I read for many reasons. I read for self-improvement. I read to learn and to be prepared for life. I read to understand myself and others. I also read because I enjoy the quiet that reading requires. Reading physical books is an important part of my life.
I read and re-read some great books this year. Here are a few of my favorites.
Issacson, Walter: Steve Jobs
My first book of 2021 was my favorite. Walter Isaacson does a great job providing an insight into the life of Steve Jobs. It is a fascinating read about a creative, demanding leader who created some of the most popular products of our time.
Cialdini, Robert: Influence
If you’ve ever wondered why you bought something you never meant to or why you said “yes” when you wanted to say “no”, this book shows you why. Cialdini explains the key factors in influencing behavior. These tactics can be used for good or bad, so it’s important to understand them. That way, you’ll know how to use them and when they’re being used on you.
Kerr, James: Legacy
This is one of my favorite books. I re-read Legacy this year and I got more out of it than my first read. The All Blacks are arguably the most dominant sports franchise in history, and this book shows you why. It explains the importance of culture and how everything you do matters. I can’t recommend it enough.
Zinsser, William: On Writing Well
Writing well is a never-ending process. And being able to write well is never a bad thing. It doesn’t matter if you are at work sending emails, texting your friends or family, or writing handwritten notes. Being a better writer helps you and the person you are communicating with. Being able to get your thoughts on paper is not easy. This book helps you get better at it.
Newport, Cal: Digital Minimalism
Phones, computers, and TVs are huge sources of distraction, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. These things will continue to pull at your attention if you are not careful. If you want to be productive and get anything done, you have to learn to use these tools instead of allowing them to use you.
Miller, Zell: Corps Values
Another one of my favorite books from this past year. It is a short read, but it is packed with useful information. What you do and how you do it matters. In the book, Zell Miller discusses twelve “corps values.” A few of them are punctuality, neatness, discipline, and loyalty. A great read for anyone looking to get better.
2021 was a great reading year, and I’m excited about the books that 2022 will bring.