I took a hiatus from my Happy Monday Blog during the last quarter of 2017. A lot has happened in that time, the biggest thing being that I started a new job and joined a great talent firm based in South Florida. The best part is: I get to work from home and avoid the LA traffic (if you live or have even just visited LA you know exactly what I’m talking about). Went through some learning curves and had to get used to working from home again but I’m here now to start the year right and getting back in the groove.
On this blog I would like to share some of my goals for the year. One is to consistently publish a weekly blog (I will be intentional about this) and two is to read more. These are the five books that I’ve chosen to read for the first quarter of this year. Some of the books were purchased years ago and I never got to them or I never had a chance to finish them. Sharing it on here will be my way of pushing myself to finish them and share with you what I learn.
Combined, the five books are about learning how to work simply while reinventing yourself on how to be awesome and finding happiness in cracking your career code. You’ll understand this at the end of the blog :p
The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
This book was based on the author’s hit blog 1000awesomethings.com and it talks about learning to celebrate the little moments, those moments that we may think are insignificant due to our hectic schedule but may have the potential to change our perspective in life. In a world where it’s easy to find the negatives, it’s nice to know that we are given moments to celebrate the little things that are great.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
I have been a follower of Rubin’s blogs at gretchenrubin.com ever since my daughter picked up this book 2 years ago. She swears by it and although I have yet to read the book her blogs are helpful to stay focused and avoid getting too into the mundane things so that we remember to smile and be happy. The book will never discourage in feeling disappointed, frustrated, or sad but what it showcases is that we should not wallow on the negative feelings and miss out on the beautiful things around us.
Work Simply by Carson Tate
We’ve heard these words so many times – “Work Smarter, NOT Harder” but what does that really mean for someone who works in an organization with multiple personalities? How can we work smart manage our time wisely? Oftentimes we end up spending time developing the process rather than actually working to produce results. This is one of the books I have read and has become a guide whenever I consult with people and/or when I am given the responsibility for multiple tasks. The author encourages the readers to embrace our productivity style:
1. Arrangers – one who thinks about their projects in terms of the people involved
2. Prioritizers – the real definition of “goal-oriented” individual
3. Visualizers – one who possesses a unique ability to comprehend the big picture
4. Planners – one who lives for details
This is a great read for those who are struggling to find their productivity style.
Reinventing You by Dorie Clark
Are you looking to change careers or vying for that promotion at work? Then this book will be a good start to understand how to define your brand and how to reinvent yourself for success. First ask the question “Am I where I want to be professionally?”, and if not what are you going to do about it? The book mentioned that the goal is clear: to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents. This is a step-by-step guide developed by the author, a branding expert whose clients’ include Google, The Ford Foundation and Yale. The steps she developed will help in assessing our unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution we can make.
The Career Code by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power
One of my great finds for 2017. This is one book that I’m re-reading as the year starts. The book is created with every professional from all walks of life in mind. “No matter if you’re starting out or starting over, or you’re an entrepreneur managing a team of people, The Career Code will help you navigate the corporate ladder and set you up for success all the way. The tried and tested rules to live by will give you all the tools you need to achieve your dream career.”
I read in an article once that the difference between successful individuals and others is that they set aside time to read a book and learn from others. My aim with sharing this blog is to get us to start reading more and learning more from seasoned professionals and thought-leaders to help us accomplish our goals.
Happy Monday to all and happy reading!
Note: All books are available at Amazon, both electronic and print.