Recharge CEO & Co-Founder's top 10 reading picks

If you’re struggling right now to achieve your goals, both personally and professionally, it can help to know others have walked a similar path and found a way to succeed. Or maybe you’re just simply bored in quarantine and your reading list has run dry… 

Either way, Recharge’s CEO and Co-Founder, Oisin O’Connor, has put together his top 10 list of books that influenced and inspired him. Here is his list in his own words: 

“The following books will allow you to have greater appreciation for the world around you, for your place within its history, and for your ability to shape it if you trust in your imagination, artistry, and spirituality. 

However, books can serve a more direct and immediate purpose, such as pure entertainment or to help broaden your understanding of a certain industry. 

Regardless of your personal beliefs or preferences, any of these 10 books will prove to be worth your time and teach you something you didn’t originally expect.”

  1. Man’s Search for Meaning – This book teaches you that you can find beauty and meaning internally, not externally or based on situations. 
  2. Dune – It’s just so fun. Doesn’t really get any better in terms of interplanetary political sci-fi. 
  3. Seven Pillars of Wisdom – One needs to find one’s personal legend and how that fits into the movement of history in your time. 
  4. Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern World – This book explains how you can take the movement of history in your time and shape the world with it. 
  5. Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life – It teaches you to “be so good that they can’t ignore you.”
  6. Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination – This book teaches you that creativity and imagination trump reality. 
  7. Poor Charlie’s Almanack – This book teaches common sense in business. 
  8. The Art Spirit – Self explanatory, it teaches you to be an artist. 
  9. Foundation Series – This book teaches you that we’re all part of a greater flow of history and time than our minds can imagine. 
  10. Path to the Palace of Nowhere – This is a book by Thomas Mertons that teaches the idea that god and spirituality are everywhere. 

During uncertain times like these, one can also find solace in books through their unwavering universal truth. They are living records of the fact that we persevere through troubling times. 

Perhaps Frank Herbert said it best in one Oisin’s top 10 books, Dune, when he wrote,

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

Frank Herbert

If you’ve read any of these books, let your Recharge teammates know your thoughts in the #stayingconnected Slack channel. And for anyone else who’s come across this top 10, we’d love to hear your thoughts and any recommendations you think Oisin or the Recharge team would enjoy.