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After a summer of reading and lots of great suggestions from you, we’re updating our popular guide to behavioral literature, The Essentia Recommended Reading List. Some of the titles below are recent, whilst others are classics you may recognize. Let us know if we’re missing your favorite!

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
by Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool (2016)

Talent is made, not born. Peak presents the reader with a powerful approach to learning and mastering new skills, and shows that what separates “gifted” people from the rest of us isn’t innate talent but simply dedicated, purposeful practice. We all have the seeds of excellence within us; we just need to take a deliberate approach to nurturing it.

Duhigg explores the science of productivity, and why managing how you think is more important than what you think. The author focuses in eight key productivity concepts that explain how highly productive people view the world and their choices, how anyone can learn to succeed with less struggle, and how to get more done without sacrificing what we care about the most.

Professor Shefrin is one of behavioral finance’s pioneers. In this book he argues that the most important risk management disasters of the new millennium all have psychological pitfalls at their root. The examples he gives illustrate a series of do’s and don’ts for addressing psychological issues in risk management.