With the holidays upon us, we thought we’d dedicate some thought towards scheduled (ok: forced) downtime. In doing so we polled the office and discovered 3 books that came highly recommended as holiday reading for the career-driven amongst us.
A Case of The Go-Getter.
For the highly career-driven types, the act of ‘not working’ can come at us with rough edges. It’s not entirely natural to just sit back and not work our game strategy. In many ways, the idea of slowing the pace can feel like losing ground. As a potential solution, we recommend double-timing the concept of taking a ‘holiday break’ with the addition of some inspirational reading.
These 3 books are bountiful with ah-ha moments, industry hacks and refreshing stories of challenge and triumph.
#1: Driven by Robert Herjavec
This book has achieved legendary bookshelf cred. Some may recognize Robert Herjavec as one of the Shark Tank hosts. Others may know his name from the massive career wave he’s made in the tech industry. Either way, his story is that of a classic grind from near poverty to astounding wealth and career successes. The book is written like an approachable novel traveling through biopic storylines with powerful advice and validation. It is a captivating read and a truly inspirational business book. An absolute must-read!
#2: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
At 164 pages this little book is a powerhouse of gloves-off dictation. If you are a writer, this is your book. Creative entrepreneurs, this is your book. If you are a visionary who is constantly seeking routes of betterment in life and in career, this is your book.
Steven Pressfield is the author of several novels including that of The Legend of Bagger Vance. (Which if you haven’t seen the movie, you haven’t fully lived. Strong opinion but I’m sticking to it!) The Art of War goes richly into content regarding the challenges faced when we ask too much from our creativity.
Honestly, it’s a funny and lighthearted read even though it touches on inner battles and the psychology of creation. Go get this book. I will completely alter the quality of your work.
#3: Persuasion by Arlene Dickinson
Altogether, what’s refreshing about this book is the female perspective of corporate success. Arlene Dickinson was a single mother who literally went from newly divorced with no savings, only a high school diploma and four young children to CEO of one of the countries largest marketing firms. All within the span of a decade. In short, this woman has grit!
The book teaches patience, it teaches how every little, tiny step forward is still worth celebrating and it teaches the depths of digging into your goals through the art of persuasion.
Gift Yourself Time.
To summarize, take a moment to yourself this holiday season. Gift yourself time to calm down. Put the phone down, leave the to-list in the office, kiss your family and then get comfortable in your favorite chair.
There is a great benefit to awarding yourself genuine downtime, not just for our health but also for our continued career-driven momentum.