Balance the Grind has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview many successful people from across the world, in different careers and living different lifestyles.
This library is made up of books that have been recommended through these conversations. They cover a range of interesting topics, including work-life balance, philosophy, entrepreneurship, creativity, business memoirs, remote work, and plenty more.
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This is all about us as humans and our history. I’m a big believer in if you want to plan for the future, you need to understand the past and this is well worth a read for anyone in any industry.
Rhys Furner (Head of Partnerships & Sales Development) on Sapiens
I discovered stoicism a few years ago, and it’s been a crucial part of my life and mindset since then, helpful both for facing the day to day challenges and for nudging me into becoming the best version of myself I can be.
Miguel San Román (Senior Product Engineer) on The Obstacle is The Way
I found his insight into the possibilities of focussing on the important things while ignoring irrelevant distractions very insightful because his guidelines allowed me to start spending more of my time with my partner and doing things that are not related to work.
Arvid Kahl (Bootstrapped Founder) on Indistractible
According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. Having a strong sense of ikigai—the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused with meaning.
Alana Bennett (human experience coach) on Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
I am also a big fan of Brene Brown – her book ‘Daring Greatly’ is a must read for everyone about having the courage to be vulnerable and ‘show up’ in our daily lives.
Rebecca O’Rourke (Executive Director) on Daring Greatly
It is about creating positive habits in your life big and small that ensures that you live a life that is centred around your identity and purpose.
Luke Cook (Founder & CEO) on Atomic Habits
I learned to not care so much on what others expect of me or think of me and focus on how I feel about myself and my performance. I am usually my harshest critique so other people’s opinions and judgments just really don’t get a vote at the end of the day.
Katie Walmsley (Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer) on The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
It’s an autobiographical piece that mixes in philosophy and a clever structure to understand the roles of mentors, mavens and masters. There are some wonderful anecdotes in there that I can relate back to survival, business and a better mental being.
Galvin Davis (Creative Director) on The Way of the Fight