Below, are some books I would recommend individuals read. A variety of topics, both fiction and non-fiction. Feel free to add your thoughts or suggestions in the comments or at @adam13goodwin!
Charles Clotfelter, Big-Time Sports in American Universities (Cambridge, 2011)
Charles does a great job of exploring why American universities spend millions each year on big-time sports – something not in the missions or vision of most universities. He argues there are many pros (unite students, sense of belonging, shared experiences, etc) and cons (cost, resources, lack of clarity to fitting in with university mission and purpose, etc). For more information, visit Duke University.
Julie Morgenstern, Never Check E-mail in the Morning (Fireside, 2004)
This book was on sale at Book Close Outs. I came across this site by accident, and the book by accident on the website I accidentally came across. A great self-help book that identifies and discusses solutions to time management issues. A mix of strategies, with identifying the higher-level problems leading to a lack of work-life balance, provides a well-rounded book. There are arguments around power, control, and insecurity influencing time management.
Khaled Hossein, The Kite Runner – A Novel (Anchor Canada, 2003)
Given to me by my mother, this international bestseller is superb. Based in the countries of Afghanistan and USA, this book is the tale of a young boy struggling to feel the love of his father. After moving to USA, the young boy, Amir, returns to Afghanistan to right a wrong: “There is a way to be good again.” For more information: The Kite Runner on Wiki.
Pete Townshend, Who I am (HarperCollins, 2012)
The leader of the rock and roll band, The Who, Pete discusses his struggles with sex, drugs, and alcohol. The paradox of the more fame from being a The Who star, the more loneliness he suffered from is a great refresher for those looking to “make it to the top.” One of my favorite lines from the book: “When you get to my current age, community charity work becomes a necessary fact of life.” The book is available on Amazon.
Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage (Crown, 2010)
Why do people need success before happiness? They don’t. This common thought process is busted by Shawn. The happier you are, the easier it is to be more happy, and successful. A best-seller, The Happiness Advantage is available on Amazon.
Susan Cain, Quiet (Crown Publishers, 2012)
The introvert-extrovert continuum – where do you get energized (being alone or with a group of friends)? The book is Susan’s life story of being told “You need to be more outgoing.” The life of an introvert in an extroverted world, can be difficult. Susan provides some fantastic personal stories and strategies to help “the quiet” thrive. I would recommend watching Susan’s TED Talk video on introverts.
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