Reading List

A love of books and learning is the one character trait I have seen in almost every single  successful* person I have studied. The ability  for an expert to compress years of thinking into a digestible form for the rest of the world to benefit is oft underappreciated and under utilized.

I’ve started hundreds of books however finish/re-read only a few that have made an meaningful impact to my life. I will recommend only these.

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life-Scott Adams

An easy read with tonnes of useful actionable advice to help you achieve your goals. My favorite bits:

  • One of your priorities should be to become financially free. Without financial freedom, someone else is controlling your time and by extension your life.
  • Be aware of your energy levels. Work on projects which keep your energy high, craft diet and exercise habits to maximize your energy.
  • Work in systems, not goals. Working towards goals, you are in a state of constant failure until you finally succeed. This saps your energy levels. When you have systems in place however which increase your chances of success over time, any individual failure is insignificant to the whole.

Poor Charlie’s Almanack -Charlie Munger

The most expensive book I have ever purchased but thankfully one of the best also. This came highly recommended by some of the worlds leading investors/business minds however its packed full of wisdom anyone can benefit from. I came away with:

  • The idea of mental models on to which I should base my learning.
  • Much better understanding of the human condition and our shortcomings when thinking.
  • The importance as breadth of knowledge as well as depth.

Zero To One -Peter Thiel and Blake Masters 

A refreshingly different look at start ups from billionaire Peter Thiel. Note the free class notes are just as good. My takeaways:

  • Beware the madness of crowds.
  • Your start up should be a monopoly-escape the competition.
  • Failure is over-rated (counter-intuitive to my Scott Adams recommendation perhaps).
  • You must look qualitatively at your company in order to see what underlying problem it solves. Will this be enough to sustain the company for a decade or more?
  • If you’re a slacker with low expectations, they’ll probably be met. You are not a lottery ticket.



*to be defined