If 2020 hasn't been your year (so, everyone), this list is for you. We reached out to our team of Outliers to get their recommendations for everything you should be reading this fall. It's got everything from books about happiness to books about business and negotiating to an Astronaut's Guide to Life to great adventures. Take a peek, choose your favorites, and let's get reading.
"My most recent book has been The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt. It's a great read that combines philosophical wisdom and scientific research to help explain some of the most important questions in life to help conclude to the ultimate question we all end up asking ourselves at some point... "how can I live a more meaningful life?".
This is an amazing balanced combination of ancient thoughts and modern science. For me, it helped me understand rhetoric that I've heard my whole live with a scientific touch and psychological understanding. As a science based doctor, it helped give absolute truth to simple truths from ancient philosophical ideology from all over the world and throughout historic times. The understanding I gained from this book will certainly be used for the rest of my life to help guide my pursuit of happiness.
A Fighter's Heart by Sam Sheridan is about Sam traveling the world to train with and learn fighting styles from around the world. He trains with Olympic boxers, UFC champions, muay thai fighters in Thailand, jiu jitsu practitioners in Brazil and plenty more. Through it all he learns about what it takes to reach the top tier and what motivates the best fighter's in the world. Even if you're not fighting in the ring or a cage it gives amazing insight into the hard work and dedication that it takes to be the best at something.
It’s a true story about a psychiatrist who uses a technique he calls “past life regressions” to walk his patients back in time to recall previous lives and memories. I recommend this book bc it made me think in way I never had before and opened my eyes to new possibilities of an after life.
The Go Giver is a book about business and the power of giving/doing the right thing. The book really opened my eyes to what some of my mentors have preached to me constantly saying things like "You can do well in life, by doing good in life". I would recommend this book because often business is thought of as a cut throat industry that's only goal is to make a profit but what you quickly realize is that by cultivating relationships and helping others/making the right choices you will be much better off in both business and life.
Hillbilly Elegy is an autobiography that follows the family of J.D. Vance. It's an inspiring success story of how a boy from a small rural town made it out/deals with his family/cultural crisis. I would recommend it because I think a lot of people can relate to some of the hardships he had to endure while growing up. They might not be to the extreme that J.D. dealt with but I think and can be relatable and a good beacon of hope.
I love this book for several reasons. First is the way it's written. It's so engaging! Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator and starts each chapter out with a real-life hostage situation he experienced. He then uses that story to pull out principals of negotiation that can be applied to anything from closing a deal with your business to getting your kids to go to bed on time. Incredible read and has dramatically impacted the way I communicate and helped to grow my business.
This book was extremely beneficial towards my thinking based on the competitive world we live in and how giving and adding value to others, instead of consuming and taking. ,will create a winning business and personal life. The book is a fable about a man named Joe, who creates phenomenal success by applying the “Five Laws of Stratospheric Success”, which are The Law of Value, The Law of Compensation, The Law of Influence, The Law of Authenticity, and The Law of Receptivity. This book focuses on giving to others, even though it may appear that you are giving your secret sauce away. I try to live my life that way and feel value comes back to you when you least expect it.
This book is a real life story of pursuing and achieving dreams that are seemingly impossible. While the book follows the life of Chris Hadfield, from hoping to become an astronaut before Canada even had a space program to eventually become the Commander of the International Space Station, it does much to provide inspiring life lessons along the way. I found it incredibly interesting to learn how astronauts approach and prepare for all possible problems and outcomes.
My favorite book of all time is "The Alchemist" It's a cliche and a classic but always helps me when I am frustrated with tennis. I've always had a love hate relationship with the sport but a few of the themes of the book always help me when I want to quit or have tough times. These are: 1) Do what really makes you feel alive - I don't think there's anything that would make me feel as many emotions as tennis does, anxiety, excitement, relief etc. 2) Constant failure and having to get back up - in tennis we play 25-30 tournaments a year and if you win one or two you've had a great season. So that means we lose 25+times a year. and 3) the journey is more important than the destination - winning feels empty if you don't acknowledge what it took to get there, and also realize how much more you can/could do/achieve
Also, a short non-fiction book I like is "This is Water" which is all about awareness in our everyday lives and how to avoid being switched off and going about our everyday lives with monotony.
One of the best books for novices and experts to learn the physiological movements with regards to strength training. It covers the main big lifts that I believe all young men should start with. I started reading this as an introduction to weight lifting.
Great advice for helping yourself find meaning in your life. I enjoy all of Peterson's books and lecturers, this is a good one to start with.
This book fundamentally changed the way I viewed everything! It helped me build a framework for how to approach both business and life. I used to be so focused on all of the nuances - the “what’s” and the “hows”, and reading this book helped me to zoom out a bit and realize that when you hone in on the “whys”, the smaller details tend to naturally take care of themselves.