I started my year making lists. And I don’t mean on the 1st of January in the morning. I did it right after mid-night.
I opened my e-mail and started reading my newsletters. I found some from Cristina, which I subscribed to years ago, but I didn’t open in ages. If I was opening them, it was just to close them a few minutes later, reading the first paragraph with no interest, because it was taking my valuable scrolling time.
I am not going to tell you a lot about her, you can read it yourself here. Only one thing, if you want to do something better with your life than spending it in front of screens, she is reading and writing about stuff that could really help you.
As I said, I was making lists for the first couple of hours of this year. Reading and making lists. Cristina’s article gave me some good ideas of self-improvement and then somehow, I ended up on The CEO Library, where I found so many titles worth to read, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know this website exists, but believe me, if you want some good book recommendations, that should be your first click.
I’ve got huge plans for this year in terms of reading and self-development. I also want to write more, because I love writing, you can probably figure it out from my endless posts. This is how I like to tell my stories, but so many times the fear of not being good enough stops me from doing things I love.
Let’s talk books now!
Not very long ago I finished Neurolinguistic Programming by Mo Shapiro. A lot of information in just a small book. I was meant to finish it in 7 days, but guess what? It took me about 4 weeks. Happens, because I get distracted, I start other books, I am listening to podcasts, I am also reading articles. And my train ride is only 20 minutes. Tough work 😊 Did I tell you I am a professional at finding excuses?
One great thing about this book is that you can find a whole list of other books in the field at the end of it. If you want to learn more about NLP, that list will keep you busy for at least 2 months, that if you won’t do anything else but reading. I will have a closer look though, as I am interested in the subject, but I also want to make sure I am reading the right books.
Right now, I am reading Mind Hacking by Sir John Hargrave, which I told you about in my previous article as well, between the lines. A very interesting book which is teaching me about mind programming and the fact that I am owning my mind, not the other way around. It’s a self-learning book which I really recommend especially for beginners, and I will write a separate article about it when I’ll finish reading it. Of course I read quite a few bad reviews, but so far I find it amazing.
Also, I am still listening to Matthew Walker’s Why We Sleep on Audible, because sometimes I cannot read. It can be because the bus or train is too crowded, or just because I am walking, and I learned I should look forward when doing so, otherwise my forehead is not gonna end up very good. By the way, I used to take the bus to the train station, now I change this habit to a 25 minutes’ walk. Much better, also cheaper.
Here is a bit of how Bill Gates reviewed Walker’s book:
I don’t necessarily buy into all of Walker’s reporting, such as the strong link he claims between not getting enough sleep and developing Alzheimer’s. In an effort to wake us all up to the harm of sleeping too little, he sometimes reports as fact what science has not yet clearly demonstrated. But even if you apply a mild discount factor, Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book.Bill Gate about Why We Sleep on GoodReads
I personally found this book fascinating. And I am not using this word just because Bill Gates did, but because it truly is. I quit my previous job in Hospitality for this very reason: I wanted to sleep. Haven’t heard about the book at that moment, but I knew my body needed a healthy sleeping pattern. And that certainly wasn’t. For most people this book is mind-blowing, and so far is my top 1 recommendation. Everyone should read this book.
The next 10 for 2020
Now going back to the lists I was telling you about earlier, I also made one with books on the 1st of January. Quite a long on to be fair, because The CEO Library is that sort of website that makes you hungry. Of reading. But I am aware I won’t be able to read all at once, so I thought of a list of 10 to start with. I am also thinking of a deadline for it, and hopefully I’ll be able to manage finishing all 10 by then. I will tell you at the right time if I did or not. 😀
Here they are:
- Hooked and Indistractable, both by Nir Eyal
- The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin and on the same subject, How we learn by Benedict Carey
- The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge
- Mastery and The Laws of Human Nature, both by Robert Greene
- The Now Habit at Work by Neil Fiore
- Focus and Emotional Intelligence, both by Daniel Goleman
Also, apart from the 10 hard copies, I already have the next 2 in my listening queue on Audible: Sapiens and Homo Deus, both by Yuval Noah Harari.
And since I am telling you about books, I just thought now I should probably write a top of my favourite book shops in London. But that, in a future article.
In the meantime, tell me, what would be your #first10books for this year? 🙂