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Books recommendations

2023-03-23 — Written by Matt

Books I recommend to boost your productivity levels.

  1. Key books to sharpen your time-management skills
  2. Eat that frog by Brian Tracey
  3. Compound effect by Daren Hardy
  4. When by Dan Pink
  5. Awaken the giant within by Tony Robins
  6. Extreme ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  7. Deep work by Cal Newport
  8. The millionaires Fastlane by M. J. DeMarco

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Whether the above quote was first said by Abraham Lincoln or Peter Drucker has been debated for decades. Regardless of who said it, this statement is so true!

Creating your future breaks down into two fundamental skills: Planning and Execution.

None of us was born with them, and they also are ever-developing skills. You can continuously improve and learn new tips.

There are plenty of books on the subject, so how do you decide which are worth reading? A key recommendation for sifting out mediocrity is to look for authors with traceable success. For example, if you would like your son to learn how to play football, who will teach him better, a third-lig player or Lionel Messi? Well, exactly. Learn from the best!

Key books to sharpen your time-management skills

Eat that frog by Brian Tracey

A great starting point for those who want to stop procrastinating and get more important things done. Very straightforward, practical and doable. Only Brian Tracy can teach decision making, discipline and determination in 21 short chapters and 108 pages. Priceless little book.

Compound effect by Daren Hardy

It was about time someone told us straight how to become successful and what it really takes to earn it. We have been bamboozled long enough, offered too many silver bullets and magic pills for $29.99.

It doesn’t matter what you would like to be successful at. The mechanism of earning success in many fields is the same. It’s hard work. It’s a consistent effort. It’s keeping your foot on the gas. It’s keeping yourself in focus. This book is a manual on that. It will teach you how small, seemingly insignificant actions add to the ultimate result and how to use the compounding effect to your advantage.

When by Dan Pink

We are told a lot about what to do and what is good for us. But not often advised when exactly is the best time to do it. Are there hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Is it better to go to the hospital in the afternoon or morning? Is there a perfect time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married? What about exercises?

In “When”, Daniel shows that timing is, in fact, a science. There is a rich body of research from psychology, biology and economics. Dan synthesises it into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with practical takeaways.

Awaken the giant within by Tony Robins

An underrated gem. A perfect book to sharpen self-esteem, change habits, and get in control of emotions and beliefs. It’s extensive and full of quotes, examples and exercises. As always with Tony Robins, it is written with enthusiasm and strength. In terms of planning, the first few chapters are of particular importance. They spell out the decision-making mechanism and should be taught at schools!

Extreme ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

A book by a couple of Navy seals who knows a thing or two about the weight of personal ownership end Leadership. Many books touch on the subject, and Willink & Babin were eloquent about it. The guys use examples from the warzone and translate them into business scenarios. An excellent book to sharpen the skill of owning life completely.

Deep work by Cal Newport

The ability to focus and complete cognitively demanding tasks is like a superpower in our increasingly distracted world. In this book, Cal Newport explains how to create a good working space and improve your skill to complete cognitive tasks. It is also a pleasant read, full of anecdotes and interesting stories. A very refreshing voice in the world when we are constantly told we need more. We don’t. We need to become more.

The millionaires Fastlane by M. J. DeMarco

This book is like a slap in the face, in a good way. Primarily focussed on financial advice and a proposition for those wanting to do well in business. The subject of time and its importance is emphasised throughout the book and presented in many surprising contexts. Safe to say that whoever reads “The millionaires Fastlane” will never be the same again.

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