As I’ve done for both January and February, and as I hope to continue to do as the year goes on, I’m posting today a reading list of some of the most interesting books I’ve found this year.

In today’s post, I feature four very different books that I have enjoyed tremendously and hope you will as well.

Talk Like Ted

On Monday, I posted that reading books will not make you a great speaker. I stand by that post, but this book gives a great deal of detail about effective communication.

The strength of Carmine Gallo’s book is that he goes into great detail of what makes some of the most popular Ted Talks work so well. From highlighting the use of humor to a conversational style to the ideal length of a presentation, there is a lot of great information in this book.  So much so that I was able to put aside the author’s love affair with Steve Jobs, which is prevalent throughout, but this book is a solid read.

The Way of Serenity

If you’re anything like me, you probably think of the Serenity Prayer as something that’s said at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. It wasn’t until I read this book, that the power of this simple prayer struck me.

Written by Jonathan Morris, The Way of Serenity gives real world application for the Serenity Prayer that anyone, Christian or not, can find useful.  During some of my most stressful moments, I have in fact used the principles in this book to bring myself comfort. It’s well written and insightful which means I devoured it in a day.

The Power of Habit

This is a book that has been recommended to me for a long time but I had put off reading because I thought I knew about how habits are formed. I was wrong.

What I enjoyed about this book the most was the way Charles Duhigg wove a series of stories to illustrate the way the human mind develops habits throughout the entire book. I learned a lot about human psychology, triggers, and toothpaste reading it and enjoyed the entire book. I waited too long to pick it up and I hope you, dear reader, don’t repeat my mistake.

The Laws of Success

Just about everyone I know has at minimum heard of Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich. The Laws of Success was the precursor to this great book and is built on many of the same principles.

This book has a lot of great ideas within its pages, but the best part of the entire read was the dated references for a book written in the 1920’s. Jim Rohn had said of Think and Grow Rich that “some the ideas were a little weird because Napoleon was kind of weird”, well this book puts it on full display. I especially enjoyed the author’s advice to take an enema for a headache. It was weirdly entertaining and worth checking out.

I have long said that the only thing reading will make you good at is reading. That’s because knowledge without application is useless. Read these book, apply what you learn and set yourself up for greatness in 2017.

 

 

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