Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

2018 Reading List – Books to Improve My Personal and Professional Life

Albert Einstein said, “Once you stop learning you start dying.”

Perhaps there’s never been a statement more true than this one. Learning is a critical component to becoming a better person, both personally and professionally. But we don’t have to go about it alone. We can learn from others all over the world who have already learned many valuable life lessons.

Through books, we learn about mistakes others have made in their life allowing us to learn their lessons and pick up where they left off. Why make the same mistakes others have made?

With a new year upon us, it’s a great time to look at your goals for the upcoming year.

A few years ago, I set a goal to read 24 non-fiction, self-improvement books, and at the end of that year, I felt like I had learned and grown a lot. I put a lot of my new knowledge into action for my promotional products distributorship and had a very successful year. During a typical year, I do usually read at least a few books per month, which includes both non-fiction and fiction books.

For 2018, I’m again committing to reading 24 non-fiction books for self-improvement. My hope is it will help me to continue to grow into a better husband, father, friend, and leader. I will, of course, also be reading quite a few fiction books along the way.

Announcing this firm commitment is my way of keeping me motivated and on track.

My 2018 Reading List

So far, these are the non-fiction books on my list to read in 2018. Of course, more books will be added to this list throughout the year. I may decide to nix a title or two on the list in lieu of new discoveries, but below you will find my starting list from which to choose for 2018. Most of these books have been published within the past year, but there are a few older titles I haven’t read yet. I am open to suggestions, so please feel free to offer your suggestions for books that aren’t on this list.

Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and be More Productive

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Originals

Leaders Eat Last

Invisible Influence

Outliers

Wild Ride

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life

The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts

The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing - Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

Good luck with your goals for 2018. I hope reading for self-improvement is among those goals.

Patrick Black
patrick@perfectimprints.com

Patrick Black, MAS, is the founder of Perfectimprints.com and has been in the promotional products industry helping businesses and organizations since 1999. When not geeking out over the newest and greatest promotional items, you can find him paddleboarding at the beach or hanging out by the pool with his wife, three kids, and his basset hound in Fort Walton Beach, FL.