What We Read This Summer
Whether it was sitting by the pool or on long travels this summer, we found the time to dive into some great reads.
Books are amazing; where else can you receive deep, detailed knowledge on a topic for (usually) less than $20?
“The person who does not read has no advantage over those who cannot.” -a quote commonly, but mistakenly, attributed to Mark Twain.
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It – Chris Voss
Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success – Napoleon Hill (for probably the 5th time)
How to Podcast: Our Simple Steps to Broadcast Your Message To the Entire Connected Planet…Even If You Don’t Know Where To Start – Paul Colligan
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable – Nassim Taleb
I’ve also ready many articles, but the one that stood out the most recently is “The Behavioral Economics of Why Executives Underinvest in Cybersecurity,” by Alex Blau (Harvard Business Review.) Because you never know when the metal ones will come for you.
Awakening the Entrepreneur Within: How Ordinary People Can Create Extraordinary Companies – Michael E. Gerber
It was a suggestion from the instructor in a managed services training group I attended earlier this year. Being that my strengths are more technical in nature, it drew my attention because it explains how anyone has the potential to be an entrepreneur. He does a good job at explaining how to take your idea and transform it into a viable business and beyond. For those like me that are more task-focused and technical but would like to be enlightened on entrepreneurship, I highly recommend it.
Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability – Steve Krug
Editor’s Note: We’ve mentioned before about our commitment to “Make it Better” for our clients. This is why you can often find Jamie watching, reading, and listening to things that benefit him in the workplace
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg
Use of Force - Brad Thor
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondo
Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror - Michael V. Hayden
Books on the to do list
Phishing Dark Waters: The Offensive and Defensive Sides of Malicious E-mails
How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk
Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps – Kelly Williams Brown
By legal standards I’ve been an adult for 5 years, but after graduating from college and getting married in the past year and a half, I feel like my “adulating” as just begun. Thus, one of my mom’s friends shipped me this book that has intrigued me recently. It contains many random tips and tricks for everything from cleaning to cooking to writing a resume.
Next up to read
Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective – Pat Head Summitt
The Course of Love - Alain de Botton
A look at the ups and downs of love and marriage and how we have to be more willing to give love than receive love if we’re really going to make it work. Marriage isn’t a fairy tale; it is real life, and this book details it beautifully.
Garden City: Work, Rest and the Art of Being Human - John Mark Comer
I highlighted this entire book but here is my favorite quote: “Sabbath is an expression of faith. Faith that there is a Creator and he’s good. We are his creation. This is his world. We live under his roof, drink his water, eat his food, breathe his oxygen. So on the Sabbath, we don’t just take a day off from work; we take a day off from toil. We give him all our fear and anxiety and stress and worry. We let go. We stop ruling and subduing, and we just be. We ‘remember’ our place in the universe. So that we never forget . . . There is a God, and I’m not him.”
By the way, I’ve pre-ordered Find Your Why by Simon Sinek. His book Start With Why changed the way I approach marketing and life. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to get it today. If you have, join me in reading Find Your Why.
Happy Fall! Here’s to reading by the fire instead of the pool.