April 2015 Bookshelf

Here are the books I read in April and my personal viewpoints on who would benefit from reading them. To see previous lists, click here.


By Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler

Bold – For the entrepreneurs and the dreams, you need to read this book. My main takeaway is the important of 10x thinking. I’ve heard that term from others before, but in the context of this book, it really sank in. If we want to make a big impact in the world around us, we have to dream big. No one changed the world by making a 5% gain over the previous version. We have to dream up something completely new that, before it is a reality, is a crazy idea. If it seems possible, it isn’t big enough.


By Gary L. Thomas

Sacred Marriage – Your marriage is a critical piece to living a life worth writing about. This book talks about the importance of how we view marriage in light of what is most important. I liked the read, but most of the information was basic. This would be a great read for newly married people.


By Nicholas Carr

The Glass Cage – I quit in the third chapter. It was a boring read about the effects of automation. The content is more suited for an article, not an entire book.


By Gordon MacKenzie

Orbiting the Giant Hairball – This was an interesting read for the creative side of me. The layout of the book would drive a ton of people crazy, but the content made me think. It focused on challenging traditions and traditional ways of operating in businesses. If you are a creative or someone fed up with the normal way of doing things in corporate America, you should read this book.


By Thomas L. Friedman

Hot, Flat, & Crowded – After being in China, this book seemed very timely. It had a good overview of the challenges our world is facing and will face unless we address these issues. I would recommend it to others interested in the future of globalization. You should also read his previous work, The World is Flat.

Bryan Clifton

Oklahoma City, OK