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10 Books That Make You Think

by Adam Trouncer - 1 month ago

Not a day for fiction? Here are 10 books that’ll shake up your world a little—books that make you think.

The best books are those that you’re never quite the same after reading; these books motivate you and even change your life.

Be prepared to think about life a little differently after you tackle these. They might help you reach career goals, create better habits, get healthier, and live your life to the fullest.

What could be more important? At the very least, you’re sure to take away some valuable life lessons. Here we go…

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Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff - Chip Gaines

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Long before he became known to millions of people as a TV star, renovations expert, and bestselling author, Chip Gaines led an even more colorful life as a serial entrepreneur.

Whether he was investing in a local laundromat or convincing the bank to loan him cash for a lawn-mowing business, Chip took on every challenge… Even if it didn’t always work out. 

Capital Gaines chronicles the antics and lessons of a man with a positive attitude, daredevil personality, and a willingness to give anything a go.

It’s one of those books that make you think you can succeed in ways you might not have thought possible before.

Out now

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When: The Scientific Secrets Of Perfect Timing - Daniel H. Pink

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They say “timing is everything”, but does this imply it’s all to do with luck and guesswork?

In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, bestselling author Daniel H. Pink explores the idea that timing is not an art, but a science, drawing on research from psychology, biology, and economics to unlock the secrets for flourishing at work, school, and home.

Asking questions like, “How can I build the ideal schedule?” and “When is the best time to quit a job?”, you’ll learn how to harness the wonder of timing and use it to your advantage in every area of your life.

Now available.

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Tribe Of Mentors: Short Life Advice From The Best In The World - Timothy Ferriss

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It’s likely you’ll already know bestselling author Timothy Ferriss for one his internationally-renowned books on personal development. Titles like Tools of Titans or The 4-Hour Body (in which Ferriss actually recommends incorporating Athletic Greens into your regime!) have changed many people’s lives for the better.

His latest title is a collection of ultimate life advice from over 100 athletes, actors, entrepreneurs and more, as they relay their biggest lessons so far.

Find out why TED curator Chris Anderson thinks “pursue your passion” is terrible advice, or why actor Ben Stiller likes to dunk his head in a bucket of ice every morning.

It’s a great addition to your collection of books life-enriching books—books that make you think. It’ll help you achieve success, happiness, and meaning… Even when the odds seem stacked against you.

Available for purchase.

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Promise Me, Dad: A Year Of Hope, Hardship And Purpose - Joe Biden

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Got your Kleenex ready? Promise Me, Dad is a beautiful insight into the personal loss of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden; one that will sadden, uplift, and inspire, all at once.

During the Thanksgiving holiday in 2014, Joe and Jill Biden’s eldest son, Beau, who had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, asked his father to make a promise: “Promise me, dad. Give me your word that no matter what happens, you’re going to be alright.”

What follows is a tale of an extraordinary year of triumph, accomplishment, and pain, as Biden keeps his promise to his son, while balancing his responsibilities at home.

Travelling more than a hundred thousand miles across the globe, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq, and never leaving a call unanswered, Biden’s story is one of hope, friendship, purpose, and action that will help you build a productive and positive life, despite personal hardships.

Published in 2017.

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The Wisdom Of Sundays - Oprah Winfrey

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Ever wondered what it would be like to have a conversation with the lady herself?

Here, Oprah sits down with some of the world’s most admired visionaries, teachers, and thought-leaders, like Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, and Shonda Rhimes.

The result?

A collection of meaningful conversations, organized into 10 chapters, and peppered with enlightening insights on forgiveness, learning to let go, finding purpose, and the healing powers of love.

Oprah sums it up best: “If you want to be fully present and live with a wide-open heart, this is where your journey begins.”

Out now.

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Brave - Rose McGowan

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This one’s an eye opener about a topic that’s a heavy news topic at present: the exploitation and abuse of women in Hollywood.

While it tells of one woman’s struggle in the entertainment industry, the lessons are far wider. And they will be appreciated by men just as much as women. Inspiration has no gender!

