In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.
Angela Duckworth’s Bestseller Grit made big waves last year, and they are still carrying her across the nation for speaking engagements, consultations, and research. Her work resonated particularly strongly in the education sector, where teacher’s now want to know how to measure grit, which she argues is the determining character trait of the successful. It’s a great message, and one that is definitely worth a closer listen especially if you’ve already heard her TED talk. You can tell by her inspired performance that she cares about the material, and that there is real substance behind her impressive credentials.
In Mastering the Art of Quitting, the authors show us how to let go when we need to and how to start over. A guide to increasing our emotional and mental flexibility, assessing our goals, and knowing when to hang in or bail out, it tackles our tendencies to overanalyze, ruminate, and put a positive spin on situations we actually need to avoid. In a culture which perceives quitting as a last resort, Alan Bernstein and Peg Streep show that it’s an essential tool for a happy and successful life. They reveal simple truths which apply to goals in all areas of life including love, relationships, and work.
Perseverance and passion are important, but how to you know when to give up the grit and quit? It’s a simple fact that not everything is worth following through, and sometimes you just can’t tell if that’s the case without giving it a shot first. In fact, for many of us it is a whole lot more difficult to quit – to let go of a job, relationship, or situation – than it is to just keep going and pretend like nothing is wrong. Quitting is an art not easily mastered, and it takes practice. Peg Streep and Alan Bernstein offer an expertly researched account of practical approaches we can all take to letting go, and moving forward.
For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
If you’ve never read Mark Manson’s blog, we suggest you give it a gander the next time you’re around his neck of the Internet. His writing is a wonderful blend of cheeky spins on current affairs and self-improvement, synthesized with a solid foundation of thought-provoking content. Maybe that’s what has kept his book towards the top of our bestseller list for so long. What his book’s popularity proves, to some degree, is that life can be stressful and sometimes there are too many things to give a…darn about. We all need a rubric to help us decide when and where to care about any one of life’s hurdles. Here Roger Wayne’s authentic voice matches Mason’s sarcastic and cutting tone well, and the two will leave you pondering your own approach to problems in ways you wouldn't expect.
The Little Things embodies Andy Andrews' own approach to life and work, detailing for the first time some of the exclusive material that he uses to teach and coach some of the most successful corporations, teams, and individuals around the world. In his unique humorous style, Andy shows how people succeed by actually going against the modern adage "don't sweat the small stuff". By contrast, Andy proves that it is in concentrating on the smaller things that we add value and margin.
Andy Andrews, who The New York Times calls a “modern day Will-Rogers”, on the other hand argues that working diligently to understand the impact of the details and peculiarities of our everyday lives has a more profound effect than just disregarding them once we deem them inconsequential. The distinction goes beyond that of the generalist and the specialist. He wants us to pay homage and give respect to nuance, and to acknowledge that incremental change is the most stable and thus most valuable. His is a wholesome message and he has built a reputation as something of a straight shooter, so if you like your self dev a little more pure Andrews is a reliable voice.
Why is compassion so powerful? Like many forms of spirituality and meditation, compassion practice has been shown by research to enhance your health, psychological well-being, relationships, and sense of purpose. "The unique quality of compassion," teaches Dr. Kelly McGonigal, "is that its benefits extend to the one who offers it, the one who receives it, and all those who witness compassion in action." With The Science of Compassion, this acclaimed researcher presents a practical workshop to help you understand what makes compassion work.
Compassion. Mindfulness. Empathy. The reason these normal interpersonal skills have become hot-button topics may be because they are in such short supply. It could be a side effect of all of the technology, globalization, or just a sign of the times, but it’s not hard to argue that we are getting more selfish. Even the most selfless among us needs the occasional reminder that we aren’t the center of the universe. The Science of Compassion is a great starting point, because it illustrates the necessity for empathy from a practical standpoint. Founded on extensive research delivered through relatable anecdotes, Kelly McGonigal’s inspirational proposal is a favorite among Audible customers for its clarity and effect.
