Here at Riereta, we love a good book. In fact, Riereta’s Managing Director, Noah Laith, cares so much about his staff’s intellect, that every month we must read a book and present it to everyone. It’s an inspiring meeting, and we are always so interested to hear what everyone else has been reading.
Noah is a huge book nerd, and reads more than 80 books a year – that’s at least 1.5 books every week! He constantly gets asked by employees, clients and mentees alike for suggestions of motivating books to read based on their particular goal. So, we’ve compiled a list of Noah’s favourite reads just for you!
Over the next few blog posts, we’ll be sharing Noah Laith’s Best Books, grouped by specific goals which you might be looking to achieve. First, we’ll start with the basics: preparing to read and preparing to reprogram your brain. These books will not only help you intake more information faster, but also make you question everything you know about successful people and, more importantly, yourself.
You can find them here on Riereta’s reading list on Amazon. Happy Reading!
Preparation for Reading
Speed Reading by Tony Buzan
To survive in this fast-moving, ever-changing world we all have to move fast and think fast to keep up. With so much to do and less and less time to do it, our free time is an increasingly precious commodity.
So, if there was a simple way to save hours, days or even months of your time, you’d probably want to know about it – right?
Well there is, and it’s Speed Reading.
Mind Maps by Tony Buzan
Often referred to as ‘the Swiss army knife for the brain’, Mind Maps are a groundbreaking, note-taking technique that have already revolutionised the lives of many millions of people around the world and taken the educational and business world by storm.This practical full-colour book will transform the way you plan and organise your life. Discover how Mind Maps can boost your memory, unlock your creativity, improve your concentration, revolutionise how you think and learn.
Preparation for Reprogramming Your Brain
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.
Mastery by George Leonard
George Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives. Whether you’re seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships, increase self-esteem or create harmony within yourself, this inspiring prescriptive guide will help you master anything you choose and achieve success in all areas of your life.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary? Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to scientific geniuses to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and inspiring, than we ever imagined.
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
It’s wrecked the careers of promising young geniuses. It’s evaporated great fortunes and run companies into the ground. It’s made adversity unbearable and turned struggle into shame. Every great philosopher has warned against it, in our most lasting stories and countless works of art, in all culture and all ages. Its name? Ego, and it is the enemy – of ambition, of success and of resilience.
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
We give up too easily. With a simple change of attitude, what seem like insurmountable obstacles become once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
Give and Take by Adam Grant
The motivations behind today’s most successful leaders and entrepreneurs come to a simple yet decisive explanation: there are people who give, people who take, people who match, and people who fake. Our world is filled with these givers, takers, matchers and fakers. Amazingly, those who succeed (not only personally but for their clients and companies) don’t take or match. They give.
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
Waitzkin offers an inside look at two of the world’s most intense subcultures while also sharing the principles at the core of his success. One must focus on long-term goals, Waitzkin argues, instead of the immediate thrill of victory or crush of defeat, enduring the difficult periods that result in growth to reach higher levels of achievement. As the details of his life are unfolding, Waitzkin explains how these principles apply to his own story, creating a narrative that is as inspiring and instructional as it is gripping.
Working Together by Michael Eisner
In Working Together, a fascinating and invaluable look at why great partnerships succeed, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner discusses how professional partnerships have contributed to his success. In addition, Eisner tells the stories of nine other highly successful business collaborations.
The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman
Want to learn to paint, play the piano, launch a business, fly a plane? Then pick up this book and set aside twenty hours to go from knowing nothing to performing like a pro. That’s it.
With examples ranging from writing a web program to learning an instrument to picking up windsurfing, Kaufman shows how to break complexity into simple tasks, make the very best of your limited time and solve unexpected problems.
You can find all these books, and the books in the following posts, on
Noah Laith’s Best Books reading list.