3 Books to Propel You to Greatness

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As part of our School Year Resolutions we’ve dedicated ourselves to doing a little bit each day to improve our lives, right? Both in the workplace and at home. One way we’re working on this is by submersing ourselves in some really great books.

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Here are three inspiring titles that can help to boost our resolve and motivate us to greatness:

Rework
There are plenty of titles available for those who want to launch a business of their own or enhance their productivity in the workplace, but Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, authors of “Rework”, take on a unique perspective that contemplates the definitions of productivity and collaboration.

They make suggestions like cutting out paperwork, spending less time facilitating meetings and doing away with conference calls in favor of buckling down and actually tackling our to-do lists. The authors stress that it’s time to eliminate the workaholic nature that defines present-day American society and, instead, focus on paring back, on minimizing the busy work that we often create for ourselves and really strive toward accomplishing our most important priorities. The authors assert that by adopting this viewpoint we’ll ultimately become much more efficient and, in turn, successful.

Start Something That Matters
TOMS Shoes founder, Blake Mycoskie, is the author of this motivational memoir-meets-guidebook. In it he not only shares how he launched his incredible one-to-one business model, but he also empowers readers to channel their passion into purpose by pursuing projects that make a difference.

“Start Something That Matters” gives step-by-step tips on how to engage supporters who end up becoming storytellers instead of just consumers, creating a distinction between those who actively share the message of a brand and those who simply utilize their personal purchase power without considering the meaning behind a product. Mycoskie advocates on behalf of the former concept, urging readers to craft a story that their consumers will want to tell over and over again.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Donald Miller is the author of this thought-provoking memoir that inspires readers to take a long look into their lives in order to determine if they’re living a story worth telling. After writing his first hugely successful memoir, Blue Like Jazz, Miller was approached by a crew of creatives who wanted to turn his book into a film.

Ecstatic, the author agreed to the project and the team began working on converting the content from the pages of the book to the big screen. Through that process, which had been preceded by a difficult time in his personal journey, Miller was able to analyze his own narrative, identifying ways in which he had missed opportunities to pursue his passions and better the world, and also allowing him to create a game plan that would ultimately help him rewrite his story.

This book is equal parts entertaining and motivational, and readers will surely feel revitalized and rejuvenated after devouring the insight that Miller shares on each and every page.

What’s been the best you’ve read that’s inspired your greatness?

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Rachel is the Development Director for the Touch A Life Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of exploited and trafficked children in West Africa and Southeast Asia. She currently lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband, their baby girl Ruby, and their cuddly English mastiff.

9 COMMENTS
  • Emmanuel Ayeni July 31, 2015

    Thanks for sharing these. I will put them on my to read list on http://www.goodreads.com/emmanuelayeni

  • Joyce Tang October 30, 2014

    Oh, Donald Miller is so good! Love posts like this with book suggestions.

  • Emily October 12, 2014

    Miki Agrawal’s business book “Do Cool Shit” is one business book I’ve read that actually gives you the steps to launch your business! Super light read as well!

  • Nicole October 7, 2014

    Simon Sinek’s book, “Start with Why” is a GREAT business read and is full of wisdom! Also, ANYTHING by Brene Brown is a must-read… a few of my favorites of hers are “Gifts of Imperfection” and “Daring Greatly”.

  • Jenni Kupelian October 7, 2014

    These are great recommendations, I’m always looking for a new read to inspire purpose!

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