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Read & Grow

Read & Grow

11 Fall Reads

    Summer beach reads cast aside, cozy up in your favorite corner of the couch, let the fireplace crack and roll, and get lost deep within the pages of an alluring book. Fiction or non, let your mind expound beyond its limits.

    These eleven books all focus on self-growth. Mental and physical health, sweat life, love, rest, and exploration. Self-discovery and understanding. There is so much knowledge within infinite libraries of pages that you may be asking "where do I begin?" Start with something that entices you, and you will shortly realize that the next book will find out. Similar to life, you gravitate towards books that will benefit you.

    Do not judge these as self-help books, because they are so much more. In fact, many of them are stories with valuable lessons. Consider Disney movies: great stories with valuable life lessons.

A Mind of Your Own, Kelly Brogan, MD // As clean as possible. That is Dr. Kelly Brogan’s approach. Once you have determined your personal homeostasis, add only that which helps you live and function better. Everything you and your body are in touch with (whether breathed or consumed), affects your inner plumbing. The more you listen to what you body is telling you, the more you sync with it. In turn, the gut is the predominant orchestrator of your life; the more your respect and listen to it, the more positive your thoughts and outlook on life. Of course, it is more complex than this, but the essential essence is this simple.

From Panic to Power, Lucinda Bassett // DIY Therapy. In her most powerful manual, Lucinda Bassett empowers her readers with the skills, through cognitive behavioral therapy, to conquer their anxieties and regain control of their lives. This guide is of value to everyone, regardless of his or her mental blocks and boundaries.

“Is it possible to pursue happiness if the pursuit itself does not make your happy?”
— Deepak Malhotra, I Moved Your Cheese.

I Moved Your Cheese, Deepak Malhotra // “Life in the maze conditions us so that no amount of cheese will ever satisfy a mouse. Happiness and peace — these are what we spend our lives pursuing as we run through the maze. But when we reach our destination, we do not find them. We only find more cheese. Again and again, the cheese fails to live up to its promise. And yet we refuse to question our beliefs about cheese, or about what will actually bring us happiness. Instead, we gear up and go looking for more cheese.” Substitute life for maze // cheese for goals // mice for us. An analogy for life and happiness. There is no one size fits all for life; define your own and live it. Love the life you live.

Milk & Honey, Rupi Kaur // There is sweetness in every onerous moment; milk and honey. A compilation of four different poetic and prose chapters. You will feel the words in your soul.

Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence, Gary Mack // It is just as important to stretch and work the mind as it is the body. For an athlete, in fact, the mind is just as, if not more, important than the physical component. It drives the physical. When you change your perspective and turn your weaknesses into strengths, you mind and, in turn, body, are invigorated.

“What you think affects how your perform. training your brain is as important as training your body.”
— Gary Mack, Mind Gym.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant // Every original idea comes from an amalgamation of thoughts and concepts we have heard or seen before. But what makes it ours is our own unique perspective. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for someone who has lived the same life as yours — made up of the same exposures and experiences -- to birth an identical idea. Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor, has an original perspective on being original. He is creating a movement that is moving the world.

Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcom Gladwell // One of the most impactful books of the 21st century. “In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In Outliers, he transforms the way we understand success (1).” Nature, nurture, our intelligence, and our drive all dictate how successful we will be. But how does Malcom Gladwell define success?

“The role of a leader is not to come up with all the great ideas. The role of a leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.”
— Simon Sinek, Start With Why.

Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang // Being tired, stressed, and overworked is currency for being successful. But is it really? Would it not be better to efficiently work, rest, and play in proportions that are suitable for a sustainable and healthy wellbeing? That is Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s MO, and it is one to consider.

Start With Why, Simon Sinek // “People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy Why you do it.” He has a point, Sinek. If you do not know why you do what you do, how will you do it? Sinek, whose goal is to inspire people to do what inspires them (sounds a lot like love the life you live, right?), condensed some of his most powerful ideas into 228 pages. This is a book that all leaders should read. And by leaders, I mean everyone, because we are each the leader of our own life.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho // This is the type of book that you find yourself revisiting every few years. Every time you experience a shift. Follow the signs and listen to your inner voice, in spite of where you find yourself.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brené Brown // Life is not about being perfect. It is about being you. “Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be your best. Perfectionism is not about healthy achievement and growth. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgment, and pain.” You are loved and accepted by those who surround you because you are you. With every one of your flaws. If these allies do not support every ounce of who you are, are they really those with whom you want to surround yourself? It is about accepting every facet who you are; and once you do, so will everyone else.

Let your mind explore. Give yourself what you need.

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