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Fall is just around the corner and although I’ve been enjoying the final days of summer, fall has always been my season. Apple picking, sweater weather, Thanksgiving (my fave holiday!!!), pumpkin spice everything…there’s nothing I love more. Add a killer fall reading list to the pile and is there really anything more you could ask for?
One of my favourite things to in the fall is cozy up with a warm blanket and hot cup of tea, getting lost in a good book. And while I enjoy fiction, as a creative, I love to read books that will propel my knowledge and keep my mindset in check. It’s important to never stop learning, never stop asking questions, and never stop opening yourself up to others’ opinions, even if you don’t agree with them.
There’s something that feels so good about reading a book. Not a kindle or kobo, not an online article, but a paperback book filled with folded corners and creases. Most of us spend all day looking at screens, and I find reading is the best way to give our eyes and mind a break.
Here’s a list of 7 books that should be on your fall reading list!
I was just introduced to this book and the miracle morning system by one of my biz besties and it’s a game-changer! Erod teaches you the secret to transforming your day (and life) before 8 am. He’s taken best practices and created a morning routine that aims to set you up for a happy, successful day – think things like journaling, affirmations and exercise. He teaches you how to wake up earlier every morning with more energy, motivation and focus so you can make the most of your day-to-day.
2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life| Mark Manson
Life’s not always easy, and the whole idea of trying to be positive all the time isn’t always the best system. I love how raw and honest he is, and the fact that he pushes us to figure out which things actually matter most to us, so we can focus on those and say who gives a f*ck to the others. In order to grow and stay grounded we need to confront and accept what makes us tick, what makes us uncomfortable and what we’re most afraid of. It’s pretty much a slap in the face for our generation, but one that’s definitely needed.
3. How To Win Friends And Influence People| Dale Carnegie
I’m halfway through this book and I’m obsessed. It was written in 1936 and it’s pretty cool to see just how similar people were from then to now. Everything he talks about in the book pertains to people today – how we should treat people, how people feel about themselves and others, and how knowing a few key things about humankind can completely alter your relationships with everyone you meet.
4. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success And Happiness| Jeff Olson
One of my business partners told me about this book the first day I met her and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! The slight edge is basically this: There are some practices that are really easy to do, but are also really easy not to do. Reading for 20 minutes a day: Easy to do, easy not to do. Listening to a podcast instead of music on your commute: Easy to do, easy not to do. We all walk to same line for most of our lives, but at some point, the ones who did these simple practices will separate from the ones who did not, and at that point they’ll be so far ahead that there’s pretty much no catching up. I find this so intriguing and I’m so excited to read all about it.
5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear| Elizabeth Gilbert
I read this book last year, and it’s a must-read for any creative. No matter what you want to create, passion and mindfulness are key to a fulfilling, inspired life. Gilbert explains how to use our successes and failures as motivation to keep creating and how to use the spark we all have inside us to pursue our dreams. I had so many ah-hah moments in this book, it’s definitely one I’ll read again!
6. The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months| Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
I love the whole notion of working smarter, not harder, and this book sums it up perfectly. Moran and Lennington teach you how to cut down the 12-month execution cycle to 12 weeks. A year gives you a long time to get things done (leading to complacency and lack of enthusiasm), but 12 weeks creates urgency and clarity on what matters most. This is something I’m implementing right now and I’m so excited to see how it works.
7. The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business| Charles Duhigg
Creating good habits has the potential to change our lives. Duhigg (using scientific discoveries) explains why habits exist and how they can be changed, and how they have the power to transform our lives. Understanding how habits work, and implementing the right habits is key to becoming more productive and successful.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
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