Outliers: The Story of Success

In his book Outliers, Author Malcolm Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. In the book, he lays out his theory that to become an outlier-superstar, one needs about 10,000 hours of practice.  Case in point: Bill Gates and The Beatles. Gladwell explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

The Art of Deception

The Art of Deception is a brilliant book written by legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick. In it, he details how we are the weakest link in any cybersecurity system.  In stunning detail, he shares how social engineering works — how he and other hackers con people into giving up passwords, account numbers, and social security numbers. Deception is how hackers acquire the keys to the kingdom. Published in 2002, it remains a cybersecurity classic.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business‎

Before you decide to eliminate or add a new habit,  check out this book by Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg. He details what science now knows about why habits exist and how they can be changed. In doing so, he distills a vast amount of fascinating information about these habits of ours that seem to run on autopilot. Research has found we have no brain activity when one of our habit programs is running.  That explains a lot and sheds insight on how to adopt the habits we want to have.