Here are some books I've enjoyed this year. If you enjoy the kind of thing we share every Sunday, there's a chance you'll find at least one of them worth looking into.
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Speculator (Doug Casey, John Hunt)
A fun, easy fictional read with a not-so-subtly hidden philosophical message. As a side-effect, it will also teach you a surprising amount about geology and mining companies – perfect if (like me) you feel guilty about reading fiction because you're not learning anything.
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Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business (Gino Wickman)
This book lays out the "Entrepreneurial Operating System": the idea that managers need to focus on six things (vision, people, data, issues, processes, and traction) to make sure their business gets results.
Unlike many business books, it's immensely practical and tells you exactly what steps you need to take to apply its concepts. If you've got a small business that you want to be a bigger business one day, the transition will be both quicker and less painful if you incorporate these ideas now.
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Open: An Autobiography (Andre Agassi)
I don't particularly care about tennis, but it wasn't a barrier to enjoying this book – because it's really about forming a winning mentality, struggling with a lack of purpose, and the pressures of fame. It's also extremely well (ghost)written, which makes for an easy, satisfying read.
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The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure (Grant Cardone)
Cut from the same cloth as The Magic Of Thinking Big, this is all about the power of setting big goals and taking correspondingly huge action to reach them. You won't learn much you don't already know, but useful nonetheless for a dose of bottom-kicking.
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Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery (Henry Marsh)
When a neurosurgeon opens up a patient's brain, they might be able to remove an obstruction that prevents a horrible terminal illness – or might make a mistake that ruins their life forever.
This book is an amazingly articulate explanation of what it's like to have that kind of responsibility – and a reminder of just how fragile your "normal" life really is.
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