Top 10 Books of 2017 | #4 — #7 + bonus
Yesterday, I put on offer my top 3 books of 2017.
Today, I highlight books #4 - #7 + a bonus.
I am a huge Charlie Munger fan. He is one of my role models. I think he is one of the smartest men in America, of all time. His secret? Read — all the time.
I first became aware of him in college and have since attempted to assimilate as much Munger related material as I possibly can. This book is about making better choices, constructing and employing various mental models, and viewing the world as it is, attempting to minimize irrational hangups which we often let get in the way.
It is Munger who first inspired me to become a life long learner. On page 224 Munger says, "Nothing has served me better in my long life than continuous learning." He informs us on page 223, "Without lifetime learning you...are not going to do very well." Yup. He nails it.
Oh, and his buddy, Warren Buffet reminds us on page 225, " It is really simple — just avoid doing dumb things. Avoiding dumb things is the most important."
I try to avoid doing dumb things, like not listenening to the sage wisdom of two self made billionaires.
5. The Art of Possibility — Benjamin Zander
This book is a treasure chest of jewels. It is a must read. And is where I discovered Rule #6 (which I referenced in Episode 1 of the new Coaching with Craft video series — start at 13:50 for my contribution). Many of the values of the New High Performance West originated from thought provoked by this work. I don't want to ruin much more. Hurry, read it today!
However, I would be remiss if I didn't provide a link to Benjamin Zander's world famous TedTalk.
6. The Captain Class — Sam Walker
It took Walker over a decade to compose and produce this generous work. I'm glad he took his time. It is good. Often, we mistakingly think a famous athlete, coach, or leader is what is the difference maker on a team. Walker proves is it not. Rather, after years of study he hones in on the 7 critical traits of elite (effective) captains which are in fact the real difference makers. With so much noise and hype in the world, it is hard to concentrate on the right things. The Captain Class brings into sharp focus the correct approach all leaders should employ.
7. How to Read a Book — Mortimer J. Adler
If there is one book you must read on this list this is it.
If you have yet to read this manual, you may not be reading as intelligently as you could. I know I wasn't. My reading improved and yielded a much higher return once I applied Mr. Adler's methods. I wish I had read this book in 10th grade. With the education supplied by Mr. Adler, my reading the last 20 years would have been much more potent. You will not regret picking it up as his methods are simple and easily employed with impressive impact.
Bonus. Striking Thoughts — Bruce Lee
Lee was a genius. He was an astute independent thinker with a deep affinity for philosophy. This is a collection of his maxims, so I can't really call it a "book." However, it is steep with powerful counsel from which I hope you will profit as much as I have.
Tomorrow I'll round out my list with a discussion of books #8 - #10 on my Top 10 of 2017.
Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're here. // jm