Reading Notes

I take notes for every single book I read. These book notes start with a short summary and my two cents, followed by key lessons in an easily digestible bulleted format. This page will be constantly updated as I read more, so bookmark it if you want to check back in a few months.

If you want to build the habit of reading but find it challenging, here is the 3-step system I’m using to read more.

A Short Guide to a Long Life

This book is packed with rules and tips to live a healthy and painless life. Here’s the list of things that resonates with me, and hopefully you, the most.

This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See

It’s a book about how to do the work you’re proud of for the people you seek to serve—in today’s world and time.

The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon is a long-time book about money published over a century ago. The principles are simple but still relevant today.

Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

The book breaks real productivity down into eight different parts to uncover how high achievers get so much done and accomplished while having the same time like everyone else does.

Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter

Dollars and Sense combines two of my favorite topics: Money and Psychology. It reveals how we think about money and the mistakes we make when we do.

Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Creating a Mass Movement of People Who Will Pay For Your Advice

Expert Secrets lays out the step-by-step process of starting an expert business from overcoming the fear of starting a business to creating a mass movement.

Outsource Smart: Be Your Own Boss… Without Letting Your Business Become the Boss of You

Outsource Smart is a book covers everything from work productivity to how to hire and work with virtual assistants so that we can get our time back.

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing is a great read for any marketers and business owners that covers the tested-and-proven principles of marketing.

The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness

It’s not easy to find a book that explains Stoicism as a whole. You get pieces of the teachings of Stoicism here and there but not the complete picture. The Little Book of Stoicism is the book that solves this problem, at least for me.

Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business

Company of One suggests the idea that staying small and avoiding growth can make a business more durable and more enjoyable for the business owner.

Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

For years the self-development movement has focused on improving people’s waking lives. Night School reveals how everyone can make the most of the remaining third of their day.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money—That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not

Rich Dad Poor Dad is my favorite book in personal finance. Although I don’t agree with everything in it, it has undeniably made a profound impact on my life.

Your Move: The Underdog’s Guide to Building Your Business

The book is written for a very specific niche — people who want to build and grow an online business. In Your Move, Ramit Sethi goes into details of what it takes to create a fulfilling business that works for you.

The Brain Audit: Why Customers Buy (And Why They Don’t)

Read this if you want to use copywriting for your business. The brain works just like a conveyer belt. To get your customer to take action, you need to remove all seven red bags on the belt.

Do The Work

This is a book every artist needs to read. It points out the Resistance all of us face in the journey, and then how to push through it and ultimately strive.

Mastery

The are three phases in the process leading to Mastery. The first is the Apprenticeship; the second is the Creative-Active; the third, Mastery.

Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions

Our decisions shape our lives. Made consciously or unconsciously, with good or bad consequences, they represent the fundamental tool we use in facing the opportunities, the challenges, and the uncertainties of life.

How to Be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More, Love What You Do

The author argues that instead of managing your time, manage your attention. And he moves on to lay out the entire process to achieve that.

The Winner’s Brain: 8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success

This is more of a self-help book than a neuroscience and psychology book. It covers five success traits also known as BrainPower Tools and eight strategies to improve them.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich: No Guilt. No Excuses. No B.S. Just a 6-Week Program That Works

This book lays out the steps of mastering your personal finances — from improving our credit to automating our spending; and from investing the right way to planning for big purchases in our lives.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

The idea of “follow your passion” is flawed. If you want to do what you love, you need something rare and valuable in return.

Ego is the Enemy

The aim is to help us suppress ego early before bad habits take hold, to replace the temptations of ego with humility and discipline and fortitude so that when fate turns against us, we’re not wrecked by failure.

We Are All Weird: The Rise of Tribes and the End of Normal

Mass is about the center, the big, fat, juicy, addressable center of the bell curve. And now, the center is melting and the distribution of behaviors is spreading because the world is getting weirder.

Principles: Life and Work

Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behavior that gets you what you want out of life. They can be applied again and again in similar situations to help you achieve your goals.

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

In each chapter, the author describes a Brain Rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Seeking happiness directly is a journey to hell. Instead of thinking you’re special and believing you deserve great things and happiness, ask what you’re willing to struggle in order to get what you want.

Poke The Box: When was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?

Poke The Box is a manifesto to push you to start something new. By starting, it means taking action, committing, and making something happen.

The 48 Laws of Power

The game of power is inescapable regardless of your motivation. Learning how to play it doesn’t just help you thrive, but keep you alive. The book may be rude for some people, but I personally think it’s honest and said what it has to say.

