Books that helped me grow

In conversations with my students, we sometimes talk about good books.

I want to share my list with you. Here are books I’ve read in the last 3 months.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

  • Put your energy toward things that create the highest contribution.
  • Embrace the idea of “less but better” and accept trade-offs as an inherent part of life.
  • By focusing on a few essential things and learning to do better by doing less, we can craft a life that is far more productive and fulfilling.



The Little Book of Talent

  • Stare at who you want to become. Studies show that even a brief connection with a role model can vastly increase unconscious motivation.
  • In the talent hotbeds visited, practice was the big game, the center of their world, the main focus of their daily lives.
  • Reachfullness: Seek out ways to stretch yourself to the edge of your competence.
  • Teach in concrete terms.



  • “organic mentorship” is mentorship that just happens naturally. Also seek mentors from overlapping fields.
  • Rapid feedback: The shorter and more honest the feedback cycle becomes, the faster you can make incremental adjustments to your approach, process, and skills – and thus the faster you can grow.
  • By simplifying the problem that you are trying to solve, you can often make breakthroughs that other people miss because they are over complicating the problem.
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