After being quite busy during college, I decided to read 20 books in 2020. Now I’m aiming to read 25 for 2021.

TitleMy Takeaway
1It’s Your ShipThe right leadership unlocks elite performance.
2Never Split the DifferenceActionable insights from an FBI Hostage Negotiator.
3Natural Born HeroesThe underappreciated story of the Cretans’ heroic role in the fight against Hitler.
4Young MoneyAn outsider’s perspective of the world of finance.
5Atomic HabitsRome wasn’t built in a day, but it was built brick-by-brick.
6An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on EarthAstronauts are the ultimate learners and executors – we should mold our lives after these supreme individuals.
7Extreme OwnershipTwo Navy SEALs’ guide to teamwork, leadership, and excellence.
8Thinking Fast & SlowResearch about human bias, rationality, and decision making.
9The Defining DecadeYour 20s have enormous potential; take advantage of unique biological, social, and professional changes to advance your life.
10The Third DoorColorful stories and anecdotes on how to find your own path while meeting amazing people.
11LoonshotsAn examination of the systems that lead impossible ideas to realization in companies, cities, and countries.
12Power of MomentsHow to identify, create, and foster memorable moments to elevate everyday life.
13Hit RefreshHow Satya Nadella cultivated a new vision and culture for Microsoft.
14The Psychology of MoneyMorgan Housel helps us recognize that the most important aspect of money is our own psychology.
15What I Talk About When I Talk About RunningA memoir on writing, running, and the perpetual dance of time; a reflection of aging while continuing athletic pursuits.
16Hillbilly ElegyAn immersive narrative that explores what life looks like in different parts (and classes) of America.
17CasteKnowledge is a light that exposes what’s hidden in the shadows; this book is a high-powered flashlight.
1821 Lessons for the 21st CenturyAn analysis of the trends shaping our future paired with recommendations for how to prepare for this dramatic change.
19SapiensA comprehensive analysis of the last humans; a poignant book that pairs well with its sequel (21 Lessons for the 21st Century).
20The Almanack of Naval RavikantTotal immersion into the thoughts, mental models, and principles of a lifelong learner.
21Guns, Germs, & SteelEarly agriculture & livestock domestication are the ultimate compounding advantage.
2020 Books

I’ve been primarily focused on books centered on culture, leadership, and self improvement. Building and enhancing a culture is an unmatched feeling. Leaving a place better than you found it is a resonant mission; this was an important reason for choosing to play lacrosse at Boston University instead of the other schools I had offers from.

BU didn’t have a program when I committed, and by the time my class left, we were a top 20 team in the country. I loved establishing new standards for our team, and these payed dividends: my senior year we were a top 10 offense, we had the best attack duo in the country, and beat the number 2 ranked team Loyola 18-11. Few people experience this type of transformative change, and I’m very grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of BU Lacrosse.

I also was fortunate to be involved in improving the Kilachand Honors College as a Leadership Advisory Board member (KLAB). I’m proud of the progress we made during my three terms: we helped reconstruct the freshman and sophomore curricula, revamped the admissions process (I was originally rejected from KHC because I was an athlete), and enhanced supporting resources for the Senior Keystone Project. I’m envious of the new students who get to participate in such a great program.

Cultures establish a set of shared behaviors, ideals, and mindsets that percolate throughout the group. Creating a culture is invigorating, and I want to continue to do that in my life.