An ever-expanding list of books that I love
Quiet by Susan Cain has the full title Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. The book is not about ‘introverts versus extroverts’; it is about a society that has embraced extroversion as ‘the right way to be’, and by doing so, made introverts feel that they were ‘wrong’. This book is research based and filled with stories that show the value of introversion.
Chip and Dan Heath have written three books and I recommend all three. Click the “Learn More” under each book on their site to read free chapters and more. (Note: you have to give your email address to access the material, but they email things about three times a year. Pretty low risk).
I guess some would call them business books, and perhaps Made to Stick fits that definition since the subtitle is “Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die”. It is a very interesting and informative book that helps you understand how ideas stick.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard will challenge the things you thought you knew about change. It is research based, and a tremendously interesting read. I laughed out loud a few times while reading. If you check out the book page you will find a quick survey that takes you to resources that help you change what you want to change. For example, “I’m trying to change things in my own life” has a podcast on personal change and a resource on making resolutions stick.
Decisive is about decision making and I referenced it in the post Widen the Angle. Everyone needs to make decision, so this book is for everyone!
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield is a great book. It has been around for a decade, but I still use many of the principles I learned in this book.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k by Mark Manson is one of the best books I have ever read. Billed as the “self-help book for people who hate self-help,” this book is much more useful in life than most self-help. As in the posts where I reference his blog, I warn you that he swears a great deal. Don’t read it if the F word bothers you.