The book list and notes of a curious architect:


Books I am currently reading:


  Maslow on Management  by A.H. Maslow

During my business studies I had my first encounter with Abraham Maslow and his famous hierachy of needs. Not so long ago I stumbled up on Maslow again during an Interview with one of my favourite entrepreneurs, Derek Sivers, who said that the theory of  Maslow, especially about self-actualization, had a huge influence of his life and career. I digged deeper and found this Masterpiece about his thoughts on enlightened management, originaly published in the early 1960’s, but it turned out that what he has to say seems to be more relevant than ever before. Could hardly put it away after I started reading.

Ranking so far 10/10


  Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow by Chip Conley

Since I started to gain insights into Maslows approach to management, I stumbled upon this book by Chip Conley who started to flilter Maslow’s theory to put it in actionable advice for his hotel company during the biggest business downturn he faced in the economic crisis. Similar to my first encounter, Conley was fascinated by Maslow’s theory and started to restructure his company according to Maslows approach to enlightened management. He put into action what was written in the book “Maslow on Management” I mentioned above. Already very inspiring and instructive.

Ranking so far 10/10


  The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

I am a huge fan of the stoic philosophy, but as everything that is worth attaining, it is pretty hard to achieve the mindset and to internalize the routines. This book has a one-page chapter for everyday, what makes it convenient to reflect and gives you the opportunity to grow day by day with the lessons of the stoics. I loved this book right away and I am trying to read one page every night.

Ranking so far 10/10


  Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss

I really appreciate this book, because I am listening to his podcast,  “The Tim Ferriss Show” since years and it is just amazing what you can get out of the very personal interviews between Tim and some of the greatest people from around the world. The book summarizes the most important information from every interview and connects with Tims personal thoughts about various topics.  That means 673 pages full of distilled and organized knowledge from the podcast, ready to be read at any time. It is not that kind of book that you would read from the first to the last page. It is more a book that you open up from time to time at any page and you will find something you can take away with.

It is magic to learn about the mindsets and lives of amazing people, you would have never been able to listen to without Tim, probably.

Ranking so far 10/10


Books I’ve read:

(sorted by personal ranking)


  How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Ranking 10/10

Easily the best book I’ve read in my entire life. When I first heard about it, I didn’t really resonate with the title about influencing people, because I had some negative association with the word “influencing” and I didn’t like the idea about it at all. But then I gave it a try, because my curioisity was bigger than my rejection of the title. It turned out, that the word “influencing” is, at least in my understanding, totaly misplaced because in context it rather means that you can establish great relationships with a natural and honest appreciation of people, by showing them respect and esteem. So glad that Dale Carnegie put his knowledge about the magic of interpersonal relationships into this timeless book.


  So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

Ranking 10/10

In this book Cal answers the question about “How do people end up loving what they do for a living?”. He studied many people who ended up loving what they do and it turns out that the common mantra of “follow your passion” can be actually damaging advice. He found out that the people he met didn’t start with a preexisting passion, rather the passion is some sort of a side affect that comes later. His advice is: Instead of running around trying to find your passion, “chose something that seems interesting and then work hard to get really good at it.” Narrow it down and choose something that is interesting to you and then he says: “get as good as possible as quickly as possible, because satisfaction, motivation and then passion almost always build on a foundation of skill.” I really appreciate Cal Newports clear mind in thinking and writing. This book definitely changed the way I think about work and it also underlines the value of honest curiousity in your work and personal life.


  Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers

  Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

  Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein

  A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine

  Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters


Books on my list to read in the future:


Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham

Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose by Rajendra Sisodia, David Wolfe, Jagdish N. Sheth