The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
This here is a compilation of the books mentioned or featured in the Briefing Notes.
THE FOUR TENDENCIES
by Gretchen Rubin
During her multi-book investigation into understanding human nature, Gretchen Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question "How do I respond to expectations?" we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and engage more effectively.
HOW TO FIND FULFILLING WORK
by Roman Krznaric
A practical and inspirational guide to examining your career and deciding whether it truly makes you happy―this book will show you the steps it takes to find a job that truly makes you thrive.
THE ART OF ASKING
by Nir Eyal
Nir Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us.
THE ART OF ASKING
by Amanda Palmer
Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. The Art of Asking will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.
2030: HOW TODAY'S BIGGEST TRENDS WILL COLLIDE AND RESHAPE THE FUTURE OF EVERYTHING
by Mauro F. Guillén
Once upon a time, babies were plentiful, workers outnumbered retirees, and people aspiring towards the middle class yearned to own homes and cars. We grew up learning how to play the game and we expected the rules to remain the same as we took our first job, started a family, saw our children grow up, and went into retirement with our finances secure. That world—and those rules—are over. This book discussed how trends, currently underway, will converge in the year 2030 and change everything you know about culture, the economy, and the world.
THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS
by Daniella LaPorte
An apathy-kicking, integrity-infusing practical guide to defining success on your own terms. We have ambition backwards. Getting clear on how you want to feel in your life + work is more important than setting goals. It’s the most potent form of clarity that you can have, and it’s what leads to true fulfillment.
THE FUTURE IS FASTER THAN YOU THINK
by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
A blueprint for how our world will change in response to the next ten years of rapid technological disruption. "The acceleration and convergence of exponential technologies will completely reshape every industry and society over the next decade. [This] is the first book to thoroughly map this new territory. A fantastic guidebook for leaders, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and anyone who wants to understand the massive changes ahead." - Ray Kurzweil
100 SIDE HUSTLES
by Chris Guillebeau
Features startup stories of regular people launching side businesses that almost anyone can do. This playbook covers every important step of launching a side hustle, from identifying underserved markets to crafting unique products and services that spring from your passions.
by Jonathan Fields
Jonathan Fields knows the risks-and potential power-of uncertainty. He gave up a six-figure income as a lawyer to make $12 an hour as a personal trainer. Then, married with a 3-month old baby, he signed a lease to launch a yoga center in the heart of New York City. . . the day before 9/11. But he survived, and along the way he developed a fresh approach to transforming uncertainty, risk of loss, and exposure to judgment into catalysts for innovation, creation, and achievement.
RUNNING DOWN A DREAM
by Tim Grahl
This book unflinchingly bares the naked truth behind all creations and shares the practical to-do list to take you from here to there. The good news? You don’t have to be an Austen or a Michelangelo or an Oprah to create a work of art. The bad news? There's no glossing over the pain, embarrassment, and financial terror necessary to contend with on your journey . More good news? What lies ahead for you is the realization of your heroic self.
by Tom Rath
Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. In StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment to help people uncover their talents.
STAND OUT NETWORKING
by Dorie Clark
Forbes and Harvard Business Review contributor Dorie Clark makes clear in this short and actionable guide, networking done right is nothing like the stereotype. It’s not about making shallow, insincere connections and filling your wallet with business cards. Instead, the real goal is to turn brief encounters into mutually-beneficial and lasting friendships—in both your personal and professional life.
100 YEAR LIFE
by Lynda Gratton & Andrew Scott
Drawing on the unique pairing of their experience in psychology and economics, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott offer an analysis to help you rethink retirement, your finances, your education, your career, and your relationships to create a fulfilling 100-year life.
by Seth Godin
There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.
THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY
by Ryan Holiday
If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era.
THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES
by Jack Canfield
The Success Principles™ will teach you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions. Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book spells out the 67 timeless principles and practices used by the world’s most successful men and women.
THE 12-WEEK YEAR
by Brian Moran
What differentiates truly great performers and organizations from mediocre ones is an ability to effectively execute on what they know. There is a gap for most of us between what we know we should do, and what we are actually willing to do. The 12 Week Year incorporates the proven disciplines and principles of effective execution into the context of 12-week execution cycles.
by Tara Mohr
In her coaching and programs for women, Tara Mohr saw how women were “playing small” in their lives and careers, were frustrated by it, and wanted to “play bigger”. Playing Big provides real, practical tools to help women quiet self-doubt, identify their callings, “unhook” from praise and criticism, unlearn counterproductive good girl habits, and begin taking bold action.
NEVER EAT ALONE
by Keith Ferrazzi
The bestselling business classic on the power of relationships, updated with in-depth advice for making connections in the digital world.
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