A New York Times bestseller, Rose McGowan details how she was born into one cult, ran away at the age of thirteen, and came of age in another cult: that of Hollywood, where she was made an elite Hollywood actress.

Achieving the dream and quickly realizing that it was accompanied by a nightmare – the inherent sexism in the movie industry – she tells how she was almost driven mad by it.

But she came out angry and fighting and the resulting message is a call to arms for all women who have suffered from exploitation. A must-add to your library of powerful books for powerful women.

Out now

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How Not to Die: Discover The Foods Scientifically Proven To Prevent And Reverse Disease - Michael Greger

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We wouldn’t be doing our jobs properly if there wasn’t at least one book on nutrition and diet in this list!

Michael Greger is the founder of nutritionfacts.com, the science-based public service website with the latest in nutrition research. He is a physician and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues.

This book is typically well-researched and cuts through many of the myths about nutrition and diet. The fact that our health greatly depends on what we eat should not come as a surprise to readers but there is a lot of confusion and mixed messages about which foods keep us healthy and/or help us recover from disease.

This book helps answer that puzzle by focusing on the science that underpins all of Greger’s work. As the title suggests, he identifies the foods with proven preventive and curative properties for tackling diseases that we’re all vulnerable to: namely, fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes.

Available for purchase.

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The Female Persuasion - Meg Wolitzer

Books Female Persuasion OPTIMISED 1This is a little different from the others on the list because it’s a novel. But it’s another one that will be especially appreciated by women in search of inspiration.

The novel tells the story of a young woman, Greer Kadetsky, who finds inspiration in a feminist icon, Faith Frank.

Their relationship develops throughout the novel – from obsessive fan and celebrity to wide-eyed employee and boss. Ultimately, Frank becomes Kadetsky’s confidant, who encourages Greer and pushes her on to confront harsh realities.

The novel is a celebration of female friendship and mentorship. It begs the question what the world would be like if more women were in positions of leadership – and the effect that this might have on young women in particular.

It is a recognition that tenderness can exist with strength and that love can live with power. We should all be able to appreciate that!

Now available.

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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life - And Maybe The World - Admiral William H. McRaven

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William H. McRaven spent 37 years as a Navy SEAL. His university slogan was, ‘What starts here changes the world’ and he carried this through his life in recognition of the fact that the small steps you take in life matter greatly.

Here he shares the ten simple principles that have guided success in his career and that have supported him in life.

Most of the wisdom is simple enough that anyone can make changes immediately to follow a better path: begin each day with a simple task, respect everyone you meet, understand that you will fail often, face-down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden, and so on.

This is among those books that make you think about how to live a healthy, ethically conscious life.

Published in 2017.

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Hug Your Haters - Jay Baer

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This is one for you if you’re in customer service – and who isn’t to some degree these days?

“Hug Your Haters” calls itself the “first modern book on customer service” because it helps identify the changes in customer expectations that have resulted from the advance of technology.

These changes have left many behind. It’s no longer about telephone and email, but instead about public communication via social media, review sites, and discussion boards. Jay Baer calls it a “spectator sport” and shares the secrets of mastering this particular sport,

Out now

Still Not Enough? Here’s a Runner Up For Your Reading List…

With so many new books dedicated to personal growth, career success and overall happiness, it’s hard not to be inspired.

But maybe you’ve really developed a hunger for this type of book. For the most voracious readers out there who just can’t get enough inspiration, there’s one other title that you may want to add to your list.

It didn’t quite make the final cut here but it’s another winner:

●     Judgement Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living a Better Life – Gabrielle Bernstein

 There’s never a better time than now to settle in and start building the life you want. Remember that all meaningful actions start with a thought; so if you want to improve your life, you first need to have the thought of doing so. These books can all encourage that thought… enjoy!

What’s on your reading list this year?

Let us know what we should be adding to our library shelves (and Kindle lists!) by posting a comment below, or in our #GreensTeam Facebook community.