I love reading. It stimulates the mind, expands horizons, etc. etc. You get the idea. Below are some books that I’ve enjoyed reading quite a bit and a small blurb as to why.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. This is a great read. Obviously a popular one. What I liked in particular were the actionable items. Ferriss also has a few other books in the same 4-Hour mentality including one for the body. Pick this up!
I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi. When I was worried about whether or not I was doing the right thing financially, I fortuitously found this book in the library as I randomly walked the shelves. Like the title, Sethi has a no BS method of explaining good financial habits and tips. He’s very blunt speaking. I like his style. And because of it’s “too the point” style, it’s a very easy read with clear, actionable things to learn.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell is the author of a number of successful books but I love this one because it shows that the “outliers” are not all that special. “Accumulative advantage” is important to success. Not magic or being born under a blue moon contributes to success but rather building on smaller successes creates more opportunity for success to happen. The research he references proves this time and time again. Just for the reader that needs science to back up their beliefs.
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. For this book, I listened to the audio book version and enjoyed it a great deal. I’m not sure what I was expecting from it as there was such an overwhelming amount of press and hype over it. But it was easy to listen to stories of Sheryl’s personal experiences and those of other women in leadership roles intermingled with research to back up the common threads in those stories. Besides being easy to consume, the book does offer very concrete evidence that women and men are not only treated differently in the business world, but treat themselves and their own sex to different expectations. Much of it was advice to women who want to succeed, whatever that may mean to that woman personally and how there isn’t much she can’t reach for should she decide to go for it. One of the most critical pieces of advice was to not automatically limit themselves by not insisting on “sitting at the table” or that she can still succeed in business even if she chose to start a family.
Compelling People by John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut. In Compelling People, the authors break down all traits, whether physical or personality, into demonstrating “strength” or “warmth”. Interestingly, there are some things you can’t change (without a lot of plastic surgery) that indicate how “strong” or “warm” you come across such as age, a hooked nose, height, etc. But they do break down by situation how personality and physical traits of strength and warmth can help and harm you. It’s an interesting read to brush up on how you can counteract those angry-looking eyebrows with a “flinty smile” when meeting an attractive woman you’d like to get to know better. Or, for the more serious reader, learning better tactics to win over that HR person during the job interview.