What's on your reading list?
Pre-pandemic, reading has taken the back seat in my life. Between juggling the demands of running a business, running a household and running errands, there hasn’t been much time to chill and just read.
Alright, I did manage to sneak in a few old episodes of “The Americans.” Okay, two seasons, going on three. No shame here.
So I’m really making the most of this downtime by catching up on my reading. Here’s a few that are on my nightstand - not necessarily completed as I tend to go back and forth between some of them:
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
By Chris Voss and Tahl Raz
I am halfway through this book and it’s hard to put down. It is filled with so many negotiation strategies that are so useful in business negotiations. You can even use them to negotiate with your partner or your kids. My favorites are the author’s tips on establishing rapport, showing empathy and creating an illusion of control.
If you ever find yourself on one side of contract, salary or allowance negotiations (who doesn’t?), get this book.
You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable
By Jen Sincero
From the author of “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” and “You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth,” comes the third book in the series. You need not necessarily need to read all three of her books. They are also good as stand-alones. I enjoyed the first two books so much that I gave them as gifts or they’re out on loans.
I love the author’s blunt, no-nonsense approach. It’s like your bestfriend talking to you, coaxing you out of your cocoon of self-limiting beliefs and other BS. As a solopreneur, I am responsible for keeping my motivation strong but it’s not an easy feat with a one-person cheering section (me!).
Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It
By Peggy Klaus
Are you one of those people who need helping writing your LinkedIn or web site profile? Most of the time, I don’t think most of what I do is a big deal so when it’s time to write a bio, I often turn to friends. As an introvert, I really struggle with this and marvel at how some folks seem to do it with ease. I am baffled at how some colleagues can effortlessly segue their accomplishments into any conversation or meeting. I got this book as I desperately need help in this arena of subtle and inoffensive self-promotion.
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
By Chris Guillebeau
Rebels unite! Why conform when you can be different? My rebellious, non-conformist eyes couldn’t resist the catchy title. Looking forward to learning more about how to create your own template for your life, how to design your own metrics at work and how to live your best life on your own terms.
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder
By Arianna Huffington
I haven’t started reading this book but I’m eager to acquaint myself with Arianna Huffington’s style of writing. Aside from being editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, she has authored 15 books. The reviews have been great and although five years old, I’m looking forward to some timeless advice on entrepreneurship, motivational leadership and overcoming burnout.
Disclaimer: Just an unabashed book lover here. No affiliate relationships with any book or online sellers.