Many personal finance books recycle the same content: build frugal habits, buy assets not liabilities, dollar cost average into indexes, understand power of compound interest, reframe your mindset etc. Despite this, it's no surprise they continue to capture people's attention. Wealth, greed, and happiness are timeless themes that remain on the top of many people's [...]
This is actually one of the best books I've ever read. Despite being published in 1946, this timeless classic grows increasingly relevant. In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl presents a somewhat twisted perspective on suffering. This excerpt sums it up best: "If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be [...]
I've always been fascinated by the history of money. Not only as it's a key driver of human behaviour and geopolitics. But as major force that shapes the trajectory of human endeavor. Put simply, it's an integral part to understanding how the world works. "If you want to understand how the world works, follow the [...]
If you liked Nassim Taleb's books - Antifragile, Black Swan etc - then you'll love Mandelbrot's Misbehaviour of Markets. Benoit Mandelbrot is one of the greatest mathematicians of our time. Most renowned for his work on fractals (including the famous Mandelbrot set), he applies a complexity science lens to financial markets. As with most transdisciplinary [...]
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It, Chris Voss, 2016 (Amazon US; Amazon Australia) Snapshot A former FBI hostage negotiator shares his field-tested negotiation tips. Definitely one of my top-10 all-time favourite books. Unlike many other self-help books that drag on and fluff around the key points, this one gets [...]
More like key take-aways than summaries. Throughout history people have wanted similar things (freedom, security etc) – the challenge is finding the right balance for the right place at the right time. While riddled with its unique regional challenges, business opportunities in Africa are underrated. Human behaviour is incredibly complex: much of [...]
With too many books out there, and too little time, I thought it'd be helpful to share my 2018 reading as single sentence summaries. Of course, reducing someone's life work in such a manner risks misrepresentation. So take these summaries more as the key takeaways I got from each. Hopefully this helps you discover which are of interest to you.