A summary of book updates from the books page for the month of April. I will make this a monthly post, which will be emailed out to the newsletter. Let me know if you have any good book recommends as I’m on the hunt for hidden gems!

Books Added:

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t 

by Nate Silver

Rating: 7.5/10
Reading Ease: 2/4
Reading Time: 16 hours

“Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge: the serenity to accept the things we cannot predict, the courage to predict the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — Nate Silver

3 Reasons to Read

  • Humans are wired to make predictions, but it’s a skill that can be improved, this book can help
  • Insight into prediction thinking behind areas like: baseball, chess, poker, the stock market, politics, weather, and terrorist attacks
  • Examine the many ways predictions can go wrong, look into ways you can make predictions go right

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg

Rating: 6.5/10
Reading Ease: 4/4
Reading Time: 9 hours

“THE FRAMEWORK: • Identify the routine • Experiment with rewards • Isolate the cue • Have a plan” — Charles Duhigg

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn how the power of habits can improve your life
  • Discover the habits of successful companies and organizations
  • Learn how to break bad habits

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength 

by Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney

Rating: 7.5/10
Reading Ease: 3/4
Reading Time: 9 hours

“For most of us, though, the problem is not a lack of goals but rather too many of them.” — Roy F. Baumeister

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn how to develop your willpower to enhance your self-control and quality of life
  • Find out what depletes your willpower
  • Demystify willpower and common misconceptions about it

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption 
by Laura Hillenbrand

Rating: 8.5/10
Reading Ease: 3/4
Reading Time: 12 hours

“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.” — Laura Hillenbrand

3 Reasons to Read

  • World War II survival story
  • The life of Louie Zamperini, son of Italian immigrants, an Olympic Athlete by age 19, Broke the 4-minute mile, POW and WWII Hero
  • Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit

Notes Added:

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

by W. Timothy Gallwey

Rating: 9/10
Reading Ease: 4/4
Reading Time: 3 hours

“When the mind is free of any thought or judgment, it is still and acts like a mirror. Then and only then can we know things as they are.” — W. Timothy Gallwey

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn how to Improve your focus
  • Work towards mental peak performance
  • Learn how to bring peace to the two selves within you

The 50th Law

by Robert Greene & 50 Cent

Rating: 8/10
Reading Ease: 3/4
Reading Time: 8 hours

“Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live.” —Robert Greene

3 Reasons to Read

  • A uniquely balanced blend of history mixed with modern day street smarts to conquer fear
  • Learning to accept your own mortality
  • Gaining a Realist-Optimist mindset; keen eye for reality, while finding opportunity and persisting through

Essentialism
by Greg McKeown

Rating: 8/10
Reading Ease: 4/4
Reading Time: 7 hours

“If you don’t Prioritize your life, someone else will.” — Greg McKeown

3 Reasons to Read

  • Improve your ability to find what is essential; we accomplish more when we are choosier about where we direct our efforts
  • You are overwhelmed with distractions, options and want to focus more
  • You need to say “No” more

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Here are the books notes posted in march, as it was the month where I started moving my notes to the blog.

Notes in March

The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life

10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management