A list of the books that were either referenced on the Wayfinder Journal or are recommended. Happy reading!
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion & Purpose by Tony Hsieh
The CEO of Zappos shows how a different kind of corporate culture can make a huge difference in achieving remarkable results – by actually creating a company culture that values happiness – and then delivers on it.
Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur by Pam Slim
This book explores both the emotional issues of leaving the corporate world and the nuts and bolts of launching a business.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work edited and curated by Mason Currey
A look at what creative people do with their days and how and when they get work done (if they do).
An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers, by Danny Gregory
A group of artists share their travel stories, sketches from their journals and tools they use on the road.
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman
There is an alternative path to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty―the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid. Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is the intelligent person’s guide to understanding the much-misunderstood idea of happiness. [book notes]
Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us and How to Fight Back by John de Graaf, David Wann & Thomas H NaylorAffluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done — to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment — by the obsessive quest for material gain.
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes
Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change.
The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing by Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer & Michael LeBoeuf (with forward by John C. Bogle)
A slightly irreverent, straightforward guide to investing for everyone. The book offers sound, practical advice, no matter what your age or net worth. The authors are “Bogleheads,” or people inspired by the investing advice of John C. Bogle, the founder of Vanguard.
Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez
Take back your life by changing the way you relate to money in order to live more deliberately and meaningfully.
Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence by Jacob Fisker
“A strategic combination of smart financial choices, simple living, and increased self-reliance brought me financial independence at 30 and allowed me to retire from my profession at 33. Early Retirement Extreme shows how I did it and how anyone can formulate their own plan for financial independence.” (The author lived on $7,000 a year and has many other articles on his site, earlyretirementextreme.com.)
A Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea.
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine
A refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.
Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How to Create a More Peaceful, Simpler Life from the Inside Out by Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey
A guide to creating a more peaceful, simpler life from the inside out.
Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered by E.F. Schumacher
Small is Beautiful presents eminently logical arguments for building our economies around the needs of communities, not corporations. A quote from the book: “The aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption.”
Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America edited by John de Graaf
This bracing collection of essays is both a wide-ranging analysis of the [overwork] phenomenon and a blueprint for change.
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
A report on what Bryson found in Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet.