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Introduction

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.

Irrationality

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.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/feb/24/featuresreviews.guardianreview27

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  1. Chris Kernaghan
    Tom,

    I have not seen any of those books before but they have been ordered from Amazon 🙂

    Another few books I would recommend, perhaps not quite career starters but they definitely advocate a way of observation and critical thinking

    Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics are great books on social economic theory – amazing theories and uses of data, once you read this you can see possible uses for HANA 🙂

    Anything by Malcolm Gladwell, possibly one of the worlds best free thinkers. In the same vein as Steven Levitt of Freakonomics and taking a contrary view on some subjects, Gladwell asks simple questions with profound consequences.
    There is no particular order to the books.

    Hope these help

    Chris

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    1. Chris Kernaghan
      I did forget anther one – 59Seconds by Prof Richard Wiseman.

      A great book, which discusses proper research backed ways of self-improvement – condensed at the end of each chapter into a quick easily remembered lesson
      The introduction and explanation for the book is facsinating.

      Chris

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      1. Tom Cenens Post author
        Hello Chris

        Thanks for sharing the book titles. I will definitely look into the books mentioned in the comments of this blog.

        Kind regards

        Tom

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  2. Michelle Crapo
    Yes, I believe they help.  BUT I believe life experience will guide you more than books.  I think it is a bit hard to recommend a book that will work for everyone.

    🙂  I HAVE read two of the three books so I could be wrong.

    I do like the book – and it’s an old one – “Who moved my cheese” by Spencer Johnson.  It’s a fun light hearted look into change.  Fun to read, but it also passes on a great message.  I would recommend reading this for people who have some changes in their life.  I guess that means most of us, since software changes all the time.

    BR,

    Michelle

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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Michelle

      I can only agree with your statements. Reading books is one of many possibilities to gain knowledge and do critical thinking. Still I find it interesting to see what others read. Thanks for sharing.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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