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 Power of Habit. Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter for The New York Times. In The Power of Habit, the author proposes a framework for understanding the importance of habits and how habits work. Throughout the book, Duhigg uses stories —real stories— to exemplify his points, and he does a great job telling them. The stories are based, in part, on Duhigg’s interviews and journalistic research. Perhaps the most important concept in the book is the Habit Loop, the loop that governs any habit. Read more...
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The Inevitable. Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly is the cofounder and Senior Maverick of Wired Magazine. Founding member of The Long Now Foundation (which focuses in fostering long-term thinking and long-term responsibility). Nomadic photojournalist, publisher of The Whole Earth Catalog, and author of several books like What Technology Wants (2010), and often-cited inspiring articles like 1,000 True Fans. Kevin Kelly has an impressive ability to think out of the box and analyze the implications of technology from different angles. Read more...

Triggers. Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be. By Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is a world-renowned business author, educator, and coach. He’s considered by Thinkers50 the most influential leadership thinker and coach. Forbes considers him one of the five most respected executive coaches. Triggers is a superbly written book. Besides proposing the methods needed to achieve meaningful and lasting behavioral change, Goldsmith shares great, powerful stories from his professional practice to exemplify his points. I enjoyed reading this book for the first time, and then a second time to write this review. Read more...
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Create or Hate. Successful People Make Things, by Dan Norris

Buy from Amazon Even if some factors that lead people to be successful could be attributed to sheer luck, a common trait is that successful people create things. In Norris’ vision, creating something –that is, being creative– has little to do with wild talent and is more about productivity. The first requisite for being creative is to start to do something. In his book The War of Art, Steven Pressfield writes about The Resistance, the voice that delays us from doing our work, the self-sabotaging habits of procrastination, self-doubt, susceptibility to distraction, perfectionism, and shallowness. Read more...
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7 Pasos para lograr resultados extraordinarios

Buy from Amazon Solo una cosa: Enfócate en lo único (The One Thing), por Gary Keller, es uno de mis libros favoritos. Keller propone un marco mental aterrizado para lograr resultados extraordinarios tanto en el trabajo como en la vida personal. La premisa del autor es que los resultados extraordinarios vienen determinados, directamente, por lo enfocados que logremos ser. Más concretamente, por nuestra capacidad de enfocarnos en lo esencial, en lo que llama lo Único. Read more...