Welcome to the KIN MVMT Library…
This collection has been read, reviewed, and curated by Nathan Senter. We believe in providing resources for those intent on seeking their most fulfilling life. These books are tools to help you, at any stage in the journey. Enjoy!
Deep Work by Cal Newport
This book, in addition to Digital Minimalism, these are two of the most influential books I’ve read in the last year. Newport illustrates the distractions, seemingly essential to our everyday are not the enemy, but an opportunity to double down on focus, in an effort to delve into the deeper marrow of our work. While busy-ness has been construed for business as usual, Newport reminds us that our most important work requires our most cognitive energy. He provides a regimen for cultivating this skill and mastering our mind to regain control and become prolific once again. I highly recommend this book for anyone needing the mental space to tackle big ideas, projects, and work.
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
The follow-up to his incredibly valuable, Deep Work, Newport delves into the noise of our world and provides a philosophy to deal with it. To be a digital minimalist, we must first understand our relationship to technology, how it can serve as much as hinder and wind back a tick. Newport is not advocating for monastic abstinence from tech but rather, a mindful meditation on how technology interrupts, pulls us away, and can redirect our efforts. Again, Newport does not condemn technology, he is a computer scientist after all. He advocates for cultivating an offline life-a life with minimal digital interruptions. And as in Deep Work, he provides the philosophy and tools to get you there.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
We are constantly inundated with systems to do more, be more, live more, etc. McKeown’s book mentors us and urges us to ask the essential questions in an effort to strip all non-essentials from our lives so we may pursue our highest purpose. Simply put, he’s given us the formula for editing our personal and professional lives while concurrently giving us permission to not worry, care, or dwell on the dwindling responsibilities we’re constructively learning to shun. This may be one of the top 5 books I’ve read on improving my life simply because it comes from a reductionist perspective on productivity and fulfillment.
Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich
In a world obsessed with how much time we have left. This book is an arrow through the heart of the person intent on living forever. This book is a philosophical exercise in mortality while concurrently redefining what it actually means to live. We are not in control of as much as we think. Ehrenreich makes it abundantly clear we should spend less on battling particular things while rooting ourselves in our present life. This is for the person at an impasse with fad fitness, diets, health care, and woo woo self-help in the name of longevity.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
This book is primed for the person intent on change. The system Clear has created is designed to help you improve by 1% every day. Clear is a world-leading expert on habit formation. Picking up where Charles Duhigg left off in The Power of Habit - the clarity of thought, articulation of implementation, and the identification of what it truly takes to cement good habits for the long term make this book the first step for anyone looking to change course.
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia and Fransesc Miralles
Our Ikigai, according to the Japanese, is our reason for living-and we all possess it. In my search for a long and meaningful life I found this book. The authors travel to one of the blue zones of world and interview people from a very small Japanese village. What is captured is simple-stay busy, find your ikigai, and develop it. It’s the coalescence of passion, mission, vocation, and profession-this is what brings meaning to our daily lives. In an age devoid of true meaning and happiness we have been given a key to a door. Beyond that door are tools, thoughts, and interviews leading us one step closer to a life we so desperately covet. I recommend this book to anyone looking to simplify their approach to life while finding their Ikigai.
Willpower Doesn’t Work by Benjamin Hardy
We’ve been hearing the rumblings of this for some time. Willpower isn’t the answer. It is finite. It is fallible. Willpower is not a sustainable source of power to fuel you toward all of the things you wish to accomplish. What Hardy articulates is the myriad factors that undermine our efforts. Attention to your environment, how you live, set yourself up, and mitigate external distractions/stressors may just be the key to getting off the plateau. This was a fast-paced and engaging read.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Anyone who needs a realistic perspective and a good kick in the crotch should start here. Manson strips away the pretense of self-help and infuses it with the real world, armchair expertise of a cynic, a Central Park shaman, and your buddy who seems to have it all figured out. He dispels the myths we feed ourselves in an effort to provide levity to the journey of life we so desperately need. As indicated in the title, “A counterintuitive approach to living a good life”, Manson all but attacks the typical rhetoric we’ve traditionally consumed when seeking that good life. It’s I’ve read three times, simply because it’s that refreshing.
Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson
The follow up to his bestselling debut The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson comes to us as the same man, a little older, wiser, and unabashedly looking out at the world in which we live. Where before he provided us tools, methods, and thoughts from within to change the person within, worry less, or give less f*cks-in this book, Manson bestows upon us actual hope. Through the distillation of personal experience, Stoicism, Kant, Nietzsche, psychology, and of course irreverent humor, we’re given insight once again into our world through the lens of an actual optimistic realist. What could be construed as contrived nihilistic drivel should be consumed as an erudite fortune cookie dream. If you haven’t read Subtle Art, start there, get your feet wet and then pick this up and jump into the deep end of Mark’s pool.
Ego is the Enemy and The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
The first two of a three book series which will be fulfilled on October 1st, 2019 when Holiday releases Stillness is the Key. If there was a medium for channeling, decoding, and making palatable, the teachings of Stoicism, it would be Ryan Holiday. The set is written for the person preparing to look within, take full responsibility for themselves, their actions, and how they impact the world. Through the teachings of Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and other Stoics, Holiday implores us to address our enemy within: the ego. In The Obstacle is the Way, building upon new found strength post-ego dissolution and reconciliation, he bestows a formula for addressing anything-issue, problem, or otherwise in a fashion already championed by some of history’s greatest minds. These volumes should be consumed and digested in order. Not only is Holiday a premier thinker but his prose facilitates an ease of reading allowing you to spend more time applying the lessons therein.
Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
If you’re looking to take a few steps back from the tech and over-scheduled world that has become our lives, this book is a perfect place to begin. It’s in the family with Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport and Essentialism by Greg McKeown. Zomorodi makes the case for a life with more downtime or time less involved in distraction. Boredom is one of the most underutilized at our disposal because we’ve come to believe it is something we are entitled to vanquish. Well, think again. Boredom is back! This provides examples and exercises for those who are interested in a phase one detox from the digital world. Written from an impassioned perspective imploring a more connected positive life, Zomorodi crams gold into less than two hundred pages.