This year has been one with a ton of reading. Here are my top five books of the year 2018.
Atomic Habits: There have been many different books about habits and how to modify them. This is the first one I've found to include both theory and tactical ideas about how to create positive habits in your life. The biggest takeaway for me was that successful habits are built around a sense of identity ("I'm a healthy person so I don't need cake tonight") instead of goals ("I want to lose 15 lbs").
The Sumo Advantage: Business development and strategic partnerships have always been a “black box” for me until now. This book does a great job of showing how the things that work in sales are the opposite of what you should do in building a partnership with a big corporate partner. This book was written by the founder of TrueCar, which is the #1 startup success born of partnerships with big corporate partners.
The Courage to Be Disliked: This is the only book I read this year that is an English translation of a Japanese book about Austrian philosophy. This book offers a philosophy of life that is, in many ways, the opposite of the classical Freudian view of psychology. At its core, this book opened my eyes to how to think about personality in a very different manner.
Thinking in Bets: Annie Duke’s book about probabilistic thinking and the power of peer groups to improve. It also delves into many mental models many of us use that are just broken including confirmation bias and resulting. It's also caused me to double-down on cultivating openness with smart peers on a similar journey as me.
Never Stop Learning: I loved this book about habits and techniques to improve your capacity to learn. Given my broader theme this year has been personal growth, this hit home.
That's it. If you have a favorite from this year, I'd love to hear from you. Tweet at me: @mgirdley.