Aytekin Tank, author of Automate Your Busywork: Do Less, Achieve More, and Save Your Brain for the Big Stuff recommends a considered collection of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Aytekin's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt. Everybody talks about the importance of strategy in business but this is the only book that really tells how you can construct a real good strategy. It teaches you the difference between a good strategy and a bad one. I used it a lot in my business with great results and I go back and re-read it again every time I need to get inspired about coming up with a new strategy.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron is a really great book if you want to work on a creative project. I recently re-read it because I needed some creative inspiration. I'd rate it 5 out of 5 because of all the great ideas it has like morning pages.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Pinocchio is a powerful book. What I really like is the beginning when the father carves a child out of wood. Because he is grieving a child he lost. And that piece of wood becomes a real person.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I prefer Kindle. I love it when I discover I have 15 minutes for some reason and launching my kindle and enjoying a book.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
The Barnes and Noble Union Square in New York City is my favorite book store. I'd spend my Sundays there reading books in my twenties when I lived in New York. It was so exciting to browse so many books in a single large bookstore.
Many thanks to Aytekin for recommending a considered collection of books! Please don't forget to check out Automate Your Busywork: Do Less, Achieve More, and Save Your Brain for the Big Stuff.
Image Copyrights: John Wiley & Sons Inc (Automate Your Busywork), Profile Books Ltd (Good Strategy Bad Strategy, The Artist's Way), Wordsworth Editions Ltd (Pinocchio).