20 Favorite Books

Here are some of my favorite books that I would recommend.

Flash Boys
Michael Lewis provides a startling look into the world of high frequency trading in which HFT firms have a ridiculous unfair advantage (one firm had one day of trading losses in five years).

Steve Jobs
A great biography that provides an inside look into the life of Steve Jobs and his unconventional approach to business.

Delivering Happiness
One of my favorite books that I often re-read and learn new things each time. Tony’s humbleness and honesty is incredible and his story of how he built Zappos is inspiring. It also provides a nice short overview of happiness research and how he uses it at Zappos.

Accidental Billionaires
An entertaining and inspiring story of entrepreneurship. I listen to this book whenever I want to get motivated.

The 4-Hour Workweek
This book had a great influence on my perception of what success means. Ferriss advocates avoiding the trap of the deferred life plan and designing the life that you want.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
An excellent book that challenges the “extrovert ideal” that implies extroverts are better and discusses the advantages introverts have in the workplace and how managers can leverage their strengths. One of my favorite books I’ve read in the past couple years.

48 Days to the Work You Love
This book by Dan Miller explains that it really is possible to do work that you love.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich
An entertaining and no-nonsense book about the basics of how to get started in personal investing and learning the basics about personal finance.

Startup of You
What lessons from startups can you apply to your career? This book explains.

Search Engine Optimization Secrets
One of the most informative, useful, and comprehensive advanced SEO books available. It provides tons of actionable tips which sets it apart from other SEO books.

How to Win Friends and Influence People
The timeless classic that provides useful advice for working effectively with people.

The Power of Habit
This is an intriguing and insightful book that explores how our habits work, how to change habits, and the research on habits. The author uses really interesting case studies like a woman whose gambling habit caused her to lose $400,000 in one night.

The Road
A moving and realistic portrayal of a post-apocalyptic future that centers on the relationship of a father and his son.

Trust Agents
A good book for learning how to build relationships with people with social media.

Made to Stick
This book provides examples and steps for creating an idea that sticks in people’s minds.

An excellent book that provides a framework for changing people’s behavior.

The $100 Startup
Explains how to create a successful business with little startup capital with lots of great case studies.

Snow Crash
A great work of science fiction that was the inspiration for Second Life.

Your Brain at Work
This is a very interesting and informative book about how to leverage the research on how the brain works to be more effective at work.

To Sell is Human
Dan Pink argues that everyone is in sales and explains how to use findings from studies to be more effective at selling.

Wisdom Meets Passion
Dan Miller and Jared Angaza explore differences in how different generations view work and discuss how to combine wisdom and passion to pursue work that you love.

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