The top business leaders are fueled by curiosity, and one way they satisfy this curiosity is through reading. Summer is a great time to catch up on reading, whether you’re relaxing at the beach, passing time on an airplane, or taking advantage of a slower pace while your colleagues are on vacation. The written word- no matter if it’s print or digital- sharpens your intellect, clarifies your purpose, and keeps you inspired. Here are some great reads I’m enjoying this summer, and you might too!
- Carpe Diem: Seizing the Day in a Distracted World by Roman Krznaric–“Seize the Day” is a common expression, but few people actually practice the sentiment in their lives. In this book, Krznaric discusses why carpe diem is more essential than ever in this age of distraction. He also tackles the moral dimension to carpe diem. Yes, you want to live intentionally and seize opportunities, but you can’t let that impose burden or suffering on others. This enlightening read offers tips on how to improve your life – and possibly the world – through more meaningful interactions
- Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio– Dalio urges us to think deeply about what we want and determine our authentic principles, which are the “fundamental truths and behaviors” that we use to guide each step of our lives and career. As a big believer in having a personal mission statement, this book resonated with me. You might disagree with him in places, but Dalio offers his life lessons to help you form your own principles and live deliberately.
- Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker– A friend of mine recommended this book to me and I am so glad she did! Jen Hatmaker’s authentic, down-to-earth and hilarious writing will keep you entertained. Hatmaker wrote this book for the woman who has lost her moxie. So expect both embarrassing and heartwarming stories that remind readers that we’re all human, and regardless of where we are in life, we can get up, get out and get living.
- The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday– This book drew a lot of attention after it was revealed that the New England Patriots read it prior to winning the 2014 Super Bowl. The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience – and it just so happens that many famous athletes are stoics (even if they don’t know it). If you’re stuck in a rut or feeling frustrated in life or work, this book teaches you how to turn your obstacles into your biggest advantages.
- Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards– A human behavioral scientist, Vanessa Van Edwards provides a completely new approach to building connections, backed by science. Socially awkward? Always wonder what people are thinking? This book will help you work the room, decode facial expressions and talk to anyone.
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