Business without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know

Business without the Bullsh*t is not just a business book, it’s a book that equipped you with mindsets, tips, and how-to(s) you need to know to excel in your career.

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts

Instead of the detail step-by-step process, Perennial Seller covers the fundamental principles of creating great work that lasts. It’s true that we can’t use tactics that will probably expire sooner than we think when our aim is to create something that lasts for decades to come.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

The 4-Hour Work Week introduces a new way of living known as the New Rich with a four-step process of Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation

The Art of Thinking Clearly

If you love reading about all thing psychology and human behavior, this is the book you don’t want to miss.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook

This isn’t a technical investing book for the pros. Instead, it focuses more on principles and rules of investing and creating true wealth for average people like you and me.

Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career

The only way to realize our full potential is to take full responsibility and control of our personal and career growth.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

These are not just small daily routines. They are the core principles that everyone can implement in their life to achieve greatness

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

At the core, Todd Henry wants to make it clear that producing great work is not a destination, but a process.

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking

As usual, Gladwell’s book is never an easy read. However, the topic of Blink caught my interests a whole lot. The book covers ideas, research, and stories about our unconscious mind and snap judgments.

What Clients Love: A Field Guide to Growing Your Business

What Clients Love is a book about distinguishing yourself, building a lasting business relationship, and growing your business with passion and courage.

10-Minute Toughness: The Mental-Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins

10-Minute Toughness is more than a book; it is a mental training program that every athlete (entrepreneurs and creative people) should add into their daily routine.

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

This isn’t just another productivity book, it goes far beyond that. It comes with snippets of experts from the creative community, covering a wide range of related topics such as self-control, emotions, mindfulness, and grits that most people overlooked.

The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses

A good read for everyone who is going through some bumps and serious roadblocks in career, relationship, and life.

It’s a Jungle in There: Inspiring Lessons, Hard-won Insights, and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring

I read this book twice. It’s a Jungle in There is a book packed with inspiring lessons and hard-won insights of the author, that would be very useful to many of us.

Outliers: The Story of Success

Success is not simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities—and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.

The Hour between Dog and Wolf: How Risk Taking Transforms Us, Body and Mind

By understanding the insights in this book, you will be able to look at your body and brain differently, and then, navigate yourself in the modern world more effectively.

The Narrow Road: A Brief Guide to the Getting of Money

A straight-forward (occasionally rude) guide of money-making that every entrepreneur needs to know.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

The book Linchpin is about you – your choices, your future, and you potential to make a huge difference in whatever field you choose.

The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, and Lead

There is a growing trend on these leadership approaches and how it positively impacts companies, communities, economy, and the planet.

Think and Grow Rich

A must-read book of all time. Napoleon Hill spent 20 years of his lifetime on researching and analyzing hundreds of well-known men during his time to come up with this masterpiece.

The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?

I like the formula and ideas because they are not those get-famous-quick hacks but long-term principles and fundamentals to create a true impact online.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits & the Art of Battling Giants

This book changes the perspective we see strengths and weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages, blessing and misfortune.

Influence: What It Really Means and How to Make It Work for You

An excellent toolkit for influencing skills and effective professional communication comes with useful insights and techniques.

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

To reduce the content is this book, the key to leave an impact on others is by having a great cause, understanding the audience, and delivering values for the long run.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The insights and lessons in The Monk who Sold His Ferrari are simple, but yet most people find it hard to put them into practice on a daily basis.

Launch: The Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online

Launch is useful to anyone who is new to internet business model. It also comes with tips and inspirations in the context of entrepreneurship.

Good Products Bad Products: Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality

This book makes you give the term “quality” a second and a few other thoughts from multiple angles and perspectives the book is provided.

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

It is not easy to read, but it comes with many solid techniques that aid your learning in real time backed by science and research.

The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

A useful book for young athletes. It covers many practical ideas and techniques backed by real champions’ stories.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life & Business

It explains perfectly how our habits work backed by science, research, and real-life stories.

The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love And Work Better To Live More

A must-read book for anymore who is interested in starting a micro-business with a tiny team (usually 1 to 5 members) and live in your own term.

Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly

We can only learn about our objectives and how to achieve them through a gradual process of risk taking and discovery – what he calls obliquity.

59 Seconds: Think A Little Change A Lot

It uncovers many hot self-help myths with science. Almost everything in it is backed by fascinating research; it also offers a bite-size actions you can take to improve your life.

The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

It covered the benefits of intermittent fasting backed by research and case studies, shows you how to do it with the 5:2 method.

Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny

Even some claim that the concepts in the book are not backed by science and research, but it’s undoubtedly a must-read book for anyone who like to master their inner self and change their destiny.