Books

Benjamin’s Recommended Reads
– Last updated: Sep 29, 2016

These are the books that I’ve read so far and strongly recommend to you for an extra dose of inspiration… Or entertainment! If you do buy any books/ebooks from these links, you’d be supporting me as well as I do get some commission from your purchase!

This means that if you make a purchase, be it for yourself or a gift to your friend/family, you will also be helping me too 🙂

[I will be adding more to the list as I get more time to read!]

For Inspiration:

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
By Gary Vaynerchuk
An extremely brilliant book that will inspire you to start working with your passion. It also talks about how to make money with your passion and Crush It! This one definitely helped me a lot with what I am doing here on PBIY.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
By Tim Feriss
This book is one that will inspire any entrepuener to escape the life of an “Office Slave” and start living the life of his/her own. Feriss also shares stories on how he uses “Loopholes” in life to help him advance towards his goals and dreams. Another good book to read for inspiration!

Mind Hacking: How to Change Your Mind for Good in 21 Days
By John Hargrave
This is one of the goldmine on how to reprogram your brain to function and perform better- With some “mini-games” (Challenges) incorporated, Mind Hacking will deliver on giving you the tools you need to “Hack” your mind!

I interviewed the author, Sir John Hargrave, years ago and he talked about what this book is all about and shared some of its content before it’s release on my previous podcast series and you can find it HERE (Episode 3). Though the stuff we talk about is really cool, do note that it was my first interview so don’t expect too much from my performance as an interviewer!
[Note: I remember John saying that you can get his book for free on his site, though, I’m not sure if it will still be available by the time you are reading this but feel free to check it out HERE. If you wish to support both John and myself? Feel free to buy the book via the link in the title above 🙂]

Money: Master the Game
By Tony Robbins
This one, seriously, a big game changer for myself in my perspective towards the financial world. I used to think money is evil until I read this book and see the possibilities on how money can make a positive difference in people’s lives too!
Tony Robbins is not only a man with a story to tell but also a man with a beautiful soul! A millionaire-philanthropist, he believe one of the ways to achieve happiness is to have a sense of financial security. Hence, he set off on a mission- To find out how exactly does millionaires and billionaires make the amount of money they do. In this book, he shares the secrets and mindsets (In Investment & living) of how these “Masters” of the (Money) game did it and even provide portfolio examples by each cited “Masters” like Warren Buffet- Interview highlights transcript included!

Isaac Newton (Biography)
By James Gleick
This book shares and provide us with insights into Sir Isaac Newton’s life based on his personal notes that were left behind after his passing. Experience his story, of how he went from a “Fatherless” farmer boy, growing into a young man who’s on a quest to understand “God’s book” (The World) and how he was inspired by the greats before his time through the words of Aristotle, discoveries by Galileo and the philosophy of Descartes- Using their knowledges as reference for his own theories and concepts which will help shape the future of science.

Some of his experiments and concepts were talked about in some details as well. You’d get more insights into some of his experiments such as how he did tests on himself, putting needles around his eyes to discover how light works and test his theories on them.

James Gleick did a really good job in bringing readers into Newton’s reclusive life and provided clear explanations of the concepts that made sciences and ideas so basic to the twenty-first century. If you’re interested in learning how life might’ve been like in the past and how people of the time think? This book might be for you!

For Entertainment (Kill time):

My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living as a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, and Other Radical Tests
By A J Jacobs
As the title suggests, this hilariously intriguing book is all about the experiments by the Author, who is also the editor at Esquire Magazine. A really witty and funny book about the ridiculous experiments and the experience of it all. If you are, like me, the type of person who love to experiment and see how people responds to specific behaviors etc? Get this book, you won’t regret it.

The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius
By David Thorne
If you are looking to read something that would make you laugh silly and at times question the sanity and stupidity level of our fellow human beings, get this book. Though the humor may not be for everyone, I found it to be extremely dumb, silly and outrageously entertaining.

Have a good day bud!

Your friend,
Benjamin