Recommended books < 250 pages (55)

  • Born Standing Up

    By: Steve Martin   

    Pages: 228

    Biography, Inspiration

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 9th Apr'18

    Brief review: Steve Martin was one of the world's most sought after stand up comedian during the 1970's. But it didn't last long. Not because people stopped laughing at his performance but because he chose to leave. In this book, Steve tells his story straight from the heart. How he reached from empty halls to massive attendance of over 50,000 people in his shows and why decided to abruptly end his performances. He candidly shares his personal challenges, emptiness and reconciliation with his family. A true story of sheer hard work and dedication. An inspiring and motivating read.

  • Anything You Want

    By: Derek Sivers   

    Pages: 92

    Business, Inspiration, Sales

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 6th Apr'18

    Brief review: I am a fan of Derek Sivers. His thoughts and blogs are inspirational. Being a budding musician he could not find a  distribution company for his album. That led to him creating one of the largest online music stores in the world for independent artists named CDBABY. Around 2008, he sold his company for $22 million and donated the proceeds to charity. In this book, Derek tells his story as it happened. It's refreshing, inspirational and motivational. A no nonsense book with absolute clarity on secret of happiness and how you can also create something big. A must read.

  • Go-Givers Sell More

    By: Bob Burg and John David Mann   

    Pages: 190

    Sales

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 12th Mar'18

    Brief review: Selling should not a win-lose game between sellers and buyers. It has to be a win-win. Burg and Mann demonstrates through their effective examples that selling need not be a stressful activity. It could in fact, be a rich experience leading to a joyful life. To become an exceptional sales person, one should focus on giving rather than wanting. The law of compensation says that your rewards will be directly proportionate to number lives you touch. One should be focused on the other person, ask good questions, be authentic and create exceptional value for the buyer. Like their previous book, 'The Go-Giver', this book will definitely help you change your mindset from being a seller to a giver and thereby selling more.

  • A Short Guide To A Happy Life

    By: Anna Quindlen   

    Pages: 64

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 1st Feb'18

    Brief review: There is nothing new in the book which you have not heard or not read before. Still, it's a great reminder of how beautiful life is and how we can live every bit of it. Simple words and simple examples but deep meaning and impact.  Having life and living it are two different things. It will surely re-emphasize your priorities in life and help you regain your focus. It's just an hour of reading but a lifetime of wisdom.

  • Ego Is The Enemy

    By: Ryan Holiday   

    Pages: 272

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 1st Jan'18

    Brief review: Believe it or not, most of us are infected with the disease named 'ego'. In this fantastic book, Ryan says ego is our worst enemy and holds us back on the road to success. While we may rise to fame and success but if we don't manage our ego well, it can lead to a free fall from the top. He discusses the symptoms of ego and what we can do to get rid of it. Using lots of real life examples, Ryan makes a compelling case not only to cut our ego but to destroy it, before it destroys us.

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