Have you ever thought that something small like reading a book can change somebody’s life? We suggest you read the mentions to this tweet of Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator. In his tweet he asked a simple question and lots of business people, investors on other shared a lot of books that they say change the course of their lives. Even prominent people like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk always say that some book had a big impact on their careers.
If you had to pick one thing you've read that changed the course of your life, what would it be? (ht @rivatez for the question.)
— Paul Graham (@paulg) September 14, 2019
What new books are capable of being incredibly influential? The TED Ideas blog just rounded up their speakers with no less than 23 appropriate titles. While the full list offers books about anything from Japanese culture to climate disaster, and is well worth reading in full, here are the most likely picks to shake a hectic entrepreneur’s life up.
How We Show Up by Mia Birdsong
Birdsong, a family activist, points out in her writing that just 26 per cent among us know our neighbours. That could be a greater issue than most of us would notice. “Why do some individuals seem to have it all yet feel unhappy? The missing element could be a sense of community,” says TED, outlining How We Show Up’s core thesis.
Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman
Historian Rutger Bregman recently generated a small buzz in a Guardian report of a real-life interpretation of Lord of the Flies, except in this true tale about shipwrecked boys trapped on a remote island, the children unite and support each other, becoming lifelong mates after being saved. Check out Bregman’s new book if you are searching a more in-depth case that human behavior is a little sharper than you expect.
Friendship by Lydia Denworth
Friendship is not just an enjoyable sideshow to the main career and family events in life. Health writer Lydia Denworld dives into the work in this book that our mates fundamentally influence our emotional and physical wellbeing, forming our attitudes and also our brain waves. “Looks like the right read for a science-minded friends’ book club,” TED notes.
Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee
Maybe this radio reporter Celeste Headlee’s book on burnout is the choice on this list which is most clearly important to business people. “We’re digging further and further into a hole which will bury us if we really don’t stop,” Headlee notes in her book. If you decide to continue to do less, and be much more frequent, this book could be just for you.
Survival Math by Mitchell Jackson
You’d have to hide under a rock and you don’t worry about racial justice just now and what you might do to make America a more fair country. Survival Math can help with this by filmmaker, advocate and formerly imprisoned member of the gang Mitchell Jackson. “This book introduces the complex perspectives of some of his family members and other members of his group, and reading it brings a welcome new aspect to the word ‘all American,'” describes TED.
See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur
It may look a lot cheesy to talk about the power of love to some people, but even if the notion is annoyingly earnest, it really doesn’t make it untrue. Love “can be one of the best weapons,” TED states. “See No Stranger will help you understand that we express more in common than we believe and that we must make use of our similarity to see each other truly.”
The Joy of Movement by Kelly McGonigal
According to Stanford counselor Kelly McGonigal, transforming your life could only be a couple pushups or a meditation workout away. “People who are involved on a daily basis have a better sense of purpose,” she says. “And they encounter more gratefulness, hope and love.” Read this book if you really need inspiration to get you moving.
A World without Work by Daniel Susskind
Whether or not you decide to improve your career, the Artificial intelligence revolution and automation will change it. Luckily, there’s a lot people and society can do to gear up, claims economist Daniel Susskind in his recent book.
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