Reading is fashionable again and there couldn’t be a better time to pick up a good book to invest your time in. Reading is not only relaxing, it has a load of other benefits such as expanding your vocabulary, teaching you new things and assisting in self-growth.
Here is a list of 4 books you should read this summer to aide your personal growth and challenge your thoughts and opinions regarding dilemmas you’re currently faced with and real world issues.
- Give and Take by Adam Grant
Through various studies, stories and research, Give and Take introduces that there are three different types of people in this world: givers, takers and matchers. The author uses stories, studies and research to suggest that givers are not the least successful or most successful in comparison. Rather, he suggests that givers are both and it ultimately depends on what kind of person you are on a personal level. Being too giving can be detrimental while not being giving enough can be just as harmful.
- The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
Meg Jay explores our twenties in this self-help book for anyone entering their twenties with no clear idea of where they’re headed next. Tradition indicates we transition from childhood to adulthood but Jay explores an interim of ten years in between that transition: your twenties, a decade you spend feeling uncertain about everything and finding yourself, your passions and your purpose along the way.
- The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
Author Adam Braun tells the story of his time at Brown University where he graduated magna cum laude and landed a job at Bain & Company as a consultant. Braun had a bright future in the business world but he took part in one Semester at Sea among other international encounters that made him reconsider his career path. Eventually he quit his job and started Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools in the developing world.
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg discusses the challenges women face in the workforce and how women can take charge of their careers even when they are faced with adversity. Sandberg acknowledges that men still run the world and presents herself as a feminist with a message ready to empower other women to fight back.
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