A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger
Every Designer loves to ask why and so do most writers. Beger tells stories about innovative businesses and processes and asks why in an approachable and practical way. This book is thoughtful and worth anyone's time–especially as tech continues to question its impact going forward.
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
If there's any book I would blindly recommend to anyone regardless of who they were and circumstance, it would be this one, which may also explain it's popularity.
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way."
Originals: How Non-Confirmists Move the World by Adam Grant
When I don't stop talking about a book you know I loved it and I didn't stop talking about this one for a couple of months.
Adam Grant writes interesting narratives about how to create and indentify 'original' ideas. A great read for any creative professional.
Peak: How to Master Almost Anything by Anders Ericsson
I've been a fan of deliberate practice for about two years. This concept, originally coined by Ericsson, has undoubtedly reshaped how I look at my life and career.
This book is filled with practical tips on how to achieve and get better at anything you want to.
The Course of Love by Alain De Botton
A fictional story about a married couple weaved with the author's thoughts about love.
It makes my collection because unlike most books about this topic, it focuses on the middle part of a relationship-the hardest part. Many people yearn for a beautiful story of a relationship beginning but this book will make you reconsider.
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger
I feel like this book is only relevant to me. In the interest of being comprehensive with this list, I'm putting this book here.
I do enjoy Arnold as an author though. I feel like his essays about bodybuilding as a sport are greatly inspiring for anyone looking to change their lifestyle.
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Anyone knows me knows that I love this man. I consider him underrated. There's not many people in the world who really inspire me and Arnold is one of them.
This book is a thorough description of a very determined man who has had an an incredible life in bodybuilding, acting, and politics.
Org Design for Design Orgs by Peter Merholz & Kristin Skinner
This is probably one of the only books directly relevant to my position at Shopify. I didn't find it entirely practical as half of the structures described already existed. Regardless, it's an important book for new managers looking to build within a corporate environment.
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