Five Reads to Keep You Inspired in 2022

“Whether you’re looking to beef up your small-talk game, need a mental push to get you on track, or just want a pastime away from the screen, finding your next great read can be challenging amidst the millions of titles that promise wisdom in entertaining, bite-sized pieces.” Says Abby Prince, ProSearch Director

To help you on your search, we’ve put together a shortlist of books that will move and inspire you. Read on to find your next commute (or Zoom waiting room) buddy:

1. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness

“That the things you do every single day, the things that don’t look dramatic, that don’t even look like they matter, do matter. That they not only make a difference—they make all the difference.”

The Slight Edge is an approach to goal attainment that focuses on compounding micro-actions to achieve results. Now in its 8th edition, Jeff Olson’s work goes beyond the typical self-help book by showing its reader how they can use tools and methods that they already have at hand to attain their bigger goals.

2. The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness

“The three big ones in life are wealth, health, and happiness. We pursue them in that order, but their importance is reverse”

In this compilation of musings and life stories, Eric Jorgenson compacts and presents the wisdom of Naval Ravikant—“entrepreneur, philosopher, and investor”—into an engaging 200-page package to readers. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to build lasting wealth or need the inspiration to get you out of a mental or creative rut, Ravikant’s perspective on happiness and success is a grounding approach to learning and self-development.

3. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

“The mistake most of us make in our crucial conversations is we believe that we have to choose between telling the truth and keeping a friend.”

Whether it’s in networking to move forward in your career or in building personal relationships, communication and emotional intelligence are crucial skills when it comes to functioning around other people. While these skills can only be honed from real-world experience, this book breaks down the “crucial conversation” and provides guiding points to help you navigate them.

4. When Breath Becomes Air

“You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”

Paul Kalanithi had just finished a decade of training as a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer—in this memoir, he reflects on his life, career, and relationships from the vantage point of the near-end. In musing over the eternal question, “What makes a life worth living?” Kalanathi challenges the reader to reflect on their mortality while sharing his contagious spirit and love for the things and people around him.

5. Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

“You only waste time if you’re not intentional about how you spend it.”

This is not a book on quick-fix productivity or how to check as many things off on your to-do list in the shortest amount of time. For anyone who looks at their calendar and feels the crushing weight of limited time and endless distractions, Jake Knapp and John Zeratksy have compiled what they’ve learned throughout the years of helping hundreds of teams on productivity and workflow into a four-step daily framework that is simple to follow and implement into your everyday.

Bring your new knowledge to the next team!

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