This past year has been defined by change. In the aftermath of a worldwide quarantine, working conditions have been questioned and abandoned, the workplace is still adapting to remote work, social distancing, and a new generation’s needs and preferences. But, amid change, the most useful skill in business has been adaptability. Luckily, as the world faced the initial implications of a pandemic last year, business gurus rose to the occasion and wrote some of the best books on the market — compiled here are Kale Abrahamson’s top 10 books for success from last year. .
1. The Price of Tomorrow by Jeff Booth
As the pandemic pushes the world economy in a different direction than before, Booth proposes what that new economy might look like and how technology companies are shaping its future. Widely regarded as prescient, Kale Abrahamson has also called it “nearly prophetic in nature” and named it the best book of last year. At only 234 pages, The Price of Tomorrow offers a quick but powerful read that will prepare you for what’s happening right now and what is coming after.
2. The Future is Faster Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler
In this book, Diamandis and Kotler attempt to map out how technology will reshape the way we live and function as a society, as well as create wealth in ways that couldn’t exist before — all quicker than we can even imagine. Abrahamson agrees that those who understand technology will rule the rest of the century, and he credits this book with opening his eyes to it, as well as making for extremely good dinner conversation material.
3. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
Ashlee Vance explores the modern age of business, technology, and entrepreneurship, and how Elon Musk is using everything in his power to build a fantastic and visionary future, today. Not only is Musk’s incredible work ethic on display, but it also explains just why Tesla went up 700% in 2020. After not being able to put it down on his honeymoon, this book ranks high in Kale Abrahamson’s books on how to be successful.
4. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
What Thiel does best in this book is extract the necessary and optimistic lessons he’s learned as a legendary entrepreneur. He proposes that growth is not pooled in a single industry like silicon valley, but rather the conditions for success can be found across many areas of business. Abrahamson called it “one of the most insightful and thought-provoking business books ever written” and it doesn’t hurt that Thiel’s credentials include founding multiple billion-dollar companies.
5. This Book Will Save You Time by Misir Mahmudov
Time is the most valuable resource we have, and Mahmudov does his best at telling you exactly how valuable. Valuing your time is one of the initial steps to finding improvement, happiness, and success in your life. Although only 80 minutes, or 104 pages, this book’s impact will stay with you for much longer than that.
6. Hell Yeah or No by Derek Sivers
Written in a fast-paced world with an infinite amount of choices to make, Sivers simplifies decision making to either a “hell yes” or a “no” — it’s a straightforward method to save your time for only what you want to do. Efficiently written with a lesson per chapter, Abrahamson describes it as epic, unlike anything else, thought-provoking, and memorable. A definite “hell yes” if there ever was one.
7. Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
His second entry in the list of best success books, Sivers details how he built a company from nothing and sold it years later for 22 million. Written as a guidebook, he doesn’t just tell you how he got his start but shows you the way you can find your own success with advice, hints, and inspiration on every page.
8. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
With a focus on minimalism, McKeown explains how to do less but do it better, find what’s essential, and cut out all the distractions. He forces the reader to be more selective and disciplined to make the most intentional contribution to what matters to them the most without wasting time on what doesn’t. A great read in a world riddled with constant interruptions, notifications, and selfish people.
9. Bitcoin: Hard Money You Can’t F*ck With: Why bitcoin will be the next global reserve currency by Jason A. Williams
Bitcoin has been on people’s lips for a long time now, but Williams manages to put it into the context of now. His book explains Bitcoin, its history, and why it will become the next global reserve currency. Modern and refreshing, Williams looks to the future in his book while others are still trying to catch up. The valuable information in this book makes it one of Kale Abrahamson’s favorite ones.
10. Unscripted by MJ DeMarco
DeMarco challenges the system we live in with his book and gives you all the tools necessary to ditch the hamster wheel we’ve been conditioned to live in. Kale Abrahamson believes it is a must-read for every human in the world — it unlocks potential, puts your freedom back into your hands, and shows that you can have much more than the “regular life” society has tried pushing on you.
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