I will be honest. Most of my “leisure” reading is in the form of MBA textbooks, online research, and class notes. However, every once in a while I get the chance to pick up a book that I would consider “interesting” even if still relating to my job as a health professional, my interest in wellness, or my role as a business owner. Instead of trying to summarize these books in a book report, I thought I would provide “Julie’s Picks” for great reading about business, health, and keeping things in perspective.
How Will You Measure Your Life – Clayton Christensen. My entrepreneurship prof recommended this book to our class. And what a treasure. This is a quick read, and relates business strategy to relationships. My favorite part is when the author talks about how as parents we need to make “deposits” into the bank account that is our children. Without regular “deposits” we will have nothing to withdrawal when we need it. We cannot expect our bank account to be plentiful if we have not added to this over many years. This is a lesson I have carried forward into my own life – even if it is just pennies a day, I need to build my fortune with my children and spouse now, so my relationships are rich later.
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg. This is a wonderful book about women in business. And not a girly book. Sheryl has experienced immense business success in the male-dominated corporate world and talks about how women need to “sit at the table” and “lean in” to their careers while encouraging husbands, dads and partners to “lean in” at home.
The Fire Starter Sessions – Danielle Laporte. A friend, and fellow entrepreneur, suggested this book. Not only is it funny, informative, and forthcoming, it has worksheets after each chapter that encourage reflection, goal setting, and some deep thought. The quotes in this book are inspirational, while also being somewhat unconventional and often “hit you in the head” obvious. Danielle asks you to explore how you want to feel in life and then encourages you to do those things that make you feel that way.
A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle. This book was the topic of an earlier blog. As the book used for a post-program study for Hamilton’s Chronic Pain Program, I witnessed the impact this book had on people who were experiencing significant disability. I read this in awe. While having some very heavy content, this is mixed with practical and real stories that explain the importance of “presence” and highlight how people need to transform negative into positive thinking in order end conflict and suffering.
I will continue to share my picks as I find them. Please feel free to also share yours.
Thanks for sharing, Julie. One of my top picks is “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. This book is like a comfort food for me because it’s a quick, enjoyable read that always tends to make me better able to address my current predicament. Pausch, a successful professor at Carnegie Mellon, playfully tells how he accomplished his childhood dreams and learned from failure along the way. It is a great example of living while dying, and this is one of those few ‘leisure’ books that I actually took notes on.
This is a video of the lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo
Thanks Jessica…yes, this is a great pick too! I should update this list as I have many others I have enjoyed since!