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What are 3 non-tech books that have made you a better developer (and person)?

Hey you awesome people!

I'm looking into new books to read, both fictional and non-fictional and was hoping the amazing community here could help out.
That's why my question is:

what are the best non-tech books that have made you a better developer(and person in general)?

In my case, it's:

  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman - a book that talks about mental heuristics. It really made me a more critical-thinking person. My summary from a developer's perspective can be seen in this video:
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear - the book that made me improve my life in general, both coding and non-coding part. It gives great advice on how to build good habits. My summary from a developer's perspective can be seen in this video:
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport - a book that helped me to form a mindset that's been helping me throughout my career. Put in the hours, work hard, FOCUS. Become so good they can't ignore you.

So, what's your take on the matter :)?

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Top comments (5)

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Niklas Vatn

Cool post! Have been thinking about reading Atomic Habits & Think Fast and Slow.

Here are my books:

  • Deep Work by Cal Newport was my introduction to Cal Newport and I have since read all his books. This influenced me to carve out more time for deep focus and has improved my learning greatly.

  • Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker changed my view on sleeping and motivated me to change me sleeping habits (they are still not perfect). This podcast by Andrew Huberman also gave me some tools to improve my sleep.

  • Think Again by Adam Grant finished this book last week and I found it remarkably good. I find it hard to summarize it, but in general it describes the value of rethinking and how you (or our environments) can make people more willing to rethink.

I also finished Range by David Epstein this weekend which was a fascinating book!

Hope you find this helpful, and thanks for your book recommendations!

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Faizan Khan

The podcast by Andrew Huberman is amazing! I've learned so much from it

kethmars profile image

Hey! Thanks for the kind words and definitely pick up "Thinking fast and slow"...It's really a great book.

Your list contains all the books I have had in my list for a while but haven't gotten to them. I guess now there's more reason to pick them up. Especially it's Think Again I believe I need.

lifelongthinker profile image

"The Design of Everyday Things" by Don Norman. It teaches you a lot about design thinking (good vs. bad designs) and how to switch perspectives from designer to the user of a "thing".

kethmars profile image

Sounds interesting, will check it out! Thank you!