I first read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg when I was in university. It was one of the first personal development/popular psychology books I had ever read. Since then, I have used many of the concepts in this book to change and build new habits.
I first heard about The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey many years ago on a guitar forum. It was recommended because the principles in this book apply not only to tennis, but to many other activities, including playing the guitar. I eventually read this book when I was in university, and indeed, the concepts in this book have since had a big influence on how I perform many activities, such as weightlifting and playing the guitar.
I first came across The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau at a local bookstore many years ago while I was in university. At the time when I read this book, the concepts were not immediately relevant to me. However, since graduating, many of the ideas in this book have had an influence on me. This book offers plenty of practical advice and detailed steps on starting a small business. The following summary includes the essence of each chapter.
I first came across The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson at the local book store, and recall how the cover immediately caught my attention - both the colour, typography, and the actual title of the book. I eventually read this book after it was recommended to me many times.
I first came across speed reading many years ago while browsing for books at the library. Work Smarter with Speed Reading: A Teach Yourself Guide by Tina Konstant was one of the books that I came across that had the most comprehensive information on speed reading. Every speed reading resource that I have come across since then offers the same advice found in this book, which are found in the summary below.
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason is a classic book on personal finance. I first read this book while in the middle of university, and since graduating, the advice given in this book has proven to be valuable. This book presents timeless personal financial advice in the form of fictional parables that take place in ancient Babylon. It’s a very short read, with much of the advice condensed in the summary below.
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin is a book that has had a big influence on my life in the past few years. Although there is a lot of repetition in this book, which could have been condensed into a single blog post, I would still recommend this book. It is essentially a collection of related blog posts that are fun to read on their own, and there are some interesting tidbits of information scattered throughout. The main ideas in the book are summarized below.
The Pomodoro Technique: The Life-Changing Time-Management System by Francesco Cirillo was a life-changing book for me. I discovered the Pomodoro technique almost a decade ago while studying in university, and since then, I have been consistently using this technique for doing any kind of focused work.
The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast! by Josh Kaufman is a book on how to efficiently acquire skills. Written by the same author as The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, this book promises to teach you how to learn anything… fast - presumably, within the first 20 hours.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was the infamous book that started the self-help genre as we know it today. Although first published in 1936, to this day, this book remains at the top of many self-help and personal development reading lists.