Resources I Recommend

This page will list some of the books and recordings which I’ve been through and would recommend to others.

I’ve been through hundreds of books and courses – below are some resources which I’d recommend. Read the blurb, watch the sample and decide whether you’re interested. I encourage you to contact me if you have any recommendations for me!


The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

This book started my motivation to read and learn more. I listened to the audiobook version which is less than 4 hours. The main message of this book is that the small, seemingly irrelevant decisions you make each day compound over time to make a big difference. Below is a review of the book.

The Element by Ken Robinson

How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk convinced me that his book might be worth reading. The book broadened my perspective with regard to creativity being a different kind of intelligence and that creative skills and people are important. The TED talk is below.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

I first read this book when I was in primary school and some of the ideas undoubtedly molded my life. I recently listened to an audio seminar version of the book and a sequel, ‘Living the 7 Habits’. Wikipedia has a good short breakdown of the 7 habits. Below is a review of the book.

Drive by Daniel Pink

The surprising truth about what motivates us

Switch, Made to Stick and Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath

How to Change Things When Change Is Hard / Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die / How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

How to Get Things Right

Outliers, Blink and Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Story of Success, The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Losing my Virginity (autobiography) by Richard Branson

How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Below is a review of the book.

Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life

Blurb from Wikipedia: Motivational and self-help experts in personal development, including Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy have based their techniques on Maxwell Maltz. Many of the psychological methods of training elite athletes are based on the concepts in Psycho-Cybernetics as well.

Below is a review of the book.


Your Deceptive Mind

A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

By Professor Steven Novella, M.D. (Yale School of Medicine)

Available on The Great Courses, Amazon and Audible

Introduction to Psychology (9.00) from MIT

By Prof. Jeremy Wolfe. From Fall 2014.

Available on MIT OpenCourseWare or download the MP3s from

Also available: OCW Scholar course by Prof. John Gabrieli on MIT OpenCourseWare.

Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110) from Yale

By Professor Paul Bloom.

Available on Open Yale courses and YouTube.

TED Talks


Art of Public Speaking

Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History By Professor John R. Hale, Ph.D., University of Cambridge, University of Louisville

Available from The Great Courses.

Neuroscience of Everyday Life

By Professor Sam Wang, Ph.D. Princeton University

Available from The Great Courses.

The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

Professor Hannah B. Harvey, Ph.D. Professional Storyteller.

Available from The Great Courses.

Effective Communication Skills

Professor Dalton Kehoe, Ph.D. York University.

Available from The Great Courses.

The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons

Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photographer.

Available from The Great Courses.

Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health

Professor Jason M. Satterfield, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco.

Available from The Great Courses and YouTube.

Seminar Speakers

Anthony Robbins

Zig Ziglar

Look him up on YouTube – especially his stuff on Goals and Sales.

Dale Carnegie

See his books How To Win Friends And Influence People (review below) and The Art of Public Speaking


See my other pages:

Courses, Events & Books

The pursuit of a better mind

How do I educate myself?


Other people’s recommendations

Bill Gates

General Assembly: 10 best business books

Malcolm Gladwell





USSOCOM Commander’s Reading List 2016 (see links on left for other lists)

Washington Post

The 2015 summer reading list for innovation junkies

A great leadership reading list — without any business books on it

A unique summer reading list — from college admissions deans and counselors

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