5 books to read this summer
1.Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness
A beautifully written book about human behaviour from the economic perspective. Humans are not and will never be rational, which is a blessing and a curse, and nudging can help. Nudge is a light push when making decisions into direction that is more healthy and better for society as a whole. One of the authors, Richard Thaler, received Nobel Prize for Economics in 2017. This book is great for mechanism design, problem solving and for everyone who is passionate about social marketing and wants to make the world a better place.
The author Cal Newport claims, that in the current era, ability to focus and stay focused is more important than IQ test results. Deep work means being able to quickly master complicated information, which is crucial if we want to develop rare skills and compete with machines (robotization etc.). Newport suggests small but life-changing practices to achieve that, such as minimize social media, embrace boredom and to give ourselves more strict deadlines. This book is great if you want to learn more about time management and make it happen in your everyday life, I also suggest it to read it before you start writing your thesis ;)
3.The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter – and how to make the most of them now
Feeling lost and without direction in life in general? This is what psychologist Meg Ray is talking about in her book. The feeling of directionlessness comes when we have option overload and then don’t know which path is the right for us, and it is easier not to choose any. This book is highly relevant for every millennial who is just at the beginning of their career and sometimes feels that it is not worth it.
4. Never eat alone and other secrets to success. One relationship at a time.
In this book, Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz write about personal productivity and development and claim that relationships we maintain with people are crucial for success. They highlight the importance of social skills and connecting with other people from the field of interest. A meal is a spectacular time to connect with people and yes, you can sit with us! J
5.1997: The future that never happened
Richard Power Sayeed takes us into 90s Britain to explain current crises Britain is facing with today. This book is intriguing reading for everyone who wants to gain an in-depth understanding of Brexit.