Notes To Myself – Hugh Prather
The father of all little wisdom books. Open to any page and get a quick snap back into what's important.
- Time and the Art of Living – Robert Gruden
We lost this great writer too soon. Both of his books contain a lifetime of wisdom. This one is his masterpiece.
- Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
A masterpiece written as a coming of age tale. It is buddha? A book I read every couple of years to check on my own path and how I walk the Earth.
- On the Road – Jack Kerouac
Not his best book, but the best road book ever written. His prose is like a cup of coffee for the soul. (see also Dharma Bums as my favorite rant.)
- Making Things Happen – Scott Berkun
A project management book, yes, but much more. A great writer.
- A Writer's Time – Kenneth Atchity
A fantastic book about scheduling your craft no matter what.
And a shameless plug for my creative book:
Letters to a Young Artist in the Digital Age – John McElhenney
A raw series of letters written to my nephew before he left for college. Inspiring.
I'd love to hear what books have shaped your life and your work in the comments. I will add significant ones to my list. Thanks.