Growth, Development & Leadership

Ego is the Enemy

Ryan Holiday

It’s wrecked the careers of promising young geniuses. It’s evaporated great fortunes and run companies into the ground. It’s made adversity unbearable and turned struggle into shame. Every great philosopher has warned against it, in our most lasting stories and countless works of art, in all culture and all ages. Its name? Ego, and it is the enemy – of ambition, of success and of resilience.

In Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday shows us how and why ego is such a powerful internal opponent to be guarded against at all stages of our careers and lives, and that we can only create our best work when we identify, acknowledge and disarm its dangers.

Our View – A must read for anyone with or hoping to have a team. Whilst there are areas of the book you may not agree with it is a valuable resource and gives understanding to complex situations in which we could all make costly mistakes.

The Obstacle is the Way

Ryan Holiday

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities.

Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations.

This book reveals that formula for the first time—and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage.

Our View – Based on Stoic philosophy (much like the above) this is a great book for all. It gives simple yet intuitive advice which is proven to work. For anyone who seeks challenge; it is worth taking a few hours to get through.

Atomic Habits

James Clear

There’s never been a better time to make a few tiny changes that will revolutionise your life.

A revolutionary system to get one per cent better every day.

People think when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions – doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call.

He calls them atomic habits.

Our View – Atomic Habits is a great read for anyone looking to make any kind of change. It gives clear and easy to follow instruction and advice as well as the psychology behind it. Read our full review here

Not a Diet Book

James Smith

James Smith is armed with every tool you’ll ever need to achieve incredible results – from dieting, training and staying in shape to identifying the fads, cons and nonsense that get in the way of genuine lasting progress.

Learn to reset your current mindset and attitude towards your diet and training

James Smith is the world’s fastest-growing online personal trainer. Honest, unapologetic and outspoken, yet erudite, authentic and endlessly passionate about exposing the toxic myths within diet culture, and committed to helping people to reach their goals and make positive change for good. Not a Diet Book is his first book.

Our ViewLike marmite, you’ll either love Smith or loathe him. However there is some great advice in the book not just for fitness but for a better and more health mindset. It’s informative whilst still being fun (and at times a little bit rude).

Start with Why

Simon Sinek

Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again?

Because in business it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters why you do it.

Steve Jobs, the Wright brothers and Martin Luther King have one thing in common: they STARTED WITH WHY.

This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others, or to be inspired.

Our View – Sinek is well known for his Ted talks, especially his millenials lecture. However you view him, he describes WHY it is so important to know why you or your business is unique and WHY you dod what you do. Breaking it down to simple terms which can be utilised every day.

Zero to One

Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

WHAT VALUABLE COMPANY IS NOBODY BUILDING?

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there.

‘Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.’ELON MUSK, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla

Our View – A must have for any budding entrpreneur. Simple yet effective. Explaining areas we should thing about, but sometimes forget. Thiel has an in depth understanding of modern business and technology and this book could be invaluable.

Psychology

Mindset

Dr Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional.

Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

Our View – Dweck is incredibly honest in her assesment of the two mindsets but whilst reading you will pick up not only on your won but others mindsets. Important discussions are had throughout the book from teaching to parenting and business to sport.

Note on a Nervous Planet

Matt Haig

The world is messing with our minds. What if there was something we could do about it?

Looking at sleep, news, social media, addiction, work and play, Matt Haig invites us to feel calmer, happier and to question the habits of the digital age. This book might even change the way you spend your precious time on earth.

“Take Notes on a Nervous Planet twice daily, with or without food. The book is crammed with wisdom, insight, love and wit” (Stephen Fry)

Our View – Haig is entertaining whilst approaching what can be a tabboo subject. Anxiety and Panic is a around us everyday and I would advise anyone who has suffered to read this. It approaches it carefully, yet is entertaining and light hearted. Easy to read in a single day.

History & Sociology

Sapiens

Yuval Noah Harari

What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? Yuval Noah Harari challenges everything we know about being human in the perfect read for these unprecedented times.

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us.

In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we’re going.

‘I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who’s interested in the history and future of our species’ Bill Gates

Our View – Sapiens explains how we came to be as we are today. Explaining why we natrually do some of what we do. 70,000 years plus is difficult to fit into a book but it is completed succintly and it’s easy to loose a few hours here.

Homo Deus

Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens showed us where we came from. In uncertain times, Homo Deus shows us where we’re going.

Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond – from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

It asks the fundamental questions: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?

Our View – If you have read Orwell or are watching/reading Brave New World by Huxley then this is a must. It opens your eyes to where we are ‘possibly’ goin and what our next steps are. Entertaining whilst slightly scary how so many have envisaged what we have now…