BOOKS TO READ

List of books that pretty much changed how I view the world.


“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.”  Charlie Munger


Fooled by Randomness

by Nassim N. Taleb


Human fallacies, irrational biases and our obsession with creating false narratives.

"It's more random than we think, not it is all random."

Key takeaway: We do not control randomness, but we manage our reaction to it. Expect it, don’t complain or blame. Face variance with dignity and wisdom.

Follow this up by reading Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Major Medical Breakthroughs in the Twentieth Century

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman


Thinking, Fast and Slow is about the dual process model of our brain - System 1 and System 2 where each system provides radically different thought processes.

WYSIATI - What You See Is All There Is

The key takeaway from this book is that we are extremely prone to errors due to our natural/automatic inclination to create narratives (often false), we are exposed to irrational biases which makes us jump to conclusions and make bad decisions. We generally need to get better at activating System 2 in order to increase chances of making good decisions.

Thinking, Fast and Slow review

The Wisdom Paradox

by Elkohon Goldberg


Elkohon Goldberg generally outlines the brain and our mind while trying to explain wisdom and our mind with the premise of learning and pattern-recognition. Basically as we grow older we are able to see patterns and read situations more clearly so that we can make better decisions and know what to do. It perfectly lines up with the wise old man archetype and why wisdom is associated with old age - our brain power increase as we age. And our brain literally grow stronger in the process of constantly making the effort of learning, it becomes more resistant to brain disease linked to aging.

Rework

by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson


Become better and faster in business and getting things done.

... reading books you love until you love to read.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

by Robert B. Cialdini


This book was published in the 80s and much material that have been published since are paraphrasing Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Save yourself some time and read this book if you want to get great insights to marketing, advertising, sales and in a sense product development and business strategy.

Covering the seven principles of persuasion: Reciprocity, Commitment and Consistency, Social Proof, Authority, Liking, Scarcity, Unity.

Antifragile

by Nassim N. Taleb


This book had a profound effect on me and the concepts and topics included in the book, Nonlinearity, Domain Dependence, via Negativa, Inversion, Iatrogenics, The Lindy Effect, Skin in the Game, Fragilistas, can be applied everywhere.

The overall concept for the book is objects or processes that get stronger and more resilient when put under stress - Antifragility.

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

by Ernest Hemingway


Reading doesn't necessarily come easy and is a skill and habit which needs to be practiced. The best way of doing that is by reading books you love until you love to read - after that you should be able to create a reading habit and begin the journey of digesting any subject or concept.

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway is the only fictional book I come back to reading in recent years. It has a lot of breadth and should appeal to a broad audience containing 54 short stories. This book was one of many fictional books that made me love reading when I was younger - helping me transition into devouring non-fictional books, annual reports and educational online content when I got older.