Books seem to find us when we most need them. It’s such a unique experience when someone recommends a book, you decide to give it a shot, and as you sit there reading it you say to yourself, “I needed to read this–especially where I am right now.”
Maybe one (or some) on this list will spark that experience for you. I hope so. But all of these were fantastic reads, and each one is worth giving a shot.
If you didn’t get a chance to pick these books up in 2016, the new year is upon us. Add them to your list and find a quiet moment to pop one open.
When it comes to motivation, there are few places better to look than at the U.S. Navy SEALs.
This was a book I picked up on a whim, and it ended up being one of my favorite reads of 2016. These are the leadership lessons that Navy SEALs have taken from their experiences in the field and applied to businesses and organizations around the world, in a broad range of industries.
This is much more than just a mindset book. This is packed full of highly actionable content, and will leave you much more knowledgeable about the leadership practices required to lead a group of individuals through any obstacle.
I’m really not sure what was more motivating: watching the way Gary successful marketed this book through valuable content on social media, or the book itself.
If you’ve never seen an episode of #AskGaryVee, quite honestly you’re missing out. While his brash personality can be hard for some people to appreciate at first, Gary himself said it best: He is an acquired taste. But behind that strong personality is a whole lot of knowledge, and especially if you’re in the world of digital marketing and branding, you need to be paying attention to what he’s saying.
His book is a finely tuned version of his online show, jam-packed full of knowledge. But truly, what you will enjoy the most about the prose is his voice. It’s full of conviction but with an undertone of humility, and makes for an enjoyable read.
This book has really stuck with me, and in many ways wasn’t what I expected at all.
Most books you read about finance lack a certain emotional component that is somewhat essential to truly understand the “art of money.” Instead, Kevin O’Leary has made this the focal point, and used the emotions of everyday life as the focal point around which all his financial advice revolves.
The biggest takeaway I had from this book was suddenly understanding the way the world operates in terms of credit. There is something so motivating about understanding how money itself works, how banks make their money, and how you can avoid falling into the pitfalls of debt that have claimed the lives of so, so many people who never learned themselves.
With arguably one of my favorite book covers, Originals is that book every entrepreneurial spirit (especially the ones trying to find balance in a conventional workplace) needs to read.
It is very reminiscent of a Malcolm Gladwell type of book (Outliers comes to mind), using personal stories to reinforce much larger ideas and lessons. Covering everything from leadership to parenting, innovation and beyond, Originals is, if nothing else, a reminder to never stop doing work that matters–even if, at the time, it only matters to you.
I promise you, any single chapter from this book will leave you with a fire in your belly to do something great.
5. Mastery by Robert Greene
And finally, one of my favorite books of all time, and one I strongly encourage each and every ambitious person to read in their lifetime.
Mastery is deliberate glimpse into the lives of those who have become masters of their craft. What Greene looks for most in each story is the process of how their great gifts came to be, and what lessons we as readers can extract and apply to our own pursuits.
How did Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci, and some of today’s modern masters become legends? It was a whole lot more than just innate talent.