Below is the list of must read books for young professionals I read in last three years. These books are not the ‘sermon based’ books we often find in the bookshelves. Such books don’t work for me, and I think they don’t work for others too. What works is a book that tells a story, with examples that are practical and pragmatic, and which stays with us long time after we have read them.
Most notable of these books are “Getting things done” – a must read for people who are frustrated with their habit of procrastination. It provides a framework to deal with this issue head on. “Do the work,” is an inspiring book for those who want to improve their creative thinking. “Moonwalking with Einstein,” is the best book I encountered for improving your memory (it’s not a magic trick that would change your memory in a day, but it does provide effective ways to make a start.) Combine this with a brilliant book “How to get lucky,” that shows you how to make your luck and get success in your work and an all time best seller “How to make friends and influence people,” and you have a complete package. Check out the others in the list and pick one of these and get started.
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Written by Spencer Johnson, coauthor of The One Minute Manager, this enlightening and amusing story illustrates the vital importance of being able to deal with unexpected change. Who Moved My Cheese? is often distributed by managers to employees as a motivational tool, but the lessons it teaches can benefit literally anyone, young or old, rich or poor, looking for less stress and more success in every aspect of work and life.
The legendary Eat That Frog! (more than 450,000 copies sold and translated into 23 languages) provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more
The fact is that some people really are luckier than others and not by accident. Lucky people arrange their lives in characteristic patterns. They tend to position themselves in the path of onrushing luck; they tend to go where events are moving fastest and where they can find their lucky break. Lucky people take risks but not silly ones. They stick with a cause, a job, or a mate, but not when all hope is lost. In short, they move with life, not against it.
One of the best books on how to conduct yourself. Timeless advice delivered in the forms of letters from father to his son. Funny and witty. A must read.
David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential.
Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. The enemy is resistance. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why he can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.
Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence Peoplehas sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives
In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.
Brilliant people aren’t a special breed–they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in “The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking,” you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself–revealing previously hidden opportunities.
Moonwalking with Einstein draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human remembering. Under the tutelage of top “mental athletes,” he learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize his speeches and by Medieval scholars to memorize entire books. Using methods that have been largely forgotten, Foer discovers that we can all dramatically improve our memories.