September 12, 2023

I'm taking a week off from writing about coding, as I've had minimal progress this past week, though no lack of insights and learnings.

On 2023-03-27, I was asked by the young man performing maintenance at my home if I had any book recommendations. I was caught off guard because I had no idea how to recommend books that would be relevant for someone his age, with his ambitions, with only having just met a couple minutes prior. I told him to text me and I would get back to him after I thought about it.

Before he left, I gave him my copy of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, which I feel is a book I should have read when I was his age, but it hadn't come to my attention. I read it many years later in 2017 and I look forward to getting another copy to re-read now that I gave my original away.

I sent the young man a text message with a hastily prepared list of books that I think are general enough to be applicable to an ambitious person who is willing to learn:

Top 5 Reads for Young Minds

1) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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2) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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3) Who moved my Cheese by Dr. Spenser Johnson

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4) Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows

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5) The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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Although those are my top five, I've also shared What Color is Your Parachute? which is a classic for folks early in their career who may need a little guidance in finding their next step.