Anything Worth Knowing is Complicated

We all would benefit from seeing nuance and complexity in the world. Nothing worth knowing is ever simple enough to summarize in a few sentences or 30 seconds of video. 

To help myself escape from the soundbites of short video clips (esp. on TV news channels) and the clickbait headlines of social media (LinkedIn or Twitter), I’ve been diving back into longer form content.

If you are looking for something to read or listen to during your summer vacation, on a flight or during your commute, here are some recommendations on books and podcasts related to business, leadership, and simply understanding ourselves better.

(I do read fiction by the way, typically murder mysteries and thrillers for entertainment rather than anything that actually wins a Pulitzer or Nobel prize.)


Book Recommendations

  1. How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen
  2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  3. Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant
  4. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
  5. The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing by Michael Mauboussin
  6. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  7. Mindset: The Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  8. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us  by Daniel Pink
  9. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
  10. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth


Podcast Recommendations

  1. Modern Wisdom by Chris Williamson
  2. Hidden Brain with Shankar Vendantam
  3. Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques with Andrew Huberman
  4. ReThinking with Adam Grant
  5. Huberman Lab by Andrew Huberman
  6. The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
  7. The Ezra Klein Show by Ezra Klein


I would appreciate other recommendations from all of you. I am getting back into reading long-form ink on paper and listening to longer, nuanced discussions.

Aditya Dehejia

Adi’s experiences as a CFO and HR leader in start-up companies inspired him to start the CxO Leadership Accelerator. He saw firsthand the challenges in building a satisfying career, the importance of leaders in developing people, and the difficulty in building broad business acumen while excelling in your functional role. Prior to his operating career in start-ups, Adi held roles in a growth capital investment firm and in the corporate development and strategy department at a Fortune 500 company. Adi is an active volunteer mentor in the FirstRound Capital and TechStars networks as well as within his University alumni communities. Adi was born in India and immigrated to the US at age ten. He attended Princeton University (graduated with a degree in Politics) and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He lives in the suburbs of New York City and has two adult sons and two lovable, crazy dogs.

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