It’s February, so your resolve towards your new year’s resolutions has probably slipped away from the fanatical and more towards the realistic.
And that’s good! Attainable – in other words goals that aren’t too far out there – are more likely to help motivate you to succeed.
Here are 5 books to read this year to grow into the best version of yourself so that you can to make the most sales and achieve your best year ever.
What To Do When it’s Your Turn By Seth Godin
In college, a favorite professor asked me, “Do you ever have so much to do that you just sit on your couch instead of doing anything at all?”
I was aghast. This was not only my first insight into seeing authority figures as humans capable of equal levels of procrastination, it was my first insight into how fear of failure can hold us back.
We all have things we’re afraid of. We can fear what people might think about us. We fear failing.
Like my professor was trying to do, Godin has us take a look at our fears to examine how they’re holding us back – and what we’d be capable of if we just went for it.
Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks
Warren Buffet recommended this book to Bill Gates in the 90s – and Gates later said it’s still the best business book he’s read.
Each section has its own story, so it’s one you can pick up and put back down several times without losing momentum.
This is the book for you if you’re looking for something straightforward. Brooks’ collection of insights, carefully curated into stand-alone chapters isn’t trying to sell you anything or make some tangential point. It’s business from a historical perspective that leaves you the reader up to take what you will from it.
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Brown likes to joke that she’s a “Researcher Storyteller,” a conflicting and possible impossible title. But in her book she remains true to that – putting compelling stories to the empirical research she presents.
Her research centers around the concept that vulnerability – being willing to take risks when faced with uncertainty of outcome – is the path to being more successful, being loved and living a fulfilling life. (Yes, she’s the one famous for this speech on the topic that has more than 23 million views.)
Catherine Byerly covers the secondary annuity market for Annuity.org and StructuredSettlements.com. She received a Political Science and Communications degree from the University of North Florida and has worked in communications for the past five years, handling everything from on-air public radio casts to writing for business journals.
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