Most people, including many policy makers, activists, scientists, and philosophers, have encouraged us to be more empathetic - to feel the pain and pleasure of others. Yale researcher and author Paul Bloom argues that this is a mistake. Far from leading us to improve the lives of others, empathy is a capricious and irrational emotion that appeals to our narrow prejudices. It muddles our judgment and often leads to cruelty. We are at our best when we are smart enough not to rely on it and draw upon a more distanced compassion.
How could you be against empathy? Is what everyone ever thinks/says when they read the title to this book. But it’s got more than just a good hook – it makes a good point. While empathy is often spouted as a cure-all from people who only talk big picture, from a practical standpoint it is more complicated than many of us seem to realize. Bloom argues that using compassion inappropriately leads us to overvalue our intentions and undervalue our actions. Ultimately, it’s for you to decide if Bloom drives the point home, but for anyone looking to be more compassionate to a productive end, this one is a must.
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.
Kathe Mazur is precisely the type of narrator you would want for Susan Cain’s influential call to arms: calm, poised, and persuasive. Cain argues that introverts used to be seen this same way (calm and poised), before the “culture of personality” took its probably unwarranted hold on the American imagination. When Quiet came out it rode a strong current of relevant discourse on personality diversity in the workplace and beyond. And Cain has harnessed that momentum, guiding her fellow introverts through a series of passionate reality checks as a means of equipping them to more accurately approach and understand their roles as employees, lovers, and friends.
Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date, or your networking partner? You need to know how people work. As a human behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab - and she's cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of valuable shortcuts, systems, and behavior hacks for taking charge of their interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation.
As valuable as the introvert may be, there are certain extroverted personality traits that just can’t be ignored. That’s probably because we have to experience them all day, but if you can’t beat them – you might have to join them. Vanessa Van Edwards brings her bold style and voice to the science of bold style and voice in Captivate. The common interpersonal interactions that so frighten and intimidate introverts, boil down to rote and formulaic methods Edwards says. And in knowing the formula as Edwards does, it won’t be so overwhelming the next time you go to a "luncheon".
George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.
Constant monitoring, manufactured news and propaganda, widespread moral ambiguity, and social isolation – sometimes it sounds all too familiar. But beyond 1984’s reoccurring position in the cultural zeitgeist, it is simply a very well-written book; one that draws on intricate characterizations to make adept social commentary. More than anything, it is Orwell’s sense of aesthetic that gives 1984 such emotional gravitas, and Simon Prebble’s grave, straightforward diction that makes his performance so fitting.
When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.
Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.
Where Orwell delivers a dystopia driven by a strict and aggressive totalitarian regime, one that more closely resembles fascism, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World shows a false utopia at the other end of the spectrum. A dictatorship operating under the cloak of progressivism manipulates the masses with a smokescreen of sensual pleasure, consumerism, and pop culture. It is, maybe more so than 1984, a novel of discussion that lends itself to thought-provoking dialogue on the nature and role of happiness and freedom. That dialogue is where narrator Michael York shines, offering versatile voices that represent ideas both big and small, civilized and perverted, and savage yet natural.
This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.
The 4-Hour Workweek put Tim Ferris on the map, and has remained a bestselling business/self-help book for almost 4 years. Ferris takes a strictly practical approach to coaching, and his material is generally jam-packed with definitive guides and specific action items that make a difference. While you may not be able to quit your day job the moment you stop listening, you will learn some particularly unique and useful techniques for being more productive. His methodology focuses on making more use of the time you spend being productive, and Ray Porter’s emphatic narration makes the most of this persuasive audiobook.
Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.
While not exactly the opposite of Tim Ferris 4-hour ethos, Sherryl Sandberg’s Lean In definitely has a unique rallying cry. Her call is for women in the workplace to lean in to their rightful positions as leaders, even in the face of rampant sexism and seemingly insurmountable odds. It has reverberated mightily. While it is less about the methodology of productivity, it is perhaps even more useful for those wage and corporate warriors working diligently to explore increasingly intricate workplace politics. But in the end these two books are similar in that they both make an informed case for giving it your all, whether tactically or strategically.