Zero to One Notes on Start-Ups, or How to Build the Future - Thiel presents six ideas to entrepreneurs about creating breakthrough companies that also create value. Some of his ideas will be a no-brainer to most, but other ideas he presents provides a fresh take on others.
The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset - Another book from the Maxwell collection. He discusses how attitude to be the game changer in our success. This is especially true when comparing people of the same background from the same area.
Great Rulers of the African Past - A great history lesson on rulers all across Africa and how they conducted themselves. From a Sultan who used noise as his most effective weapon to a King that tried to implement Christianity there are several great stories in this book.
Every Day I Fight: Making a Difference, Kicking Cancer's Ass - Always cooler than the other side of the pillow, the late Stuart Scott's memoir talks about his fight with cancer. He chronicles his life along with his battle to survive.
Outliers: The Story of Success - We always hear about the 10,000 hours rule and how it takes that long to become world class. Gladwell also explores how starting school late, birthdays, and other factors determine how much of an advantage you have.
As a Man Thinketh - James Allen goes beyond the improving your wordly possession and talks about how we should seek spiritual betterment.
Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success - Maxwell has several good books under his belt. This one is about turning failure into success and not letting adversity hold you back.
The Greatest Salesman in the World, Part 2: The End of the Story - This sequel picks up 20 years later from the original. He has time to reflect and provide new wisdom on several events.
Tao Te Ching - Tao is the founder of philosophical Taoism. Although his teachings have been translated many times there is still debate on which version is correct. He teaches about the art of living and the basic principles of the universe.
The Greatest Salesman in the World - This book is about much more than being a salesman. It is a motivational and inspirational book about living your best life and being successful.
The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires - Based on statistics, interviews, and research the argument presented in this book is that obtaining a wealth status is a choice. This book offers advice on overcoming the odds and changing your economic status.
It's Complicated (But It Doesn't Have to Be): A Modern Guide to Finding and Keeping Love - Paul appeared on my radar prior to the release of this book. His experience as a matchmaker as well as in his personal life helped provide funny yet great insight into handling relationships.
Bear Bryant On Leadership: Life Lessons from a Six-Time National Championship Coach - Interviews with past players and those that knew Bear Bryant made this an interesting read. It highlights his strengths, his presence, his accomplishments to give you a great understanding of his leadership principles. Roll Tide.
Blindside: How to Anticipate Forcing Events and Wild Cards in Global Politics - 'Blindside' shows what happens when decision-makers ignore the potential for "low probability" events and how they could lead to larger intelligence failures in the future. It is essential that we understand the obstacles that prevent us first from seeing the future clearly and then from acting appropriately on our insights
Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations - The role of analysis in producing intelligence is explained in this book. It provides analysis on the details of getting intelligence right. The book's six sections present a coherent plan for improving analysis. Early chapters examine how intelligence analysis has evolved since its origins in the mid-20th century, focusing on traditions, culture, successes, and failures.
Intelligence Wars: Lessons from Baghdad- O’Hern criticizes America’s military leaders for being enamored with high-technology solutions for all situations, including intelligence operations. Essentially, we are still relying on an intelligence system that was designed to beat the Soviet army. Using examples from human source operations conducted in Iraq, this book explains why human intelligence—not technology—is the key to defeating an insurgency
Intelligence Analysis: A Target-Centric Approach - Intelligence gathering methods have had to evolve in this new age of terrorism. This book outlines various components of intelligence analysis in the constantly shifting landscape of intelligence.
Sands of Empire: Missionary Zeal, American Foreign Policy, and the Hazards of Global Ambition - Sheds light on how the idea that Western beliefs being the solution for all countries causes more issues than it helps. No one culture is superior and there is value in other cultures and traditions.
Infidel - True story about Ayaan Hirsi Ali's journey from Somali to the Netherlands and how she denounced Islam after 9/11. This book provides insight into the infighting among the Muslim community and the threats she receives while trying to make a difference.
Getting Agencies to Work Together: The purpose of this is to give insight into the issues that agencies are having with trying to work together. Reasons behind the lack of coordination are not always the same ranging from clrearance issues, to planning, to budgets.
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community - Bowling Alone focuses more on social science. It talks about how more and more Americans are becoming disconnected. Americans are one of the few people that can work in a group with others from another country, and then be asked about the tasks they were given. They will be able to answer the question about the tasks, but fail to remember anything about the socio-emotional side of the activity.
The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country - While this book highlights the more well known influential people, it also sheds light on those that did not have a huge spotlight. It also sheds some light on some of the more complex issues surrounding some of their lives.
Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do And Why They Do It - Many aspects of this book are relevant with current issues. Bureaucracy is the classic study of the way American government agencies work and how they can be made to work better. It provides an in-depth analysis on a wide range of bureaucracies, including the Army, the FBI, the FCC, and the Social Security Administration.
Hanibal - Hanibal Barca, a Carthaginian general, is considered one of the greatest military leaders in history. Being from North Africa, he gets little recognition for coming perilously close to annihilating Rome.
The Art of War - Although this book is ancient it still applies to various situations in the modern world. It is applicable to all phase of life in and out of the workplace. The Art of War is about accomplishing your goals with actually fighting.

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Occasionally, I start and finish reading books. One of my friends pointed out that I read more now then when it was required in school. It is a pretty true statement that can be attributed to growth. The books are somewhat randomly chosen, but they all serve the same purpose which is to keep my mind sharp. In fact, an article published in Neurology suggested “that reading books, writing and engaging in other similar brain-stimulating activities slows down cognitive decline in old age.” I say that I occasionally start and finish reading because for whatever reason, it makes me fall asleep. So, I get most of my reading completed first thing in the morning  during my daily number two, because we all have time for that hahaha TMI, I know.

With that being said, I decided to dedicate a section to books that I have read, and random quotes I remember, or come across.

 

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Just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else… – Toni Morrison

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