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My Bookshelf

This is my personal list of books I can highly recommend to you if you want to level up your life.

1. Rich Dad Poor Dad

I learned more in this book about personal finances and investing than in my entire career. The story of his two dads with their different mindset will change your perception of money for sure.

2. Think and Grow Rich

Probably the most important book about personal development out there. Napoleon Hill explains the mindset of successful people and why 98% of all people never get ahead in life.

3. The Magic of Thinking Big

“Small thinking creates small ideas which in the end leads to small results”. A very inspiring book that explains how your success is really depending on your thinking.

4. How to win friends & influence people

The principles of how to deal with people. Super helpful in daily life and to create empathy and try to understand others.

5. Miracle Morning – Transform your Life before 8am

Very inspiring book. Learn the techniques that help you to get up early and work on your dreams before other people even wake up.

6. The 7 Habits of highly effective People

The paradigms of human behaviour and what the most successful people do differently compared to the rest of the world.

7. The 100% Dollar Startup

The best book about how to start your own business. Reading the inspiring stories of people he interviewed will encourage you to build your own dream.


Learning new skills

Entrepreneurs have no graduation dates. Learning new skills is a life time mission and educational resources have never been easier to access than before.

Codecademy

Learn coding for free. The interactive lessons are really well done and the learning curve is extremely low.

Treehouse

The paid version of Codecademy with more programing languages and a more sophisticated learning system.

Lynda.com

Subscription based. Similar to Udemy it covers many fields of skills but it seems like it has less content. (>15€ / months). The courses are also taught by professionals.

Udemy

An Online platform that covers a wide range of topics with loads of free content. All courses are taught by professionals and are also really affordable (0 – 50 €).

Coursera

This is THE online University. All lessons are taught by university professors and you actually have to do homework to keep up with the pace.

Skillshare

Skillshare covers a lot of DIY topics and many classes are short and crisp which helps if you don’t have much time.

Duolingo

A fun way to learn new languages. This is not the standard boring “learn a list of 100 vocabulary in a week” crap. Choose your own speed: 5 min, 10 min or 20min a day. Very engaging and 100% free.

Memrise

Another fantastic tool to learn a new language. In contrast to duolingo, memrise is built by its community and is built on mnemonics and the spacing effect to increase speed and ease of learning.


Productivity Tools

This is my list of top productivity tools that helps me getting through my work day.

Wunderlist

My favourite multi platform task manager. Simple and Fast!

Evernote

THE note taking tool. Very useful to take notes during meetings and reviewing them on the smartphone.

Moneylover

A personal finance app that helps me to keep track of my daily expenses.

Google Keep

Less complex than Evernote which makes it ideal for saving quick thoughts and ideas.

Google Drive

This is THE cloud tool for me that keeps all my (non-confidential) files safe in case my computer crashes.

Rescuetime

A time tracking tool that runs in the background and tracks EVERYTHING you do.

Alfred

Alfred made my life so much easier when it comes to starting applications or searching things.

Cinch

A window management tool to organise application windows super fast!


Design Tools

A list of essential design tools to get projects done no matter if digital or physical product.

Photography and Printing


Adobe Photoshop

No photo editing program comes close to PS.

Adobe Lightroom

Excellent in photo bulk editing.

Adobe Illustrator

Still the most advanced vector tool out there for illustrations.

Adobe Indesign

Best layout program for print.

Designing Digital Products


Sketch

Whoever still designs digital screens in PS or AI, is hopeless.

POP App

Picture based prototyping tool for apps.

Principle

Wonderful to prototype micro interactions.

Flinto for Mac

Excellent tool to prototype flows and screen transitions.

Invision

Fast prototyping for complex flows.

Invision - Craft

Powerful set of plugins for Sketch/PS.

Framer

Most powerful prototyping tool that requires coding skills.


Building Websites

Everything you need to get started to build your first website, blog or shop for your products.

Building the website


Squarespace

Squarespace is the place to go if you have zero experience in building a website.

Shopify

Setup an online shop with zero web knowledge.

WordPress

One of the most powerful CMS for blogs, portfolios or online shops.

WooCommerce

The best e-commerce plugin for wordpress.

Best Wordpress Plugins


Visual Composer

Wordfence

JetPack

Google Analytics

Yoast SEO

W3 Total Cache

WP Smush

Free stock photos


Unsplash.com

Pexels


Designer Essentials

A list of designer essentials that every designer should have in his repertoire to survive every day life situations.

Fujifilm X-T10

A camera should be in any designers repertoire.

35mm F2

Depending on the camera a second lens can never hurt.

Gorillapod

Perfect for still images at night or video blogging.

Kindle Paperwhite

Very convenient for traveling.

Moleskine Notebook

Sketching is still the most important skill for a designer.

Smartphone

Actually an essential for any human on earth.

Headphones

Having the right headphones can never hurt.

Analog Watch

A beautiful piece of design will always make you happy.