Top Learnings from 43 books I’ve read in 2018.

By:Sinem Günel
Photo by Susan Yin on Unsplash

I’ve read a lot in 2018.

I didn’t manage to crush my goal of reading 52 books but I came close to it.

Through reading 43 books in 12 months I’ve collected many learnings, a lot of inspiration and highly valuable quotes — which I want to share in this post.

When I read I don’t simply read. I mark all relevant pages with post-its, I use highlighters, I re-read what I’ve marked after finishing the book and I write about what I’ve learned.

I don’t only read for the sake of reading but I really want to understand concepts and be able to reproduce all the knowledge.

In the following, I want to share the most valuable learnings from the top books I’ve read.

Here are the books that I’ve read in 2018 and what I’ve learned from them:

How Successful People Win: Turn Every Setback into a Step Forward

1. Expose yourself to good input

2. Expose yourself to good thinkers

3. Choose to think good thoughts

4. Act on your good thoughts

5. Allow your emotions to create another good thought

6. Repeat the process

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

“When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.”

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

“Getting a good job, working long hours, keeping your skills relevant, navigating the politics of an organization, finding a live/work balance…these are all really hard. In contrast, respecting institutions, having manners, demonstrating a level of humility…these are all (relatively) easy. Get the easy stuff right. In and of themselves they will not make you successful. However, not possessing them will hold you back and you will not achieve your potential.”
― Scott Galloway

Tribe of Mentors

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. — Anais Nin

When in doubt, let kindness and compassion guide you. — Samin Nosrat

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. — William Bruce Cameron

Be in a hurry to learn, not in a hurry to get validation. — Evan Williams

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

Sometimes very successful people appear to be winging it, because they look so comfortable on their feet. But don’t be fooled; there ain’t no such thing. They just come across that way because they practiced so many times.

Taking chances almost always makes for happy endings.

The 4-Hour Workweek

For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.

Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy.

Eat, Pray, Love

People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control

Finding your element

You create your own life by how you see the world and your place in it

The quest for your Element is really a two-way journey. It is an inward journey to explore what lies within you; it is an outward journey to explore opportunities in the world around you

The One Minute Manager

Take a minute: look at your goals, look at your performance, see if your behavior matches your goals.

Help People Reach Their Full Potential
Catch Them Doing Something Right

Fail Until You Don’t

Get to be genuinely nervous about a potentially positive outcome. Being nervous is uncommon; it’s uncomfortable; it’s stressful. That’s why it’s awesome. Being nervous is how I feel alive. To me, it’s a rush. A mental bungee jump.

DotCom Secrets

Ultimately, the business that can spend the most to acquire a customer wins.” — Dan Kennedy

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.

There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis

Bottom Line

So, these are the books I’ve read and their most powerful learnings.

In 2019 I again want to read about 50 books, but this time be more selective and quit the books that I don’t like after 100 pages.

What are your reading habits and goals for 2019?