Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – There’s a reason why everyone recommends this book. Sapiens peels away the frame of reference that comes from waking up a homo sapien in this era.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Huari – Like Sapiens, Homo Deus excelled in eroding my species-centric perspective. Great extrapolations on AI’s potential impact.
Deep Work by Cal Newport – If you aspire to create meaningful work, read this. If you wonder why you can’t concentrate or get things done, read this. If you use social media or a smartphone, read this.
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday – I never understood stoicism until this book. Stoicism, it turns out, is a philosophy that’s actually helpful. A strong medicine, stoicism is really helpful and really hard.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Habits are the operating system of our lives. By gaining conscious control over our habits, we become empowered to re-engineer our lives.
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini – Powerful. As everyone needs to influence others and will be influenced by others, it’s advantageous to be aware of the inner switches in our psyches. The best book on marketing I’ve read.