It seems unbelievable to me that it’s July already and while there are literally thousands of things to be done outside during the summer, reading is one of the things that really shouldn’t let slide. I will be honest, however, and admit that I have been extraordinarily busy this summer and my I haven’t hit as many books as I would like to, BUT I take advantage of “automobile university” and listen to as many audiobooks as I can. Because it’s the first Friday of the month, I present to you, your reading list for July:

The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Families

I know that I have been suggesting a lot of Stephen Covey lately and that has a lot to do with the fact that I have taken advantage of an awesome opportunity through Skillpath Seminars tat puts the entire Franklin Covey digital library at my fingertips for free. It has truly been worth the investment.

What I love about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families is that Mr. Covey takes his Seven Habits and makes them applicable to family life. One of my biggest takeaways is to think Win/Win with my wife. We have had a couple of conflicting priorities lately and this has provided an excellent framework to keep our relationship in tact. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it.

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People

I will be honest and tell you that I was prepared to hate this book. I thought it was going to be a how to communication book, but I was wrong. it was informative, entertaining and downright inspiring. I went in planning to hate it and ended u loving it.

Vanessa Van Edwards writes about her experience as an awkward kid and her quest to find the people skills to succeed. What I loved most was her war on small talk. That instead of the “how’s the weather” conversation, we should spark real dialogue with people and have real conversations. It was advice that I applied immediately and had wonderful results. It’s a great book and you should definitely check it out.

 

Work It

I usually get excited when I read something interesting, but I found this book to be truly inspiring. Written as a guide for young professionals to “get in, get noticed and get promoted”, it was already something that interested me, the author’s backstory though made me want to stick it out and read it.

Denise Dudley founded Skillpath Seminars with her late husband. This book shares that story and I truly loved reading how someone built an empire out of nothing. Her unique philosophy on a professional image was highlighted with stories and what has worked and didn’t work in her own career. There are a lot o great lists and a lot of great advice. If you’re a young professional, this should be required reading.

 

There is a lot to in the summer time and we don’t always choose reading. When you can’t take a book, take your phone. Don’t miss a chance to grow, because as Jim Rohn used to say, miss a meal, but don’t miss your reading, you’re future is too bright to shortchange yourself now.”

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