My Recommended Books

I've decided to put together a list of the books that I find most beneficial and that I highly recommend. This list covers business books, biographies, and programming books. It is my own personal list of books that had an impact on the way I view certain things, on the way I work, and on my productivity. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

by Atul Gawande

This is the most recent book I've read, and I was fascinated by it. I first heard of this book from Jack Dorsey's (CEO of Twitter & Square) AMA on Product Hunt. Jack used to hand this book out to all new employees at Twitter and Square. The fact that Jack believes this book is a must read for all his employees should be enough to convince you, but in case it is not, this book will definitely change how you process and plan your work. It'll help you get organized, be more productive, and have a clearer focus.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

by Tim Ferriss

This book is full of great insights from the world's best such as Chris Sacca, Daymond John, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Thiel, Mark Andreessen, Seth Godin, Tony Robbins, and many more. Having been a fan of the podcast The Tim Ferriss Show, it's awesome to see most of the show's guests in this book. The book is split up into three categories: Healthy, Wealthy, Wise. Each individual discusses their favorite routine, tools, and productivity tricks that allows them to consistently perform at such a high level.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Zero to One is a good read for entrepreneurs, founders, and innovators. It's targeted for people who dislike the status quo and want to create something that will make a dent in the universe, like Facebook and Google did. The authors explain how to create something new and valuable - what they call going from Zero to One - instead of iterating on something that already exists. It covers how we can find ways to create those new things. It also explains how to think for yourself and see the world differently so that you can generate better ideas for your next innovation.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

by Ben Horowitz

Another great book for entrepreneurs and founders. I really enjoyed this one as Ben Horowitz talks about how difficult it is to run a business and analyses the problems that founders confront. We often read about how great it is to run your own business, but we rarely read about the struggles and tough decisions this lifestyle comes with. Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, covers all this based on his experience as founder of multiple companies and investor in several big name startups.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

by Ashlee Vance

Ashlee Vance has done a very good job covering Elon Musk's life and providing insights into the mind of one of the world's greatest innovators. Elon has founded companies such as Paypal, Tesla, and SpaceX, and of course, it wasn't all easy and rosy. This book covers the ups and downs of Elon's personal and professional life and we can all learn from it. I was personally pleasantly surprised by Elon's determination and all the hard work he constantly puts in despite what outsiders think or say.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the amount of things you need to get done, or struggled to keep your head above the water with work? If so, then this book is made for you. To quote Dan Martell, this book is one of the bibles on productivity. It's been referenced and praised by the best performers in the world, and it personally helped me improve my productivity a lot and be more organized in life.

Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

by Nick Bilton

This book provides unprecedented access into the making of what we now know as Twitter. The core team of founders - Ev, Jack, Biz, and Noah - were originally working on a Odeo, a product meant to revolutionize the podcast industry. Through a spinoff before going bankrupt, a lot of ups and downs, a fight for the control of the company, new friendships made and old friendships torn a part, Twitter was hatched and has become one of the biggest social networks. The author, Nick Bilton, does a great job at covering all of the above through interviews with the founders and most of the surrounding cast that was along for this adventure.

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

by Robert C. Martin

If Getthing Things Done is the one of the bibles on productivity, Clean Code is one of the bibles on programming. This book will serve you your entire career and you will feel the need to come back to it every few years to brushen up on the lessons in it. The book is language agnostic and will definitely make you a better software engineer. It covers the main principles of coding, such as how to structure your code and methods, writing clean code, refactoring, and so much more. At one of my previous jobs, we used to hand this book out to our interns and new grads, and we noticed a big improvement in their approach to writing code.

Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual

by John Sonmez

John Sonmez, developer and life coach, wrote this book to cover a gap in the industry: soft skills for software developers. There are tons of books on coding and programming principles, but not many books on the soft skills that developers need to live a satisfying and happy life. This book covers principles such as: how to build your personal brand and get recognized, how to learn quickly, how to achieve financial security, how to negotiate job offers, and so much more. Having followed John on Twitter and on his Entreprogrammer podcast for a few years now, I was super excited to read this book as soon as it came out and it certainly did not disappoint. If you are looking to improve your quality of life as a developer, I highly recommend this book.


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