Dear DanielAjumobi.com Reader,
Let me wish you Happy New Year in advance. It’s less than 40hours to go. This post is to remind you to read your way into the new year. Personal development and capacity building
In case you have been wandering and searching for the books to read for your capacity building and personal development goals. Here
Life is What You Make It – Peter Buffett
Excerpt: From composer, musician
Where Good Ideas Come From – Steven Johnson
Excerpt: Powerful book that describes how the process of innovation is similar to evolution and why good ideas have to be shaped over time, build on existing platforms, require connections, luck, and error and how you can turn something old into something new. Surely a good read because you either innovate or die in the midst of trends.
Moonwalking with Einstein – Joshua Foer
Excerpt: The book will not only educate you about the history of memory, and how it’s standing has declined over centuries, but also gives you actionable techniques to extend and improve your own. You will realize that, if you want to live a memorable life, you have to be the kind of person who remembers to remember.
Tap Dancing To Work – Carol Loomis
Excerpt: This is Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2013. As Buffett fortune and reputation grew over time, Loomis used her unique insight into Buffett’s thinking to chronicle his work for Fortune, writing and proposing scores of stories that tracked his many accomplishments – and also his occasional mistakes.
Making the Modern World – Vaclav Smil
Excerpt: Over the course of time, the modern world has become dependent on unprecedented flows of materials. Now even the most efficient production processes and the highest practical rates of recycling may not be enough to result in dematerialization rates that would be high enough to negate the rising demand for materials generated by continuing population growth and rising standards of living. This book explores the cost of this dependence and the potential for substantial dematerialization of modern economics.
The Sixth Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert
Excerpt: So, what is the Sixth Extinction and why is it different? The causes of the previous five mass extinctions were natural catastrophes. But the Sixth, in contrast, is man-made. And it is occurring now. A must read.
The Man Who Fed The World – Leon Hesser
Excerpt: The Man Who Fed the World provides a loving and respectful portrait of one of America’s greatest heroes. Nobel Peace Prize recipient for averting hunger and famine, Dr. Norman Borlang is credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives from starvation-more than any other person in history? Loved by millions around the world, Dr. Borlang is recognized as one of the most influential men of the twentieth century.
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
Abstract: The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Abstract: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
Business Adventures – John Brooks
Abstract: What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety.
How To Lie With Statistics – Darrell Huff
Abstract: There is terror in numbers,” writes Darrell Huff in How to Lie with Statistics. And nowhere does this terror translate to blind acceptance of authority more than in the slippery world of averages, correlations, graphs, and trends. Huff sought to break through “the daze that follows the collision of statistics with the human mind” with this slim volume, first published in 1954. The book remains relevant as a wake-up call for people unaccustomed to examining the endless flow of numbers pouring from Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and everywhere else someone has an axe to grind, a point to prove, or a product to sell.
Sapiens (Brief History of Humankind) – Yuval
Abstract: From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
Abstract: In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
The Box – Marc Levinson
Abstract: In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container’s creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.
How Not To Be Wrong – Jordan Hellenberg
Abstract: The Freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands
The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it.
The Innovators – Walter Issacson
Abstract: Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed The Innovators is a “riveting, propulsive, and at times deeply moving” ( The Atlantic) story of the people who created the computer and the Internet.
What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?
Mastery – Robert Greene
Abstract: Each one of us has within us the potential to be a Master. Learn the secrets of the field you have chosen, submit to a rigorous apprenticeship, absorb the hidden knowledge possessed by those with years of experience, surge past competitors to surpass them in brilliance, and explode established patterns from within. Study the behaviors of Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci and the nine contemporary Masters interviewed for this book.
Bold – Peter Diamandis & Steve Kotler
Abstract: From the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Abundance comes their
Abundance – Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler
Abstract: We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.
Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl
Abstract: Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
Born Standing Up – Steve Martin
Abstract: In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story of “why I did stand-up and why I walked away.”
Zero to One – Peter Thiel
Abstract: If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.
The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.
Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.
Quiet – Susan Cain
Abstract: At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.
Anti-Fragile – Nassim S Taleb
Abstract: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world.
Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls “antifragile” is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.
Mindset – Carol Dweck
Abstract: After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.
Educated – Tara Westover
Abstract: Here is a story of a young lady who never went to school or visited a doctor until she left home at 17. Her thirst for learning was so strong that she ended up getting a
Army of None – Paul Scharre
Abstract: Army of None is one thought-provoking look at A.I in warfare and quite hard to put down when you start. The Author offers clear explanations and presents both the pros and cons of machine-driven warfare. His fluency with the subject should come as no surprise: he’s a veteran who helped draft the U.S government’s policy on autonomous weapons.
Bad Blood – John Carreyrou
Abstract: The author gives you the definitive insider’s look at the rise and fall of Theranos. This book has everything: from elaborate scams, corperate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Yuval Noah Harari
Abstract: Learn about the present from the man who understands times and seasons. If 2018 has left you overwhelmed by the state of the world, then 21 Lessons offers a helpful framework for processing the news and thinking about the challenges we face.
The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness – Andy Puddicombe
Abstract: Mindfulness and Medication is critical, even though young folks would scoff at it. But If you understand the power, and want to explore more in the new year, this book is a perfect introduction.
The following list are recommendation from Bill Gate for anyone interested in Personal Development and Capacity Building across Finance, Mindset, History, Motivation, Philosophy, Spirituality, Business, Inner Peace etc
So, 2019 is here already, get at it now. Start January with Knowledge Acquisition. It will pay you off.
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To the best year ever – 2019!
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