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December 29, 2017

December Reading

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Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions

This is an excellent book and a very easy read!  This book is based on Jim Bryan's Harvard commencement speech.  One of my friends gave this book to me since he knows how much I love reading.  Ryan argues that true wisdom comes from asking the right questions. There are five questions in particular, that everyone should ask in life, 'wait, what?', 'I wonder..', 'Couldn't we at least..', 'How can I help?', and 'What truly matters?'.  I read this book in three sittings.  I couldn't put it down!  This would make a great gift, especially for someone graduating or starting a new career, or, someone that loves learning and reading!  ;-)

The Magic of Thinking Big

In The Magic of Thinking Big, Schwartz argues that what holds people back the most is the smallness of their thoughts.  This book is full of so many golden nuggets.  Schwartz explains the importance of thinking positively towards oneself.  He also argues that visualization is crucial and 'to see what can be, not just what is.'   Also, he explains that transmitting good news is always a plus because people want to be surrounded by positive people and winners, not negative people.  I highly recommend this book!

Starfish & the Spider Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations


The Starfish and The Spider is a great book on organizational theory and complex systems.  The starfish represents decentralized organizations, while the spider represents more traditional hierarchical organizations. This book is full of excellent case studies showcasing eight principles of decentralization.  This is such an interesting read!

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

In Option B, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks about the sudden death of her husband and how to move forward and build resilience after such a tragic setback.  This book is good for people dealing with any sort of grief, especially grief from losing a family member.  My Gran died Thanksgiving weekend, and this book could not have come at a better time.  The advice in this book applies to all of life's setbacks and losses. Sheryl encourages readers all throughout that when Option A is not available to make the most of Option B.  I also highly recommend Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and Originals by Adam Grant.  Both are excellent books!!

In case you missed it: January Reading | February Reading | March Reading | April Reading | May Reading | June Reading | August Reading | September Reading | October and November Reading

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