5 Badass Books You Should Be Reading Right Now

5 Badass Books You Should Be Reading Right Now

We recently asked some of our alumni to tell us about books they couldn't stop reading, shifted their perspective, blown their minds and inspired creativity. The responses were awesome so we sifted through all of those and got you their top 5 recommendations.

We're pretty sure there's something here for everyone. Take your pick!


David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell

We've been using the story of David and Goliath as a metaphor for unlikely victories. It's a classic underdog tale. But Malcolm Gladwell in this book dared to ask if this is really what the story is about. And he demonstrates beautifully how we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages.


The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

by Russ Harris

What's stopping many people from pursuing their dreams and becoming who they can be? Little self-confidence and lots of self-doubt. It's easy to tell someone to get over their fears but that doesn't help most of the time. In this book, Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to a shaky self-confidence, shyness, and insecurity.


The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

by Ryan Holiday

This is a must read for everyone. We all go through obstacles. And at some point in time obstacles can feel like the world is just one mean bully out to get you. In this book, Ryan Holiday teaches you to see problems the right way and slaps you with story after story of great people doing great things despite their hardships.


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Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

by Dan Ariely

We all like to think that we're rational beings and that we make smart rational choices. But are we really? Dan Ariely makes a compelling argument that we are predictably irrational. This book will force you to rethink all the choices you've made - and will make - in life.


The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

by Oliver Burkeman

Want to be happy? Focus on positivity and optimism. That's the typical advice. But what if that's actually a part of the problem and not the answer? Oliver Burkeman introduces an alternative and counterintuitive way to happiness and success which involves embracing negativity and learning to bathe in insecurity, failure and uncertainty. So if you're put off by positive thinking and all the rest of it, this book is especially for you.


Have you read any of these? What are you reading right now? What books do you recommend?