Interaction Designer

Read More Books

I’m sure we’ve all made the decision to read more books. Probably multiple times. After months of eyeing up a book, I would eventually add it to a wish list or something, then when I finally get around to buying it; it’s on the shelf after 30 pages, regardless of quality.

Now I am really really really old I find myself being a bit more organised, with some extra time on my hands and the need to keep my brain busy and fresh. I also gave up watching TV a few years ago and there’s not a lot to do when you’ve decided to stop working for the night. I’m finally slapping my eyeholes down on some print and can honestly say this is the more productive and switched-on I have been for years.

We read things online aaaaaaaall the time. It’s always being forced down our throats through every platform, but a lot of it is written by absolute nutters that find very skewed “facts” to back up their ideas. Whilst still true with books, it does help to filter out some of the crap. If you can find a credible author with some strong experience in your area of interest it can be a very refined, cheap and personal educational experience. Here’s some of my personal recommendations:

  1. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
  2. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  3. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5 by Timothy Ferriss
  4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  5. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
  6. One Simple Idea by Stephen Key
  7. Startup Playbook by David S. Kidder
  8. E-Myth Mastery by Michael E. Gerber
  9. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
  10. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  11. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  12. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco
  13. Remote: Office Not Required by David Heinemeier Hansson
  14. ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever by David Heinemeier Hansson
  15. Do Fly – Find your way. Make a living. Be your best self by Gavin Strange

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