Top 4 Books

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

There are certain books that take an afternoon to read. This is one of them.

Most of those ‘afternoon books’ I happen to forget within 2-4 weeks at most. Finish has stuck with me since 2019. I find myself repeating parts of this book ad nauseum, because they are just so damn applicable. (If you’ve heard me say ‘Noble Obstacles’, it’s from this book.)

The most critical point for me however, was the aspect of knowing where to start. As I started observing behavior more, I noticed the most common reason for task failure was failure to launch. It wasn’t getting 50% done, and not knowing where to go. It was getting past 0%. I found this in others, but I also had to confront it within myself. I found that I often didn’t start a task simply because I didn’t know where to start.

All I’m trying to say…this book is worth the read.

Principles by Ray Dalio

I was hesitant to add this, because 1) it’s so common and 2) it all seems obvious.

However, the meta-lesson has helped me greatly. To learn and give back. Ray is very transparent that he came to the realisation he wouldn’t be around forever, and should give back. He wrote this book to do that, and while I normally hate books like this (tomes of specific advice), he wrote it in such a way that it’s applicable to almost everyone.

Additionally, I can’t deny that book structure, typeface, and design choices play a huge role for me. This book is organized very well, uses color (red + black) tastefully, and has 2 built-in bookmarks.

Whenever I am feeling lost at work or in life, I turn to a random page in this book and try to apply it.

AntiFragile by Nassim Taleb