TF50#104, Books You Should Check Out, 09 January 2023

Hi Team,

Happy Monday and welcome to The Next 50 #104, everyone loves a few lists this time of year (this is the last one for now).  Here’s a list of my favorite books I read in 2022, according to Audible I audibled 51 new titles this past year, I also re-audibled many books, this list is my top 10 new reads in 2022.

But first: Is your intelligence primarily crystalized or fluid?  Think about that while you read through my list.

For God’s sake; help yourself:

  1. From Strength to Strength, Author C. Brooks
  • I may have really enjoyed this book because I see how my life has transitioned since leaving the military in 2016; everyone loves validation. Right?  Regardless, this is a great book for everyone 40 and older, you’d have to be a “wisdom early” superstar to read this book any younger.
  1. The Comfort Crisis, Michael Easter
  • The title says it all, read it.
  1. Deep Work, Cal Newport
  • I will reread this one, for the 3rd time, in March 2023.  This book sort of takes the concepts from When, Daniel H. Pink, to a whole new level from the “getting your personal stuff done well” standpoint.
  1. Discipline Is Destiny, Ryan Holiday
  • Regardless of whether you have read all of Joko’s books or not, read this book!

Great Stories with MOTIVATION to spare:

  1. Endurance, Alfred Lansing
  • I thought I knew this story pretty well, suffice to say, I did not.  If you’re disappointed about any part of your life, please read this book.  BLUF: You are going to make it!
  1. The Impossible First, Colin O’Brady,
  • The crazy shit people do!  If you’re still disappointed about any part of your life, please also read this book.  BLUF: You are going to make it!
  1. Finding Ultra, Rich Roll
  • If the first 2 weren’t enough here’s the Vegan version of crazy, inspiring.  BLUF: You are going to make it!

How stuff (probably) works:

  1. Life Without Diabetes, Roy Taylor
  • I would have titled this book, What Happens When We Eat Food; Especially Too Much Food.  Regardless if you have or are close to having Type 2 Diabetes check out this book.  The writing is a joy and the education is profound; Beta cells are tough cookies!
  1. Dopamine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke
  • Not safe for young ears!  Think you understand Dopamine?  Check this out.
  1. The End of the World is Just the Beginning, Peter Zelhan
  • Only Geopolitical book I read last year, profound insights on the next few decades on planet earth; based on many things, including: natural resources, population math and global trading.

As always share the post with your team or anyone who might find it useful and let me know what you think!

Have a good one, Alex

PS – Two books I read every day and have for years: A Year with C.S. Lewis and The Daily Stoic, I’m also in the Bible a few times a week, I like the ESV.

PSS – Answers to the Crystalized vs. Fluid Intelligence question are in the first referenced book, From Strength to Strength.

PSSS – Have a question on any of these books that you want answered?  Let me know.