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Reading List

1. Meditations — Marcus Aurelius

The personal diary of Marcus Aurelius (the last of the so-called “Five Good Emperors” of Rome), where he made notes to remind himself to follow the way of the Stoics, and admonishing himself when he didn’t. It’s an interesting collection of thoughts, and when removing the classical names, could have easily been written today.

I strongly suggest that everyone has a read of this book, as it’s a great into to one of the later Stoic practitioners, and give a practical view of Stoicism, but even if you don’t buy into the whole philosophy, there will be some points that’ll be of use to you. 

Out of the hundreds of marked quotes, this one is my favourite:

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

— Marcus Aurelius

2. Nudge — Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein

3. Ego is the Enemy — Ryan Holiday

4. How to Win Friends and Influence People — Dale Carnegie

5. The Obstacle is the Way — Ryan Holiday

6. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind — Yuval Noah Harari

7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck — Mark Manson

8. Man’s Search for Meaning — Viktor E. Frankl

9. The Richest Man in Babylon — George S. Clason

10. Creativity, Inc. — Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

12. The Shallows — Nicholas Carr

13. The Checklist Manifesto — Atul Gawande

14. Originals — Adam Grant

15. Work Rules! — Laszlo Bock

16. Deep Work — Cal Newport

17. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — Stephen R. Covey

18. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking — Susan Cain

19. Elon Musk — Ashlee Vance

20. #GIRLBOSS — Sophia Amoruso

21. Lying — Sam Harris