2021 was a touch year that led most to do a bit of soul searching. Life will inevitably have some downs and it is necessary to have those lows to enjoy the highs. Hopefully, throughout the year you were able to grow more resilient and the following will help with your own self improvement. The below books are dedicated to getting a bit stronger, smarter and getting your life back on track!
Gladwell, the pioneer of narrative non fiction, helps explain why some people are successful. The rule states that to become world-class at anything, you must put in 10,000 hours of practice which often equates to 10 years.
Key takeaway: Once you have reached a certain skill level, other factors start to take over and influence your career, like social skills, networking and more.
Quote of the book: “Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.”
Well known personality, Grand Cardone explains how to achieve massive success. Based on his success in the marketing space Cardone states that most of us set goals that are too low and underestimate what it will take to achieve those goals.
Key takeaway: There are four different levels of action with level 3 being “normal action. Do what’s acceptable, not what’s required.” To really achieve success we need to do whatever it takes. Be relentless and that will leapfrog you to level 4 of action according to Cardone.
Quote of the book: “As long as you are alive, you will either live to accomplish your own goals and dreams or be used as a resource to accomplish someone else's.”
Simon Sinek rose to fame in his TED talk back in 2009 sitting now at over 15 million views. Simple answers are usually the right ones and Sinek's mantra follows in its simplicity. People gravitated towards great leaders because they always communicate their why first. People buy from emotions over reasons so the why should always be the focal point of the pitch.
Key takeaway: New companies should not focus on quick sales with flash sales and red discount signs. Buyers prefer the product of their favorite creator over a cheaper solutions (think Elon Musk) because they believe in the why.
Quote of the book: “When you compete against everyone else, no one wants to help you. But when you compete against yourself, everyone wants to help you.”
World famous psychologist, Jordan Peterson has risen to fame in the self help space inspiring many to live better lives. Peterson believes in 12 simple rules of life that will reduce suffering help live your best life. The rules range from proper posture to higher purpose, not instant gratification.
Key takeaway: Structure in our lives is good and provides humans to live a free and full life. Whether these rules govern social or professional rules they are a must to find meaning.
Quote of the book: “So, attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around. Speak your mind. Put your desires forward, as if you had a right to them—at least the same right as others. Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead. Dare to be dangerous. Encourage the serotonin to flow plentifully through the neural pathways desperate for its calming influence.”
Over the past 10 years there has been an emphatic shift to over bearing positivity to live an inspiring life. Manson puts a halt to that line of thinking by pushing back on that narrative with his no BS advice.
Key takeaway: Choose values you can control to guide and dictate your life i.e honesty, disciplined etc.. This is similar to a sales role where there are so many aspects outside of your control i.e the prospect getting sick, CFO getting fired etc.. that you can only focus on your controllables.
Quote of the book: “Being wrong opens us up to the possibility of change. Being wrong brings the opportunity for growth.”
The Dreaded words, Self-Sabotage ring true in so many of our lives. How many of us feel that we sometimes can’t even trust ourselves? How much more would we be able to do if we were free from the detriments of self sabotage? Brianna Wiest explores the problems that cause self-sabotage and how to overcome them.
Key takeaway: Humans inherently resistant change. To buck this trend you need a plan to being to take action. Plans fix problems.
Quote of the book: “Your life is defined not only by what you think about it, but also what you think of yourself.”
In all walks of life the only real thing separating you and your dreams is action. Gary John Bishop aims to help readers accept their current situation as is to wake them up to their true potential. The power of doing is real.
Key takeaway: Obstacles will always come into your life. Practice positive self-talk and focus on what you can do to remedy the situation and make it work.
Quote of the book: ''The language you use to describe your circumstances determines how you see, experience and participate in them and dramatically affect how you deal with your life and confront problems both big and small.''