10 Books EVERY Student Should Read – Essential Book Recommendations

10 Books EVERY Student Should Read – Essential Book Recommendations

Hey, what is up guys? So, I have got some book
recommendations for you today and I am doing these in
the middle of the summer so for those of you who want to get ahead before the school semester starts. You’ll have at least a month and a half. Right, Martin? About two months, maybe? So, I’ve got 10 books. Why am I holding up two fingers? That’s not 10. 10 books that I think
every student should read, starting with my favorite
book from last year which is Deep Work by Cal Newport. This book is at the top of my list because it tackles the number one problem that I get emails, tweets
and comments about. Which is, I can’t focus. I can’t stop procrastinating. I can’t get into the flow of my work. And this is something I struggle with just as much as most students and I think this book really
helped to point out the fact that when we get these
cravings for novelty, cravings to check our
Snapchat or our Instagram, or just distract ourselves from
our work and we act on them. We’re actually ingraining
a habit and we’re weakening that focus muscle in our heads. And by contrast, by
avoiding those distractions and by sticking with our work we actually become more able to focus. And when that was explicitly stated to me, I took it more seriously and I found it really,
really helpful in my work. Book number two on my list is a Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley. Now this is the learning
how to learn book. In fact, there’s a course
over on Coursera.org that you can take for free
called Learning How to Learn and it’s created by the same person and this book is basically
the companion to it. And even though the subtitle here is, How to Excel at Math and
Science this really is a book about general learning skills. Now, this book has a lot to offer so I can’t really summarize
the whole thing here but a couple of the key lessons
I took away from the book. Were number one, the
process of memory formation how bits become chunks. Which, are essentially
loosely grouped bundles of information that are
connected through meaning. And it talks about how to
efficiently form those chunks. And it also talks about the
focused mode of thinking and the diffused mode of thinking. Now, these are two
complimentary forms of thinking. Focused mode is what
happens when you sit down and you focus on a problem with intensity and you’re mainly using
your prefrontal cortex when you do this. But the diffused mode of
thinking is just as important and it uses a lot more of your brain and it’s kind of what happens
when you background process a problem by taking a
break or sleeping on it. And a good example is, if you
ever try to think of a word and it’s on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t get it
and then you take a break, or you go for a walk, or you wake up from a nap
later and it comes to you. So, these two modes of thinking
help you to solve problems in a complimentary way
and this books highlights the importance of taking
breaks so you can use that diffused mode just as
much as the focused mode. Third book on my list is
Getting from College to Career by Lindsey Pollak and I think
this is a great introduction to a lot of the career
skills that you’re gonna need to be able to get a job
or the job that you want after you graduate from college. Now, I was gonna put So
Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport at this spot in the list, but I’ve already talked
about that book in the past. And while that talks about that big overarching
passion, hypothesis question. You know, what do I do with my life? This book really gets into the details and into the trenches of how to get a job and how to stand out
amongst the competition. Talks about interviewing,
how to build a resume, how to build your online web presence, all the skills you need to learn to be able to get that job that you want. Fourth book on the list. Some of you definitely
guessed it would be on here. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Yes, I’ve talked about this book before but I really think you
should give it a read if you haven’t done so already. And the reason for that
is that habits form so much of our behavior and when you know how to
intelligently build strong ones and break the ones that
you don’t wanna have, that are hurting you then
you’re gonna be so much more successful and you’re not gonna be wasting as much of your limited willpower on the things you wanna get done. Book number five on my list is Spark, the Revolutionary New Science
of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John Ratey. And I’m recommending this book
for two different reasons. Number one, it is a surprisingly
detailed introduction to how your brain works
on a biological level and I found that very interesting. But also, for a certain
subset of you out there the scientific explanation of how exercise affects the way that you learn and can improve your overall brain health can be a powerful motivator to get into the habit of exercising more often. And, I know from experience
that as a student or when you’re just busy in general it can be really tempting
to put off exercising in lieu of giving yourself more time to get your work done. But just like Cal Newport
talks about in Deep Work, the intensity of your focus times the time you put in,
equals your productivity. And when you don’t exercise, you’re robbing your brain’s ability to focus intensely and
