2021 is coming to an end, and at this time of the year, I love reflecting on everything I’ve learned in the past 12 months. One central source of my learning (apart from people, conversations, and experiences) is reading books. So I asked my fellow team members to recommend a book they’ve read this year which they really enjoyed. Maybe there is something cool for you among their favorite reads.
Anet’s Recommendation : Skip the Line
Skip the Line is a practical guide to achieving your dreams – fast. It reveals strategies for shortening your path to success, which include how to execute and scale ideas, learn new skills, and harness fear to help you grow.
They say that to reach expertise, a person needs 10,000 hours of practice. But that would mean, that we need to dedicate our precious hours to just one thing. And I, and I believe also many other people, find it difficult to find just that one passion. Because, what if something changes and along the way we discover that that passion was not really our passion. I mean, we have only one life and I want to experience it all… don’t you? What I loved about this book is that James challenges this concept by offering shortcuts for ways to skip the line – read 10,000 hours. He offers many techniques on how to quicken the learning path to start new adventures, learn and create faster. It’s a super practical and easy-to-read book! Gives you immediately an inspiration to dive into something new and exciting.
Florentina’s Recommendation : The Comfort Book
“Reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive” – The Comfort Book by Matt Haig is a collection of short lessons learned in hard times and suggestions for making the bad days better. Drawing on maxims, memoirs, and the inspirational lives of others, these meditations celebrate the ever-changing wonder of life.
My recommendation for you is that this book is always on your bedside table. You can pick it up if you feel alone with your thoughts and need the wisdom and comfort of a friend. It is always a reminder that we can nurture inner strength and hope, even on days that seem the worst. Reading these short stories feels like talking to a friend, sharing thoughts with family, or meditating and finding inner peace – whenever you need it.
Kaya’s Recommendation : The Culture Map
A few weeks ago, I read The Culture Map by Erin Meyer. It was recommended to me by one of our mentors; Lenny Leemann. The book describes how different cultures act differently in terms of 8 metrics. It’s super interesting and full of excellent examples as well as graphs to visualize the differences between the cultures. Here are some of my notes from my reading.
I think this book is very useful in the setting of our global community. It’s so easy to misunderstand or miscommunicate when you’re in an intercultural setting like the Moonshot Pirates community. Having an awareness of our cultural differences makes it easier to navigate such environments.
Marko’s Recommendation : Greenlights
Greenlights is a beautiful journey through Matthew McConaughey’s life. It’s an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.
One quote stuck with me and defined my whole year: “Be less impressed. Be more involved.” Often, we look at life events and see ourselves being distant. Who am I to do that? Who am I to be fortunate enough? Matthew’s book opened my eyes to taking control of the steering wheel again and to live life as the person I was born to be.
If you want to know why you should read more and get even more book recommendations from one of our mentors Caro Frank, read on here! What cool books have you read this year? Recommend them to a fellow pirate!