Flow — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

If you’re like me, you’ve been struggling with this question your whole professional life: get creative fulfillment from a fulfilling (but likely low-paying) job or punch the clock at a soulless (but likely high-paying) job and get fulfillment elsewhere. This book not only highlights the improbability of achieving happiness through the latter, it discusses the meaning of and methods to achieve happiness through what author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “optimal experience.”

Brandon’s Take — A hearty recommendation from myself as well. This book changed my view on restructuring the tasks in my day re: what deserves automation vs. deep thinking. When you finally know why some tasks are inherently boring for you and others are truly challenging but also invigorating, it reframes your outlook on your career path.