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.)
But taking that path means stumbling and falling from time to time. And restarting your life after a huge setback can be extra challenging. Brown explores how owning up to our failures can empower us to change the outcome the next time we try.
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell
To me, a business reading list wouldn’t be complete without a book by Maxwell, who has the talent of breaking up hard-to-understand concepts into smaller, easier to understand pieces.
Maxwell uses personal stories, both from himself and people he’s met along the way as a leader, to show how to grow and add value to what you do.
This is a great book for those who run their own business and are responsible for self-management. (Conversely, it’s also great for a team to read together and discuss.)
With a series of self-reflection questions at the end of each “law,” you are forces to ask yourself questions that require you to dig deeper into how you could be better.
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
I know you’ve had thoughts like this: “I’ll be happy when I can close 2 more sales this month.”
Workloads are getting heavier, and negativity is one Facebook scroll away. But Achor shows how letting yourself be happy now is actually how to generate success in your life – not the other way around.
But don’t worry, it’s not too touchy feely: The book has seven practical and totally actionable principles to improve your performance at work and maximize your potential.
Bonus: If you don’t have time to read the book, his TEDTalk on it is equal parts humor and brilliance.
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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