In 2020, I read a book named How to Take Smart Notes and also discovered a blogger by the name of Nat Eliason. These two sources inspired me to not only write thorough notes for all the books I read but publish them as well.
As soon as I began this process of note taking, I realized the immense consequence of reading non fiction for 15 years and not elaborating and recording what I learned. With a proper knowledge management system in place, a book read 10 years ago is lost to memory.
I hope this list helps you look up insights quickly from life changing books I’ve read but also inspires you to maintain a note taking system as well to retain as much useful knowledge as possible from your own readings!
These are the summaries of all books I’ve read from July 2020 forward.
Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness doing well with money isn’t necessarily about what you know. It’s about how you behave. And behavior is hard to teach, even to really smart people. But Morgan Housel has studied the successful behaviors well and shares them here.
This is a fantastic starter guide to a new and exciting style of motivation.
In Moral Landscape, Harris puts up an effective argument for his worldview that science, not religion, should be the grounds on which we navigate morality.
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies.
It's an interesting introduction into the philosophical nature of confidence and has many good insights but it lacks in-depth and actionable content. The author also doesn't tie any strong connection between confidence and self-worth and I believe this to be a foundational pillar of confidence that should be clear and present.
McConaughey is a fantastic story teller and this book is continuous proof of that. Every single story he tells has you pining for more while your smiling, laughing or in disbelief. His writing, at times, seems ridiculous, but you'll love it! It's true Southern story telling from one of the great outlaw artists of our time and even when you're asking yourself - what the hell did he just say? You'll be loving the man telling it.
You can tell, as a science editor, Harris has a unique position to see all the competing theories objectively. It makes for a fantastic lesson of the minds' inner workings.
An introduction to a wonderful method of organizing ideas and knowledge into a framework that optimizes both quality of thought and creative output that I hope to carry with me for the rest of my life.