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Tribe of mentors

Tribe of mentors

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss, November 2017

From the author of the Four-Hour Work Week comes this compilation of powerful interviews with successful figures from a wide range of fields. Tim developed a set of personal questions that prompt the interviewees to reveal personal insights, habits, experiences, books and ideas that mean a lot to them. A gold mine.

Sapiens

Sapiens

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, February 2015

Fascinating narrative of humanity’s journey from its origin to today, tracing the pivotal moments that transformed our species, the inseparable role of cities, art, language, religion and warfare.

Scientist in the crib

Scientist in the crib

The Scientist In The Crib: Minds, Brains, And How Children Learn by Alison Gobnik, October 2009

Fascinating journey in the lives of babies and how they see the world. The book is based on recent experimental work that breaks many myths about childhood development. Babies are scientists, or scientists are adults who learn the way babies do.

Mood Mapping

Mood Mapping

Mood Mapping: Plot your way to emotional health and happiness by Liz Miller, March 2010

Mood Mapping introduces a simple technique to track hourly and daily moods and levels of energy. This helps gain a better understanding of the factors that impact our moods. Liz Miller describes a framework of dimensions that drive our moods. There are simple tools across these dimensions that can restore a good level of control over our moods throughout the day.

The happiness trap

The happiness trap

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT by Russ Harris, June 2008

The Happiness Trap is a plain language introduction to ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), an evidence-based, active method to break free from negative thoughts and limiting beliefs. A useful toolbox.

Your best year ever

Your best year ever

Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt, January 2018

A primer on the importance of goal setting to live true to our values, and a practice guide on how to implement a cycle of daily, weekly and quarterly goals to drive better alignment.

School of life

School of life

The School of Life: An Emotional Education by Alain de Botton, September 2019.

A fresh revisiting of de Botton’s philosophy on the root of emotions, on how we’ve inherited Romantic models about relationships and work that limit the creativity we bring to both, and how a better awareness of these insights can help us live a slightly saner life.

Mindfulness: A practical guide

Mindfulness: A practical guide

Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams, May 2011

A practical introduction and 8-week mini course to jump start a mindfulness habit.

The Silk Roads

The Silk Roads

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan, August 2015

Gripping history of human development, from the first inter-societal exchanges to the emergence of the first Silk Roads and how these routes continue to shape our world today.

Deep Work

Deep Work

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport, January 2016.

Highlights the importance of Deep Work (focused periods of high intensity productivity) to perform at one’s best, develop skills and therefore to achieve fulfilment. The book includes suggestions on how to limit shallow work to create space for deep work.