5 Spring Reads to Expand Your Critical Thinking
Posted on March 4, 2017 by Andy Hayes

There’s blend of evidence that being well-read can lead to being healthy, wealthy, and wise. And it’s been awhile since we’ve made some book suggestions so we thought we’d share a fresh batch of picks for those rainy weekend afternoons.

Shoe Dog

How hard is it to build a billion dollar business? Have some appreciation for those battle worn entrepreneurs in this book about the founding years of Nike. I can’t count the number of times the company steered, like a speeding car on ice, heading to financial collapse. It makes you appreciate business difficulties like hiring, international manufacturing, financing, healthy and unhealthy completion, and much more.


While we can’t predict the future, you can certainly put a finger on the pulse of where various industries and sectors are headed, which can give you a clue as to what’s to come (and where to put your money). Kevin Kelly is well known for his internet prognostication, definitely presents a strong case here for future technological revolutions in, well, pretty much every sector. Who knows what will come to pass, and whether you will consider it progress or not, but it makes for mind-opening reading.

Tools of Titans

Tim ferriss hosts a popular long form podcast where he deconstructs the habits, strategies, and behaviors of world class performers to understand how you can replicate your success. If you believe in the saying that your wealth is in your health, you’ll love this book. It covers the gamut from health hacks to productivity active that actually is useful. If you find a chapter that interests you more than others, check out Tim’s podcast archives – most, if not all, of the experts mentioned have been on the show.
His recent episode with Mr Money Mistache is particularly interesting.

The Rise and Fall of American Growth

is the economic prosperity of the United States (particularly compared to other nation states) a one off miracle that has run its course? I don’t mean to be a downer about the future economic prospects of the county but I do think it’s important to expose yourself to negative commentary that is well researched and makes solid arguments on why to be pessimistic for the future growth (with a side dish of action items to help you prepare). This is far better for you than a daily diet of the negative nightly news.

Age of Discovery

Not to leave you on a sour note, this last suggestion is literally the antithesis of the previous read. I recommending both so you can decide which one is true, or if the future is somewhere in the middle. This author suggests that we are living in a time similar to the Renaissance (think printing press => Internet) and that the future is golden, although not without struggle.

What are you reading? Tweet us recommendations – we’d love to know!

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Written by Andy Hayes

is a lifestyle expert and runs his own online magazine, Plum Deluxe. Andy is based in Portland, Oregon.

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