📚Top 13 books to redevelop civilization 🌎🌍🌏
We are at the peak of transformational change within our global society and it is prudent we align towards a mindset of abundance and automation. Humanity must work together if we are to avert existential risk. Now… if only we ALL had a baseline level of knowledge 🤔…. but it’s never too late to level up, as it’s imperative we find practical common ground based on shared human values so we can work collaboratively and manage global resources in the most effective and fair way for all of humanity. I’ve compiled a list of top 13 books to help redevelop civilization & intellectual self-development.
- Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
This should be a mandatory read for every leader! Meditations is based on the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius’ private journals on Stoic philosophy.
2. Thinking fast and slow, by Daniel Kahneman
Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman, on behavioral economics, the psychology of judgment and decision making based on the 2 systems thinking. The book illustrates why humans act and think the way they do based on the most comprehensive list of psychological experiments ever compiled.
3. The obstacle is the way, by Ryan Holiday
When you think you’ve hit rock bottom, often the best thing to do is turn adversity into an opportunity and progress onwards and upwards. The author summarises stoic philosophy into the most digestible modern interpretation and insights from great leaders of how they have turned obstacles to pave the way towards opportunities.
4. Man’s search for meaning, by Viktor Frankl
A neurologist and psychiatrist, journal his story as a Haulocost survivor. He observed through his experience and through other inmates, various coping mechanisms and how he was able to transcend through suffering by finding significance in the art of living. He came to believe that man’s deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose.
5. Conscious Capitalism, by John Mackey & Ray Sisoda
Conscious capitalism is a philosophy stating that businesses should serve all principal stakeholders, with a higher purpose beyond just profit, not just investors but also their staff, suppliers, and the environment in which they operate. More companies such as wholefoods have adopted this philosophy, but the greatest example we look to is Tata who has operated in this way for over 150 years.
6. Sapiens: A brief history of humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari
We turn to the past, to predict the future. We are Sapiens, the only species to have survived from 6 species. Three important revolutions shaped the course of history: Cognitive revolution kick-started 70,000 yrs ago. The Agricultural revolution sped it up ~ 12,000 yrs ago. The Scientific revolution ~ 500 yrs ago may end history… We learn how humans and organisms have been effected through each revolution.
7. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Noah Harari
Having dealt with the past in “Sapiens: A brief history of humankind”, and the distant future “Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow”, Harari highlights 21 key lessons to help us focus on addressing the present tsunami of change across technological, political, environmental, social and existential risk and threat facing humanity today.
8. Game Changers, by Dave Asprey
If we could create a hacker’s handbook for living as a human then this book is it! The inventor of bulletproof coffee writes his guide to bio-hacking for optimal performance.
9. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “ a reason for being” helping explore the source of value in one’s life and finding the thing that makes you want to wake up and look forward to each morning.
10. The Alchemist, by Paul Cohelo
Through the story of a shepherd boy and his journey, we are taught various life lessons. Fear is a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself; What is true will always endure; live in gratitude and embrace the present; Focus on your journey; Success propagates; Make the decision and always take action; Keep getting back up; Never lose hope! If you desire something, the universe will conspire to help you realise your dream.
11. 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene
Summarised insights and lessons learned from successful and powerful leaders throughout history, and the key 48 laws for how to gain power, preserve it and how to defend against powerful people who make your lives miserable!
12. Start with Why, by Simon Sinek
Insights into how greatest leaders and organisations think, act and communicate. They start with “Why”?
13. Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others, Do Work that Matters, and Make Smarter Choices about Giving Back, by William MacAskill
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