Sep 09

Aiming to be in a Constant State of Evolution

Aiming to be in a Constant State of Evolution

Updated: November 27, 2014

There is a wealth of knowledge out there.  The difficulty lies in finding what’s relevant to you. What has helped me is recommendations. People have told me about books. I’ve seen them written about in other books, or I’ve heard about them on the internet.

I am grateful for those recommendations, and that’s the main reason I created this list and continually update it.

With that said, this is my personal non-fiction reading list. If I included the fiction, it would be enormous, and the non-fiction has more applications to jiu-jitsu and the pursuit of success in general.

If I had to choose only five that you absolutely must read in your lifetime, it would be:

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People.
  • The Alchemist.
  • Mindset.
  • The Aladdin Factor
  • The Richest Man in Babylon

Also if the prospect of reading whole non-fiction books is daunting to you, I would recommend Blinkist. It allows you to read summaries of the key insights of books, so you can expose yourself to a vast amount of knowledge without investing as much time and cash. I use it mainly as a studying tool, and it has also help find more books I really want to read.


Books That I’ve Read

  • The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason – This is the best book you will ever read on managing money. The ideas and concepts are presented and reinforced in a clear and enjoyable way. This is the kind of book that you read and then recommend to everyone that you care about.
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Books That I Will Read

  • Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson
  • Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
  • Strategy by Liddell Hart
  • Expert Performance in Sports by Anders Ericsson
  • Motivation and Personality by Abraham Maslow
  • Extraordinary Minds by Howard Gardner
  • The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson
  • The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  • Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
  • How Great Generals Win by Bevin Alexander
  • How Wars are Won by Bevin Alexander
  • Titan by Ron Chernow
  • A Mind For Numbers by Barbara Oakley
  • How Learning Works by Susan Ambrose, Michael Bridges, and others
  • Creating Self Regulated Learners by Linda Nilson and Barry J. Zimmerman
  • Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner
  • Minds on Fire by Mark C. Carnes
  • The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallway

What Great Book Have You Read Lately?



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  1. Josh

    Very similar to my reading list :) if you continue along the warfare theme, I would recommend reading “how great generals win” and “how wars are won” both by Bevin Alexander. “strategy” by Liddell Hart is good too. If you like the expertise theme, you should check out K Anders Ericsson. He was recommended to me by a friend and there’s some valuable stuff I learned in his works (particularly the Cambridge handbook of expertise” and “expert performance in sport”)

  2. ze grappler

    The biography about Rockefeller that recently came out, Titan: the biography of John D. Rockefeller provides a ton of insight into one of the most successful and influential men in modern history.

  3. Kenneth Brown

    Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll check them out. It’ll be especially good to read Erricsson’s work directly from the source.

  4. Jennifer

    Very ambitious! Good luck and have fun with it. We’ll be watching. :-)

  5. Kyle

    Might I also suggest “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand

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