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Life, Discipline, and Mindset

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Chanakya Neeti (India, USA)

This book contains the teachings and sutras of Chanakya, an Indian philosopher, and an economist. If you’re interested in controversial politically-incorrect and timeless truths, pick this book up.

Gorilla Mindset (India, USA):

You can change your life by changing your mindset. This is a great book on mindset, and it also gives you an overview of fitness, supplements, body language and posture. It contains a lot of actionable advice and is more of a workbook than a theory book – which for a self-help book is a breath of fresh air.

Who Moved My Cheese (India, USA):

Okay, so this is a children’s book. But, a lot can be learned from this short book – change, adaptability, and preparation.

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big (India, USA):

All big successes happen on the ashes of failure. Everyone has problems, but not everyone can use their problems as stepping stones and grow beyond them. The author discusses perception and reality, systems and goals, and quite a lot more. It also has quite a few funny comic strips, which is an added bonus.

The 4 Hour Work Week (India, USA):

This is an interesting take on living life. The worst case situation never actually happens, and you don’t need that much to live the kind of life you want. Also, the comfort challenges scattered across the book really helped me expand my comfort zone.

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter (India, USA):

This book challenges the “thirties are the new twenties” thought that is common among the young adults of today. Your twenties are the most critical decade of your life. This book discusses work, relationships, your body, and your mind. Your brain fully develops around this decade, and your body changes significantly – these are not the years you want to waste on partying and ‘chilling’. The average YOLO people will hate this book.

The Power of Habit (India, USA):

This is an excellent book on the science behind habits. Cue, routine, reward. It also delves into how habits are formed, how habits can be broken, how addiction works, how addictive products work, and has an interesting dialogue on free will.

The more important reason to read this book is that if you pay attention, you can learn how to build addictive, habit-forming products.

Business and Startups

Zero to One (India, USA):

This is the best book that every entrepreneur and aspiring entrepreneur should read. Monopolistic companies thrive. Competition sucks for business profits and sucks especially for the survival of startups. Written by self-made billionaire Peter Thiel, this book will teach you how to think and will challenge traditional lines of thought about starting a company.

What I wish I knew when I was 20 (India, USA):

Okay, so I read this book many years ago, and I don’t remember much of what it said. However, I found it to be a very insightful and inspiring book when I read it, and I recommend reading it. Another reminder to keep thinking differently.

Finance, Money, and Investment

One Up on Wall Street (India, USA):

Written by Peter Lynch, one of the most successful investors and mutual fund managers, this book will give you an excellent overview of investing. Notice that I didn’t say “for beginners” because there is no beginner or advanced way of investing, just good investing and bad investing. If you read only one book on investing, make it this one.

More Money Than God (India, USA):

This is a history of the hedge fund industry – from its origins to its highs and declines post the 2008 crisis, this is one of the most exciting finance books that I’ve read. Must read for anyone trying to enter into the finance industry – both for the buy-side and the sell-side.

If you liked More Money Than God, you should also check out The Greatest Trade Ever (India, USA), a book that follows the stories of hedge fund managers and investors who made billions during the 2008 crash.

The Richest Man In Babylon (India, USA):

This is one of the best personal finance books that I’ve read. It’ll teach you about the importance of saving and deploying money. It’s written in the form of stories, and the morals and lessons are immortal. Healthy finances are at the cornerstone of a great life.

Economics

Arthashastra (India, USA):

The other great book by the great Chanakya. Arthashastra is one of the oldest books on Economics, and it also talks about statecraft, foreign affairs, military strategies, and laws. It was written as a guide for all those who govern.

Social Skills and Soft Power

48 Laws of Power (India, USA):

I don’t think I need to sell this book. The 48 Laws of Power is a book that you absolutely must read if you would like to do well in the modern world where brute force is not longer the norm and you need to be far more subtle and diplomatic if you want to build your way upwards.

Skill With People (India, USA):

A short and handy book on quick social skills – something you should keep on your desk and go through from time to time. It takes about an hour to read and will give you an almost immediate improvement in your people dealing skills. It focuses on the basics and is useful to anyone who would like to get more out of his human interactions i.e. this is a book for everybody.

Arguing and Debate

How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them (India, USA):

Written by a political commentator and a lawyer, Ben Shapiro, a man who is perhaps one of the greatest when it comes to making a point. Whether you like him or not, you can learn from him. This book will teach you how to argue and win, especially when a group is hounding you. If you get your ass handed to you every time you argue – you need to read this book. It’s a short read too.

