My Top 5 Books of 2021

As we turn the page on 2021, I thought I’d quickly share some of my favorite books of 2021. These are books that I’ve enjoyed and recommended to friends and colleagues. Some are business focused, but others are more life/development focused. 

I should also quick note, you may have seen me mention some of these titles in the past. I’m a big believer in rereading books. I often find it helpful to revisit thoughts and ideas to get renewed inspiration. 

Without further ado, my top five books of 2021:

  1. “The One Thing” by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan – This is one of those books that helps you reframe large projects or life goals. How do you get from A to Z? The authors share ways to break down your big goals, and in the process, help you better prioritize your life. 
  2. “The Sovereign Individual” by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg – This is a classic book from the 1990s that theorizes what geopolitical changes the digital information age will bring upon the world. A fascinating read to provide context to many of the societal transformations going on around us today. 
  3. “The Bitcoin Standard” by Saifedean Ammous – In a world of high inflation, high P/E equities, negative yielding bonds, and political uncertainty, Bitcoin provides a real monetary alternative. The book starts by focusing on the need for a sound money standard, followed by explaining how Bitcoin can help fill that role in the digital age. 
  4. “This is Marketing” by Seth Godin – I enjoy almost everything by Seth Godin. When I’m looking for inspiration or new perspectives on sales/marketing, his books are easy to pick-up. “This is Marketing” is a great high level overview of broad marketing ideas that can help spur some new business development ideas.
  5. “The Almanack of Naval Ravikant” by Eric Jorgenson and Tim Ferriss – If you don’t already know who he is, Naval is a tech venture capitalist turned quasi twitter philosopher. This book is a collection of some of his ideas from blog posts, podcasts and Twitter. It’s a great collection of short articles on  business, investing, and personal development.

Runner ups:

“Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”  by Greg McKeown – On any given day, how much of what you do is actually important? Or how much progress are you making towards your intended goals? This book was an excellent reread during a time when it feels like you’re busy in all the wrong ways. 
“Remote: Office Not Required” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson – The makers of Basecamp (a project management tool) authored this great little book on remote work. In it, they provide some helpful tips and perspectives on being a remote work organization. Certainly a relevant topic as many people work remotely in the post-covid world.

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