The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Habits are something in our day-to-day activities that tend to go unnoticed. The Power of Habit provides scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and what can be done to change them. You’ll learn why some people and companies struggle to change, while others seem to make a transformation overnight. You’ll also learn how the right habits led to the success of famous individuals such as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. All in all, The Power of Habit contains key tips of achieving success by understanding how habits work.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Have you ever heard of the 10,000-hour rule? It goes like this: it takes 10,000 hours of intensive practice to achieve mastery of complex skills and materials. This rule was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. It’s a book about how success isn’t just about being smart and working hard. You’ll look into the world of “outliers” - what makes the best and most successful different. You’ll read about the background of successful people such as their culture, their family, their generation, and the nuances that contributed to their success.
Make it Stick by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel
Many common habits and practice routines tend to turn out counterproductive. Practice such as underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills fade quickly. Make it Stick provides an insight on more complex and durable learning by turning learning strategies of students into more concrete techniques based on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines. This book will appeal to those who are interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.
Atomic Habit by James Clear
Bad habits repeat themselves not because you don’t want to change but because you have the wrong system for change. Atomic Habits provides plenty of insight and experience with building habits, breaking bad habits, and getting one percent better everyday. It places importance in understanding the difference between systems and goals in order to get one step closer to producing remarkable results. It will reshape the way you think about progress and success and give you tips and strategies you’ll need to change your habits.
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
We’re taught that when we work hard, we become successful, and then we’ll become happy. If we land that great position or get that raise, happiness will follow. What if it was the other way around? What if happiness is what fuels success? When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive. Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage uses case studies based on his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries in order to break this old philosophy that we’ve come to know. It touches upon seven practical principles that can improve your performance and maximize your potential.