Inspirational books

Life

Flow by Mihály Csikszentmihályi

This is a classic book. Most probably you’ve heard of the concept of flow before. You might not now that this was developed by the Hungarian psychologist (todo) Mihály Csikszentmihályi. His book is easily understandable and gives a good overview of the concept itself and it explains how does it work in everyday life. I recommend the book if you are interested in how to work on achieving flow in your daily work or activities.

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Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman

Kahneman’s book was very interesting for me. He describes many real-world experiments and examples of how our minds work in different situations about money and other topics. It introduced crucial concepts like biases and describes system one and system two as two very different ways how our brain functions.

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Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Ariely’s book is as much about marketing as about behavior. His book includes examples of marketing tricks.
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Self-development

Being Without Self: Zen for the Modern World by Jeff Shore (Asoka, Rotterdam, 2008)
Jeff is a member of the One Drop Zendo zen meditation school. His book provides a basic guide on how the different levels of meditation work. His book is not just theory, however, he provides real-world stories of his life which are quite funny too.

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Productivity / Work efficiency

Sun Tzu – The Art of War for Managers: 50 Strategic Rules Updated for Today’s Business

Sun Tzu’s wisdom was tested for 25 centuries. His strategic rules still apply today to business environments. This book is an eye-opener for me. Highly recommended to read and reread it, as it always brings new ideas strategies and provides a different way of thinking.


Getting things done by David Allen

One of my favorite books which I’ve read in 2018. It helped me to define my vision, publish a book in three months and feel good about how I spend my time.

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