Have you read a book recently that had an impact on you, your life or the way you think? Let us know and check out some great responses from the community below.

Campbell Jeffrey Wilson | Recording Studio Owner & Actor

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. This didn’t necessary affect me in a way that made me build a profit making business where I only worked for four days a week. Instead, it made me see the utter futility of working long hours in an office, slowly grinding towards death. I didn’t actually love the book. I just appreciated some of the points that it made. Also, my wife would like to strangle Tim Ferriss for causing me to lose my job as a computer programmer by literally refusing to go into the office. I would in my defense argue that this was an important turning point. There’s a great Tim Ferriss podcast where he interviews Rick Rubin. Rick Rubin talks about success as something that isn’t financial, referencing people he knows who are traditionally successful, but unhappy. Read more>>

Myles Nye | Game Designer

Last year I read two books by Bernie DeKoven, “The Well Played Game” and “A Playful Path.” Though ostensibly books about games, they are really philosophy books. I haven’t read much philosophy and I didn’t think I would like it, but it turns out if they are in the guise of books about playing games, then I like them quite a lot! Bernie is very funny and his books are also very wise and thought-provoking, and the impression I was left with is that games are good jolly fun – which is enough all on its own! – but they are actually quite a bit more. They are a pinnacle of human cooperation and community support and they tap into the very essence of what makes us most human. Bernie’s new book “The Infinite Playground,” published posthumously this year, expands on this subject matter and introduces the idea of “coliberation,” how play transmutes the centering of “me” into the elevation of “we.”

Derek Shields | Owner & Creative Director

About 7 months ago is when the pandemic hit really close to home. Everything was shutting down… stores, schools and the workplace. I closed my office and sent my team home with their computers, in an effort to maintain the projects we already had in-house. Eventually everything came to a screeching halt. No new work… and the then current projects were stopped… and it got really scary. The thought of reopening in 2 months seemed feasible but as the days flew by it became more clear we were in this for the long haul. There were days I didn’t want to get out of bed and questioned everything. I pulled myself together and had multiple zoom calls with the Team to try to keep up the morale and conjure up projects so we would keep ourselves busy. Through it all, I continued to feel afraid and worried about how we would survive. Read more>>

Giancarlo Fradella | Barber

The Alchemist- by Paulo coelho The story of a boy on a quest to find his purpose to find his “treasure” while creating his own “personal legend” along the way. It takes him years to get to his destination all the while every step of the way was an important person and a equally important lesson, on love on life on perseverance on friendship and fear And how important our journeys are, and then when we get to the destination, we learn that our treasure was under our nose the whole time. Every thing we learned in our journey, understanding human interaction and the ways of the world and of nature, and ultimately experiencing love. That’s the treasures of life. I have traveled the world .I have searched for love, I have chased the almighty dollar, I have fallen and been broken into pieces many times, I’ve struggled with addictions and I have met the most amazing humans. Read more>>

Suzanne Jamieson | Singer, Songwriter & Certified Yoga Therapist

The book “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert had a profound impact on my life. In this book, Gilbert explores the theme of creativity. Where it comes from, how it arrives, what it feels like, and the importance of embracing ‘the muse.” She then dissects the fears and thought patterns that hold creatives back from going forward confidently and faithfully with their work. There is such a pervasive ego-driven pathos among many artists, which is “if I’m not getting paid for it, then I’m not legitimate/good enough/meant to do this thing.” In “Big Magic,” Gilbert presents a compelling counterargument to that, and encourages creativity for the sake of the making itself. In my own life, I was struck with an idea for writing a children’s album of fun, pop music for kids taking all I had learned from my studies of yoga philosophy and positive psychology…but I had only ever written one song in my life. Read more>>

Jason Gilmore | Filmmaker & Writer

I’m currently reading Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek and it’s really given me confidence by confirming a lot of leadership principles that I was either already doing or seeing how wack things are when people aren’t doing them. I’m very fascinated by leadership in the abstract but also in trying to be a better leader myself in every area of my life. I’m a very family oriented person and I want my film sets to feel like a family as well. As a writer/director/producer, that starts with me. Basically, the book paraphrases that line from Remember the Titans, “Attitude reflects leadership.” If leaders really put their employees’ needs first, we’d have better working conditions, better work culture and bigger productivity. I’ve been in hostile creative situations and I’ve been in ones that truly felt like a team. My hope is to always be captain of the latter. Read more>>