Aside from the obvious benefits of reading, we truly believe that a good book can make you better at life, your job, your relationships, and so much more.
In no particular order, here are a few of our favs that have influenced us in a meaningful way:
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This one actually has nothing to do with motorcycle maintenance. Instead, it’s a book about fully appreciating any activity you take part in. It doesn’t matter if you’re hiking in the woods, writing a piece of content, or working on a motorcycle, take the time to appreciate the work you’re putting into the task at hand.
- Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. Ryan Holiday is a favorite around the office. This book was his first and details how easy it is to highjack the news, turn an opinion into fact, and generally manipulate the media. Warning: this one won’t make you feel good about American media.
- Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too. Badly spelled and beautifully written, funny and sad, this book is based on the Twitter account @jonnysun. It’s the story of an alien (confused by the human language) who lands on Earth and meets all sorts of creatures with different perspectives on life, love, and happiness. At once life
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Author Angela Duckworth argues that anyone can succeed with a special blend of passion and persistence. Her book dives into what happens in your head when you fail and how you can use that as fuel for success. Grit will teach you how to reach your goals, regardless of IQ or circumstances.
- The Little Book of Mindfulness. This one is simple. It’s a pocket-sized guide to help you calm your mind and lighten your spirit. After learning a few of the techniques, you’ll be better equipped at and decluttering your thoughts and taming stress.
- Outliers: The Story of Success. You ever wonder why almost no star hockey players are born in the fall? No? Us neither. But, it’s just one of the unexpected discoveries to come out of this book by Malcolm Gladwell. He studied successful people and where they came from, rather than their personality traits, for this book. It dives into things like their culture, family, experiences, and upbringing.
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