Early last year I read a statistic saying that the average CEO reads 60 books a year whereas the average person reads 4-5 books a year. Essentially, CEO’s read the same number of books per month that the average person reads per year. After I read this the first thing that ran through my head was challenge accepted. If a busy CEO has time for 60 books then I better get off of Netflix and into more books. On the quest towards reading 60 books in 2017 I came up short, reading a mere 48. What an embarrassment. Along the way were some pretty good reads that I’d love to share.
If you are an average book reader, then here are the five books I would recommend you pick up in 2018:
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Dr. Seuss
Wait wrong list… Here it is…
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – This is one of the best books I have ever read and I think everyone needs to read it. When I think about effective, I often think about a work/business setting, but this book isn’t about being successful at work it’s about being effective on a human being level. It’s one that I’ll read again and again.
Option B – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, came out with her second book focused on Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy. Written after the sudden loss of her husband, Sandberg and psychologist, Adam Grant, write about how to rebound and recover after facing adversity. I read it in two days and cried in an airport too many times to be considered normal… It’s fantastic and you should read it.
Unfinished Business – This thought provoking book focuses on equality for men and women both in the workplace and at home. It is a fantastic book that pushes the conversation of gender stereotypes and the realities of being both a breadwinner and caretaker.
The 10x Success Rule – This particular book focuses on setting goals 10x higher than you think you can reach and operating or thinking at that level. Although at times the book was a bit much, the messages on success/failure mindset is one that deserves your time.
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo – I thought I would throw in a funny book with Amy Schumer’s, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. After getting over the awkwardness of written humour, Amy Schumer’s book was an important reminder of how we should strive to be ourselves unapologetically, embrace our regrets, flaws or failures, and not focus on what other people say about you.
On to a fresh start as I attempt to make it to 60 this year! Wish me luck.
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