Now that summer is here, it’s time to relax and unwind – and what better way to do that than with a great book?
If you haven’t started your summer reading list (or you’re looking for a few titles to add to it), never fear. In this installment of Conversations from the Corner Office, ID Plans CRO Seth Garber shares some of the best books he’s read lately. Here are his suggestions:
This book gets at an important tenet of leadership –until you know how to lead yourself, you won’t be able to effectively lead others. Basically, he says, the more work you put into yourself, the more you’ll be able to give back to the world around you. Graham gives readers a roadmap to develop their own “leadership identity plan” by being confident, self-aware, and patient while continuing to challenge themselves to be better than they were yesterday. Ideally, by the end of the book, you’ll have a much better understanding of yourself and a renewed sense of discipline that will help you become a more purposeful, thoughtful leader. I’ve incorporated many of the ideas from this book into my “leadership identity” and I’m already seeing the benefits. You should definitely check it out.
Here’s a non-business book for you. What Doesn’t Kill Us explores the body-mind connection and reveals how science can move us past our perceived limitations. Think about it – people living hundreds of years ago didn’t have all the gadgets, tech tools and information we have today, and yet they somehow managed to survive in conditions that most of us would find terrifying.
In this book, the author explores the question of whether we can regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating what conditions were like for our ancestors. In his quest for answers, he talks to elite athletes and regular people who have seemingly gone against science and transformed their lives and their bodies. He also puts his own mind and body to the test, which results in him climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in nothing but sneakers and running shorts. Trust me – this book will really make you think about what you’re capable of doing if you’re willing to take a risk and go for it.
I read this book three times back to back – that’s how great it is. The author has trained elite basketball players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, and in this book, he talks about what it takes to achieve “total mental and physical dominance.”
Basically, you become unstoppable by being relentless – you don’t quit, you don’t let your emotions get in the way, and you learn to thrive under pressure. Grover breaks down the traits that successful people – athletes, business people, and more – have in common, and then he offers guidance on how you can learn to trust your instincts, control and adapt to any situation, and find your opponent’s weakness and attack. It’s really not as vicious as it sounds, but this book is very blunt and very honest, and that’s part of the reason I enjoyed it so much. The concepts can be hard to put into practice, but they’re actually very simple to understand in theory. It’s a must-read that I recommend to all my friends.
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