work efficiently at all. Book five point five, Anime Club. ‘Cause there could be no higher aspiration for a student than to
run their own anime club. Very serious recommendation
right there (laughs). Alright, so the sixth book on my list is The Productivity
Project by Chris Bailey. And this book is my favorite
general introduction to the concept of productivity. Now, when most people
think of productivity they think of time management, but in this book Chris
is very careful to stress that not all hours are created equal and productivity is the product of your time, attention, and energy. So to that end, the
book goes through a ton of different productivity topics
including procrastination, how to focus on your tasks
without getting distracted, how to avoid multitasking,
how to batch tasks, plan your day intelligently, and gets into things like meditation. I also like how every chapter
ends with a challenge. So, if you wanna start
putting things into action he gives you a lot of direction to do so. The 7th book on my list is The Happiness Equation
by Neil Pasricha. I put this book on my list because a lot of us
aren’t actually very good at knowing what’s going
to make us truly happy when we’re planning out our career goals or other life goals. We might look at what
society seems to value or we might trick ourselves
in different ways. But as Neil’s research
points out in this book a lot of people who are rich,
or in positions of power, executives of big companies,
they’re not actually happy. Now this book goes through
a lot of different things and there’s a lot to think about but one of the biggest lessons that I took away personally
from this book is that milestones don’t
actually make us happy. And this is something
that I’ve had to deal with quite a bit in my life. I mean, if you look right down there at that subscriber count
that’s something that I use as sort of a marker for my
success in my YouTube career. But, I remember the day when
I hit 100,000 subscribers it didn’t feel any different. The bar just kind of moved to a million and it didn’t make me any happier. So, I realized that
happiness actually comes from the fulfillment in the work itself, not in the external rewards. And when you can internalize
that and accept it, you’re gonna be a lot happier
on a day to day basis. Alright, so we are now to
book number eight in the list and that book is Steal
the Show by Michael Port. Which is a book all about communication. Now, a lot of this book deals with how to give a great speech. How to prepare for it. How to master your body language. How to get an ovation from
the audience at the end. But it also deals with a lot
of interpersonal communication. Networking, job interviews,
negotiation tactics, and for that reason I think it’s a great all around communication skills
book that you should read. Book number nine is Your Money, The Missing Manual by J.D. Roth. Which is a great introduction
to personal finance. Now, there are a ton of
personal finance books out there and I actually run a personal
finance podcast myself so I can’t tell you this
is the best introduction to personal finance in the world but it’s the one that I read
and I found it very helpful for learning how to manage my money, how to pay off my debt faster, and how to start investing smartly. And that brings us to my
final pick on this list, my ultimate book recommendation
for you, which is, not actually any specific book at all. At this point in the video,
I want to encourage you to go out and indulge your interests. Productivity for
productivity’s sake is useless so you need to be able to do something with all these personal development tips that you’re learning from all these books I’m recommending you. The problem is, a lot of
people who get interested in self-development, in
productivity, they go too narrow. They stick to the recommended
lists by online gurus and they never actually branch out and become experts in something unique. So, if you have an interest, indulge it. Go read a book about the
history of the telegraph and at the next party
you’re at, you’ll be able to tell a cool story that
nobody else will know. So, hopefully you’re not too disappointed that I only really had
nine books on the list but I did think it was important to mention that at the end. And, I’m gonna have links
to all those books down in the description below so
definitely check them out. And on that note, of
indulging your interests and going and learning
new and unique things, I wanna recommend a channel
that I really like to you guys. And that channel is Wisecrack. Now, there are a lot of
education channels on YouTube but Wisecrack is one of
my favorites for the way that they seamlessly blend
nerd culture and education. They do it in a lot of different ways with a lot of different series, including the Philosophy of series which takes anime and
movies and video games, TV Shows and it looks at the philosophy that underpins their stories. So, I’m gonna put one of
my favorite recent videos from that series right there. The Philosophy of One Punch
Man, along with the Thug Notes analysis of my absolute
favorite book of all time The Hitchhiker’s Guide to
the Galaxy, right there. Definitely check those out and
go give them a subscription if you like their channel and thank you guys so much for watching. Hopefully you found this video helpful. Give it a like if you did
and I will ya’ next week.


100 thoughts on “10 Books EVERY Student Should Read – Essential Book Recommendations”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *