Reading a book can be hard; finding the time to sit down and immerse yourself completely, avoiding distractions. However, finding a good book to read is even harder. After reading almost 18 books this year, I found myself wondering what makes a book good or bad? And I realised that for me, I look for practical advice, wisdom, and self empowerment.
Admittedly, not all of those books kept me intrigued and wanting more, but there were a few gems I found that kept me on my toes. As a result, I was inspired to start my days (especially my weekends) early and spend a couple of hours being a student and learning.
Here are my Top 4 books that I highly recommend for you to read. They are packed with valuable insights and wisdom. I hope you like them as much as I do!
1. The 5AM Club by Robin Sharma
As an avid follower of Robin Sharma, I was stoked when I found out that he published a book demonstrating how successful businessmen/businesswomen and the world’s wisest people start their days and achieve the goals they set for themselves every time.
This divine book shows how you can utilise your morning to transform your productivity, understand your deeper self and set your goals. It contains bulletproof strategies to find peace and golden time in this mind-boggling world. And the best part? Robin breaks them down and shows you ways to incorporate them into your daily lives.
Warning: It will be hard to wake up late once you read the 5 AM Club!
2. The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Written by one of Silicon Valley’s most respected businessmen, Ben Horowitz, this book entails the truth and hardships of starting and running a business. He shares his practical wisdom revolving around his own story and learnings on how to overcome the toughest challenges in business. Interestingly, Ben integrates his favourite song lyrics to his own lessons to keep you engaged and intrigued.
Grounded by the success of his own venture, he explores hard topics such as:
- Firing a friend
- Handling promotions
- Keeping the right mindset while managing your company’s expectation on you
- How to become a CEO
- Advice on whether you should sell your company
3. Ikigai by Hector Garcia
What is your ikigai? How do you find it?
Discover the Japanese secret to a long and happy life with the internationally bestselling author, Hector Garcia.
Find your reason to jump out of bed each morning and live a fulfilled life. This book inspired me with its life-changing tools to live your life with passion and drive. Develop your relationships, find your inner calling and live with peace. If you’ve lost your motivation but want to start your 2020 full of joy and meaning, then this book is a must-read.
I love this book so much that I decided to gift it to my whole team of over 100 members as a Christmas present! Ikigai helped me identify my strengths and discover my “reason for being”, and I want my colleagues to experience this as I did.
4. Legacy by James Kerr
James Kerr finds what it takes to be a leader by diving deep into one of the world’s most successful sporting teams, the New Zealand All Blacks. In the book, he reveals powerful and practical lessons on how to be a great leader. Learn the secrets to continuous success and turn your vision into action. This book is perfect for you regardless of the industry you’re in.
Here are some of the questions he answers in the book:
- How do you handle pressure?
- How do you train to win at the highest level?
- How do you turn purpose into practice?
- What will be your legacy?
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Looking forward to a great 2020 ahead!