This is a compilation of the books I have recently read, am currently reading, or will be reading in the near future. I am not an avid fiction reader but will through in a classic every once in a while. I read mainly non-fiction books dealing with leadership, philosophy, math & science, or biographies.
Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield
This is by far the best resource I’ve found on physical training, particularly for endurance. This was lent to me by a friend of mine who is a chiropractor. It included information on different types of training and their effects on the body, recovery techniques, nutrition, and several ‘biohacks’ that help you live a healthy life day-to-day. Ben Greenfield is an accomplished endurance athlete and incredibly knowledgeable about chemistry, biology, and physiology. He is a proponent of training in a way that is not only healthy from a performance perspective but from a longevity and quality of life perspective. In other words, how can we train to perform our best while recovering and fueling our bodies in a way that prevents the training from breaking us down. The only downside of this book is that it is incredibly dense with information. Almost every section is backed up with chemistry or science which can make it difficult to get through if that’s not your thing. It would take me a while to get through the entire book and there is too much information to absorb all at once. I am using what I’ve read to help train for another half-marathon this fall and we’ll see if I notice a difference versus how I trained last spring. Stay tuned!
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
One of the most important but often most difficult tasks we encounter as human beings is dealing with other human beings. No matter the tasks we are trying to accomplish, the art of dealing with others will either help us or hinder us in achieving our goals. I am one of the lucky ones (sarcasm) that is a natural introvert. I listen more than I talk. I don’t show much emotion and have difficult expressing how I feel with those I do not know well. Small talk and casual chit-chat is a monumental task for people like myself. But I understand the importance of forming and growing positive relationships if I’m ever going to accomplish great things in my field. This is why I have this book permanently saved on my iPad and re-read parts of it every so often. I don’t believe that reading a book will cause me to suddenly be more extroverted but it is a reminder to be intentional and reflect on the interactions I have with people every day. Like the famous saying goes, “one conversation will not make your career, but one conversation could end it.”