Having studied English literature at University I am still feeling a hangover from reading too much so I don’t read anywhere near as much as I would like to these days. That said, when I do, it is often based on a strong recommendation to help deal with something I am struggling with in life. Here’s the 3 that are top if mind and had a big impact on me:
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
I was randomly given this book by a tour guide in Tallinn, Estonia, while I was on a stag weekend. I was really battling at the time to feel good about my career journey having made some personal sacrifices at work. This book made me feel comfortable with the fact that we are the unique sum of our experiences and helped me stop chasing promotions for promotions sake. A great read for anyone a bit spiritual looking to find peace with work and life. In true Alchemist fashion I have also given this book to anyone I meet that is feeling how I felt at that time.
Start with Why – Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek is definitely Marmite, you love him or hate him. I was recommended this book at a time when I was starting to lose motivation in what I was doing and feeling increasingly frustrated as a result. This book clearly articulated, with business examples, what I was feeling and why and has provided me with a framework I now use all the time to decide whether something is the right thing to do (or not). Quite simply, start with why!
Outraged – Ashley ‘Dotty’ Charles
The internet has become really divisive and it is getting rarer for people to debate a topic without taking sides. Dotty cuts through this noise and articulates what is really going on when people are taking to social media to voice their outrage. In an increasingly digital world has ‘outrage’ become the new social currency?! A great take on why compassion, compromise and kindness is too often lost in an increasingly binary world.