The 10 Best Books To Begin The New Year On The Right Foot - Forbes
Like every new day, week and month, every new year is a new opportunity to improve yourself: to be the person you want to be, to be the best version of yourself, to begin achieving all of your aims and goals. But more often than not, you need some help: a strategy, a formula, something that will help you approach and achieve your goals. A good place to start is a book or two that can help you. Regardless of your goal, whether it is to receive a promotion or to lead a healthier lifestyle, these books will teach you how to think about your goals and your life broadly, and how to develop a more refined strategy. Here are a few books that will help you improve your life:
The 4 Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere And Join The New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
The entrepreneur, public speaker, popular podcast host and The New York Times bestselling author Timothy Ferriss made his name with this book, “The 4 Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere And Join The New Rich.” Ferriss famously went from a $40,000 per year income working 80 hours a week to a $40,000 income per month working four hours a week by outsourcing tasks to virtual assistants and relentlessly networking with tech influencers. It is agreed as one of the most effective methods to increase your salary and decrease your work load.
The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business by Charles Duhigg
The New York Times best-selling author and former business reporter for the Times, Charles Duhigg, wrote the book that many consider the ultimate authority on habit: the science behind why we have them, how we can get rid of them and how we can improve them. This book has expanded the understanding of human behavior and how we can change it.
Educated by Tara Westover
Everyone from Bill Gates to Barack and Michelle Obama have praised this book by former Mormon survivalist Tara Westover, who left her abusive family that isolated her in the mountains of Idaho behind and walked into a classroom for the first time when she was 17 years-old. Westover went on to Harvard and earned her PhD from Cambridge. Westoverâ€™s remarkable life story illustrates oneâ€™s capacity to strive beyond the limitations of birth and circumstance in pursuit of a better life.
How Will You Measure Your Life? by Dr. Clayton Christensen
The Harvard Business School professorâ€™s class asked him to address them about applying the principles of professional success he taught in his class to their personal lives. The product was a first a talk, then an article in the Harvard Business Review, and then a book that poses questions and theories that were proven in Christensenâ€™s class, and asked his students, and in the book his readers, to apply the theories and questions to their own lives. Christensen offers no answers, he demands the reader answer his questions for themselves, because only they can forge their own paths to fulfillment and write their own definition to living a meaningful and purposeful life.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
In his book about mankind and motivation, Pink draws on 50 years of behavioral science that contradicts conventional wisdom. The book explains what truly motivates humans, and why what weâ€™ve been led to believe about motivation is false. Pink argues people are not motivated by traditional incentives like money, but by self-determination, which is comprised of autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This classic by Carnegie is still considered the bible for social improvement. How do you develop deep, meaningful relationships? How do you get off the networking treadmill that feels contrived and transactional and transition to sincere, enriching relationships? Carnegie gives detailed instructions, specifying everything from body language to specific questions readers should ask to help them climb the ladder of professional and personal success.
Americancah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americancah is novel about two young immigrants, Ifemelu and Obinze, who are in love and in search of a better life, leave military-ruled Nigeria and independently pursue their own paths in American and London. When Ifemelu safely reaches America before 9/11, and Obinze is unable to join her, he goes to London to lead a dangerous, undocumented life. They reunite in their native Nigeria, and their life stories and love bring discomforting realities to the forefront. The book illustrates in specific and empathetic ways the black experience here at home and abroad and the loneliness of trying to finding your place in the world. It also details the conflicting feelings of heartbreak, courage, grit and resilience it takes to make the world a better place.
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
A guide for the past 25 years that dictates how to adapt to change and how to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates, everyone from CEOs to professional athletes have testified to the impact this book has made personally and professionally.
The Mind-Gut Connection: How The Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices And Our Overall Health by Emeran Mayer
Dr. Mayer combines recent neuroscience with the latest discoveries of the human microbiome to further explore the connection between the mind and the gut, and how improving your diet can increase your focus, reduce stress, anxiety, moodiness and depression. This book explains how what you eat can change an unproductive mindset and increase your happiness.
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habitsâ€“to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin
Rubin argues that habits are the architecture of daily life, and they alone dictate success, failure and overall happiness and fulfillment in our lives. She explains that though it is difficult to create a habit, once it is created it is hard to break, and Rubin breaks down how readers can improve their own habits, and therefore their own lives.