Last year, I promised to go back to read more and watch less kind of routine.
Started with a goal of 30 books but ended up with 25, even though I didn’t reach the goal I am contented with what I’ve learned through those books, so here is my top 5 for 2018.
#5 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
“Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away.
I think prime numbers are like life.
They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.”
I liked how the author showcase a unique window into the mind of a boy who thinks a little differently in this novel. This is brilliantly crafted and tries to make sense of the world as the main character sees it.
#4 A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
“Body cells replace themselves every month. Even at this very moment.
Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.”
First time to read a book by Haruki and looking forward for more of his writing.
This is quite an adventure and lets you dive in a world where it takes you on the familiar trappings of a vision quest.
#3 Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
“When we’re able to put most of our energy into developing our natural talents, extraordinary room for growth exists.
So, a revision to the “You-can-be-anything-you-want-to-be” maxim might be more accurate: You cannot be anything you want to be—but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”
This is one of a kind read since this is more of an assessment to help people uncover their natural talents.We’ll get the farthest in life if we focus on enhancing our personal strengths, rather than trying to balance out our weaknesses.The book will give you load of strategies based on your top strengths to give you the opportunity to do what you do best every day.
#2 The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization by John Maxwell
“The bottom line in managing your emotions is that you should put others – not yourself – first in how you handle and process them.
Whether you delay or display your emotions should not be for your own gratification.
You should ask yourself, What does the team need? Not, What will make me feel better?”
Leadership is not about leading yourself and others but it is more how you make others feel.The more you have a genuine relationship with the people around you the lighter the atmosphere in the workplace can be.
#1 The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by by Charles Duhigg
“Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.”
What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while. This book teaches you that habit can be both destructive and powerful.Once you know a habit exists, you have the responsibility to change it. If you believe in yourself that you can change and you make it into a habit – the change becomes real.