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Books on interacting with people.

How to Win Friends and Influence People. - Dale Carnegie

Influence - Robert Cialdini

Books on understanding how to push through adversity

The Obstacle Is The Way - Ryan Holiday

Man's Search For Meaning - Victor Frankly

Books on process improvement

The Phoenix Project

The Four Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss (ignore the outsourcing bit, listen to his podcast)

Books on breaking out of your thought bubble.

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Ishmael - David Quinn

Books for understanding how sales works

Ultimate Sales Machine - Chet Holmes

Negotiate As If Your Life Depended on It - Chris Voss

Any of these books are great starts. If the leadership big bites you there's way more I can suggest. Most of these are a mix of classics and new stuff. I've read them all and they want have their own style and provide their own insight. The trick is to find out what parts work with how you do and incorporate them into your flow. The learning process never ends.




I'll disagree with Viktor Frankl, not because I've read the book - but it is worth knowing the man was a questionable person and his ideas have some questions over them too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Frankl#Controversy


There's valid criticisms that can be made of any book and any author. The question isn't whether the reader gets benefit or not in my eyes. We read books from Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Marcus Aurelius, and all sorts of historical people who have advocated or committed actual atrocities. Many of our heroes are warriors with imperfect lives that history has white washed. General Patton for example was a brilliant general who knew what it took to win a war, but was harsh on his troops often to the point of cruel. General Sherman burned civilian cities to the ground and let slaves drown in his mission to end the civil war. Rev. Martin Luther King was a womanizer. To take the important lessons one can learn from a person who has failed in one way but succeeded to find the positive aspects of life and shared them is what allows for all human advancement. We don't succeed because we are without fault, but because we overcome that fault.


Thanks for your point and great examples.

They succeeded because they [somehow, for one reason or another] got away with their bad traits (or what we perceive as bad trait nowadays), and they became famous because of their good traits.


I read the book and find it extremely useful in finding meaning.

I’m not sure what “questionable person” means. The Wikipedia article describes criticisms and I’m glad they are documented, but seem to come down to criticism of his philosophy by some peers.




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