Post by: Vidhi shah
Doing engineering might narrow down your scope to get across books that help you get through the semester. But, contemplating on what we learned, chasing the important milestones, reflecting on these is also important. Reading is a miracle, passing on knowledge seamlessly from one generation to the next, one part of the world to the another!
So, here I have compiled a list of some non-academic books all the aspiring engineers should read:
#1 Zero To One
Authored by Peter Theils, a Pay-Pal co-founder along with Blake Masters, it is a condensed and updated version of a class on start-ups taught at Stanford University. This is the more important book on start-ups, economics, business-design and the future of tech that has ever been written. This isn't to say that you shouldn't read the books(an enormity of them!) on entrepreneurship available out there. But, from productions to sales, to answers to frequent questions, this is the one book every aspiring entrepreneur should read.
#2 The Magic Of Thinking Big
This self-help book is written by David Schwartz. According to Schwartz, the thing that holds back people is the smallness of their thoughts, hence, he focuses on explaining the importance of 'Thinking Positively Towards Oneself'. It is a classic motivational book which informs about three kinds of failures diseases. The book builds an individual's confidence, mentality, and ultimately the ability of a person to think big introspectively and extrospectively, in short helping one making better decisions and avoiding negative things.
#3 Set Phasers On Stun
Written by S. M. Casey, the gist of the book is "What happens when you design something, and everything goes wrong?". As aspiring engineers, there are many non-technical people that do not comprehend the underlying complexity of the designing. How one thing can make things so horribly wrong! Sometimes, reading a book that makes you uncomfortable and gets you thinking is not bad. This one book does just that! This book might frighten you but it will give you a stark lesson that there are consequences to every action.
#4 How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big
This book, a chalk full of life lessons, hilarious anecdotes is the outcome of Scott Adams' classic humor. After reading the above heavy set books, some light reading sure is welcome! Being an engineer, success doesn't come easy. It is important to recognize the fact that at some point you are going to fail, have set-backs in your life, tank up your career, etc. This book eloquently explains not to take yourself too seriously (Engineers! Get aquainted to it!) and to make it big despite all these lows.
Getting a good read along with passing your semester gives meaning to what you are doing and