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Atomic Habits
James Clear
Learn about the easy and proven way to build good habits and break the bad ones. What’s a habit? If someone were to ask you about your daily habits, you might need some time to think about them. That’s because a habit, by definition, is an act that you perform automatically by instinct. Like when you walk into a dark room, you instinctively turn on a light switch, right? Habits are actions you don’t even have to think about, which is why you might not realize how a small daily action can have a powerful effect on your life. If you’re saving a dollar a day or smoking a cigarette a day, these actions may not seem like much now, but twenty years from now, those habits can either make you rich or, unfortunately, kill you. That’s why it’s important to understand how habits are formed, so you can learn how to kick the bad habits, implement the healthy ones, and take back control of your life.
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Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay
Discover Why Being a Bad Feminist is Better Than Not Being a Feminist At All. When you hear the word feminism, what do you think of? In today’s climate, you likely think about the many women’s marches and the #MeToo movement that have taken over the media. All of these fight for the rights of women in every area of life, including equal pay, reproductive rights, and more. But according to Roxane Gay, feminism is flawed. There is no right or wrong way to be a feminist, which is why Gay proudly labels herself as a bad feminist. As a bad feminist, Gay recognizes that humans are flawed, and therefore, their views and opinions don’t always fit perfectly into a neatly wrapped package. For instance, while Gay enjoys going against the grain, her favorite color is still pink and she enjoys reading Vogue, both of which are typical female stereotypes. At the end of the day, feminism looks different for everyone but being a bad feminist is better than not being a feminist at all! As you read, you’ll learn how reality television is harmful to the fight for equality, how racial profiling can end in murder, and how movies like The Help only advance racial stereotypes.
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The 5 AM Club
Robin Sharma
What does an artist, an entrepreneur, and a billionaire have in common? They all start their mornings at 5 AM! It might sound crazy, but by following their story, The 5 AM Club (2018) will show you how you can revolutionize your morning, reclaim your life, and get more personal growth and passion out of the first hour of your day than most people do all week.
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The 11 Laws of Likability
Michelle Tillis Lederman
Learn how to grow your business by making people like you! Everybody wants to be liked. And everybody wants to do business with people they like. So, how do you make yourself likable? And how can you grow your business through mutually beneficial relationships? The 11 Laws of Likability (2011) is your guide to doing just that! By exploring your most likable qualities and examining top tips for connecting with others, you’ll learn how to forge meaningful connections and make people like you.
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14 minutes
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No Excuses!
Brian Tracy
If you’ve ever taken a look at your life and wondered what’s holding you back, No Excuses is literally the answer. Brian Tracy’s explosive study on the power of self-discipline will show you how to break down the barriers between you and success by simply eliminating the excuses we tell ourselves every day. Exploring the power of self-discipline in practice, No Excuses (2010) takes a look at how we can improve three critical areas of our lives — personal success, career success, and overall happiness — through aggressive self-discipline. Arguing that excuses are the limitations we place on ourselves, Tracy challenges readers to relinquish the crutch of convenient excuses and embrace the life-changing power of self-discipline.
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Come as You Are
Emily Nagoski
Come as You Are blends wit, science, and psychology to help you discover the beauty of sex. Many people feel lost or let down by their sex lives, but sex educator Emily Nagoski wants you to know that it doesn’t have to be confusing. Instead, she argues that sex in its true form is an art which can help you create a beautiful bond with your partner and learn more about yourself. By transcending social norms and relinquishing your inhibitions, Nagoski asserts that anyone can unlock new levels of pleasure.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
The perfect guide to adopting seven habits of effective people that can improve your life and the lives of those around you. A self-improvement guide written by Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People details how you can change your life through changing your mindset. The way you view the world is based entirely on your own perceptions, and by adopting a perception that leads to action, you can change your life and the lives of those around you. In other words, if you want to change your current situation then you must learn to change yourself and learn to change your perceptions. The way you see the problem is the problem, so you must allow yourself to fundamentally change the way you think in order to see a true change in yourself. Covey will not only teach you how to adopt a new mindset, but he will also teach you how to become proactive and focus on the important tasks at hand. At the end of the day, by adopting the 7 habits of highly effective people, you can learn how to change your mindset and then change your life.
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Dare to Lead
Brené Brown
Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. People all over the world are often asking themselves how to become a better leader. Each day, managers, CEOs, and executives struggle with knowing what it is they need to become more effective. Unfortunately, they often focus on the wrong things, like titles, status, and power. But a leader isn’t just someone who has the highest title, she is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas. What's more, she dares to develop that potential. Leaders with courage are those who don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations, they lean into vulnerability, they have empathy and connection. So how can you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? Luckily, daring leadership is made up of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. As you read, you’ll learn the dangers of perfectionism, how vulnerability takes courage, and what you can learn about leadership from skydiving.
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Surrounded by Idiots
Thomas Erikson
Learn about the four main personality types and how to communicate effectively with each of them. Surrounded by Idiots (2014) pierces through the confusion that often characterizes our daily lives and seeks to answer the question we’re always asking — “What were they thinking?? Are they just stupid?” Backing up an exploration of human behavior with proven psychological research, Erikson takes us on a journey through the four main personality types you’ll encounter and how this impacts human behavior. Once you understand the psychology behind it, Erikson posits that you’ll be able to communicate more effectively and avoid frustration.
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Can’t Hurt Me
David Goggins
The incredible story of how an overweight man became the fittest man in America by mastering his mind and defying all odds. How many times do you tell yourself that you’ll head to the gym tomorrow? Only to find that when tomorrow comes, you find an excuse. Imagine living life with zero excuses, what could you accomplish? Author, David Goggins, doesn’t believe in excuses and has transformed his life through the simple power of his mind. Coming from a traumatic childhood, Goggins found himself in his early twenties working as a cockroach exterminator and weighing just under 300 pounds. Despite the trauma and weight, Goggins went on to become one of the fittest people on the planet. He committed himself to join the Navy SEALs and went on to become a successful ultramarathon runner. Goggins achieved the near-impossible, and now, you can too. Find out how Goggins uses the forty-percent rule to push his body further, what it takes to run 135 miles at Badwater 135, and how Goggins continues to push himself despite several setbacks.
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13 minutes
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