Both fortunately and unfortunately, 2020 involved a lot of reading for a lot of us. I was lucky enough to read some perspective-altering books this year. Here is a list of the best books I read in 2020.

  1. The Science of Storytelling. This book quickly became a top 3 book for me. I have never thought of myself as a storyteller, but it turns out that we are all storytellers. Or at least our brains are.
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If you don’t know how your brain is telling you stories, you need to. Your brain is constantly: (1) seeking to make meaning of…

People go into traumatic experiences with all kinds of different world views. I’ve noticed that most people come out of them with more of a buddhist or more of a stoic perspective.

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Maybe this is because these philosophies can help us separate ourselves from and see through the intense emotions we feel in the middle of adversity. Maybe it is because of the peace these perspectives can bring us. I have found that the buddhist perspective provides an awareness of the biggest picture while the stoic perspective provides a practical, unflinching look at what is in front of us. …

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Emotions are not your enemy. Your emotions are information that can make you stronger, better at your job, and better at handling adversity.

These books will help you use your emotions rather than run from them.

Emotional Agility

I get asked for book recommendations a lot. So I thought I would make a list of my favorite books on development and growth. I am always looking for new recommendations, so if you have any, please comment with new recommendations.

1. Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning — This is a game changer for teachers and coaches. This flips what we think about practice and learning on its head. Coaches often get emotionally hypnotized by practice that makes it look and feel like their team is getting better.

“Massed practice” is rapid-fire repetition aimed at burning habits…

Moneyball was never about on-base percentage or valuing pitchers that got outs over pitchers that looked the part. Moneyball was about thinking differently.

Competitive advantages will come and go as the game changes. As organizations caught up to the Oakland A’s in their value of on-base percentages, that competitive advantage disappeared.

As pitchers became better and better, hitters decided an all-or-nothing approach would be the most effective way to beat them.

This spawned a new competitive advantage exploited by the Houston Astros. They soon found success investing in players with high contact rates.

All along, the competitive advantages have changed…

Trevor Amicone

Professional baseball coach, New York Yankees organization

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