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Books that changed my life
Here is your weekly dose of books that changed my life!
1. Personal development
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Wow! Full stop. We live with universal laws such as the law of gravity and the law of conservation of matter and energy. Dare I say that there should be a new universal law...the law of Atomic Habits. Hands down, Atomic Habits is the most impactful book on my life that I've read in many years. For anyone who has the slightest interest in improvement, you will find this book incredibly valuable. And by improvement, I'm not talking about training for a marathon (although this book will help with that). I'm talking about relationships, career, health, finance...anything that is part of your day. If you've already read Atomic Habits once, I encourage you to read it again. This is what I did and found the second time around was 10X more impactful. In fact, this book should be read annually!
Principle: No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identify. This is one reason why meaningful change does not require radical change. Small habits can make a meaningful difference by providing evidence of a new identify.
Insight: The quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits. With the same habits, you'll end up with the same results. But with better habits, anything is possible.
Quote: Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become -James Clear
Author: James Clear
Themes: Personal development, Human psychology, Peak performance, Living a full life, Health and wellness, Productivity, Career advancement
My personal notes from the book (Warning...there are a lot!)
2. Patient care
How Doctors Think
During medical school and residency training, Jerome Groopman was one of my favorite authors to read (expect more 3BT books by him!). Groopman has a gift for writing about patient care–it reminds me of Oliver Sachs. But in Groopman's case, I found his work more practical. If you are in the medical profession, this is a wonderful read and will serve as a reminder of our responsibility to patients. And if you are not in the medical profession, Groopman's work will provide you insight to the care you deserve as a patient.
Principle: No one–no doctor, no patient–should ever accept, as a first answer to a serious event, 'we see this sometimes'. When you hear that sentence, reply, let's keep looking until we figure out what is wrong or know the problem has passed.
Insight: Once you remove yourself from the patient's story, you no longer are truly a doctor.
Insight: Drug companies, whose primary goal is profit, can drive doctors' thinking about what constitutes a malady and how to remedy it.
Quote: If you listen to the patient, they are telling you the diagnosis. -William Osler
Author: Jerome Groopman
Themes: Patient care, residency training, Medical school, Decision making
My personal notes from the book
3. Personal finance
Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook
Tony Robbins is best known for his personal growth books and seminars. But you'd be surprised that he has written a few excellent books on personal finance. His work is easy to read, pragmatic, and relevant to almost everyone. If you are interested in expanding your personal finance intelligence, this is a solid read.
Principle: Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
Insight: The best way to win the game of investing is to achieve sustainable long-term returns. But it’s enormously tempting to swing for home runs, especially when you think other people are getting rich faster than you.
Quote: History is but a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us and not on where we are headed. The past is not necessarily prologue to the future” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Author: Tony Robbins
Themes: Personal finance, Wealth creation, Investing
My personal notes from the book
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