The Betterfocused Reading List

I’m a huge book nerd, and as you’ve ended up on here, I’m guessing you like reading at least a little bit as well. I’ve ended up logging my favourite books of all time on here and will continue to add more to it as I discover more and more great books.

If you’re looking to changing your mindset, creating winning habits, increasing your income through a job you love and/or want to have a better quality of life – these books are a sure investment. 📚 💪

7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

It’s crazy to think how much this book has changed my life. What at first seemed like a clichéd and obvious book, quickly started to provide massive value and a totally new way of thinking. Stephen R. Covey’s habits have change the way I think, plan, converse with people and work. It’s a no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point guide!

Why to read:

  • All 7 habits are extremely practical. You can apply them as soon as you put the book down and immediately see the different in the quality of your life.
  • It’s a great starter’s book for anyone who’s either not really a reader, or someone who just doesn’t know where to start.
  • Before I read it, I had been recommended this book countless times.

I WANT THIS BOOK!

 

Power of Habit

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit is an incredible book that has Charles Duhigg deconstructing what a habit actually is and how important it is to our lifestyle. 

As it turns out, the habit actually control a lot of our behaviour – more so than you may realise. They can help us progress massively in life, or contrastingly, contribute to our slow decline. Either way, habits are extremely important. 

Why to read:

  • Teaches you principles in order to create and change your own habits
  • Uses real-life examples such as Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • I started going to the gym 4 times a week consistently and writing 1,000+ words a day, with ease, after reading this book

I WANT THIS BOOK!

 

Reinvent Yourself

Reinvent Yourself – James Altucher

“What happens after you die? Lots of things happen after you die – they just don’t involve you?” – Louis C.K. Reinvent Yourself is an interesting book which explores Louis C.K’s quote by allowing us to understand what it takes to do something significant, not only once, but multiple times over. Much like the most successful artists and business people in the world (Drake, Gary Vaynerchuk, Madonna, Childish Gambino, Tim Ferriss, Christian Bale…) you too must learn to constantly change and reinvent yourself in order to not only survive in the new volatile world, but to do great things in it!

Why to read:

  • James Altucher is a brilliant thinker and writer who interviews and learns from some of the top people in the world
  • It’s what gave me the understanding of how to build something for myself multiple times whilst also having and progressing in a full-time career
  • It’s f*cking awesome

I WANT THIS BOOK!

 

Focus

Focus (The Hidden Driver of Excellence) – Daniel Goleman

The ability to put your mind where you want, when you want and for how long you want to is something we all desire. I did too years before starting Betterfocused and also progressing in my UI design career. This book gave me a great insight in to some of the ways in which I can learn how to use focus to my advantage.

Goleman splits up the book into Rumination vs reflection, rest/active vs open, willpower, smart practice and mental gym. I personally love the section about rest and active states. Goldeman describes how we cannot be permanently in the active state of producing. So in order to use that active state most effectively, we must learn to rest but in an open focus state. This means for us to be focused on how we rest and how we recharge our minds to be able to go back into the active focus state. This could include going for a walk in nature.

Daniel Goleman has written some great books, but ‘Focus’ is an excellent read for anyone who wants to learn how to control their focus state and really produce some great things in their life.

Why to read:

  • It teaches you cognitive control and empathy on an extremely powerful level
  • It enables you the ability to put your focus where you choose, when y
  • Whilst it does have some quite complex and thought provoking ideas, its surprisingly ease to pick up and read

I WANT THIS BOOK!

 

Ego Is The Enemy

Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is a modern day rockstar. He’s been a full time apprentice for Robert Greene and Max Tucker, Director of Marketing for American Apparel, Marketing business owner and WSJ Best Selling author by age 25. This guy is something else and his books are beyond great. Ego is the Enemy is probably my favourite book written by him as he explains how the ego is the one thing that prevents you from actually succeeding.

Why to read:

  • Explains the Ego and how you can eliminate it from your life
  • I’ve done more in my life personally since eliminating it
  • I’ve felt happier and got more out of interactions with people since reading it

I WANT THIS BOOK!

 

Other great books I recommend:

Simplicité

L’art de la Simplicité (How to live more with less) – Dominique Loreau

I WANT THIS BOOK!

Whatever You Think

Whatever you think, think the opposite – Paul Arden

I WANT THIS BOOK!

 

Tools of Titans

Tools of Titans – Tim Ferriss

I WANT THIS BOOK!

 

The Secrets of Enduring Love – Dr. Meg John Barker and Prof. Jacqui Gabb

I WANT THIS BOOK!

 

Mastery

Mastery – Robert Greene

I WANT THIS BOOK!

 

The Daily Stoic – Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

I WANT THIS BOOK!

 

The Smart Thinking Book

The Smart Thinking Book – Kevin Duncan

I WANT THIS BOOK!