In this blog I highlight three books which can aid you to get a head start on doing your job and be more successful.
It is really refreshing to read up on thoughts and ideas from a diverse range of authors. It helps to keep you fresh and it gives you new perspectives how others see the world we live in and everything that goes on in that world. You can check out books other persons read through LinkedIn given they maintain their Amazon book reading list. I can certainly recommend you check out some of your peers book reading lists to discover interesting books.
If you don’t have enough time to read you can always go for audio books and listen to the author who is reading the book to you. It is an interesting way to absorb the content and you can listen to it in your car for example. You can buy audio books from different sources such as iTunes.
The Happiness Advantage
According to research someone who is happy has an immediate advantage as those persons are more productive than others. It’s not happiness that comes from being successful, it is happiness that can help you become successful. A very interesting book is “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work” by Shawn Achor. The book offers very easy pointers that you can use to become more happy and by doing so you can become more successful and perform better.
The examples given and the research done by Shawn Achor give plenty of pointers to pay attention to and possibilities you can leverage to be more happy yourself, to get your team members to be more happy and to benefit from the overall happiness factor. It is definitely an interesting book to read.
I drive to work each morning very early and I’m happy to be able to go to work. What about you? Are you happy to drive of to work? Positivity can get you a long way.
Poke the box
I like Seth Godin books, you either love or hate his books because he has a distinctive style of writing. In my opinion his books read fluently, so fluently that I can read through them in one run. His latest book is called “Poke the box” and the book is about taking initiative and starting things. I love taking initiative and starting things and so can you. It is really not that hard to suggest something to your boss and perhaps your boss sais “I don’t like the idea” but the chance is equally great that your boss will say “great idea, do it” and it is a very good way to create opportunities, do interesting work and succeed at bringing change and innovation.
Since I started reading Seth Godin books I stepped up and took even more initiative than I used to do before. It has worked out fine so far so I can only recommend you to try it out. Don’t be afraid to fail or let failure hold you back to take initiative again. Failure is normal and you can learn from failure. A lot of famous people failed a lot of times before becoming famous. A lot of successful business entrepreneurs failed before being successful.
The third interesting book is “Irrationality” by Stuart Sutherland. The book handles irrationality by using a lot of examples of experiments that were done and it is very interesting to get a view on how persons tend to do irrational things. You will recognize situations in which you have handled irrationally which is absolutely human. Reading the book gives insight on human psychology and you can be benefit from reading the book by understanding how you and others can be irrational from time to time.
Just one example is how persons can hold on to opinions even though they have been proven wrong or they know they are wrong. Due to irrational thinking they deny to be wrong, keep going in the wrong direction or defending their point till the point where it becomes a total disaster.