Game Changing Books For a More Awesome Life (What Else?)

I cover a lot of books in Shortcuts to Awesome. And if I’ve written about a book, that means it contains something of value. But they don’t all have the same value. Some are more awesome than others. So, since I know how hard it can be to find truly game changing books, I’ve rated, ranked, and reviewed them to help you do so.

For these ratings, I’m applying the following scale out of five:

5 – Life-changing. Somehow it changed the way I perceive the world, or act within it.
4 – Didn’t change my life, but was entertaining enough that I had a tough time putting it down.
3 – A good read.  Not exceptional, but I’m glad I read it.
2 – I struggled to make it through the whole thing and would’ve been better off reading something else.
1 – I couldn’t finish it.

Now on to the books!

(p.s. click the + sign before any title to expand and see my review and key learning from each book)


the Best of the Best

Here’s the ranking of the truly life altering, game changing books I’ve covered so far in Shortcuts to Awesome that I rate 5/5.

#1 Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl - 5/5
#2 Deep Work, by Cal Newport - 5/5
#3 Mindset, by Carol Dweck - 5/5
#4 Switch, by Chip and Dan Heath - 5/5
#5 Never Split the Difference, by Chris Voss - 5/5
#6 The Attention Merchants, by Tim Wu - 5/5
#7 Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool - 5/5

More Game Changing Books

The following books didn’t get a 5/5 from me, but have important lessons all the same. If the subject interests you, don’t hesitate to give them a read.

The Complete Guide to Fasting, by Jason Fung - 4/5
The Art of Stillness, by Pico Iyer - 4/5
Expert Secrets, By Russell Brunson - 4/5
Black Privilege, by Charlamagne tha God - 4/5
Breakthrough Advertising, by Gene Schwartz - 4/5
Pitch Anything, by Oren Klaff - 4/5
The Brain Audit, by Sean D'Souza - 4/5
Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight - 4/5
Giftology, by John Ruhlin -3/5
Perennial Seller, by Ryan Holiday - 3/5
Disrupt You!, by Jay Samit - 3/5
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, by Mark Manson -3/5
Purple Cow, by Seth Godin - 3/5
The Talent Code, By Daniel Coyle - 3/5
Masters of Doom, By David Kushner - 3/5
Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown - 2/5

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