This is part 2 in a 3 part series.
Read part 1 here: 9 books that could deeply influence how you live
creating & entrepreneuring
Beauty: Rediscovering the True Sources of Compassion, Serenity, and Hope,
by John O’Donohue
“The awakening of individuality is a continual unfolding of our presence. Individuality is not a thing or a position, not the act to a fixed or stolid identity. Individuality is the creative voyage of aloneness in which the fits and limitations of real presence merge.” I adore this man, a rogue priest turned poet.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t,
by Jim Collins
There are about four game-changing practices that I took away from Good to Great. I write about my favourite of them here: my dominatrix of decisions rides a hedgehog
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich,
by Tim Ferris
I’m not down with the potential detached autotron-ness of 4HWW, howevah, Ferris’ reasoning and tactics for freedom-driven living inspired me to grow my lil’ empire in some more effective ways.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Never did I take my good fortune and earned success for granted. And thanks to Ehrenreich’s great journalism, I never will.
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick),
by Seth Godin
“Smart people quit sooner.”
Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World,
by Margaret Wheatley
“In this new world, you and I make it up as we go along, not because we lack expertise or planning skills, but because that is the nature of reality. Reality changes shape and meaning because of our activity. And it is constantly new. We are required to be there, as active participants. It can’t happen without us and nobody can do it for us.”
Let Your Life Speak: Listening To The Voice of Vocation,
by Parker Palmer
Parker, a legendary educator, shares his journey of deep depression toward the unfolding of his truer calling. “I lead by word and deed simply because I am here doing what I do. If you are also here, doing what you do, then you also exercise leadership of some sort.”
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life,
by Anne Lamott
The Shitty First Draft… The white cards… Page by page and bird by bird. Warm touchstones for anyone who writes.
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative,
by Edward Tufte
Designers and scientists and engineers and the aesthetically-obsessed alike should be worshiping at the altar of Tufte.