We can all use a little self-reflection, evaluation and growth here and there. If we aren’t evolving, then what are we doing? Insight can be gained from experience, formal education and from embracing the trials and tribulations that come with growing up. Though there never seems to be enough time in our crazy young professional lives to catch an episode of House of Cards, let alone read a book, we really should. With the lazy, hazy days of summer fast approaching, here are some books that should be on your list for beach, dock, park or coffee shop reading.
The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
Feeling inferior or that you can’t make an impact as an individual? The Power of One reveals the strength of small numbers, the importance of having a good mentor, and how to overcome adversity. It even serves as a refresher in history (think the Boer War aftermath, Hitler Germany and WWII, the beginnings of Apartheid). Divided into three parts, this is a story of a boy named Peekay coming of age in 1930-1950s South Africa. The fictional book dives deep into overcoming boundaries through a variety of mediums, one of which is a passionate dedication to sport.
1984 (George Orwell)
Rediscover a classic with George Orwell’s 1984, a high school English class staple. In the dark? All the more reason to pick up a copy of this classic tale. Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948 in what was a chilling prophecy about the future. Today, it remains one of the greatest descriptions of power ever written, and the more we head toward technological takeover the more it continues to be relevant. It will have you reevaluating technology and its role on your life now and in years to come.
The Art of Happiness (The Dalai Lama)
We don’t mean to get all spiritual on you, but couldn’t we all be a little happier in our chaotic and often stressed-out lives? There is always room for peace and wisdom in our day-to-day, though we don’t always see it. Who better to offer wisdom on happiness and inner peace than the Dalai Lama himself? After all, he seems to be a pretty happy individual. The spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet offers seasoned wisdom in The Art of Happiness on issues many of us may struggle with at some point in our lives – from bad moods to depression, anger, anxiety and jealousy – through an easy-to-follow discussion of relationships, health, family, work, and spirituality. It may be all you need to keep those summer skies bright.
Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown (Daniel Coyle)
No matter your field or agenda, Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown will help you unlock your inner talent… because it’s in there somewhere. Journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides insight on tools that anyone can use to maximize potential in themselves and others – whether you’re making a movie or perfecting your tennis or golf game. Through the book you learn that discovering and growing talent is not as daunting as one would assume. It is achieved by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism by combining three key elements: deep and specific practice, ignition in the form of motivation and strong passion, and master coaching. But it isn’t as simple as it sounds…
Have we inspired you to hit your local Chapters, reach for your Kindle, or check out Amazon yet?
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