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Book cover of the book Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet

by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking


I started out gifting it to introverts thinking, “Okay, this is going to be a book that shows you all of your strengths and the ways you’re not alone in the world.” It certainly spoke to me that way as an introvert. I have to tell you, the biggest fans of that book from my experience are actually extroverts who say, “Oh, you know, I need to embrace my quieter side and I need to make more room for the quiet people around me because I’m missing out on their brilliance”.

-- Adam Grant, New York Times Best-Selling Author

Book cover of the book Insight by Tasha Eurich

Insight

by Tasha Eurich

Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life


[..] recommended a lot recently that if people want to figure out what their biggest blind spots are, that one of the things they ought to do is spend a little bit of time reading Tasha Eurich’s book on self awareness. I think it’s called Insight, and the insight that I took away from it was that people who are really self aware don’t spend a lot of time agonizing over why they are the way they are. They don’t find it that productive. I guess I’ve never found it that productive to psychoanalyze, analyze myself. Why did I get the way I am? I don’t know. There could be a million biogenetic and life experience factors, but it doesn’t really matter. Here’s how I am and then how do I work with that to be effective and live a life of meaning. I think it was a really cool book on how to become more aware of what your strengths and weaknesses are.

-- Adam Grant, New York Times Best-Selling Author

Book cover of the book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Why We Sleep

by Matthew Walker

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams


The information that’s coming at me in this book is literally, physically, technically changing my life on a day-to-day basis. [..] this book is just a collection of sleep studies, basically, and what this researcher has taken away as a sleep scientist from whatever, 25-30 years of doing sleep studies, and also what we’ve learned about other mammals, how they sleep, why we sleep, what happens when we are asleep. [..] Human mammals have been pretty good at sleep, and then everything got pretty fucked up, and we’re just — it’s like pulling up the rug and looking at the insane creepy crawlies of how we’ve damaged our mental health, our emotional health, our physical health by doing something as simple as not ever sleeping right. It’s insane. [..] It’s a very credible book, and it’s also beautifully readable. There’s no woo. It’s pure science, which for a skeptic, I can handle a little bit of woo sprinkled in my books, but mostly, I have a woo allergy.

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Book cover of the book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

The ONE Thing

Gary Keller

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results


[..] the idea of The One Thing is: instead of having a huge to do list and complicated systems for managing all these different tasks - what is the one most important thing that you could do in some area of your life to move the needle forward, to get you the real big results you want ? It combines with thinking small and thinking big. Thinking with really deep focus on just one narrow area that is going to get you the really good results - and at the same time thinking big. If you do this one thing and you really nail it, it could transform your whole life - or at least that area of your life. So its kind of like taking the Pareto principle - the 80 20 rule - and taking it to the extreme.

-- Steve Pavlina, personal development blogger, coach

I started out gifting it to introverts thinking, “Okay, this is going to be a book that shows you all of your strengths and the ways you’re not alone in the world.” It certainly spoke to me that way as an introvert. I have to tell you, the biggest fans of that book from my experience are actually extroverts who say, “Oh, you know, I need to embrace my quieter side and I need to make more room for the quiet people around me because I’m missing out on their brilliance”.

-- Adam Grant, New York Times Best-Selling Author