My Audible Library

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I’ve been an Audible listener since 3/7/2016. On 3/28/2020 I finally reached Master rank with over 500 hours of reading time!

My current library of over 70 books is below. I listen to books about business (leadership, career skills, startups), marketing, motivation, psychology, science, and technology.

Recommendations welcome!

First, a quick review of Deep Work by Cal Newport.

One of my favorites! It’s a worthy read for all knowledge workers. Included is a thoughtful discussion on why we tend toward what’s easy despite the rewards of depth, strategies to fight on-demand distraction, and how we must train to achieve sustained focus and produce real value. And it’s where I learned a favorite phrase, “simulacrum of progress”.

It’s not entirely unlike other discussions of “being in the zone” and, admittedly, parts of it could have come from Sheldon Cooper (saying “shutdown complete!” when leaving the office). And it seems to describe a world in which we concentrate at work and everything else is vacation. Overall, there’s plenty of good stuff too—from why creative minds work like accountants, to Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, to Harry Potter and the Ann Arbor Arboretum.

It’s the constant switching from low-stimuli, high-value activities to high-stimuli, low-value activities at the slightest hint of boredom or cognitive challenge that teaches your mind to never tolerate an absence of novelty.

7/31/2019: A second favorite phrase is “The Pygmalion Effect”—as described by Shawn Achor in Motivating a Team with the Pygmalion Effect.

I often read the same book multiple times! Some that I have re-read (or re-re-read) include Made to Stick, Powerful, Deep Work, Inspired, and When to Jump.

(These links sometimes break as Audible changes their catalog)