Book Reviews

I love reading. You’ll find here reviews and notes of some of the books I’ve read. (Check here for a complete list of books.)

The Earned Life, by Marshall Goldsmith

The Earned Life, by Marshall Goldsmith Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Business Thinkers in the World and the top-rated executive coach at the Thinkers50 ceremony. The Earned Life is a book that offers a simple approach that accommodates both our persistent need for achievement and the inescapable “stuff happens” unfairness of life. We are living an earned life when the choices, risks, and efforts we make in each moment align with an overarching purpose in our lives, regardless of the eventual outcome. Read more...
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Imaginable, by Jane McGonigal (book notes)

Imaginable by Jane McGonigal is a book about the future. More precisely, a book about engaging with possible futures. Why should we engage in a simulation of the future? What’s its use? The future is un-seeable, unknowable, and that’s fine, because it means it’s not defined until it actually happens. The gift of the future is not about trying to predict it. Read more...
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The Inner Game of Tennis, by Timothy Gallwey

You don’t need to play tennis to read this book, although you must be aware that some parts contain detailed descriptions of tennis games and techniques. This book promises to teach the mental side of peak performance. The author proposes a simple but powerful message. Our external goals may be many and various and require learning many skills to achieve them. But “the inner obstacles come from only one source and the skills needed to overcome them remain constant. Read more...
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Courage is Calling, by Ryan Holiday

Courage is calling is the first in a book series by Ryan Holiday about courage, wisdom, justice, and temperance, the four cardinal virtues. As C.S. Lewis explains, “courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” The book is very well written. The ideas in each chapter are reinforced by well chosen stories of historical characters. It doesn’t pretend to dive into philosophical definitions, but to give practical advice and challenge the reader to face her fears. Read more...
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