This week, I finished 7 amazing books. It’s rare that each book I finish in the week is so good, but I loved each of these books. Some of the books are about better thinking strategies and decision making, and some are about psychology, morality, and investing. Each one can add tremendous value in one way or another.
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ALIEN Thinking: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas by Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux, and Michael Wade
I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would. Sometimes, books like this are way too anecdotal and seem more like subjective self-help “woo woo”, but these authors did a great job. I’m someone who has a million ideas a day, and I need help organizing those thoughts to get them off the ground. ALIEN Thinking provided practical advice with case studies, and even though there are plenty of anecdotes, they tied in really well with the strategies. I found myself taking some time after each chapter to wrestle with an idea I had using one of their strategies and made some great strides with different projects I’m working on. I can definitely see myself reading this book again in the future.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
David and Goliath (Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants) by Malcom Gladwell
As I continue to learn more about investing, economics, and most of all, psychology, it’s a no-brainer that John Bogle had the right idea for investing. John Bogle believes in low-cost index funds, and so do many others. Bogle’s investing philosophy gained him a following who dubbed themselves The Bogleheads, so I decided to grab this book and see what they had to say. I was pleasantly surprised because John Bogle’s books dive extremely deep into one topic, but this book covers everything. I’ve learned a lot in recent months, but this book taught me even more. This book not only covers index funds, but you learn about taxes, retirement, bonds, some behavioral economics, and so much more. I can see myself re-reading this book many times in the future if I ever need to be reminded to stick to the long-term plan.
The title of this book is super bold and putting a lot of pressure on itself to live up to the title’s expectation. After finishing this book, I can honestly say that Andrew Tobias nailed it with this title. This book covers everything you need to know about investing, and when I say “everything”, I mean EVERYTHING. As a newer investor, I’ve read dozens of books, and Tobias manages to consolidate everything into this one book. I learned more from this book than two or three books combined. Not only did this book cover various investment strategies, but it also taught me about taxes and some other subjects that other books gloss over. I don’t know if this book is the ideal read for the beginning investor, but after you have a basic knowledge, it’s definitely a must-read.
The Behavioral Investor by Daniel Crosby
The Art of Thinking Critically: Ask Great Questions, Spot Illogical Reasoning, and Make Sharp Arguments (The critical thinker) Albert Rutherford
This was such a great book on critical thinking. The author did a phenomenal job keeping this book short and sweet. I read a ton of books on becoming a better thinker, and this one felt unique and different. It teaches you how to question your own logic and assumptions, and you’ll also learn about various biases and cognitive road blocks you may run into. I was pleasantly surprised by this book as well because I tried reading a different title from this author and wasn’t a huge fan. This book is absolutely worth the read, though.
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant
The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
I’ll read just about anything Michael Shermer writes. He’s a gift to this world and is so well-versed on a variety of topics. I found him while reading books on skepticism, and as a fan of moral philosophy, I was extremely excited to discover this book. This book is pretty long, but it’s worth the read. Shermer covers every nook and cranny of morality from various angles and does a great job making you question your own opinions about morality, justice, and how we live with one another.
The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code by Michael E. McCullough
This book from Ian Leslie quickly became one of my favorites on this subject. Most books that discuss conflict say they have the goal of decreasing polarization and encouraging conversations, but I think they miss the mark. Don’t get me wrong, I love books like The Coddling of the American Mind, but it’s easy to see how people can feel attacked by the book. Rather than taking a “toughen up” and “be more resilient” stance, Ian Leslie sells his ideas by explaining how conflict is one of the healthiest things we can have in any relationship. Through this book, you’ll find how conflict can help with your home, family, work, and intimate relationships.
The first part of this book lays the foundation by explaining that conflict is not only inevitable, but it’s necessary. I’ve seen how true this is because I’m in the healthiest relationship of my life because we’re not afraid to work through conflict. I have the best job of my life because my company fosters a culture of healthy conflict and disagreement. If you’re not able to challenge thoughts and ideas in a calm, mature way, you can quickly get stuck in an echo chamber that leads to disaster. But how do we navigate conflict in a healthy way? Well, that’s what the second half of this book is all about. Through stories and psychological research, Ian Leslie teaches everyone the importance of conflict, and I really hope this book gets the attention it deserves.
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff
How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay
I read this book when it first launched, and even though I wasn’t investing or saving, it was super helpful. Something I’ve learned from reading a lot of books is that many ideas from psychology and behavioral economics work throughout different aspects of life. But about five months after reading this book, I started learning about investing and decided to read it for a second time, and I loved it even more than the first time. Without even realizing it, the lessons this book taught me before I started investing set me up for success for when I started. I see so many people falling into different cognitive traps while investing that this book helps you avoid. If you’re interested in psychology and a little bit of happiness philosophy, you really need this book.
The Laws of Wealth: Psychology and the Secret to Investing Success by Daniel Crosby
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