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6 Insightful Books about Personal & Professional Development | Recommended Reading

There's NOTHING like sitting back with a good book to pass the time. I've been on the go so often lately, I haven't had as much time to read as I would like.

But when I spend time with a good book, I've been gravitating toward titles with new ideas I can bring to enrich my work-life, or insights that lead to finding a deeper understanding of myself. To show up and bring the BEST in my professional life, I have to continually #levelup!!

The way we grow and develop as people is from what we experience and learn from the world around us, and that can include the experiences and lessons shared within books. Like I mentioned in a blog from a while back, reading helps us to broaden our minds and creativity by introducing new ideas. Books allow us to see through different perspectives or present a different way of thinking we may not have been aware of before, which can help us to find a deeper understanding of ourselves.

Below is a list of a few books that have greatly influenced aspects of my life and career, so if you're looking for material to help expand and challenge your perceptions, or books to help you navigate and grow in your work/personal life, then check out these titles!

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman (Amazon)

If you were given a few minutes to answer the question, "What do you believe?", how do you think you would respond? Thankfully, you're not actually on the clock, so it's a perfect time to check out this collection and see how 80 various people ―with different backgrounds, experiences, and ideals― have completed the thought that begins the book's title. From: "The Rule of Law" to "Be Cool to the Pizza Delivery Dude", each chapter is a quick thought-provoking piece that's great for brief moments of retrospection and invites readers to think about their own beliefs and values.

Who should read it?

Any curious and contemplative minds looking for a quick and insightful read. If you're short on time, this book is PERFECT, because you can pick a single chapter to dive into, without feeling committed to reading this one cover-to-cover!

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner (Amazon)

Sometimes, life feels harsh and unfair. And that can make us question everything, leaving our beliefs shaken. When Harold Kushner found out his three-year-old son wouldn't live past his early teens due to a degenerative disease, he could only ask God: Why? Driven by this question and his experiences, Kushner wrote this book, looking back at the feelings of doubt and fear that grow during those times of struggle and tragedy, and sharing what he has learned as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being.

Who should read it?

Those who have experienced or are suffering a similar pain or struggle in their lives, and are looking for consolation and an open mindset in times of grief.