Sober living is about finding productive means of self-fulfillment. In order to be the best version of ourselves, we must explore our inner and outer space. One of the most effective means of self-discovery is through reading. Reading helps us improve upon our skills in business and in life.
Much like a healthy body is fueled by healthy food, a healthy mind is fueled by knowledge. So without further adieu, here is Part 2 of the NRhythm list of 10 books that offer plenty of food for thought. Check out Part One if you haven’t already.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
by Mark Manson
This book seeks to destroy the positive psychology craze. In its stead it offers up a no nonsense approach to living that is grounded in the teachings of Stoic philosophy. Manson’s tone is like hammer, a much needed jolt of truth in a watered down world. He declares that the point of life isn’t to be happy, but to be structured in a way that is meaningful and centered around what is important to you. Makes sense.
by Ed Catmull
Creativity, Inc. is a manual for how to get the most from an organization. Ed Catmull chronicles his early days as a pioneer in the field of computer animation in the 1970’s to his current role as president of Pixar Animation. Part memoir, part business book, Catmull carefully lays out the lessons that helped him build one of the most successful production companies in the world. He gives insight into the processes that have kept Pixar at the top of its industry since the release of Toy Story in 1995. The notion of healthy collaboration is a central theme to the book. In life, as in business, the ability to work well with others towards a unified goal is invaluable.
The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
The Art of War is the 2nd classic Chinese text to grace this list, and with good reason. Initially published around 500 BCE, The Art of War was the first authoritative text on military strategy ever written. Since then, it has inspired business leaders, athletes, and some of the most brilliant military minds the world has ever known. Regardless of what industry you work in, The Art of War offers age-old wisdom on how to excel through strategic thinking. Some of the lesson contained in this ancient text are:
- Only enter battles you know you can win.
- Deceive your competition in order to gain the upper hand.
- Lead your entire team as if you were leading a single person by the hand.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen Covey
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People teaches ways to maximize personal and professional effectiveness. It is another classic best-selling book in the Business and Personal Development genre. I could outline the 7 Habits here, but that information is easily found with a quick Google search. The real golden nuggets of truth exist in Covey’s simple and direct way of writing. He connects the dots in a striking and effective way. The habits have to be practiced over time in order to receive the benefits of their virtues. But I think that’s the point. A habit isn’t a strategy, it’s a way of living. And Covey has written a great book on how to live effectively.
48 laws of Power
by Robert Greene
In The 48 Laws Of Power, Robert Greene details some of history’s most notorious power struggles. The aim is to arm the reader with the ability to not only recognize power, but to instruct them on how to get it and wield it. Each law comes with an entertaining story that is equally fascinating and useful. An example of the potent wisdom contained in this book would be:
- “Always make superiors look smarter than you.”
- “Confuse competitors by acting unpredictably.”
- “Don’t force others to do what you want, seduce them instead.”
This book is highly recommended for those interested in ways to gain a psychological edge in business and in life.