3 Practical Books Everyone Should Read for a Better Life

Mitch Malone
2 min readMay 20, 2024


I read a lot of books. Some are good, some are less good. For me, some of the best personal development are the ones that are simple and easy to action.

Here are my 3 picks for books which add immediate value and are highly actionable in anyones life.

Books on a shelf.

The Barefoot Investor

“The Barefoot Investor” by Scott Pape is a financial guide that offers practical and straightforward advice on managing money. It covers budgeting, saving, investing, and eliminating debt, all while encouraging financial independence. The book is structured around simple, actionable steps designed to help readers achieve financial security and freedom.

Getting Things Done

“Getting Things Done” by David Allen is probably the most read productivity book in the world. It introduces a comprehensive system for organizing tasks and projects. It emphasizes capturing all tasks and commitments in a trusted system outside of one’s mind to reduce stress and improve focus. The book outlines practical steps for processing, organizing, and reviewing tasks to enhance efficiency and achieve a state of relaxed control.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson challenges conventional self-help advice by advocating for a more grounded approach to living a fulfilling life. The book emphasizes the importance of focusing on what truly matters and accepting life’s inherent limitations and uncertainties. Manson encourages readers to embrace their flaws, confront uncomfortable truths, and prioritize values that align with their genuine selves.



Mitch Malone

Product and engineering leader (prev. CTO @ Linktree, Head of Eng @ BlueChilli). Nomad, remote worker, writer, photographer.