The following are the books that I will be re-reading in 2021 (and I think worth re-reading if you have already read them) for the reasons I mention next to each book.
Choose Yourself by James Altucher
2020 was a year where many people, including myself, were impacted by the COVID pandemic. It wasn’t great. It wasn’t fun. But in times of ‘lows’, you can’t just sit around and expect things to be okay by doing the same thing you have always been doing. You, and only you, have the power to control how you react to what is happening to you. And the power is all in choosing yourself.
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
When I first read The Greatest Salesman in the World, I never gave it much thought. I read through the parable, and then through each scroll, and did not follow the advice set out in the book. What good is a book if you read it and don’t incorporate it into your life? So I re-read it and committed to following the instructions in the book. Even if it does nothing else, it has introduced a habit of reading in small chunks throughout the day (I normally read in larger chunks after work), but it has also shaped my thoughts on how I want to live life.
Draw to Win by Dan Roam
I wish I read this book earlier in my life. Although I consider myself to be a decent PowerPoint presentation creator, Dan and his books have made me re-think how I approach slides. Drawing is not as hard as you think it is (at least it’s not as hard as I thought it was) and has made my presentations exponentially better because I can draw exactly what I want to represent and not have to worry about copyright issues or losing the audience because of a disconnect between the message and image.
You are awesome by Neil Pasricha
Neil’s book is like a cheerleader that is in your corner telling you that you are awesome. And sometimes everyone needs that cheerleader in the corner. His book is his most vulnerable and personal yet, and that is what makes it so much more engaging. And like his other book The Happiness Equation, he provides very tactical actions that anyone can take to become more awesome and to think about how awesome their lives are.
Getting Things Done by David Allen
With most of the workforce working remotely (including me), I had to re-think my productivity systems. Without having to go to meeting rooms, travelling to the client, or having those serendipitous conversations in the hallway that lead to insights, I have had to think about my approach to getting work done. Who better to help me think through the system than productivity expert David Allen?