Here are some books, websites & tools that have a had a positive impact in my life in some form or the other.
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday – This is a book that I re-read whenever facing any personal obstacles or challenge in my life. This book takes stoic philosophy and shows how you can apply it to your life.
The Success Principles(TM) – 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield. This was the book that introduced me to world of personal development. This is a highly practical and actionable guide for transforming your life.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss. This is a book that can help you take your productivity to the next level. This is a book that can help you take your productivity to the next level.
The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life by John Assaraf. This was another transformative book for me. It showed me a practical way of applying visualization and affirmations to create success and get out of tough circumstances.
Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius. This is a more recent book I read. I recommend listening to the audible version to better digest it. This is a book you need to read multiple times to fully apply the wisdom Marcus Aurelius writes about.
Some blogs I follow:
Seth Godin – Seth says a lot in so little in his daily blogs. I’m a huge fan of his writing.
Fred Wilson – Fred Wilson has great insights in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He’s VC in NYC and shares his learnings everyday.
Signals vs Noise – An awesome blog for product managers, designers and entrepreneurs by the team at Basecamp.
Following are some apps I use pretty much on a daily basis to help me stay productive.
Coach.Me – I used this for when I want to implement a new habit. It’s supported by a community that keeps you on track for sticking with habits.
Momentus – A chrome extension for keeping you focused.
Evernote – I use Evernote for keeping receipts and miscellaneous notes and brain dumping ideas.
Byword – For distraction-free writing.