One of my favorite side benefits of blogging on career and business is getting advance copies of business books. I regularly receive professional development, self-improvement and business books. Authors and their publicists send me these, hoping for coverage. I welcome the pitches to stay on top of new resources that can potentially benefit my readers.
I always try to manage expectations and estimate to the publicists that I cover just one of every 10 books I receive on average. If I look at 2019 so far, I have read six books and covered one. I do plan to mention another one of the six, but it releases in March, but I will time my shout-out closer to the publishing date. Still, I’ll give a sneak peek here!
Here are the six business books I have read so far in 2019 and a brief recommendation so you can see if you want to add these onto your bookshelf:
Personal finance book: “The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money” by Jill Schlesinger
This is the one of the six that I covered in my Forbes column. Schlesinger is an experienced finance journalist and herself a certified financial planner, so the book is well-written and well-researched. Good money management supports good career management, so it’s relevant to my audience. Even if you think you’re diligent about finances, you will probably find something you can improve on after reading this book.
Personal development novel: “Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss” by Rajeev Balasubraminyam
This is the second of the six that I plan to give a mention to, but I’m just waiting for the launch. This personal development book is a novel, so it’s in the advice by allegory style. The book follows Professor Chandra, a distinguished professor who narrowly misses the Nobel prize for economics and finds himself on a sabbatical, attending an alternative wellness retreat, among other changes to his typical schedule. I love advice dished out as fiction when it’s done well, and Balasubraminyam is a strong, lyrical writer. The book launches in March and is worth checking out.
For motivational quotes: “The Book of Mistakes” by Skip Pritchard
If you love motivational quotes as much as I do, you’ll have many to add to your list from “The Book of Mistakes” by Skip Pritchard. The subtitle of the book is “9 Secrets to Creating A Successful Future”, and similar to Professor Chandra, it is written as an allegory across two time periods – 1700’s and present day. The 1700’s story covers how the manuscripts containing the nine secrets are being sought out by a band of dangerous thieves. Meanwhile, the present-day story has a recent graduate accidentally stumbling on the first secret and getting pulled into a journey to retrieve the other eight. It’s a breezy read, and the fictional stories make it fun. The nine secrets are more common sense than treasured secrets, but it’s always a good reminder to read about living your own dream (secret 1) or not making excuses (secret 3).
For Napoleon Hill fans: “Truthful Living” by Jeffrey Gitomer
If you’re a Napoleon Hill fan, you’ll like “Truthful Living” by Jeffrey Gitomer. Gitomer publishes some of the earliest writings from Hill (before the classic, “Think and Grow Rich”) and includes some of his own takeaways. I may be one of the few that is not a Napoleon Hill fan, just because of his writing style. The advice is good advice, and if you liked “Think and Grow Rich”, you’ll probably like “Truthful Living”.
Law of Attraction: “The Having” by Suh Yoon Lee and Jooyn Hong
I was excited to read “The Having” by Suh Yoon Lee and Jooyun Hong because I am a fan of the Abraham Hicks series of books, which also covers the Law of Attraction. If you’re interested in Law of Attraction, I recommend Abraham Hicks (there are many videos from their events available on YouTube) over “The Having”. It could be that there was something lost in the translation from Korean to English, but I didn’t glean anything new from “The Having” that I hadn’t already heard from Abraham Hicks (and others who have also covered Law of Attraction).
Healthy Living: “Reducing Your Cancer Risk” by Carl Helvie
I don’t normally categorize health books into personal development, as I see health in its own category. However, I read “Reducing Your Cancer Risk” by Carl Helvie because I have been following the mind-body connection for several years now. I thought this book on alternative approaches (to cancer, in this case) might shed some new light on alternative wellness in general. The book contains recommendations to multiple other wellness providers, so if you’re willing to do additional digging, this could be a good directory to give you a start. However, as a standalone resource, it doesn’t have much detail other than the resources named. I do like that it’s written by a cancer survivor. Finding positive success stories is useful in health (and career).
I’m currently reading books on business-building, real estate, and peak performance. What books do you recommend?