My Favorite Personal Growth Books

List of books that can punch your procrastination

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I am an expert procrastinator. However, I am constantly arming myself with knowledge on how to fight it. Here is the compilation of my favorite books on fighting procrastination and turning your life and career around. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

When I started reading it, I was a little skeptic, expecting to find mostly motivational fluff about eliminating distractions to achieve focus, and though there is a fair amount of that, the fluff is overwhelmed by highly valuable substance that provides concrete strategies and takeaways.

This is one of those books that will have a profound, long term impact on the way I work and organize my life. Highly recommended.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

4.6 out of 5 stars, 636 customer reviews

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So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

Another great book by Cal Newport, about building your career capital and using it as a leverage to create the job you love, rather than “following your passion”.

So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

4.2 out of 5 stars, 238 customer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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November 7, 2016

Just changed the way on how I approach my job search/career.

I was in a point of my life where I was not able to balance and focus on what i actually want to have as a long time career. In this modern world you do have to know how to do different types of jobs and have multiple skills, but what skills are your best is what you need to focus on. The best thing that this book taught me was when we do our job search we always approach thinking that what we will get from it instead we should focus on what we can give to the company through this job. This actually changed my point of view and my approach in my job search and even in my career.

5 out of 5 stars
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April 9, 2014

This Book Will Change the Way You Look at Work, Excellence and Passion

What have we been doing wrong? Have so many "gurus" been giving us wrong advice? I thought those gurus were right until I read this mind changing, game changing book by Cal Newport. The subtitle says it all " Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for the Work You Love". Starting your career? Thinking about changing careers? Thinking of going off to an island to contemplate life and come back with how you will spend the rest of your life in passionate bliss? HOLD on - buy and study this book to get a better understanding of what it means to eventually be passionate about what you do.

4 out of 5 stars
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March 10, 2017

It hits on why you should be damn good at your job and why it makes sense to ...

Biased by "Deep Work" because I think the author grew a lot between the 2 books. I read this one first and think it is well worth 10 fold the price. It hits on why you should be damn good at your job and why it makes sense to build up career capitol. If you are entering the workforce or new to it, it is a must read!

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

Written by veteran FBI hostage situations negotiator, this book radically changed my attitude towards verbal communication. If you don’t want to be sweet talked into bad deals by sneaky sales people, you absolutely have to read this one.

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

4.8 out of 5 stars, 1,271 customer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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May 19, 2016

This is one of the two best books anyone can read on negotiation

My bona fides: I have professionally negotiated for over thirty years. Do it daily. I've taken approximately 20 hours of graduate study in negotiation and conflict resolution. I occasionally lecture on the subject.

My rating: This is one of the two best books anyone can read on negotiation. The other is Cialdini's famous, "Influence: The Art and Science of Persuasion." While there are many good books on the subject, I can't think of any others that are as complete and useful as these.

Advice: Remember that negotiation is a practice. You will be best aided by these books by taking a chapter at a time and practice the ideas and techniques. Practice them on your family, on your colleagues and on your friends. (Forget pets. Dogs are too obliging and cats too indifferent.)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

A book that every introvert must read.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

4.5 out of 5 stars, 5,314 customer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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January 9, 2018

Well Researched, Easy to Read, and Important to Understand (Introverts Are Needed!)

This book kind of surprised me with how easy it was to read and how well it flowed. Susan did a great job turning studies, interviews and technical details into easy to digest chapters that make the book fun to read. Of far greater importance, however, is the solid argument she makes for rethinking how we include and maximize the contributions from introverts in our homes, community, government and business. This book has helped me understand myself better as an introvert, and has changed the way I relate to and manage introverts on my team professionally.

5 out of 5 stars
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April 6, 2017

Well-researched, well-written. A comforting and confirming resource for ...

Well-researched, well-written. A comforting and confirming resource for us introverts who are being driven crazy by the noise and chaos which increases daily.

5 out of 5 stars
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December 25, 2016

Helps you understand who you are

A brilliant book. As an introvert I found it very helpful, it explained who I am that the way I see the world and how I socialise is quite normal, not to judge myself against extroverts, that to limit my social contract is quite normal and that I can get overwhelmed by too much happening around me and that quiet time is important to my well-being. I would call it essential reading for an introvert living in an extrovert world.

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

Applying computer science to hack your daily life decisions - a wonderful concept, and this book surely delivers.

4.5 out of 5 stars, 225 customer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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April 23, 2016

A superior guide to the science of living well

The most thoughtful and meaningful book I have read since Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking Fast and Slow”. It extends that work by detailing the extensive computer science research that has been done which illuminates those techniques (i.e., algorithms) that support our brain’s natural capabilities in order to make the best possible life decisions. It shows when it pays to be precise and rigorous and when the best choices can be made by less stringent analyses. And where “winging it” or ‘using gut feelings’ may indeed produce the best results. The authors accomplish these valuable lessons through clear explanatory writing, pertinent examples drawn from both computer design and the real (human) world and a fine sense of humor.
In addition to wonderfully fulfilling its stated goal the book also provides the reader with a solid overview of the current state of computer design and architecture and some strong validations of the received wisdom that has come to us from philosophy and religion.

