My top 10 books (so far!)

I’m in mourning… my summer intern, Abby, is heading back to school. She killed it all summer, and I am so grateful. However, I’d really appreciate it if she would drop out of college and work full time. That seems reasonable, no?

Abby asked for a parting gift – my top 10 books that have had the biggest impact on me since I was her age. It was fun to put the list together for her and I wanted to share it. You’ll notice I cheated because I couldn’t keep it to 10.

  1. The Social Animal by David Brooks – hands down my favorite book.
  2. Linchpin by Seth Godin – If you don’t know Seth, check him out. I read this when I was transitioning from college to the real world and it formed the foundation for how I approach “work”.
  3. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries paired with E-myth by Michael Gerber – business 101
  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie paired with Influence by Robert Cialdini – You can’t lead without influencing others.
  5. Zero to One by Peter Thiel – Think big, and differently. Simply pondering his “contrarian question” is easily worth the price of the book.
  6. War of Art by Steven Pressfield – intro to our internal “Resistance” and stepping out of our comfort zone.
  7. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown – intro to vulnerability and shame.
  8. Start with Why by Simon Sinek – marketing and sales 101.
  9. 10% Happier by Dan Harris paired with Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg – intro to meditation, mindfulness, and compassion for normal people.
  10. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – just a fascinating look inside your own head.

What are your favorite books?

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