Bill's Book List

billsbookcase.jpgGrowing up as I did without television until well into junior high school, ours was a family of readers. Among my fondest memories was traipsing down to the Olympia Public Library every Tuesday evening after dinner. Upon our return, the only sound you'd hear was the turning of pages and the ticking of the grandfather clock.

Lacking a formal education, I still continue to do a lot of reading. Most of my library contains books on marketing, communications, the Internet, spirituality, health and of course my favorite chiropractic books.

I'm only recently moving from actual books to electronic versions on my iPad. There's just something about the feel of holding an actual book (and being in bookstores) that I find pleasing. But physical books have become a storage problem.

Here are some of the books I've been reading recently.


SupercommunicatorsSupercommunicators by Charles Duhigg. From the writers’ room of The Big Bang Theory and the couches of leading marriage counselors to a starkly divided jury and a young CIA officer attempts to recruit a reluctant foreign agent, effective communication principles emerge. First, make sure you know which of three conversations you’re having: practical (What’s this really about?), emotional (How do we feel?), and social (Who are we?). Know what kind of conversation you’re having if you want to connect. His trademark storytelling skills show how we can all learn to identify and leverage the hidden layers that lurk beneath every conversation. April 2024

 

You Will Own Nothing You Will Own Nothing by Carol Roth. This explores the disturbing future envisioned by the World Economic Forum: a world where we will own nothing. From inflated currency, declining ownership of homes and cars, Roth exposes how elites aim to consolidate power and make everyone dependent. She connects the dots between Wall Street, governments, multinational corporations, and activist agendas, revealing a coordinated effort to diminish personal wealth and freedom. Roth emphasizes the importance of ownership, urging readers to resist this agenda and safeguard their financial future. Her first recommendation: get out of debt. Good advice. March 2024

 

The Creative ActThe Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin. This bearded, barefoot American record executive is the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. These 400-odd pages are a distillation of the wisdom he has accrued over decades working with musicians of many genres. He insists that creativity is not a rare ability but rather a fundamental aspect of being human. I was delighted to read about some of the techniques I’ve used to test my work, get unstuck, and generally navigate the process of creating something new from a fleeting idea. He has distilled the wisdom from a lifetime of work, concluding that art is more than doing, but a way of being. February 2024

 

Invest one day and conquer your mindThe 12-Hour Walk by Colin O’Brady is a one-day prescription for purging yourself of limiting beliefs and proving that you have the power to shift to a mindset of limitless possibilities. Colin O’Brady is a ten-time world record-breaking explorer, New York Times bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur, and expert on mindset. What he’s asking you to do is simple: spend 12 hours outside, unplugged, walking alone. It’ll be a walking meditation for training your mind. No training necessary. No cost. Use this book to help ignite a fire in your soul to step out of your comfort zone into a "possible mindset." (I've scheduled my walk for Thursday, June 20) February 2024

 

Maganets Meganets by David Auerbach. Our digital world encompasses giants like Facebook, Amazon, and Google: meganets. Auerbach explores how these massive online networks, along with the emerging metaverse and government systems like China's Social Credit System, have morphed into uncontrollable behemoths. He debunks the myth of tight corporate control, explains why reform efforts falter, and warns about the uncontrollable nature of cryptocurrencies. Interestingly, AI is made possible by these very sets of large data—but seems impotent to control these digital giants. January 2024

 

Hidden PotentialHidden Potential by Adam Grant, who is known for his previous work Think Again, is a captivating journey into the world of unlocking our true potential. As an organizational psychologist, Grant delves into a multitude of intriguing case studies that shed light on the barriers and opportunities we encounter. Rather than attributing everything to genetics and environment, he champions the idea that our growth primarily hinges on how we learn. In fact, he suggests that embracing proactive imperfectionism can be helpful strategy. January 2024

 

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