The literature that has made me capable of all that I have and will do
Thinking in Systems
The greatest shortcut you can take to becoming a senior manager, architect, designer, or developer. Seeing the world systematically is a priceless super power.
Donella H. Meadows, Diana Wright
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Ever wondered why there are some instances where you feel like, after the fact, you weren't in control of your decisions? Or why you have sudden breakthroughs after thinking hard about a problem for hours, days, or weeks? Daniel Kahneman paints a vivid picture of the human brain, and how we have a few different "modes" of thought, and how our "rational", methodical thinking isn't really in the drivers seat, and why that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
The Organized Mind
The organized mind is THE primer on how human beings think for the layperson. This book will help you to better understand those around you, enact positive change, and to stop playing the blame game when it comes to the realities of the biology of the human mind. An absolute must read for all managers.
Daniel J. Levitin
The Black Swan
In a modern world with access to the answer to billions of questions and thousands of years of history are at our fingertips, the black swan reminds us how our forefathers dealt with risk, keeps us humble, and prevents us from being fooled by randomness.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
As a person that grew up in a lower middle-class family, this is one of the most seminal books in my personal development. If you take one thing from this book, it's Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad's" advice, "everything has a price, and that price is almost never paid for in money." This lead me to see the entire world as a game of cause and effect, a game of balance, where I needed to know the price of things and understand if I'm willing to pay it. Many people never succeed because they chase things they're unwilling to pay the price for, and live unhappy with the result.
Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon Lechter
Fooled by Randomness
This book helps you see directly into the heart of human bias, helping us understand the shortcuts -- and shortcomings -- of the human brain that lead us to allow randomness to fool us into taking unreasonable courses of action. A must read.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb