12 Books To Read To Transform 2020

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When you’re ready to stop reading COVID-19 updates, read these 12 Books to transform 2020

Whether you are practice social distancing or in isolation, you might be on the lookout for some newfound wisdom. Each of these books offers a new way of looking at things. They will challenge the way you think, push you to face your fears, do what ignites your soul, and adapt to the ever-so changing world.

This year has bought out the very best in us and the very worst in us. Make the most out of the last half of this year by becoming a better version of yourself.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when you’re ready to interrogate what you think you know…

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Describe in one word: Eye-opener
Genre: Non-fiction/ Theoretical
Published: 2008
Good Reads Rating: 4.2/5
Pages: 307[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Let Gladwell be your leader. Outliers presents an eye-opening perspective on how you view highly successful people. Gladwell defines an Outlier as an exceptional individual not because of talent or intelligence but because of the circumstances, environmental, and cultural context resulting in their success. Through a series of individual stories, Gladwell attempts to break-down success into statistics and algorithms. He examines timing, upbringing, effort, hard work, and legacy. This book makes you think long and hard about yourself and your surroundings.

Key Takeaway: The current struggles of a parent can directly affect the success of a child. Not due to lack of resources, but a failure in guidance.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F2yIpGwp||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8954″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when you want to feel your best…

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Describe in one word: Life-Changing
Genre: Nonfiction/ Self Help
Published: 2012
Good Reads Rating: 4.3/5
Pages: 287

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Dr. Brené Brown became a household name when her 2010 TEDx Houston Talk- “The Power of Vulnerability,” went viral and garnered more than 47 million views. A shame researcher, Brown focuses on the power of courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. She believes that being vulnerable is the willingness to be ‘all in’ even when you know it can mean failing and hurting. Brown walks us through 12 years of research leading us to the principals of wholehearted living. She defines wholehearted living as living your life from a place of worthiness. That at the end of the day, no matter what you did and did not do, you are enough.

Key Takeaway: Walk the talk [/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F3fzVQe8||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8952″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when you’re curious about the universe…

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Describe in one word: Courageous
Genre: Nonfiction/ Self-Help
Published: 2015
Good Reads Rating: 3.9/5
Pages: 288[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Your favorite Eat Pray Love author is back. Only this time, she takes you through the depths of her unique creative process to guide you on how to muster up the courage to live a more creative life. Through engaging storytelling and thought-provoking ideas, Big Magic is the optimist fortune cookie you need. Gilbert writes with wit and humor giving you a sense of calmness and self-affirmation: “You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.“; “You are not required to save the world with your creativity.” 

Key Takeaway: Do whatever brings you life. [/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F2SM1DUo||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8953″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when you’re sipping on a dark and stormy…

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Describe in one word: Simplistic
Genre: Fiction
Published: 1998
Good Reads Rating: 3.87/5
Pages: 182[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The Alchemist tells the story of an Andalusian shepherd, who dreams of buried treasure in Egypt and sets out on a challenging and symbolic journey to find it. But in order for “the boy” to reach his treasure, he must first accept change, value simplicity, and learn to live in the present moment. He must read God’s will and omens, to listen to his heart, and to understand the universal language of the world. In other words, he must undergo a spiritual transformation.

Key Takeaway: Follow your heart.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F2YYz9uz||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8966″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when your bed is your new office…

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Describe in one word: Essential
Genre: Nonfiction/ Entrepreneurship
Published: 2011
Good Reads Rating: 4.1/5
Pages: 299[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Enter this. The Learn Startup promises to explain why some businesses will fail and, more importantly, how to avoid those failures. The world is changing, and companies will have to make hard decisions. Using real case studies, Ries offers a systematic and scientific way to get the information needed to make these decisions. Although this book is aimed at start-ups and large businesses, the principles and tools learned are essential for understanding business. 

Key Takeaway: Adapt fast. [/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F2YT2B57||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8969″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when a memoir is what the doctor called for…

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE BY PHIL KNIGHT

Describe in one word: Inspiring
Genre: Nonfiction/ Memoir
Published: 2016
Good Reads Rating: 4.5/5
Pages: 400[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Shoe Dog is a humble act of entrepreneurial making, neatly packaged into a success story. Co-founder Phil Knight takes readers through the turbulent process of developing a multibillion-dollar company– Nike. It’s a heavy addictive read in the best way as Knight bares his soul in his inspirational journey to triumph.

Key Takeaway: Life is interesting when it’s challenging.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F2Ad2yXq||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8972″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when you are feeling unhappy…

The Courage to Be Disliked: How to Free Yourself, Change your Life and Achieve Real Happiness by Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga

Describe in one word: Empowering
Genre: Nonfiction/ Psychology
Published: 2019
Good Reads Rating: 4.12/5
Pages: 288[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Empowering, thought-provoking, and deeper than a Taylor Swift song, this book took Japan by storm. The book analyzes the work of 19th-century psychologist Alfred Adler, a relatively unknown third giant of psychology after the likes of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. Read as a structured dialogue between a philosopher and a very unhappy boy; the boy struggles to accept the theories that the philosopher presents. A bit controversial, it does all things a good self-help book does: challenges you to reflect.

Key Takeaway: Your past does not define your future.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F2WIGJqj||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8975″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when you need to be told: “You Are Not Special”…

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving F*CK: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life By Mark Manson

Describe in one word: Insightful
Genre: Nonfiction/ Self-Help
Published: 2016
Good Reads Rating: 3.96/5
Pages: 288[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]This book has all the likes to offend those middle school helicopter parents and their special little snowflakes. Throughout the book, Manson is painfully honest and outrageously funny in a way to force you to reexamine what’s truly important in your life and to let go of everything else. In a world where we aim for unattainable perfection, this book delivers the wake-up call we need.

Key Takeaway: The key to life is to decide what is important to you and not give a f*ck about the rest.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F2SJphkj||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8974″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when WFH means you can take a longer shower…

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Describe in one word: Cultivating
Genre: Nonfiction/ Self-Help
Published: 2016
Good Reads Rating: 4.20/5
Pages: 296[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]If you can’t remember the last time you managed to get some real work done, it’s probably time to dive deep into the topic of productivity and focus. Essentially considered as a business book, it is a phenomenal guide to understanding what it takes to succeed. The first part of the book explains why deep work is valuable, rare, and meaningful. The second part outlines four strategies needed to cultivate a deep work ethic. Full of actionable advice Newport’s book reminds us that our days should not be about getting things done. But about getting valuable things done.

Key Takeaway: While working, distance yourself from social media.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F2YJ0BfD||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8978″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when you need a pep talk to supercharge your life into action…

The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard

Describe in one word: Powerful
Genre: Nonfiction/ Self-Help
Published: 2014
Good Reads Rating: 4.13/5
Pages: 236[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Why do you get up in the morning? What inspires you to greet the day and live a fulfilling life? In a word, motivation. The Motivation Manifesto is a ferocious call to reclaim our lives, power, and freedom. The tone of the book is powerful, enticing you as if you are going into a noble battle. Burchard wanted this book to be a true manifesto, so you might find it written in the kind of language similar to The Declaration of Independence. In a few simple steps, you will learn how to inspire and improve your levels of motivation to live a happier life. 

Key Takeaway: Fear drives human behavior, but so does our desire for freedom. [/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F2SRmXrz||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8979″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when you’re staying in indefinitely…

Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman 

Describe in one word: Encyclopedic
Genre: Nonfiction/ Psychology
Published: 2011
Good Reads Rating: 4.15/5
Pages: 499[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]This book is lengthy, self-conscious, and a difficult read, but highly recommended if you are interested in why humans behave the way they do. Kahneman spins a compelling anecdote of human psychology and the way our brains interpret and act on data through two systems. System 1 is fast and emotional. System 2 is slow and logical. Understanding how these two systems work will help us make better decisions. Thinking, Fast and Slow is relatively dense, but by all means, give it a try, but take it slow. 

Key Takeaway: Although situations and experiences change, human nature is constant. [/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F3fzUsZd||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8981″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

For when you have Deja Vu… 

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs By Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker

Describe in one word: Outrageous
Genre: Nonfiction/ Science
Published: 2017
Good Reads Rating: 4.37/5
Pages: 352[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The amount of “ah-ha” moments presented in this book will have you losing sleep at night. I purchased this book after hearing Dr. Osterholm on The Joe Rogan Experience #1439. Osterholm is a renowned infectious disease epidemiologist. He states, experts saw a pandemic coming from miles away, but few listened, dismissing these claims as alarmist. But now, in surprising detail, you are, living through the events that Osterholm predicts. Sure, his tone comes off as sort of arrogant and smug. But you can’t let this distract you from the truthful, instructive messages and warnings.

Key Takeaway: We need a plan… before it’s too late.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read” color=”default” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F3ciFxAy||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8982″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


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