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8 books that have inspired our Bricks professionally and personally

Someone’s favourite book might say as much about that person as his DNA. To get to know our Bricks a little bit better we asked them which books make their (professional) hearts beat faster.

Take a look at some of the favorite books of the team:


Irem, Marketing manager: Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard I can recite many impactful business reads, but Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard stands out to me the most. The book is partially a founding story and partially life and business philosophy. Chouinard himself is very inspiring as a mountaineer turned businessman who still climbs in his 70’s. You’ll find some very inspirational photographs in the book and feel a close bond with the entire team and their mission. Chouinard has established Patagonia with the values close to his heart. The philosophies in the book focus on sustainable business practices, corporate transparency, authentic brand marketing, social responsibility and more. As a reader and a business professional, you’ll be reminded that it’s one thing to make money, but quite another to make a difference. Businesses should never underestimate the fact that happy employees do better work!


Bart, Development lead: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey This book taught me there are seven routines that set the foundation for success. These routines can be developed by anyone. To be effective has primarily to do with you and your collaboration with others. In order to evolve you need to find a balance between effort and relaxation. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People made me realize how important this balance actually is professionally as well as personally.


Kris, Online content specialist: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle This is one of the books I can read ten times and can be mind blown every single time. The power of now helps to see how your mind can unwillingly hold you hostage by making painful trips down memory lane or seeing disasters happen in the future that hasn’t even manifested yet. In overwhelming times, professionally as well as personally, focusing on the now can bring a clear view of what’s going on inside of you. You’ll be able to get out of spiralling in the wrong direction and get on with the life you want to live one moment at a time.

So many of us struggle with too much freedom. The ability to make our own choices about absolutely anything. Throughout history, we never had such luxury as we have today and yet we are more detached from what is actually important than ever before. Making decisions like who to marry, what job suits you best or even what hashtag you should be using to become #instafamous might seem great but can be very stressful. The Power of Now teaches you to find peace to focus on what’s most important in your life and let everything else fall into place.


Rick, Managing Director: Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000 by Doug Menuez Doug Menuez did a tremendous job capturing the start of the tech revolution. He photographed key moments of Steve Jobs among seventy others that created the Silicon Valley we came to know and love: World’s nr. 1 tech hub. It contains 15 years of observing the culture of the innovative people that were determined to change the world with their inventions. This book is a big revelation for anyone starting a company. I like to flip through this breathtaking book whenever I am in need of a high dose of inspiration!

"This book shows the intensity and drive that sat within these companies in those days when no one yet knew they would turn out to be global industry leaders" - Rick Voogt

Ad, UX designer: Design: intelligence made visible, by Stephen Bayley and Terence Conran. This three kilo-heavy unit, with distinctive lettering on the sides, at first sight may seem nothing more than an oversized coffee table book. Yet it describes many iconic designers and items, explaining why and how they made an everlasting impact.

Ranging from wooden cabinets to printed ads and classic cars this book never fails to inspire. Why is it an important book to me? Because it has shaped my meaning about what design is: thinking made visual. This ties directly into how I perceive my profession: designing interfaces that work well for end-users. Interfaces that communicate and interact, in the way they should, in a way that makes sense. This requires quite a bit more brainpower than the aesthetics.

Not your average self-learning-textbook, but a catalog of great designers (thinkers!) that made a difference. And admittedly, it does look good on a coffee table...


Vincent, Design intern: The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm This book goes deeper than the usual discussion of what love actually entails. It breaks down what love is. It made me overall more self-assured in life and therefore professionally. The book helped me to get over some rough stuff. I found the peace I didn’t know I had and it enabled me to learn a lot about myself. It was the first step to get to know the, back then, 23 years old me. It was like looking in the mirror! The art of loving focuses on the physiological as well as philosophical reasons to love.


Babet, Technical Recruiter: One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer This book is great to get out of bad habits and into the good ones! Whenever I want to incorporate a new habit into my life and I can’t stick to it I turn to this book. It teaches you to begin with small steps. It can be frustrating to aim for the stars and get shot down because you are aiming too high. Starting off a new, positive habit by taking small steps enables you to persevere and eventually makes you reach your end goal no matter how over-ambitious it might be!


Latha, QA Engineer: Inner Engineering by Sadhguru This particular book changed my professional life. It is about mysticism, yoga, well-being and inner peace. Most importantly: It is a non-religious book. The author believes that living joyfully is not “magical” but can be done systematically, like an engineering problem.

As a QA Engineer I’m always surrounded with negative things: I need to find bugs, which can be annoying to the developers. So for my profession, I’m always in need of more patience, more thoughts. I need to be calm, pro-active, think out of the box and I need to be fast. Inner engineering taught me, I always need to be conscious in order to succeed in my profession.

Sadhguru has written the book in two parts: First he describes the landscape, then he lays out a route on how to get there. I have learnt responsibility, the ability to respond to situations and not react compulsively, but to respond consciously. Your ability to act is limited by resources and capability, but not the ability to respond. Your ability to respond is limitless. And how should one respond? By being in total sync with existence. When your physical body, meaning your mind and your energies totally align with existence it will lead to liberation and pure joy.

This book does not provide any sort of ideology, philosophy, dogma, or form of belief systems. Everything is based on the author’s own sheer experience of life. When it comes to the mind, the essential step is realizing the difference between you and what you have accumulated. The author recommends learning to keep your intellect in awareness, not in memory.

This book is how I found balance in my life. Not specified to one particular side of life, but every moment, which can be balanced with consciousness.

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