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When it comes to reading, my rule is life is too short to finish a boring book. My strategy is to read as many books as I can but finishing a few of them. Not every single book you initially found interesting worths finishing. Don’t let the sunk costs guilt you into wasting your time on a crappy book, otherwise, you will never truly enjoy reading and discover those great books that change your life. Books that I found worth finishing are usually worth reading again and again because they stand the test of time. Below are some of them.

Personal Development

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Money & Investing

The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness

A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market

The Intelligent Investor

Principles: Life and Work

The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution

Leadership & Management

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command


Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 

Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact 

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Spirituality & Philosophy

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

Man’s Search for Meaning

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

The Complete Conversations with God


The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr

A Promised Land

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Sports & Biological Science

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle

History & Science

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

A Brief History of Time

The Lessons of History

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