ignore Everybody. I think I need that right now. Thank you for the recommendations.

  4. Trisha Reeves
    November 4, 2011

    Outliers, by Malcom Gladwell. If you haven’t read this yet, I think you’ll enjoy it. There’s even a mention of Steve Jobs in there that sorta fostered my great opinion of the man.

  5. Patton Gleason
    November 4, 2011

    Linchpin and Tribes from Godin were huge for me on a personal level. It was an amplifier for that little voice inside.

  6. Alex
    November 4, 2011

    Thanks. Rework looks like a must-read for me, as a young coffee bar manager, trying to figure out how to transition from barista to boss.

  7. Andy Carney
    November 4, 2011

    Read Covey and Ferris – Both were game changers for me. I also read Leo Babuta, Tom Peters and Tim Sanders Peters and Sanders relate more to my work life, as does Seth Godin.

    While I agree wtih Tim Ferris, I also get a lot out of my work relationships and consider it a challenge to try to break through some of the genral douchebaggery that exists in the business world these days. Sometimes, however, you get overrun by the hordes of “me-firsters”. I’m still not ready to cut the cord…