What books got you thinking differently?

Brenna Donoghue
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Our team has just started a book club. First up is The Lean Startup. What should we read and discuss next?


David Tedaldi
A big one (metaphorically, cause it's really just half a cm thick) it's "The Mum Test", a great book on how to access noise-free information from people's heads!
Ludmilla Redd
The Shoe Dog, always and forever! Love your suggestion @david_tedaldi1, will definitely check it out!
Raul Silverstone
Feeling like this one isn't a super self-entreprenuerial book, but I liked a lot Catch 22 :D
Brenna Donoghue
@raul_silverstone This book has come up in conversations at least 3 times in the last month... I really need to read it!
Roberto Morais
For the startup world I loved Scaling Lean by Ash Maurya, it gave me a lot of the missing pieces of the Lean Startup. Extremely recommended and I heard there was a new version launched this year. Another one that was great once I had a medium sized startup running was The hard thing about hard things by Ben Horowitz.
Brenna Donoghue
Yessss, I love The Hard Things About Hard Things! I will check out Scaling Lean, sounds like a good follow-on to Lean Startup. Thanks so much @robertomorais
Nico Muoio
Thinking, Fast and Slow - by Daniel Kahneman
Karrie Sanderson
For me - it was "Friction: Passion Brands in the Age of Disruption" by Jeff Rosenblum. It's beautiful, insightful on how by reducing friction along every step of the journey, a fast but inspirational read.
mark acor
The 80/20 Principle. - How to be effective Man's Search for Meaning. - How I can control my world view The Art of Deception. - Understand how people manipulate others. Never Split the Difference. - How to negotiate everything.
John Radford
Almanack of Naval Ravikant (Founder of Angel.co). Very eloquently written and really gets you thinking about wealth creation.
Qudsia Ali
"Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon got me thinking about how creativity works and how we can be creative in our work.
Jon Goltz
The one I would recommend is What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan. As someone who spent time around intercollegiate athletics, but never considered the mental health aspect, it made me realize how important it was and got me thinking about ways to correct issues in that field, especially with some of the student-athlete suicides that made headlines a few months ago.
Brenna Donoghue
@goltzbusinesspro I just finished this last month. I agree, it made me rethink the amount of pressure on student-athletes and young people in particular, and how little support they have. I will admit I was uncomfortable though with Fagan's portrayal, particularly articulating Maddy's thoughts and experiences as they she could fully comprehend them. But I agree, it really got me thinking.
Andrew C.
"rich dad poor dad" definitely hit the ball outta the park for me. really it got me thinking on a level that I'm sure I would have never thought of before.
Jen Fox
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, How emotions are mad by Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett and The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Brenna Donoghue
@jennifersafox thanks! I've avoided reading the Magic of Tidying Up because I haven't quite been ready to give up my chaos! Adding these to my TBR
Jen Fox
@brenna_donoghue I relate 100%. I do a couple doses of LCMTU here and there when I need inspiration and I do break her rules a little bit from time to time. Her folding methods are life saving. I am not always ready to commit to the full process of throwing everything into a big pile all the time. Maybe once every 2-3 years when it's time for a purge.
Sakshi Gahlawat
Algorithms to Live By- by Brian Christian
Fernanda Garcia
Atomic Habits, The Extended Mind, and Building a Story Brand. Awesome reads!