Anything You Want by Derek Sivers My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a common sense guide to building a business from a really decent, unassuming, salt of the earth guy who built a really big business, CDBaby. He focuses on all the right stuff--customers over self, rewards over punishment, action over excuses, smiles over fancy MBA stuff. The wisdom in here is incredibly subtle but exists in spades.
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin My rating: 5 of 5 stars The lesson here is simple. Be different. Standout. Be remarkable. The book was first published in 2003 but the message is no less potent today. This is a fast, light read littered with examples, inspirations, and tips from Seth on what “remarkable” is and how one may go about it. Lots of little
Review: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss My rating: 5 of 5 stars Here’s the book for your best you in 2017—that is, if you approach it with the right mindset. Although it’s structured into three seemingly aligned sections—Healthy, Wealthy, Wise—there is absolutely no cohesion. And it’s not a “recipe book” either, as Tim advises—there’s no true table of contents
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel My rating: 4 of 5 stars I had to get past my knee-jerk aversion to Peter Thiel’s chest-thumping style before I could truly appreciate the brilliance of Zero to One. I stuck it out though, and I’m glad I did. There’s a lot of bravadoes, but there’s also a lot of wisdom in his words—even
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M. Grant My rating: 5 of 5 stars Banal business books abound. This one is different: "Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World." For anyone who wants to drive innovation, change, and transformation by understanding how the champs do it, read this compelling, research-backed book by fave Wharton prof, Adam Grant. View all my reviews