The importance of a good reading habit – A reading list for curious minds

People have asked me recently why I appear so content. At least a partial explanation for this perception as far as I can understand stems from a positive personal habit. Essentially, reading.

An external perception has been that I am happy, calm and interested in the world around me. Reading, moreover, consistent reading has really embedded positive change in my life.


…the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Something that I found particularly useful from my previous life was that of the military reading list. Now there are many different books that you could choose from. However, those below were the ones that I picked up in 2018. Sadly, I have not yet had the chance to go through them and sort them for particular benefit but managed to add three topics to each as to what I have generalised them to be… Obviously, you may have your own view and this list will continue to get improved upon as learn more…

As a professional who credits books with a huge impact on my development, I thought it would be useful to share some recent books with you. This is the first time I have compiled a list like this. Given my recent reading habit continues to grow I know that this will change over time. For the future, I expect to share books read from 2017 and earlier. Also, to put them into better context.

Regret it is a cursory list, I want to be able to imprint the lessons learned for you but the best means to do this I believe is to pick up the book and read it. Moreover, the lessons gleaned from each book were varied. However, the best way I have found to gain is to put the reading into practice by telling others, talking about it and thereby cementing the knowledge within me

The topics varied but the most common aspects were self-improvement, communication, mindset and human behaviour… The word cloud attached probably describes this far better than my mere words could justify. By far my favourite, Mindset by Carol Dweck. It had been the book that I had put off reading due to cost but is one that completely shifted how I approach life more generally.

It covers all of 2018. There may have been other books that I started, and others that never reached the heady finish list.

Title Author(s) Topics
Flow: The Psychology of Happiness Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly Happiness, mindset, self-improvement, perseverance,
ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever Fried, Jason Changing nature of work, Futurism, self-improvement,
Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority Goyder, Caroline Self-improvement, mindset, communication,
Operation Ironman: One Man’s Four Month Journey from Hospital Bed to Ironman Triathlon Mahood, George * Belief, perseverance, faith,
Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently Markova, Dawna Collaboration, teamwork, trust,
Heart of Darkness Conrad, Joseph Self-doubt, ignorance, culture,
Mindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential Dweck, Carol S. Learning, self-improvement, communication,
Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade Cialdini, Robert B.* Mindset, communication, influence,
The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us Chabris, Christopher Intuition, mindset, behaviour,
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action Sinek, Simon * Purpose, self-improvement,
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Harari, Yuval Noah Historic, human behaviour, lessons,
Stress-Proof Your Business and Your Life Wilson, Elisabeth Self-improvement, work hacks, life hacks,
Chaos Monkeys: Inside the Silicon Valley money machine García Martínez, Antonio Startups, culture, technology,
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon Stone, Brad * Technology, scale growth, business,
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future Masters, Blake * Startup, business, self-improvement,
The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage Holiday, Ryan * Mindset, self-improvement, learning,
Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine Brown, Derren Happiness,
Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You Burnett, Bill Career change, mindset, work life,
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Pink, Daniel H. * Motivation, behaviours, mindset,
Catch-22 Heller, Joseph Human behaviour, ignorance, diversity,

Often, I take quotes from books like those above and use them as a source of conversation. My intent here on will be for more blog posts on aspects that really ignite my imagination. Then, to discuss and share them here.

If you find benefit in reading here, of course feel free to tell me. I’d enjoy the chance to share a conversation with you.

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