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Did you know that Bill Gates finds the time to read roughly a book a week? The reason for this statement is to serve notice that even some of the busiest people in the world find time to read… time to grow.
We’re constantly churning out industry specific content. This time we wanted to take a break and help connect you with our team members a bit. What, when, and why a specific book is read can reveal a lot about a person.
At Carrot we are big on helping people live their best lives. It’s in our Core Values actually. And our team members, as a benefit of working here, get FREE books (as many as they can read) and we pay them five hours a week to just focus on personal growth. So, we wanted to give you some ideas of growth and self-improvement books. Each member of our team has listed a favorite book they’ve read in 2016 and a brief review of why they enjoyed it.
Check out the latest personal growth reads our team has had and loved… and let us know in the comments section below your favorite personal growth book that’s made the biggest impact on you and get a chance to win a copy of every book we list below on December 15th!
If I had to say the #1 thing I wish I’d learned earlier in life that should be required to learn in high school and college is that the world works completely backwards to how most of us think it does and are brought up to think. Fresh out of college I was trying to make a name for myself and trying to start a company. I struggled… until I read this book and realized I need to stop trying to “get mine”… instead, I need to help others “get theirs”. The Go-Giver is a MUST READ no matter what age… and if you ever get into a funk or are feeling down about trying to reach your goals… you NEED to read this short and sweet parable.Trevor
This book is currently HUGE for me because at this time in my life I’m really challenging myself and being challenged to become a better leader. I’ve found that often times early on in our entrepreneurial careers we think we don’t need “leadership coaching” because as entrepreneurs many of us naturally are decent leaders. But the problem is… it’s easy to get by on mediocre leadership skills with a one person company… or even up to 3-5 people… but once you grow your ambitions, want to change the world, and grow your team… leadership is the #1 skill that I’ve found I had to grow. We all have a leadership “lid” as my leadership coach says… and you can’t make your greatest impact in this world without stretching yours. This book is an easy read but critical if you’re truly ready to challenge your normal patterns and become a better leader.Trevor
I’m always focused on what the actionable outcome is for a conversation. This book re-framed my mindset to focus on the purpose of the relational outcome for conversations and has helped BIG TIME when talking with my spouse, acquaintances, team members, and friends when I am tired, anxious, jamming on projects, et cetera. I’ll definitely reread this many times over!
Besides the Harry Potter series ;-) I recently read “You are A Badass” by Jen Sincero and really enjoyed it – got a ton of insight from it . Also just read “If you Think, You Can!” by TJ Hoisington. Really great book.
Very humorous book on what went on behind the scenes of the worst movie of all time, The Room.
This book has been a great help with trying to raise boys in today’s world. Also, “Leading with a Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness” by Dan B. Allender is a great book.Shaun
I enjoyed the book because it details historical figures who were both defeated and triumphed because of their ego. Often ego is explained as being conceited but it’s actually much more complex. The book challenged a lot of what I believed and thought and is worth reading because it provokes inner dialogue.
If you’re looking for a fun way to get your creative juices going, this book covers it. Not only did I enjoy this book for business brainstorming. but I use it for family fun too. It’s written by some of the most talented brainstormers in the world. I’ve reread it a few times and it continues to help me work up some fun and creative ideas or solutions to problems.
There are so many books on success and many of them on how to have “material” success. I love this book because it’s based on the book of Proverbs, the orignal success principles taught by King Solomon. The foundation being how the pursuit of Wisdom is the principle thing, not the gold. The book teaches on who you need and what attributes you must have to build the character to not only get the success, but to keep the success.
I always want to build really strong relationships with people, no matter the interaction. This book really helped challenge me and the way I interact with people and it’s a good reminder to be genuine. Very awesome.
So, what personal growth book charged you up the most? Let us know in the comments below and let us know why!
Leave a comment below with the personal growth book that made the biggest impact on you and why… On December 15, we will choose one person at random to receive a copy of every single book in this list above, sent to your door, as our Christmas gift to help get your year started with amazing momentum and growth!
Ready… GO! (you have to get your comment in BEFORE 5pm Dec 15th in order to qualify).