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Book Recommendations

Here’s a list of some books I recommend. Some are related to cybersecurity, some to psychology, some to business, and so on. I’m a very strong believer in continuing education. A person who never picks a book up again or never takes a course after high school or college is going to live a severely diminished life. This might sound harsh to say, though I very strongly believe it. There’s been some research that has shown the half life of information in the brain is about two years, which is referred to as decay theory. There’s more to that, like consuming for intent or for fun, but I would say there’s a lot of truth in the general statement.

I don’t know how it’s possible that we live in the age of Google, yet it seems like many people are becoming less capable and unwilling to learn. I share the sentiment of many others in believing a lot of it is because of things like meaningless short form content that people consume. There’s plenty of research to show that consuming short videos and short posts will rot a person’s brain and attention span. I thrive on long form content, whether it’s written, audio, or video, and it’s what I recommend to others as well.

Here’s a quote I really like: “As you read a book word by word and page by page, you participate in its creation, just as a cellist playing a Bach suite participates, note by note, in the creation, the coming-to-be, the existence, of the music. And, as you read and re-read, the book of course participates in the creation of you, your thoughts and feelings, the size and temper of your soul.” – Ursula K. Le Guin.

That quote has a massive importance to it. Everything you consume, not just books, but also videos and audio content, will become part of you as a person even if you don’t realize it. The you in the present tense will be different from the you in the future tense after you read a book or watch a piece of content. What matters is whether you become a better or worse person. That’s why I pay attention to what I consume. I don’t fill my brain with nonsense or with negative, toxic, or drama filled garbage. You should ask yourself whether you can really be a happy person if you’re reading the morning newspaper or watching the latest pumped out garbage TV show. I don’t have the mental capacity to be able to or even want to care about all the negative stuff that happens in the world. Most other people don’t even though they think they do. If you can’t even effect change in your community, why bother about all the stuff that happens at a national level that you have ZERO control over?

Now with all that being said, let’s get to the good stuff. This isn’t an all inclusive list as I’ve read many great books and too many to list here, but what I do recommend here is excellent. Some of it is more of a fascinating read, like books about the spy community, though some of it has had a profound impact on my life and molded me into a different person. You’ll find a brief description of why I list each book here, along with the titles and authors. These are also all available as audiobooks. I tend to prefer audio, especially if it was the author who voiced it. Having the author narrate a book tends to be a much better experience, because they know the material better than a different narrator, and because they had the passion to write the book in the first place.


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