Books - January 11, 2018

5 Books to Motivate You in 2018

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Hey y’all! Hope you’re having a good day!

With such a positive response to my post about Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Work Week earlier this week, it’s obvious that we have some (book) readers on #TeamBTD! YAY. I seriously love reading and it’s my favorite way to learn and relax. So it makes me happy that y’all do too.

I like all kinds of books, but I really find connection with ones that motivate me. There’s nothing better than a weekend day with all the coffee, a fire, and a motivational book – and I’ve read a lot of them. The below list are the ones that changed my life in some way, or made me think like crazy. If you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend for your eyes in 2018!

Managing Oneself – If you’re looking for a quick read that’ll kick your butt in gear in LESS THAN AN HOUR, than THIS is the book for you. It’s simple and to the point, but can make a lasting impact that will have you thinking for days or even weeks! I’ve read through this one many times and actually keep it nearby to skim through again and again. If you did my self-assessment from earlier this year, then a lot of the concepts I used to create that guide came from the concepts he talks about in this book. But on a bigger scale, Peter Drucker (the author) basically invented the what has become the foundational strategy for how we manage people on the 21st century. His concepts and theories have been taught across disciplines and industries to make for more effective leadership and company cultures. He encourages the importance of being self aware, knowing your strengths and weaknesses and how to do more with less.

The Subtle Art of Note Giving a F*ck – This is one of those books that I’ll go back and re-read a couple times a year. It contains so many valuable lessons on focusing on the important and kinda how to do LESS. And not care about the other stuff! Which is h-a-r-d. But the author breaks down lessons in a cool, digestible manner and he tells stories along the way too. I’d suggest this for any 20 or 30 something, or really, anyone who doesn’t feel in control of their life at all times. Aka me.

The Miracle Morning – So I’ll be honest, the writer is a little cheesy at times, but the message is solid. I’ve been all about creating strong, positive, lasting morning routines lately and it’s been a game-changer. I feel so much better and more in touch with myself, and I now get what the whole hype is about. This book is helpful if you’re trying to create a morning routine or have no where to start. Just ignore the cheesy parts – I did.

How to Get Sh*t Done – Yes, I realize that two of the books have bleeped out titles (a new trend in the publishing world? ha!). This book actually just came out but I’d been dying to get my hands on it. It’s essentially the first productivity book for women in like a decade, and I thought that was really interesting. Some of the pages are somewhat overkill, but overall, I love her approach to taking into account female emotions, expectations, and place in history. She also gives fun homework/assignments at the end of each chapter which I always appreciate in a book. Because I’m a huge note taker when reading, and this really gets the lessons into my brain.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Full post on it here, but it belongs on this list obviously!

I already have my bedside full of books I’m waiting to read this year, but always LOVE hearing good book recs.

What’s on the #teamBTD (motivational books) reading list to read next?

So far my list is WAYYYY too long for reality, but I’ll share it with you anyway as I know many of you have been asking for a list of what I’ve got on tap. Let me know if you’ve read any of these! I’m not sure if I’ll get to all of them, but I most certainly will try. I absolutely love reading – the only problem is I like to read things multiple times so it REALLY sinks in. I’m a pretty SLOW processor, so I like to go through books at my own pace and soak it all in. I’ve got A LOT of books on my list but the ones primarily fitting to the “motivational” category are as follows:

  1. Currently going through SABAN – the making of a coach
  2. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
  3. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About it by Michael Gerber
  4. Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People by Richard Shell

Are there other motivational books that have made an impression on you? Let me knowww!

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