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Non-training books that you should read


In this working document, which I aim to update over time, I would like to provide a list of non training related books that I believe can have a profound impact on any sports performance practitioner... better even, on any practitioner... in fact, on any human being! In them, you will find a number of common topics including: philosophical thought, understanding risk, leadership, human relationships, stress and emotion, and basic human biology. Here's the list, in no particular order. Enjoy...



The black swan: The impact of the highly improbable. Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. Vol. 2. Random house, 2007.


Simple heuristics that make us smart. Gigerenzer, Gerd. & Todd, Peter M. Oxford University Press, 1999.


Switch on your brain: The key to peak happiness, thinking, and health. Leaf, Caroline. Baker Books, 2013.


Never eat alone: And other secrets to success, one relationship at a time. Ferrazzi, Keith. & Raz, Tahl. 2014.


Why zebras don't get ulcers: The acclaimed guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping. Sapolsky, Robert M. Holt paperbacks, 2004.


12 rules for life: An antidote to chaos. Peterson, Jordan B. Random House Canada, 2018.


Skin in the game: Hidden asymmetries in daily life. Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2020.


How to win friends & influence people. Carnegie, D. Manjul Publishing House, 2017.


The Barcelona way: How to create a high-performance culture. Hughes, Damian. Pan Macmillan, 2018.


Emotional agility: Get unstuck, embrace change, and thrive in work and life. David, Susan. Penguin, 2016.




Last updated: 16th April 2021


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Adriano Arguedas S.

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