Did you know? If you read 10 minutes per day you’ll read at least 10 more books this year! But I’m sure you have one question:
“What book should I read?”
Want to simply expand your mind? Have a big idea you want to put out into the world? Looking to grow professionally this year? Regardless of your personal goals, this list of books is sure to awaken your inner entrepreneur!
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
“Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.
The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Copying others takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace; they will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.
Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.” Source
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The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
“The Magic of Thinking Big contains the secrets to getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life. The book illustrates how you don’t need to be incredibly intelligent or unique to have the success you want, you simply need to think in a way that cultivates success. By thinking big you can motivate yourself to improve your work life, earn more money and get more happiness and fulfillment out of life.
A couple takeaways:
- Think about success, don’t think about failure.
- Remember that you are better than you think you are, don’t undermine yourself.
- When it comes to health, age, intelligence, and luck, don’t make up excuses. Excuses hold you back and usually aren’t true.
- Fears hold you back whereas confidence propels you forwards.
- Take action against your fears, when you fear a situation, just face it and do it. Your fears will quickly be eliminated and you’ll receive a huge confidence boost.
- Use a positive vocabulary. Words that are positive and promising. Avoid toxic words that imply failure and negativity.”
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Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
“The authors do not merely highlight a growing epidemic in society. While the first half of the book identifies the growing issues, the remainder of the book centers around the ways we can combat these problems. It is not difficult for any of us to sit there and highlight problems. It is far harder to provide strategies, solutions, and answers. The authors provide regular “Performance Practices” throughout the book’s pages. These short text boxes or bullet points summarize the key action points of each section, or chapter. They provide the reader with tools to take away and enhance their own situation, or develop their own strategies for achieving sustainable success.
This book illustrates how the means, methods, and habits of elite performers across realms as different as powerlifting and academia, surfing and philosophy, are startlingly similar. As ever in life, it is the responsibility of the individual to put the knowledge to best use, but with Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness provide you with the ideal battle plan to “elevate your game, avoid burnout and thrive.” Source
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Deep Work by Cal Newport
“In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.
A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories—from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air—and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored.” Source
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Grit by Angela Duckworth
“In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”
Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research, Angela explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.
Angela has found that grit—a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal—is the hallmark of high achievers in every domain. She’s also found scientific evidence that grit can grow.” Source
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4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling
“The 4 Disciplines of Execution are precise rules for translating strategy into action at all levels of an organization. When applied, the 4 Disciplines produce extraordinary results by tapping the desire to win that exists in every individual.
Discipline 1: The discipline of focus. Extraordinary results can only be achieved when you are clear about what matters most. As simple as this principle may sound, few leaders ever master it. 4DX teaches why focus is so critical and how to overcome your biggest source of resistance.
Discipline 2: The discipline of leverage. With unlimited time and resources, you could accomplish anything. Unfortunately, your challenge is usually the opposite: accomplish more with less. 4DX shows leaders where they can find real leverage and how to use it to produce extraordinary results.
Discipline 3: The discipline of engagement. You have the authority to make things happen, but you want more than that – you want the performance that only passion and engagement can produce. 4DX enables leaders to rise from authority-driven compliance to passion-driven commitment in themselves and the people they lead.
Discipline 4: The discipline of accountability. No matter how brilliant your plan or how important your goal, nothing will happen until you follow through with consistent action. 4DX brings the practices that drive accountability and follow through, despite a whirlwind of competing priorities.” Source
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The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michaels
“A groundbreaking book about personal growth that presents a uniquely effective set of four tools that bring about dynamic change in the present and impart a greater understanding of the depth and complexity of the human condition over the longterm.
The Tools addresses the most common complaint patients have about psychotherapy: the interminable wait for change to begin. Barry Michels, an LA-based therapist, was frustrated by his inability to bring his patients faster relief from the issues that plagued them. He found a mentor in Phil Stutz, a psychiatrist who years before devised a methodology that arose from a similar disenchantment. The traditional therapeutic model sets its sights on the past, but Stutz and Michels employ an arsenal of tools–exercises that access the power of the unconscious and effectively meet the most persistent problems people face–and the results are electrifying.
Stutz and Michels are much sought-after–a recent profile in The New Yorker touted them as an “open secret” in Hollywood–and treat a high-powered and creative clientele. Their first work, The Tools, transcends the typical self-help genre because of its paradigm-changing material, the credibility of its authors, and the instant appeal and empowerment of its message.” Source
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Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
“Essentially nothing in this current world is completely original. It’s just a remix of someone else’s idea off of someone else’s idea before them—and this goes back to the beginning of time.
To do more creative work, actively look for ideas worth stealing and then improve upon them.
‘Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.’
If you’re feeling confused and lost about your next move in your career or personal life, take the next step that would make the best, and more interesting, story.
Creative work rarely happens in front of a computer screen since you can’t use your senses to touch and smell anything. Do your creative work with your hands (paper and notebook), and then go to your computer when it’s time for editing and publishing.” Source
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Getting Things Done by David Allen
“This book hardly needs an introduction, it is the bible of productivity. David Allen has sold over 1.5 million copies of his simple, yet effective productivity system. The book has been revised and updated in 2015 to reflect the changes in technology, since it was originally published in 2001 – over a decade ago.
The GTD system has always been timeless, though. You could do it on paper, online, or now on your smartphone, the second you put down the book.” Source
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Don’t Do Stuff You Hate by Isaac Morehouse and Mitchell Earl
“It’s a welcome relief for those who feel overwhelmed by the idea of “following your passion”, finding purpose, or carving out a calling. Forget all that. What makes you come alive might be unknown to you and it might not even exist yet.
Instead we argue that the best way to build a great life is to break down a bad one, piece by piece. What obligations, activities, relationships, and mindsets are draining the sense of life from your daily experience? How many things do you do that you don’t actually enjoy? Stop doing those and the rest will come into focus.
The best part about this approach is the mystery. It’s exciting to think that the best life is one you can’t yet imagine. You won’t find it by trying to plot a perfect path to some defined point called “success”. Remove the dross and be surprised every day by the cool stuff that emerges when you make space for it.” Source
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There you have it! 10 books you can read this year- with an average of 10 minutes a day of reading time. You’re welcome!
Don’t see one you’re interested in? Check out 10 Books You Should Read Before College or 16 Books That Shaped How I Interact With the World.