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Balance the Grind has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview many successful people from across the world, in different careers and living different lifestyles.

This library is made up of books that have been recommended through these conversations. They cover a range of interesting topics, including work-life balance, philosophy, entrepreneurship, creativity, business memoirs, remote work, and plenty more.

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REWORK
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work
REMOTE: Office Not Required
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

This is all about us as humans and our history. I’m a big believer in if you want to plan for the future, you need to understand the past and this is well worth a read for anyone in any industry.

Rhys Furner (Head of Partnerships & Sales Development) on Sapiens
The Obstacle Is the Way
Zen and the Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
Lost and Founder
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life

I discovered stoicism a few years ago, and it’s been a crucial part of my life and mindset since then, helpful both for facing the day to day challenges and for nudging me into becoming the best version of myself I can be.

Miguel San Román (Senior Product Engineer) on The Obstacle is The Way
Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Getting Things Done
Decoded
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Principles: Life and Work
Thinking, Fast and Slow
The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future

I found his insight into the possibilities of focussing on the important things while ignoring irrelevant distractions very insightful because his guidelines allowed me to start spending more of my time with my partner and doing things that are not related to work.

Arvid Kahl (Bootstrapped Founder) on Indistractible
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich
Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent
The Alchemist
The Year Without Pants: WordPress.Com and the Future of Work

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. Having a strong sense of ikigai—the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused with meaning.

Alana Bennett (human experience coach) on Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Daring Greatly
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
The 5am Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive
The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Let My People Go Surfing

I am also a big fan of Brene Brown – her book ‘Daring Greatly’ is a must read for everyone about having the courage to be vulnerable and ‘show up’ in our daily lives.

Rebecca O’Rourke (Executive Director) on Daring Greatly
Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Tools of Titans
Crushing It!
Humans of New York

It is about creating positive habits in your life big and small that ensures that you live a life that is centred around your identity and purpose.

Luke Cook (Founder & CEO) on Atomic Habits
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Eat That Frog: Get More of the Important Things Done – Today!
The Innovator's Dilemma
Good to Great
Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
The Lean Startup

I learned to not care so much on what others expect of me or think of me and focus on how I feel about myself and my performance. I am usually my harshest critique so other people’s opinions and judgments just really don’t get a vote at the end of the day.

Katie Walmsley (Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer) on The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
The Way of the Fight
Meditations
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

It’s an autobiographical piece that mixes in philosophy and a clever structure to understand the roles of mentors, mavens and masters. There are some wonderful anecdotes in there that I can relate back to survival, business and a better mental being.

Galvin Davis (Creative Director) on The Way of the Fight