5 out of 5 stars
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January 5, 2018

Covers Many Contemporaneous Topics In An Easy Way

Excellent book with a wealth of additional references. This did wet my appetite, it covers many actual topics and explains them very well. For instance the section on caching and TCP were very helpful.
At times the book is not an easy read but that is to be expected when reading on technical topics. Nevertheless, the authors have done an outstanding job at making technical concepts accessible to a broad audience.
I enjoyed reading this book and it has sparked interest in new topics such as optimal stopping algorithms which should be of interest to many readers.
However, if you are into reality TV this book may not be for you because it will require you to become involved, to read critically and actively. The book will refer back to concepts of previous chapters, so if you have difficulties absorbing the well presented concepts you may get frustrated. This is for sure not a 'Duck Dynasty' read.

5 out of 5 stars
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May 10, 2017

Mathematical cunning taking into life

The great merit of Brian's book is to take mathematical intelligence into real life, to solve real problems. The final chapter on Game Theory is masterfully written and provides great insight in the area's profound implications to social sciences. And last but not least, I finally understood mergesort!

Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change

Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change

4.4 out of 5 stars, 106 customer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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November 20, 2013

Reading about procrastination is also procrastination, so get this book and stop searching for the ultimate answer.

I'm a chronic procrastinator on a journey to become a more productive and efficient person. In the last couple of months I've read a number of books on procrastination and this is the best so far. This is a concise book that offers practical advice on how to break our nasty procrastination habits (habits is the key word here). What I found particularly useful about this book, is that it also explains the cognitive and behavioural biases that underlie procrastination. This is particularly important to me, since I just can't do something if I don't understand the rational behind it.
Okay, I should stop procrastinating and get back to work now.

5 out of 5 stars
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August 25, 2014

Great book, got the kindle version and the audio ...

Great book, got the kindle version and the audio book to listen/read at the same time.

This book was my last hope in controlling and getting rid with my chronic procrastination, am still in the journey but this book showed me the steps to control my fate again.

A must-read for everyone who struggle with chronic procrastination and probably should be a recommended book for high school students.

5 out of 5 stars
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January 15, 2015

Short but right to the point. Very applicable.

I like this book because it get's right to the point. The author is pretty smart in doing this because most people wanting to read a book on procrastination, would probably procrastinate on finishing it if it were longer. Haha. Good tips to apply to everyday life, it has helped me be more deliberate in fighting my procrastination.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

4.1 out of 5 stars, 335 customer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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April 18, 2017

Overall a good read. Studies are cited at times

Overall a good read. Studies are cited at times, but other times the points being made seem to be more just he author's perspective. It did make me think a lot though and made me realize the benefits of reasonably limiting my choices.

5 out of 5 stars
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January 23, 2017

Interesting book to read

This is very interesting book to read. I think that it's true that the more choices we have to choose from - it doesn't make us happier it make us feel more disappointed with the choice we on the end decided for.

4 out of 5 stars
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April 5, 2015

an interesting exposé of the notion that too much choice is often a curse

Barry Schwartz does a good job presenting one of our modern day man made dilemmas that we all face; an overwhelming amount of options and choices.
He does go into detail on how people deal with choices and the different approaches that people have, before opening up on the pros and cons of each of these methods. He also breaks down ways that we can actively improve our perception of and then living with the choices that we make.
There are some great points to walk away with and to consider when faced with a multitude of choices.
Worth a look if you enjoy this type of book.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

4.4 out of 5 stars, 1,071 customer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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September 5, 2016

Drive to autonomy, mastery and purpose

I just found out why I did things like I did when the job was boring, repetitive, or not challenging. I tried to change the game every time, but making it the opposite, so I could bear doing it. This book just gave me the confirmation for the reason to pursue flow, autonomy, mastery and purpose every single minute of my life. Thanks, Dan.

4 out of 5 stars
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January 20, 2017

Great book - keep an open mind.

This book does a great job of explaining complex concepts. The author has found some great research that supports the concept. The only complaint I have is that it's a bit of a one-sided argument. The author doesn't describe other research that conflicts with the research that supports the concept.

5 out of 5 stars
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November 14, 2011

What Motivates Us

I purchased this book because it was required in my group membership. I have read a lot of motivational books and been a part of either implementing them or the recipient of the product. Companies run back to the work place and shove it down the employees throats as fast as they leave the seminar. This lasts for several weeks, the employees are more distraught, and then life goes on until the next motivational seminar. Well, my friends, this is a an applied science about years of human behavior study by some of the most reputable people in the field of motivational science. I hope it catches on in more businesses because people are not pawns, we are players. Read it, share it, and practice it. Intrinsic behavior is contagious, and that my friend, I welcome you to become affected.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

4.5 out of 5 stars, 2,809 customer reviews

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Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition; Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition; Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

4.3 out of 5 stars, 926 customer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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October 11, 2017

Five Stars

Every teacher should read this.

5 out of 5 stars
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January 28, 2016

Five Stars

Great read! It has made great changes in my life!

5 out of 5 stars
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October 12, 2017

Five Stars

Must be REQUIRED reading for middle school on up.

The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

4.0 out of 5 stars, 254 customer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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December 16, 2017

Five Stars

I enjoyed everything about this book. It intimates a broader understanding of any mental condition.

5 out of 5 stars
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December 31, 2017

Psychopaths and Success book

Great gift with a funny twist!

4 out of 5 stars
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August 28, 2016

Four Stars

interesting read