What I’m Reading

January 12, 2014

2014

January

Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder

“Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls antifragile are things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.

What’s more, the antifragile is immune to prediction errors and protected from adverse events. Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is what we call “efficient” is not efficient at all? Why should you write your resignation letter before starting on the job? How did the sinking of the Titanic save lives?

Antifragile is a blueprint for living in a Black Swan world. Erudite, witty, and iconoclastic, Taleb’s message is revolutionary: the antifragile, and only the antifragile, will make it.”

Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

How to focus on doing your best work every day.

2013

December

Bear Grylls – A Survival Guide for Life

Decided to read this on a whim after watching a programme with Bear in the Dolomites with Stephen Fry. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time and changed my view on the guy.

Legacy – James Kerr

Champions do extra. They sweep the sheds. They follow the spearhead. They keep a blue head. They are good ancestors.

In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world’s most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business.

Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: What are the secrets of success – sustained success? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you’re gone?

What will be your legacy?

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