2018 Books

Below is the list of books that I am reading for 2018.


Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual

by Jocko Willink

Jocko Willink’s methods for success were born in the SEAL Teams, where he spent most of his adult life, enlisting after high school and rising through the ranks to become the commander of the most highly decorated special operations unit of the war in Iraq. In Discipline Equals Freedom, Willink describes how he lives that mantra: the mental and physical disciplines he imposes on himself in order to achieve freedom in all aspects of life.

Leadership on the Line

by Ronald A. Heifetz

To lead is to live dangerously. It’s romantic and exciting to think of leadership as all inspiration, decisive action, and rich rewards, but leading requires taking risks that can jeopardize your career and your personal life. It requires putting yourself on the line, disrupting the status quo, and surfacing hidden conflict. And when people resist and push back, there’s a strong temptation to play it safe. Those who choose to lead plunge in, take the risks, and sometimes get burned. But it doesn’t have to be that way …

Who Moved My Cheese

by Spencer Johnson

This is a brief tale of two mice and two humans who live in a maze and one day are faced with change: someone moves their cheese. Reactions vary from quick adjustment to waiting for the situation to change by itself to suit their needs. This story is about adjusting attitudes toward change in life, especially at work. Change occurs whether a person is ready or not, but the author affirms that it can be positive. His principles are to anticipate change, let go of the old, and do what you would do if you were not afraid.

Honorable Mentions

Below are a list of books I read partly or quickly for one purpose or another that didn’t merit me writing my thoughts on the book.

  • Tribe of Mentors – Short Life Advice From the Best in the World, by Timothy Ferriss
  • Ballplayer, by Chipper Jones
  • Finish – Give Yourself the Gift of Done, by Jonathan Acuff
  • Unscripted – The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary, by Ernie Johnson
  • 10 Things your Minister Wants to Tell You (but Can’t, Because He Needs the Job), by Oliver S. Thomas