'Talent is Overrated,' by Geoff Colvin, presents the factors that affect an individual's performance and learning abilities, and how to apply new
concepts for gain and progress in any chosen field of study. The book provides many examples of this working in action over a vast range of professional fields.
(Similar subject matter to 'The Talent Code')
Check out the most well written, effective approach I've found on tackling performance anxiety, written by Barbara Conable, by clicking here.
"The Bassist's Guide to Injury Management, Prevention, and Better Health' explains common injuries and overuse problems that working bassists (and
guitarists) face, using easy to understand language and images.
Dr. Randall Kertz explains a large array of injuries using 3 simple points of focus: Ailment/symptoms, what it is, and what to do.
***Dr. Randall Kertz is also a great consultant and advocate for musicians with overuse or playing-related injuries. Personally, I have used his services and easily recommend.
'The Musician's Soul,' is an honest and contemplative take on the inner journey of a musician, written from James Jordan's experiences and
perceptions during his career as a conductor. He quotes many other sources throughout the book, which could provide to be resources for those who might want to keep digging into these concepts.
The quintessential takeaway, for me, has been his take on envy and the 'mimetic predicament' of the musician.
Sound and Symbol by Victor Zuckerkandl.
"The present study attempts to reinstate music as an instrument of philosophical inquiry. It seeks not so much a philosophy of music, as a philosophy through music...."
"Music conceived in this way has important implications for metaphysical philosophy: it insists upon a broad conception of the external world, and the examples it provides of motion and time and space become as significant as those of science."
Man the Musician by Victor Zuckerkandl
This is, essentially, "Sound and Symbol, Vol II," Taking the concepts described in the above mentioned publication to a new level.
"...He regards the phenomenon of musicality as a trait common to all human beings, and analyzes at legnth the ways in which we perceive music, examining the processes involved in our sensitivity to tone, dynamic tone qualities, musical movement, and the structure of whole musical works."
'Power vs Force,' by Dr. David Hawkins, is a compelling break down of human emotion, and what constitutes "true power."
Dr. Hawkins defines power, what affects and changes life, human behavior, and more. Geared towards those with spiritual or metaphysical interest. Concepts herein are sometimes broadly defined, but can easily be applied to musicianship.
'How to Win Friends and Influence People' by Dale Carnegie. Useful information that can help one navigate an unpredictable and unregulated industry. Some people do this naturally... and others should read this book. :) Applicable to managing toxic personalities, sensitive teamwork situations, complex/problematic gigs, etc.