Fitness and Bodybuilding

Arnold: The Education of A Bodybuilder (India, USA):

This is the autobiography of Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the worlds best-known bodybuilders. Very inspirational book – it gives you an insight into the kind of passion, dedication, and self-delusion you need to get to the top of any industry. The book is divided into two parts: the first follows Arnold’s career as a bodybuilder, and the next gives you detailed information about various muscles, how to train them, which exercises work better than others, and also throws in some workout plans.

Computers

But How Do It Know (India, USA):

This book will teach you how computers work from scratch. Computers are all around us, and most of us don’t even know how they fundamentally work. I recommend reading this just because it’ll enable you to understand the technology behind literally the most pervasive machine on Earth.

Women And Relationships

The Female Brain (India, USA):

A fascinating insight into the female mind, it gives a physiological (not psychological) explanation of why women are how they are, and how you should deal with them. It’s easier to psycho bullshit than to physio bullshit. Men should read this to understand women, and women should read this to understand themselves.

The Book Of Pook (Text, Audiobook):

Back in the early 2000s, there was a man who posted on a PUA forum called So Suave. His basic message was that the PUA techniques were too simple, and focused on external manipulations, and focusing on others rather than focusing on yourself and your own masculinity. Sadly Pook disappeared from the scene, but his teachings live on in this book called The Book of Pook.

Considered to be one of the red pill classics, if you’re a straight single man, you need to read this book.

Biographies and Autobiographies

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (India, USA):

This book has many lessons in its pages. Benjamin Franklin led an interesting life – born into poverty and receiving little education, and rising up in the world through integrity, discipline, and work ethic. Franklin ran away from home at the age of 17 and ended up being one of the founding fathers of America. Read this book along with Franklin’s aphorisms i.e. Poor Richard’s Almanack (India, USA) and you will take home many hard-earned life lessons that you might otherwise end up learning the hard way.

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller (India, USA):

John D. Rockefeller is an example of how self-discipline, focus, hard work, and a talent for organization and management can pay off over a lifetime. Born in poverty and raised with strict Christian moral values by this mother, John managed to create the largest ever Industrial conglomerate to exist in his time (Standard Oil), and become the richest man in modern history – with many controversies and many philanthropic deeds to his name. This is his life’s story, and it’s worth the 35 hours of listening (I used the audiobook format for this one).

The Accountants Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel (India, USA):

A story of Pablo Escobar, and how he conquered the drug trade, and how he manipulated politicians, governments, and the public, from his childhood to the exciting tales of him hiding in deep forests to evade law enforcement – written by his brother Roberto Escobar. It gives you an insight into the intelligence and mental toughness high-end criminals have.

Some Entertaining Books

Catch 22 (India, USA):

A very humorous book with a great style of writing. So good in fact that the title made it into the English language. Catch 22 describes a comical situation where an individual is stuck due to contradictory rules (example: You need work experience to find a job, but you can’t get experience because they keep turning you down for not having enough experience).

This book can also teach you a lot about human behavior and motivations. Read this book carefully.

The Wolf of Wall Street (India, USA):

A very entertaining book featuring the tales of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who went wild. You’ve no doubt heard of the movie, and the book is a lot of fun to read too. Very fast-paced, and an exhibit of what can happen when smart men go out of control.

Ric Flair: To Be The Man (India, USA):

Although I don’t care about wrestling (never watched a single game), I just happened to pick this book up. It’s the story of “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and his history in the wrestling industry. What really stuck out to me was his work ethic. The most important lesson I’ve learned from this book is that you should treat people how they treat you.

E-Book Reader

Kindle Paperwhite (India, UK, USA):

This is a fantastic e-book reader from Amazon. I use it to read a lot of books – because it’s portable, easy to use, and most importantly, it doesn’t strain your eyes. This version has the best value for money. Plus, it pays for itself as e-books are much cheaper than physical books.


Page last edited on 29/04/2020

P.S. Give audiobooks a try. I listen to audiobooks instead of listening to music when walking, and I’ve ended up listening to many interesting books that I would have not picked up otherwise. They’re convenient, engaging, and cheap (Amazon has a 3 month free trial for Audible!). Seriously, give them a shot, you might just like them.