I’m a pretty voracious reader, though I used to read a lot more fiction than I have been recently. It wasn’t uncommon for me to read 150-200 novels a year, but I wanted to share some non-fiction books I’ve been enjoying lately in the business, finance, and management arenas.
On the recommendation of a fellow colleague (thanks Andy!) I found this book really interesting, and have already made some changes in my life as a result. Above all, it quieted some of my concerns about investing and staying on top of the “game.” I won’t spoil it for you.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
The title of this book isn’t great, but it’s an interesting look at how this boy, with two men influencing his life with very different advice, taught him the difference between living rich and living poor. PS: You definitely want to live like the rich do, even if you’re not rich.
If you’re hungry for more finance and investing information, check out my list of finance and economics podcasts I recommend, as well as Matt Cutt’s investing reading list.
Self and Productivity
I’ve been a big fan of 99U and their content (I’m really excited to be at the 99U conference this year in April, too!) and the 99U ebooks are worth your time, too. I have enjoyed all three of them, but I recommend Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind as a starting point. It’s a quick read and there is some good advice in it.
If you haven’t watched Brené’s TED talks (The power of vulnerability and Listening to Shame), do that and I’ll wait, because they’re both great. Back? Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead is a look at how vulnerability is actually powerful and important in our lives.
Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.
I’m not sure how I stumbled onto Choose Yourself!, but you should know the only reason it’s so cheap is because the author actually offers to refund your purchase price if needed. There are some very good takeaways about inward success, which I think is the thing most of us struggle with in the end (after you tired of outward success). It’s totally worth 99c.
New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth).
A recent entry is The Effective Executive, recommended by Matt. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book published in 1966, but it definitely wasn’t some very interesting ideas about effectiveness and the role of the knowledge worker. Color me intrigued! I am looking forward to really digging in as I’m only in a few chapters so far.
Another entry filed under “timeless advice,” this book was published even earlier in 1936! I wasn’t expecting to learn much from the book, as I already believe in the power of networking, but I definitely did learn. I had actually planned to do a full post on some sections of the book (and might still do), but Part Three: How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking is a quick study on human motivation and psychology with some simple suggestions of how to really apply things in everyday scenarios. This book is practical, and timeless.
Do you have any books to recommend for my TBR pile?
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Categories: Productivity, Self & Finance