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Issue 34 | January 2017

Pivot by Jenny Blake

Pivot

The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

By Jenny Blake

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It’s a new year, so it’s a pretty common time to think about the moves you’re making to start your year off right. For many people, including myself, when we start making those moves —creating goals, planning out your year, thinking of all the things you want to accomplish—we are sometimes faced with forks in the road. Which direction do we go? This decision can often make a huge difference in the ultimate outcome.

This is why I’m recommending Jenny Blake’s new book, Pivot. Jenny tackles a huge topic (career decision, life-changing decisions) and puts it into simple, easy-to-follow terms.

Issue 33 | December 2016

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StrengthsFinder 2.0

By Tom Rath (Gallup)

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StrengthsFinder 2.0 has been recommended to me by several of my colleagues, but I never picked it up because I thought it was another one of those personality tests—the ones that are interesting but don’t really tell you much of anything or help you take advantage of your traits. I’ve taken several of those types of tests in the past, and they never did much for me. It wasn’t until Alissa Daire Nelson from the Maximize Your Strengths podcast gave me the push I needed to see that there was more to this book than just a small quiz.

The book starts off with detail about why it’s important to know your strengths, and the common misconceptions about what it means to work hard and achieve goals. For example, the mantra, “You can be anything you want to be, if you just try hard enough,” is actually something that can work against us. If we try to do something we are not meant to do, we’ll either just do it partially and get frustrated or not perform to our standards. It’s similar to how, when we get a bad grade in school, we focus too much on the grade rather than taking advantage of our strengths and excelling in what we are meant to do.

Issue 32 | November 2016

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Deep Work

Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

By Cal Newport

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Deep Work is one of those books that you read because everyone seems to be talking about it, and even though I may be late to reading it, if it’s the first time you’re hearing about it, that’s great. It’s a good one. In the book, Cal explores how we can find moments of time when we get in deep focus mode, or the “flow state of mind,” when we are the most productive, the most creative, and the most focused. This can be easier when you have time and lock yourself away, such as in a hotel room (both JK Rowling and Bill Gates were known to do this), but when you have a family, or a job, or other “distractions” in your life, it can seem nearly impossible.

But Cal Newport is a busy man, a family man, and he can focus enough to write these best-selling books. Deep Work is about how he’s managed to do that, with amazing insights into how you can do it too. Cal has really created a formula for getting work done in a busy world.

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