Last summer I was feeling the readiness to return to work after a three year maternity leave.  However, as any contributor to society knows, taking a few years off can make you feel like you may need to upskill.  Reading is a great way to tap into expertise and when I don’t have a lot of time in the day I can opt for audio books while working out or winding down.  After reading the following books, I pivoted my business, extended it’s services and and relaunched to a wider audience.  Let me know your thoughts on these books in the comments below:

  • Grit by Angela Ducksworth.  

    Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial, such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

  • Mind Set by Carol S. Dweck.   

    Dweck has found that everyone has one of two basic mindsets.If you have the fixed mindset, you believe that your talents and abilities are set in stone – either you have them or you don’t. You must prove yourself over and over, trying to look smart and talented at all costs. This is the path of stagnation. If you have a growth mindset, however, you know that talents can be developed and that great abilities are built over time. This is the path of opportunity – and success.

  • The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown.

    Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • The Essential Guide To Hiring and Getting Hired. – Lou Adler.  

    It will help hiring managers and recruiters find and hire more top-notch people for any job, from entry-level to CEO. Using the two-question Performance-based Interview, anyone who is involved in assessing candidates will quickly be more effective and more accurate.

  • Rich Dad. Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. 

    This book explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.

  • Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris.  

    This book contains the tools, tactics and new tips from past guests, and life lessons from guests of Ferris’s podcast.

  • The Subtle Art of not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson.  

    Manson makes the argument that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better.  Human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them.

  • Sale of a Lifetime by Harry Dent. 

    This is an great read on economic cycles and 2/3rds of the book describes them.  While Dent warns of a devastating crash and debilitating deflation following the bubble boom season he highlights the opportunities for investments in innovation and pinpoints them geographically.

  • Unshakeable by Tony Robbins. 

    Meh.  A very simpleton guide – though the 401k. tactics were insightful.

On my to read list for this month:

  • Homo Sapians: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari. 

    From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • The Book of Recruiting by Dean Da Costa. 

    A compilation of Da Costa’s thoughts, tips, tricks, and advice as it relates to staffing and sourcing.

  • Resume Forensics by Jim Stroud.  

    A quick and easy guide to finding free resumes and passive candidates on the web.


Favorites I Return to:

  • 4-hour Work Week – this book helped me grow my business, outsource to virtual assistants in India and the Philippines and learn delegation.

  • E-Myth Mastery – this book is essential once your business is ready to hire employees, bring on partners and move out of the home office.

  • The TechRecruit Newsletter – a weekly collection of trending talent acquisition links.

  • What are your thoughts on my reading list?  Leave a comment below or share this article.

Katherine Dunn