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One of my favorite things about the summer months is that I have more time to read. The time that I spent during the academic year preparing lectures, reading current research, and grading papers, can now be replaced with some leisurely reading. During the school year, I am able to read a book or two a month. In the summer, I can easily read a book or two a week. I love to start every morning with a cup of coffee and a few chapters of a book. I can also be found reading a book while my kids are at swimming or diving practice or while floating in my pool on a raft. Reading goes with just about anything, right?
During the academic year, when I find a book that I want to read, I purchase and download them to my kindle or buy them and put them in a summer reading pile. Then when the spring semester ends, I dig in.
So far this summer, I have read a few books. Today, I am going to share some of the personal development books I have read so far. I recommend all three of the books below to those who seek to improve their personal or professional lifestyle.
The first book I picked up this summer was #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso. One of my friends recommended this book after we started the blog. She thought this would provide us the motivation to push through when blogging became a bit hectic or challenging. #GirlBoss detailed the life of Sophia Amoruso, a self-made millionaire, who began an online vintage clothing company. In her book, she describes how she went from being homeless and eating out of dumpsters to running a multimillion dollar business. She shares her trials and tribulations as well as successes that she experienced as she built her Nasty Gal clothing brand. This uplifting books shares Amoruso’s tips for succeeding in business and in life.
The Energy Bus
The second book I read was The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon. Gordon describes how important positive energy can be to steer life in a successful direction. Lack of positive energy can destroy businesses as well as families and friendships. Therefore, Gordon tells the story of George, and how is life is changed when he was forced to ride Joy’s Energy Bus. She shares the 10 rules for turning his professional and personal life around.
Positive Energy changes a person’s focus and perspective. Rather than focusing on negative aspects of life, Gordon encourages people to seek the positive perspective in every situation. Every leader should read and implement these rules into running successful teams. Every spouse should read and implement these rules into their family. Every person should read and implement these rules into their relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. Focusing on the positive completely changes a situation – perspective is everything.
Eat That Frog!
The final book that I read, Eat that Frog! 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy, focused on time management and prioritizing daily tasks. This book has had the biggest impact on my life. Not only did this help me to reevaluate my priorities but has also helped me to focus on the important things and tackle them first – eat the biggest and ugliest frog first. I love to make To Do Lists and checking things off the list provides me a sense of accomplishment and motivates me to continue to progress through the rest of my list. But I also found that my time is often consumed by working on low-level tasks that have little impact on my long-term goals. Therefore, this book helped me to realize that I have control of my time and the choices that I make determine successful progress toward my long-term goals.
As we continue to read this summer, we will share additional book summaries and recommendations with you. Please feel free to comment below and share your reading recommendations with us.