Below is my list of the best books I have read across a variety of topics.
This list will be continuously updated as I read more influential titles that I feel are worth your time above all other books. Reading is the staple of self-education. You will struggle to find anyone who achieved massive success who didn’t read religiously. Never stop learning.
The Flinch by Julien Smith
A short but influential read. The Flinch rocks you into a healthy mind-state. The premise is simple – our brains are wired to keep us safe. To do so, it uses fear to keep us in line, and foster a sense of risk avoidance. Remember, the brain hates the unknown because it feels like it’s losing control. Our natural tendency to “flinch” when it comes to change and growth. We must accept it, learn to control it, and eventually, embrace it.
(Read the in-depth review HERE).
Gorilla Mindset by Mike Cernovich
Looking to become more mindful and aware? Look no further. Mike Cernovich delivers a high quality product that is easy to read and packed with actionable advice. Mike systematically breaks down how a strong mind makes a strong body and leads to sound decision-making. Mike also includes pictures of correct posture & stretching, interviews with 2 doctors, and much more.
(Read the in-depth review HERE)
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
Dweck examines the Fixed vs. Growth mindset in this compelling, quick read. Do you believe intelligence and talent is fixed and cannot be improved? Or can the mind be molded and talent increased through hard work and effort?
This book looks at how these two very different mindsets influence decisions and work habits, using real life examples and case studies, examining sports, business, education, relationships and much more.
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
(Click HERE for my post dissecting Seneca’s writings on death.)
Written in roughly 65 A.D., Letters from a Stoic is a series of letters written by the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca in the latter years of his life. Within the letters, Seneca touches on an abundance of topics, including death, aging, ethics, discipline, and many more topics related to the human condition. Most of the letters within this book transcend time, and are still as relevant today as they were 2000 years ago.
This book is an easy read and I highly recommended it to anyone looking to learn more about stoicism or for those looking to avoid self-indulgence and moral blueprint on how to structure a fulfilling, abundance lifestyle.
Bigger, Leaner, Stronger by Mike Matthews (Click HERE for more)
This is the most comprehensive fitness book I have read. With over 1900 reviews on Amazon (and a 4.5 star rating), Mike Matthews presents a plethora of reached-backed techniques and data. Supplements, cardio, food, macros, lifting weights – everything is covered with BLS. This book is incredibly detailed and can be used over and over as a reference. Mike even provides free eating plans and workout routines.
Body of a Spartan by Victor Pride
The Body of a Spartan program has two goals: Get you big and strong. Victor believes in compound movements and heavy weights. With a strict, easy to follow blueprint, he provides visual and written descriptions of each exercise in the routine. The approach is old-school and avoids gimmicky exercises you see in today’s resources. Victor provides the complete Spartan workout – both for beginners and experienced gym-goers.
If you’re up to the challenge, Victor gives you everything you need to put on lean mass and build a physique that will snap necks in the streets.
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
This book will only take you an hour or so to read and is packed with actionable advice on how to unlock creativity. Everything we read, see, and hear has been created several times over throughout history; always re-worked in a way that is unique to the creator. There is nothing wrong with this approach, and Kleon examines the various techniques in which we can improve our creative reasoning through brilliant tips and observations. We all have at least some creativity, and reading this book will have you examining your passions and your views of the world around you.
The Forgotten Solider by Guy Sajer
The greatest first person account of World War II I’ve read. The Forgotten Solider is an account of a young German soldier during the last two years of the war; pitted on the Eastern Front against the onslaught of the Russian advance across Europe. The Germans were retreating on all fronts, and Guy, as part of the German Army, is right in the middle of the ruthless fighting day after day. This book describes the savagery and the depths of the human condition. A thrilling read.
48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
This masterpiece details 48 Laws around control, power, and deception. Greene uses famous thinkers and figures of human history to illustrate each point, offering multiple, vivid stories for each of the powers. Not only will you learn persuasive and deceptive practices, but you’ll be able to apply the various powers to the situations you deal with on an everyday basis in your own life.
Mastery by Robert Greene
Another classic by Greene, Mastery coined the “10,000 hour” rule; the amount of time needed to become an expert at something. Greene debunks a widespread myth – that some humans are born special and different from the rest. While intelligence does vary, Greene insists that everyone has a certain passion that resonates with them. With practice (beginning with an apprenticeship), you can become a master in that field, but only if you apply yourself completely. Similar to 48 Laws of Power, Greene cites examples throughout history of great masters in various disciplines (names like Ben Franklin and Leonardo da Vinci).
Art of Seduction by Robert Greene
In a similar structure to 48 Laws of Power & Mastery, Green explores the topic of seduction using historical references and behavioral science, explaining the various ways in which one can seduce and be seduced. I highly recommend all of Greene’s books, but you’ll find Art of Seduction to be a more playful (and less serious) read than his other two classics. This book will immediately boost your success with women, but also helps with negotiating and the art of getting people to do what you want.
Homo Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
This is a fascinating read that explores the rise of homo sapiens; from our competition among other human species at the dawn of civilization, to our present day condition. This book goes deep, asking questions of ourselves and all we have accomplished. Are we truly better off than, say, 10,000 years ago? Has human advancement changed us for the better? Much more than a history lesson, Homo Sapiens explores the depths of how we behave and act. A must read.