Life never stops teaching us new lessons, then why should we stop learning? Whether you have been working in the supply chains and logistics industry for years or you are just interested in how the sector works, various amazing books can help you understand the industry in an interesting and in-depth manner.
Author - Rose George
“Each year, a shipping publicist told me, 'More oil is poured down the drain by mechanics changing their engine oil than is spilled by the world's fleet of oil tankers.”
The author, Rose George, took a cruise on the Maersk ship to truly understand the nitty gritty details of ocean shipping and she puts all her learnings together in this book which details the behind the scenes of the ocean industry.
Explaining, the history, trials, and tribulations of the people who work on the sea bound vessels, George talks about shipwrecks, ships, sea rescues and loss of human lives and goods at sea. The author is able to keep the reader constantly on edge with interesting storytelling, making this a must-read for anyone who wants to understand shipping, container ships, and economy in general.
Author - Daniel G Amen
“18–40–60 rule. It says that when you are eighteen, you worry about what everyone thinks of you; when you are forty, you don’t give a damn what anyone thinks about you; and when you’re sixty, you realize no one has been thinking about you at all.”
When you love your work, it’s easy to feel emotional about it, whether it’s anger, obsessiveness, compulsiveness, anxiety or depression. In this book, Amen discusses the scientific evidence behind these emotions and how our brain works when we experience these emotions. According to the author, once we understand how our brain works, we can heal it and in turn, change our lives.
The book is also great for people who end up judging others too quickly since it can actually give you scientifically proven methods to profile people more effectively. Amen offers brain exercises, diet suggestions, and calming techniques in the book that can help you normalize your brain.
Author - Elizabeth Gilbert
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”
In this rather light-hearted book, Gilbert tries to take away the profoundness and drama around creativity and instead encourages readers just to be their creative selves. Offering insights about the mysterious nature of inspiration, she provides techniques on how to face fear and approach everything with pragmatism and a positive attitude.
Whether you are in a creative profession or the corporate world, this book can help you deal with real-life problems in a refreshing way.
Author - Marc Levinson
“The economic benefits arise not from innovation itself, but from the entrepreneurs who eventually discover ways to put innovations to practical use—and”
A shipping container is a metal box which is used to carry goods, and it can be loaded on to ships, trucks, or trains. This book by Levinson discusses how the shipping container changed the shipping industry as a whole.
The author takes the readers back to the last century to explain the origin and development of the container box. The book also goes on to explain the enormous effect shipping boxes had on the global economy and how it changed the way major ports operate around the world.
5- A New Earth
Author - Eckhart Tolle
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”
The book explains how human ego can be the source of personal dysfunction which could eventually lead to jealousy and anger. Tolle talks about the importance of shifting one’s consciousness to let go of the ego because that is the only way to have a fulfilling existence in the world.
‘A New Earth’ should be on the must-read list of anyone who wants to let go of anything self-destructive and put all of their life’s focus on their personal happiness.
Author - Dava Sobel
“He wrested the world's whereabouts from the stars, and locked the secret in a pocket watch.”
Up until the eighteenth century, people could not measure the longitude of their location at sea, which led to sailors getting lost as soon as they lost sight of the land. There were many who died and explorers who ended up at the wrong places. The brightest minds in the world including Galileo and Newton couldn’t solve this problem. And then came John Harrison who invented a clock that could show precise time at sea, something that no other clock had done before.
The book details his journey, his struggle for perfection, and the final triumph.
Author - Roger Frock
“If Fred tells you a chicken can pull a freight train, your job is to hook ’em up.”
FedEx might be success story today and one of the biggest consumer shipping companies in the world, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing. In the first few years, the company faced financial and operational crises where the company employees wouldn’t cash their paychecks and pilots would fuel up planes with their own personal credit card.
In this book, the founder of the company, Roger Frock takes a no-nonsense approach and explains every little detail about what it takes to run a company and make it a success.
Author - James Altucher
“The only truly safe thing you can do is to try over and over again. To go for it, to get rejected, to repeat, to strive, to wish. Without rejection there is no frontier, there is no passion, and there is no magic.”
In the book, Altucher talks about how we are moving towards a society where ideas are much more important than employees, and that is why we need to choose ourselves and our happiness over anything else.
The book helps push readers to do things that they truly enjoy and surround themselves with people that they really like. We no longer live in a world where everyone has to take up a job they hate to make ends meet. The world is changing, and we now have the power to make our own destiny and follow our happiness.
Author - Shaun Rein
“Fear mongering, misinformation and hysterics about China's rise are hitting the American airwaves on a daily basis, clouding rational discourse.”
For those who want to understand what modern China is really like, whether it’s for business or personal knowledge, this book can be the perfect guide. Rein manages to present the foreign world with a book that makes the average Chinese man easy to understand.
The author has a great command on details and the book talks in-depth about the Chinese market, economy, real estate market and much more.
Author - William Rosen
“A few thousand Europeans, no matter how inventive their work in chemicals, or metallurgy, could not create an Industrial Revolution unless they could inspire (or borrow, or even steal) from one another;”
This book by Rosen starts by explaining why the industrial revolution started in England during the 18th and 19th century and how it still impacts the world today. The book details about how geopolitical, historical, and sociological circumstances led to innovations and inventions that changed the industrial world as we now know.