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January 2015, one of my new year’s resolutions was to improve my quality of life. A bit abstract I know, but at that moment I needed a change and the typical “lose weight” was not what I was looking for.

Long story short… I started to read self-improvement books to support my objective.

Anything you want to do/learn/improve, there is someone who already did and wrote a book about it.

These books, have brought me benefits in different areas of my life. Too good to not share:

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

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Show your Work!: 10 Ways to Share your Creativity and Get Discovered, by Austin Kleon

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A short and practical book on how to share your ideas and creativity to others (especially online). It inspired me a lot to continue sharing via this blog.

 

 

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, by John Medina

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To teach how the brain works with a combination of scientific explanations, funny stories and practical tips for our daily lives, is something that only Dr. Medina can do. He’s fantastic! The influence of  stress on our ability to learn, the importance of sleeping well and exercising, the link between emotions and memory… Everything counts when it comes to improving your brain’s development.

 

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five, by John Medina

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After enjoying Brain Rules, I could not wait to start this book! I wish I would have read it during my pregnancy, but it is never too late. Some of my favorite insights: Praising effort is better than praising intelligence. The best predictor of academic performance is not IQ, but self-control. The ingredients of intelligence: desire to explore, self-control, creativity and communication skills.

 

Leap First: Creating Work That Matters, by Seth Godin.

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(Only in audio) 2 hours of principles and life lessons to create change with your work, to overcome resistance and to leap! I agree with his ideas about education. How we have been trained at school to follow instructions instead of being creative and making art.

 

No time to read? No problem, apart from “Show your work”, these books are available in Audio format. The time in traffic or during your flight will become more productive and less stressful with a good book.

Honestly, “I love books” is not my thing… but I love the fact of achieving things by reading 🙂

Is not an accident that successful people read more books”, Seth Godin.

 

Any thoughts or questions about these books? Shoot in the text field below. Any other book you can recommend? Please share.

 

Hasta la próxima,

Kaqui…