There’s nothing I love more than curling up after a long day at work and reading a non-fiction business book.
This may seem a little strange, but hear my out.
Reading business books in your free time may sound boring, but there are some great reads out there that have nothing to do with dragons, wizards, love affairs with billionaires or vampire romances. I’ve read dozens of them over the years and have found many to be entertaining, enlightening and an amazing career development tool.
Although many of us don’t like to think (or read) about work when we’re off the clock, there’s something satisfying about uncovering new ways to conduct business, advance and thrive in your career.
Summer is the perfect time to start a new book; why not read one that will benefit your career?
Recently, I’ve read three books I think are worthy of reading this summer. Each of them have challenged me to look at my idea of success, career and life in a whole new way.
1. Thrive: I absolutely love this book! Author Arianna Huffington makes a compelling case for the need to redefine success in today’s world, and candidly shares her own challenges with managing time, career priorities and raising two daughters. The book cites the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging and giving. This book is a must read for men and women, and has totally changed how I think about success in career and life.
2. How to Win Friends and Influence People: I have been hearing about this book for years, so I finally decided to read it. It really has stood the test of time. Written by Dale Carnegie in 1936, the book has since been updated over the years to include more modern phrases and examples. There are so many ‘life hacks’ in this book for dealing with people and getting what you want, it’s uncanny. Filled with countless anecdotes, and formatted for quick-reference, it’s one of those books that will change your life.
3. Drive: This book really opened my eyes to what actually motivates people in business and life. Spoiler alert, it’s not money. Drawing from scientific research on human motivation, author Daniel Pink exposes what science knows about motivation, which challenges what companies do to motivate employees. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery and purpose—and offers techniques for putting these into action. This book is a quick read and very helpful if you’re in management.
What other business books should we be reading this summer?