This or that? Right or left? Is it right or wrong? Ever had such confusion? I’m sure you guys might have faced such a dilemma several times and at different points in your life. Everyone does, including me. Earlier, I was such a confused person in life but not anymore. How did I overcome it? By taking the help of several books!
It might sound cliché, but gaining this one skill changed my life. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for a human to become a quick and good decision-maker. I’ve even lost count of how many times I’ve messed things up just because of my inability to make wise decisions on time. Either I was too hasty or too late.
A person needs to know how to make their own decisions. We cannot rely on others forever. The more you think about a situation, the more confusing it gets to make a wise decision. By making quick decisions, I don’t mean you should be hasty while making all the decisions. One should think before making any move, but overthinking is also an area of concern.
Now, as I told you, how miserable my decision-making skills were, but I’ve fully overcome them here; I’ll be sharing the same books I read to seek help.
13 Books On Improving Decision Making
These are the 13 greatest books one can ever find to improve one’s decision-making power.
Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter is a psychological book written by Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie in 2014.
This book is about group thinking and decision-making and why it turns out to be disastrous in many cases. The myth that ‘when people think and work upon important decisions in a group makes the task easier and better’ has been busted. After stating the pitfalls of group thinking, this book also suggests valuable suggestions to make things work.
2. Yes Or No
Yes Or No: The Guide To Better Decisions is a self-help book written in 1992 by Spencer Johnson.
In this book, the author provides a proper system, facts, and tips one can use to make good decisions and that too, faster. This book will help us gain peace of mind and self-confidence, critical elements of choosing life.
Written by Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram is an autobiographical novel published in 2003.
This book is loosely based on the life of the author himself. It is about an armed convict from Australia who fled to India with a fake passport. This book was written in 5 parts and each part gave out a lesson. It shows the consequences the narrator had to face after each decision he made.
4. Devil Take The Hindmost
Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation is a nonfictional book Edward Chancellor wrote in 1999.
Decision-making skills are indeed necessary for everyone, but this one field is required the most—the stock market. Here, one wrong decision can turn all the tables. This book is for stock marketers or aspiring stock marketers who lack good decision-making skills.
5. The Paradox Of Choice
The Paradox Of Choice: Why More Is Less is a 2004 published decision-making book written by Barry Schwartz.
In this book, the author talks about one’s emotional and psychological well-being and how it affects the choices we make in our lives. He also provides advice on how to focus on the right things to make a wise decision and derive the maximum satisfaction out of the choices we make.
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness is a 2008 published nonfiction written by Richard H. Thaler.
Nudge is for improving our everyday choices like when to eat, where to go, what to do when to do, and many more things that one chooses to do on a typical day to learn and nudge our close ones into learning and doing the same.
7. A More Beautiful Question
Written by Warren Berger, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas is a self-help book published in 2014.
This book points out the importance of questioning in life, especially while making a choice. When someone asks you or challenges you, your perspective opens up, making the decision more apparent.
8. Imprudent King
Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II is a biographical book written by Geoffrey Parker in 2014.
This book is about one of the most powerful monarchs of English history, Philip II, and his reign. This book tells about his interest areas, principles, and all the factors that made him a good monarch and what wrong decisions he made that failed his leadership.
Joseph Jaworski’s Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership is a self-help book published in 1996.
This book will lead you towards the correct path of becoming an efficient leader. It will show you how a good leader behaves, thinks, acts, and makes decisions accordingly to make sure their team grows.
Ubiquity: Why Catastrophes Happen is a Mark Buchanan written nonfiction published in 2002.
This book is about why all the catastrophes, calamities, destructions, and mishappenings happen. This book states that from the very small to the enormous, catastrophes that occur daily are somewhere the result of decisions made by us humans. This book also talks about the evolution of science over the years.
Influence: Science and Practice is a 1984 published psychological book written by Robert Cialdini.
Influence book shows how much compliance professionals influence our generation and how that affects our thinking and decision-making. They influence us in such a way that we become bound to make choices that eventually turn us into their weapons.
Published in 2013, Decisive is a self-help book written by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.
This book will give us four such principles that will improve our decision-making altogether. Our brain chooses what seems more accessible, but the most straightforward path isn’t always the best. This book will tell us how we can mold our brains to make wise choices, saving us from making irrational decisions.
Antifragile Things That Gain from Disorder is a philosophical book written in 2012 by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
This book shows how disorders and mental fragilities affect our decision-making. A correct state of mind is necessary for a rational decision to be made, but there are certain things we can do to improve our choices even when our minds are not stable.
Decision-making is a critical aspect of one’s life. It’s something a person cannot avoid under any condition, so improving our ability to make the right decisions, about which we will not regret later, is the only thing we can do.