I LOVE to read. As a matter of fact, I have more books than I will ever have time to read. Many books just sit on my shelf collecting dust maybe for years at a time. I keep telling myself I’ll read it, but I never do. This is exactly why I have sifted through my ever-growing shelves of books to bring you the most profound and business-changing.
So be intentional with your time (and your money) this summer and stick to these four summer reads that are sure to help you reach the business (and life!) goals you desire. But, don’t just read them – take action. Knowledge without action is like getting a lead for a client and not following up.
The Great Work Of Your Life by Stephen Cope
Dharma. Purpose. Meaning. Sacred duty. Vocation. Cope addresses these BIG topics through a digestible allegory of the ancient, sacred yogic text The Bhagavad Gita. The wisdom in this book is life-changing and will help to grow your business in a way that is in complete alignment with your purpose. Equally inspiring as it is educational, Cope expresses the necessity of figuring out who you are in this world and how to bring that person forth.
If you have ever felt like you were lost or didn’t know which direction to choose, or just wasn’t quite sure you were living out your life purpose, this book will help you sift through those ‘big life questions’ with real life examples of ‘ordinary’ people as well as luminaries such as Harriet Tubman and Walt Whitman who are living out their dharma.
Favorite wisdom from the book: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you; if you don’t bring forth what is within you, what you don’t bring forth will destroy you.”
Playing Big by Tara Mohr
Gotta be honest here, this book made me break out into a sweat a little bit. It felt Mohr, in a kind yet intentional way, was calling me out on my shit and reminding me that my potential was much bigger than my fears, critics and easy excuses. Mohr hits on many of the insecurities that we use to stay small such as hiding, unhooking from praise and criticism, and addressing our inner critic – hence the sweating…
If you are ready learn how to own your power and start living and leading a BIG life, this is your book. She follows up each chapter with tangible tools in moving forward as well as journaling questions – a personal favorite.
Favorite passage from the book: [an important move I made about moving past praise and criticism was] “I didn’t ask myself to stop caring entirely what other people think. I didn’t try to stop wanting praise, lots of readers, plenty of blogs comments, a positive reception from the audience….That would have been unrealistic, and I think, it would have denied a basic humanness in me. The desire in each of us to know we matter to others is a healthy desire….But it needs to be only one part and, importantly, not the driving one.”
Authentic Success by Robert Holden
Success – everybody is chasing it, but how many of us are really living a ‘successful life?’ Holden breaks down the fundamentals of what success really means as well as why it’s important to focus on what makes us happy, rather than what makes us money. This book is chalk-full of little nuggets of wisdom, including one that really hit home for me – a concept called Destination Addiction – the endless desire to want to get somewhere, achieve, chase. Guilty.
Holden teaches us not only how to be successful in our careers, but even more importantly, how to be successful in our lives but not falling victim to the ever-popular thought: my productivity = my value.
Favorite wisdom from the book: “The greatest irony is that when we chase the goals of our lives, we often lose sight of our higher needs.We are so busy up-scaling that we forget about our higher needs, like truth and love…Success intelligence is about allowing our inner wisdom to teach you what success is today. It is the ability to live well now…Hence, the best way to be successful in the future is to be as successful as possible today.”
The Gifts Of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Not a business book so-to-speak, but a life-changing book nonetheless.
If you are anything like me, and I am guessing you are, you have a tendency to want everything to be perfect in your business and your life. You don’t want the sh*t sandwich. But the thing is, sometimes life and business gives you a sh*t sandwich. If you are also like me, you seek out perfection to avoid criticism, blame, guilt and shame. Ouch.
Brown walks us, guidepost by guidepost, through the most powerful tools that she has found through her years of research on how to embrace our imperfections and go on living a wholehearted life in the midst of vulnerability, shame and face-down-in-the-dirt moments.
Favorite wisdom from the book: “Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be our best. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgment, and shame. It’s a 20-ton shield we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from taking flight.”