10 Books I Am Reading In 2020 To Transform My Life And Business
I used to be that nerd who always carried a book with her everywhere she went. I have also been bullied quite a bit for it growing up. Not that it ever stopped me. Even then, I am relatively new to the world of non-fiction, self-help, and personal development books. I have only been reading personal development and how-to books since last year. So for this year’s Goodreads reading challenge, most of my books focus on transforming myself, my life, and my business for the better.
But why should I have all the fun? I have spent quite some time reading reviews, asking questions, and gathering opinions on what books to read. And now I present to you my very carefully curated list. Just a reminder that these are books I will be reading, not books I have already read. So if you hate any of them, apologies in advance!
“Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion” by Robert Cialdini – This book was recommended to me to help with my copywriting skills. I was a little surprised to find it on a list of copywriting books, given it was literally about the psychology of persuasion. But then it hit me. Copywriting is a sales tactic. And sales is an exercise in persuasion. We as business owners are constantly trying to sell our products and services to potential clients. It pays to understand our clients’ psychology. The better we can understand what is it that they want, the better we will be able to provide it. Selling is something I often struggle with. I am sure a lot of you can relate. Which is why this book is going on the top of my list for 2020.
“Everything is Figureoutable” by Marie Forleo – I discovered Marie Forleo quite a few years back, but not as the spectacularly successful businesswoman that she is today. I found her dance videos on YouTube. In fact, one of her videos became my go-to Zumba workout sequence. I thought to myself, this girl is cool, I like her. Imagine my surprise when I figured out only in 2018 that she is the phenomenon that she is. I am a huge fan of Marie TV, and hang on to her every word. So, of course, I want to read this book! Marie is one of the most effective storytellers I have ever come across and judging by her success, when she says “everything is figureoutable”, I believe her. In fact, some of the books on this list made it to this list because Marie recommended them.
“The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein – Ah yes, the first Marie Forleo recommendation on this list. As the blurb on Goodreads (or the book jacket!) will tell you, this book is all about transforming fear to faith. Let me tell you I badly need that! A lot of you do too. When we are gripped by fear, we have a misleading sense of powerlessness. That we cannot do anything about the situation we are in right now. We are scared to take action, and we are scared of the consequences. We stay paralyzed in an uncomfortable state of not knowing. This is not pleasant. I am hoping this book can teach me actionable steps to snap, or gradually lead, myself out of these tight spots.
“Let it Out, A Journey Through Journaling” by Kate Dalebout – I have already started reading this one. I have not gotten to the journaling exercises yet, but from the table of contents, there are exercises like “The Creativity Muscle Toner”, “The Daily Feeling Action List”, “The Prioritizer”, etc. Seems rather interesting so far. Guided journaling is a great idea for those who have heard about the mythical positive impact of journaling on your mental health, and manifesting through journaling, etc, but when they sit down with their pen and paper journal, they have no idea what to write.
“You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero – So I was late to the Jen Sincero fan club. I only read her book “You are a Badass at Making Money” last year. Naturally, I now have to go back and read the book that made her famous. Judging by how much I loved “You are a Badass at Making Money”, I thoroughly look forward to enjoying this one as well. The tagline says “How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life”. I have also heard plenty of amazing business women rave about this book. Let me know in the comments if you have read it, and how you liked it.
“Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk – No, this is not a book about fighting. Also, if you have no idea who Gary Vaynerchuk is, I strongly suggest you fix that right away. Check out his videos on Facebook. This particular book is about telling “your story in a noisy social world”. Given my current obsession with storytelling in businesses, this book simply had to go on my list. Gary V talks about how to be authentic and unapologetic about who you are, and how to connect with your audience on social media. Cannot wait to share the learnings of this one with you.
“Atomic Habits” by James Clear – This came after painstakingly trying to read “The 5 AM Club” by Robin Sharma in 2019. I often struggle with my sleep schedule. That is what led me to Sharma’s book in the first place. However, two pages in, I figured out Sharma is not my cup of tea. In fact, the entire genre of self-help fiction is not for me. So I searched for other books that might help with building positive habits, and I found this book by James Clear. The tagline says “An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones”. I will let you know if I like this one better.
“I Will Teach You to be Rich” by Ramit Sethi – This one is the second Marie Forleo recommendation on this list. While Sincero’s book deals mostly with mindset shift around money, this one talks about practical actionable steps to pay off debts, grow savings, and ultimately be rich. I am all for mindset shifts. They have helped me so much! But sometimes a girl needs an instruction manual.
“The $100 Startup” by Chris Guillebeau – I added this one here mostly for the title. It promises to teach its readers to “reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future”. Sounds like a pretty big claim given I hypothetically have only $100. Let us see what this one has to teach.
“The Dip” by Seth Godin: This book claims to teach you when to quit, and when to stick. And boy do I need this skill! According to Godin, “winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt – until they commit to beating the right Dip”. This seems to be a far cry from the very common “winners never quit” narrative. This makes sense to me because if we never quit, we may stay stuck in professions or lives that are not right for us.
Which ones from the list have you already read? Which ones are on your to be read list? Which ones did you like or dislike? Let me know in the comments. And happy reading!