Gary Bacon

Reading 2016

The Challenge

Originally inspired by Ben Welch-Bolen and the 100+ Reading Challenge, I’ve set out to read as much as possible each year.

I’ve always read books slowly. I digest them, research as I read, and take notes along the way. They are my mentors. I enjoy slow and deliberate thinking.

Completed (20)

These are the books I’ve completed reading so far this year.

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

by Nir Eyal with Ryan Hoover

Great resource on learning how to build habit forming products. Gives insight into how users interact subconsciously when using apps.

A Place of My Own

by Michael Pollan

Around the mid-nineties Pollan set out to build a tiny house. A place where he could write, read, and create his art. This is a detailed view of that journey. I enjoyed the descriptive nature of the book and insight into the challenges that come with building any structure.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert

By far one of the best books I’ve read. Speaks of creativity, fear that accompanies any artist/creative, and reinforces making your Art. It talks of Big Magic, or Flow as some call it and inversely Resistance which tries to sabotage one’s efforts.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

by Seth Godin

One of my favorite books of all time. ( my review ) I try and read it once a year. Where I learned the concept of being an artist, doing The Work, and fighting Resistance. Such a great piece. Learn to squash fears, take initiative, and create the remarkable.

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

by Martin E. P. Seligman

Recommended by a friend. Taking a scientific approach to exploring happiness, a positive outlook on life, and findings on the last 20+ years of the study of positive psychology.

The 4-Hour Workweek

by Tim Ferriss

The first time I’ve reread, in it’s entirety, this favorite since 2008. This new copy is also the 2009 updated edition with more content. Once again an inspiring read. Reading it again prompted great new ideas, introspection over the last 8 years, and excitement for things to come.

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

by Tara Brach

Introduced to the author on a fantastic episode of The Tim Ferris Show. Helped me identify anxiety that I had not previously seen, relax, and reminded myself to keep practicing mindfulness.

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness

by Gary Vaynerchuk

saw Gary’s post about the book on Instagram. Got the audiobook version as he goes off script. Most fresh. Inspired me to execute on some ideas I’ve been cultivating.

Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

by Stephen Batchelor

Recommended on Tim Ferriss’ podcast with Edward Norton. Not a favorite, but learned a few lessons about paths, material desire, and reflections on death.

The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

by Jeff Goins

Read this one twice. It’s a new favorite. Not sure who recommended it. Can’t remember. But definitely a timely read.

The Story Of Emoji

by Gavin Lucas

Fun and interesting read about how emoji became what it is today. Full of inspiration with emoji spin-offs, products, and art.

Just Fucking Ship

by Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman

Such a joy. This book kicked my butt into gear. A must read and now one of my favorites. If you want to finally, finally ship your dream product then this is the book for you. ( Update: AND I DID SHIP IT. )

Lily and the Octopus

by Steven Rowley

The touching story of a man and his little dog.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

Introduces the concept of EQ ( emotional intelligence ), which highlights that emotions play just as big a role as information does in our lives. Be mindful and aware of this too.

You are a Badass

by Jen Sincero

Recommended by my sister-in-law, this was a much enjoyed read. It’s a good kick in the pants to keep motivated, be awesome, and deal with the lizard brain.

How The Secret Changed My Life

by Rhonda Byrne

Having previously watched The Secret on Netflix, this caught my eye at the local bookstore near me. Motivating.

The Secret

by Rhonda Byrne

Having previously watched The Secret on Netflix, decided to read the same in book form. Reminded me of what I started discovering in 2012. ( core values )

The Achievement Habit

by Bernard Roth

A great book on design thinking, problem solving, and introspection. Love love love this. Adding it to my favorites.

As a Man Thinketh

by James Allen

Found this timeless classic in my Dad’s collection of old books. Decided to give it another read. Straight forward and to the point as always.

Born for This

by Chris Guillebeau

Actionable and great read on explaining the journey to finding the work that you were “born to do”. The very definition of which may evolve over time. I also think this relates to living a “portfolio life” which was mentioned in The Art of Work.