Rock solid, things that are trustworthy and hardly move, for about 4 years ago, I put out a list of my top 10 books that I have read, and over the intervening time there hasn’t been any change, until the last couple of weeks when I came across the book Breath by James Nestor.
And just as a recap, the following is the criteria used to come up with my initial list, and any book had to fulfill at least two of them.
Read more than twice
Easy to understand
Moved on or changed my thinking
So with the book Breath, it’s gone straight in at number four, for me personally, it’s been that profound, for it sparked that need to learn more in me, and what I’ve got now is a rock solid top 6 and it’s going to take a very, very, very good book to break into that from here on in.
Mindset – Carol Dweck
The Talent Code – Daniel Coyle
The Little Book Of Talent – Daniel Coyle
Breath – James Nestor
In Sheep’s Clothing – George K Simon
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
For Mindset opened up the concept of real learning, The Talent Code opened up the understanding of skill building and skill development, The Little Book Of Talent changes the concept of coaching, Breath opened up the importance of correct breathing and the implications it has on one’s health, In Sheep’s Clothing pries open the door of psychopathy and the negative impact it has on the world and The Tipping Point showed how changes to the right little things can create the big changes one maybe after.
So it’s going to take a good book to break into that rock solid top 6 for me, especially using the criteria that I’ve got, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop reading, for there are many, many more books, both old and new out there to explore with game changing ideas and concepts, they may not make my top 6, but the top 100 is open for a lot of change, and I’ll finish this entry with a Muhammad Ali saying:
If one still thinks the same at 50 as they did at 20, then one has wasted 30 years