July 27, 2018 | Barb Huntley
Need a kick in the butt this month to inspire you to take your personal or work life to another level? These books will give you the encouragement you need, and are enjoyable to read!

1.Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight – Bill Gates describes this book best, an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.

2.Outliers by Malcom Gladwell - Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? The best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful – he walks us through what it takes to be them.

3.Born to Ruby Christopher McDougall – Take a look at the journey of ultra-runners, people who push their bodies to unfathomable limits. This book is pure inspiration and pushes human limits which in term will make you question your own.

4.The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman - You’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today. The Five Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

5.Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson - In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life. You can learn to put things in perspective by making the small daily changes. You should also try to live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, and lower your tolerance to stress.

6.The Greatest Salesman in the World - written by Og Mandino – This book serves as a guide to a philosophy of salesmanship, and success, telling the story of Hafid, a poor camel boy who achieves a life of abundance. If Mandino's suggested reading structure is followed, it would take about 10 months to read the book.

7.The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.


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