Books that changed my life and work


  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin. How to think about your work, in order to do the work of a Linchpin, work that is both fulfilling and useful.
  • Principles by Ray Dalio (book, review)
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss – I’m almost embarrassed to put it here but it brought home the lessons of (1) not overestimating others and underestimating yourself, (2) thinking big, thinking different, (3) dreamlining, which is the only goal-setting framework I’ve ever used consistently.
  • Never Let Go by Dan John – Philosophy as told through stories and lifting protocols. He just makes so much sense. Simultaneously makes you want to take your training seriously while adopting “reasonableness as a standard.” The storytelling is stellar. (Review)



  • Getting Things Done by David Allen — The Productivity Bible. I didn’t understand why most of my conversations and ideas don’t turn into projects. The answer is “next action thinking.” Read this book for the philosophy. Then the tactics, maybe.




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