2017 Must Reads Part 2

This is the list that never ends. It just goes on and on, my friends. Just kidding – sort of.

If you missed Part 1 of my book list for 2017, take a peek here before skipping to Part 2. Kidding again – you can read them in any order you so desire. 

Here we go…

[one_fourth]Grit[/one_fourth][three_fourth_last]Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

At 27, Angela Duckworth quit her management consulting job to teach seventh grade math in a New York public school. That’s where she realized IQ was not the only difference between her best and her worst students. Her seventh graders gave her a much better understanding of students and learning from a motivation perspective.

What if doing well in school and life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and easily? Who is successful here and why?

Through research beyond the classroom, she formed her theory on a significant predictor of success:

grit grit noun
1. passion and perseverance for very long term goals
2. sticking with your future day in and day out
3. working really hard to make that future a reality

In Grit, Angela Duckworth shares her research and findings into why merely talent or IQ doesn’t make you successful and next steps on how to build grit from an early age. 

Her talk at a TED Talks Education conference also explains more of her work and theory.

Note to self for 2017 and beyond – It’s not just talent that makes you successful, it’s the grit in you to make that success a reality. [/three_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]AskGaryVee[/one_fourth][three_fourth_last]#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk

I recently watched a video of a father asking Gary Vaynerchuk to speak to his daughter (he was videotaping) about how she should consider her college career, how she should maximize that experience to prepare her for the world she will be entering. I knew I needed to hear more from him after one specific part of his response: “There is not a school, university or college on Earth that exists that is even remotely equipped to educate you properly on communications and marketing in the world we live in today.”

In his book, he gives surprising, often outrageous, and imminently useful and honest answers to everything you’ve ever wanted to know about navigating the new world.

Practical, timeless, even untraditional advice? Sign me up.[/three_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Patient HM[/one_fourth][three_fourth_last]Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich

Between this and When Breath Becomes Air, you might think I grew up wanting to be a neurosurgeon. Well, the secret is out.

I think most people who have a Communications background also have a natural interest in psychology and how the brain works.

Patient H.M. is the most studied human research subject in the history of neuroscience after he received a radical new version of the then-common lobotomy in 1953 in an effort to eliminate his seizures. The procedure failed to cure him of epilepsy and it left him with amnesia, unable to create long-term memories.

On top of an already interesting story – the author, Luke Dittrich, is the grandson of the surgeon who operated on Patient H.M. Before the release of his book, Dittrich talked to The New York Times about this significant era for American medicine and his deeply personal connection to it all. Read A Brain Surgeon’s Legacy Through a Grandson’s Eyes here

Patient H.M. combines the best of biography, memoir, and science journalism to create a haunting, endlessly fascinating story, one that reveals the wondrous and devastating things that can happen when hubris, ambition, and human imperfection collide.” – Sheri Fink, M.D., Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Five Days at Memorial

I’ll take two, please! [/three_fourth_last]

That’s all for now, but I’m always adding new books and looking for suggestions so comment below with your favorites.