I love summer… whether we’re at the beach or in the pool, summer weather in Virginia is perfect for lounging around and reading while the kids jump and splash and play in the water (thanks to the amazing lifeguards, I can read while they play!).
This summer I have a nice long list of books to get through… but only after I finish reading Raising Kids for True Greatness by Thomas Nelson. If you have kids, this is an excellent book to raise kids for more than just what the world defines “success”… but genuine, true greatness.
9 MUST-READS FOR THE SUMMER
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
In her instant, multi-month New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).
The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly by Seth Godin
In Seth Godin’s most inspiring book, he challenges readers to find the courage to treat their work as a form of art
Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. It was the perfect propaganda for the industrial economy. What boss wouldn’t want employees to believe that obedience and conformity are the keys to success?
But we tend to forget that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe.
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt
Platform goes behind the scenes into the world of social media success. You’ll discover what bestselling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creatives are doing differently to gain contacts, connections, and followers and win customers in today’s crowded marketplace. With proven strategies, easy-to-replicate formulas, and practical tips, this book makes it easier, less expensive, and more possible than ever to stand out from the crowd and launch a business.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink
In When, Daniel Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narratives packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.
Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam
In this book, Vanderkam reveals the seven counter-intuitive principles the most time-free people have adopted. She teaches mindset shifts to help you feel calm on the busiest days and tools to help you get more done without feeling overwhelmed.
The E-Myth Revisted by Michael Gerber
Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.
The Making of a Young Entrepreneur: A Kid’s Guide to Developing the Mindset for Success by Gabrielle Jordan
The Making of a Young Entrepreneur is geared toward helping kids build a solid business foundation using the same principles the author employed when she started her own business at age 9. Her aim is to help kids forge true success by applying time-tested principles, which she presents to them in their own language. This book is a golden display of the heart of a young girl who wants to see people reach their full potential by refusing to be spectators of their own dreams.
Crushing It by Gary V
My brother Andrew is a diehard Gary V fan and has suggested I pick up all of his book. This summer, I’ve added to my reading list: Crushing It! is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint to living life on your own terms (Amazon)
My husband, Lenny has this on his nightstand… and I’m determined to leaf through it this summer by the pool. The book has been recommended by many professionals in my life… so, why not take a peek since we already own a copy.