2012 Epic Reading List



1. Born to Run – Christopher McDougall

Review: Well-written, entertaining story that is also educational. Highly recommend for any runner out there. (9/10)

Biggest Take-Aways:
-As a specie, we are designed to run.
-Running barefoot/with minimalistic footwear is better
-We need to strike to ground with the “fleshly part of our foot”, not our heel

2. The Mind Map Book – Tony Buzan

Review: Useful read to learn the ideal Mind-mapping technique & improve memory. (7/10)

Biggest Take-Aways:
-Mind-maps should be created in colour
-Using single words in capital letters in the maps
-Should be as “creative” as possible (harness right side of the brain)

3. Superconnect: Harnessing the Power of Networks and the Strength of Weak Links – Richard Koch and Greg Lockwood

Review: Interesting read, shows clearly that having a powerful network is a fast-track to success. (7.5/10)

Biggest Take-Aways:
-Your network = your net worth
-Importance of joining great groups/clubs/organizations
-Keeping in touch with as many people as possible is greatly beneficial

4. Conscious Health: Choosing Natural Solutions for Optimum Health and Lifelong Vitality – Ron Garner

Review: Sometimes a bit extreme, but a great compilation of all the components of optimal health. (7/10)

Biggest Take-Aways:
-Importance of eating a lot of raw fruits + veggies
-Importance of drinking high-quality water
-Importance of optimal digestion

5. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth – T. Harv Hecker

Review: Definitely a useful book, especially if you’ve never read about wealth creation. (8/10)

Biggest Take-Aways:
-We need to be aware & optimise our financial blueprint (aka our conditioning around money)
-I need to become a better “receiver”.
-The 17 Things RIch People Do Differently 

6. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Colins

Review: Riveting story, easy and fun read.  (8/10)

Biggest Take-Aways:
-We’re lucky to live in a world where there’s no such thing as the Hunger Games :)

In Progress:

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)
– Tim Ferriss (Reread)

Rework – David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

Coming up:


Be Your Own Personal Trainer (The Anatomy of Personal Training)
– The American Fitness Institute

101 Fitness Myths
-Maik Wiedenbach

Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning
– Dan John


A Philosopher’s Notes: On Optimal Living, Creating an Authentically Awesome Life and Other Such Goodness, Vol. 1
– Brian Johnson

The Book of Understanding: Creating Your Own Path to Freedom
– Osho

The Wheel Of Time: The Shamans Of Mexico Their Thoughts About Life Death And The Universe
– Carlos Castaneda

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
– Don Miguel Ruiz


The Alchemist
– Paulo Cuehlo

Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires
– Esther & Jerry Hicks

Man’s Search for Meaning
– Viktor Frankl

The Man Who Tapped The Secrets Of The Universe
– Glenn Clarke

Time for a Change
– Richard Bandler


On Intelligence
– Jeff Hawkins

How We Decide
– Jonah Lehrer

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
– Sharon Begley

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
– John Medina


The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business
– Josh Kaufman

Blue Ocean Strategy: How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant
– Renee Mauborgne & W. Chan Kim


Live Life Aggressively! What Self Help Gurus Should Be Telling You
– Mike Mahler

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment
– George Leonard


– Rafael Nadal


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
– Ann Lamott

Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University


Exploring Game-Changing Tactics of Online Marketing – Collective

Personal Finance

I Will Teach You To Be Rich
– Ramhit Seit

Think and Grow Rich
– Napoleon Hill

-Peter Diamandi

The Future

The Future Arrived Yesterday: The Rise of the Protean Corporation and What It Means for You
– Michael S. Malone


The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
– Jonathan Haidt

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
– Daniel Pink

The Flinch
– Julian Smith

Marketing/Consumer Behaviour

Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior
– Geoffrey Miller

Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable–Includes new bonus chapter
– Seth Godin

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
– Chip Heath

Better Thinking 

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day
-Michael Gelb

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level
– Gay Hendricks

Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently
– Gregory Berns

Overachievement: The New Science of Working Less to Accomplish More
– John Eliot


The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship (Toltec Wisdom Book)
– Don Miguel Ruiz

How To Win Friends and Influence People
– Dale Carnegie


The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
– Steven Pressfield


Optimum Nutrition for the Mind: Expanded & Updated


The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
– Tim Ferriss


Stranger in a Strange Land
– Robert A. Heinlein



*2012 is gonna be one hell of a year!*


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