Lee’s Three: Books Vol. 1

May 8, 2017

Lee’s Three: Books Vol. 1

In this edition of Lee’s Three, I highlight three books I recently read that significantly impacted me. All three of these inspired me to travel, but also taught me many other meaningful lessons.

Books can make an incredible impact on us and open our minds up to ideas and knowledge we didn’t know existed. I find reading is one of the most beneficial things to consistently do and highly encourage everyone to pick up a book each day!

If you need a place to start, pick up one of these and let me know what you think!


“Reading is like borrowing someone else’s brain.”

– Unknown


Lee’s Three (L3) features quick content highlighting helpful hints, surprising facts, or something enjoyable from my life.


1) Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

Shoe Dog book


Shoe Dog is the memoir of Nike founder Phil Knight. Hear Phil’s detailed story of following his “crazy idea” to sell shoes and how he went from selling Japanese Tiger Brand shoes to manufacturing Nike’s and creating the empire that Nike is today.

Phil discusses details of when he spent over a year traveling the world around age 24. He highlights a few of the things he learned about from traveling, like zen buddhism, and introduces them in easy to read ways. Because of Shoe Dog, I have actually began to read more into zen buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness.

Overall this was an incredibly interesting read and if you have ever thrown a piece of Nike clothing on, I bet you will find something in here to enjoy.

Every person I have spoken to about this book said similar things. I have yet to find someone who wishes they didn’t read Shoe Dog!


Reading Difficulty: Easy

Length: 386 pages


2) The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist book


The Alchemist follows the journey of Santiago, a young shepherd boy who leaves his life of comfort behind to embark on a trip towards Egypt to discover his personal destiny.

Paulo Coelho delivers inspiration on every page and will make you want to take the road less travelled. Simple to read and understand, The Alchemist is a must-read for anyone following their dreams.

I was actually required to read this book as a freshman in high school, and I got absolutely nothing from it at that point! When I went back and reread it this time around, I got an entirely different meaning. I highly encourage you to give The Alchemist another shot if you haven’t read it in a while!


Reading Difficulty: Easy

Length: 197 pages


3) Tools of Titans – Tim Ferriss

Tools of Titans


Straight up, Tools of Titans has been my bible for the past few months. Tim Ferriss takes conversations with notable podcast guests and puts the most valuable tidbits from each person into text.

Tools of Titans consists of so much content relevant for your life and the writing style makes it really easy to pick up at any page. Guests discuss travel and exploration quite often, but you will get so much more from this book.

The podcast guests discuss their outlook on life, work, going after your dreams, and living a full life. Every time I pick up Tools of Titans, I walk away with new information or an experiment to try.


Reading Difficulty: Medium-Easy

Length: 707 pages


I hope you decide to pick up one of these books next time you are looking for something to read. I would love to hear if anyone has read these yet! Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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