7 Books to Broaden Your Perspective

In the last month, I’ve been on a reading tear. (To see how I read so many books in a month, check out How I read 12 books in 3 months).

For this week’s Inspira, I thought I’d share what I’ve been reading:

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes.
For one year, Rhimes said yes to everything that scared her. This is her story about how she learned to love her truest self. This woman has accomplished so much.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
I read this book a year ago and listened to it again. The book is an intimate letter to Coates’ son about “race” and what it means to be a black man in America.

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown.
The subtitle says it all, “if we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This book is about what it takes to get back up.” I laughed, cried, and grew by reading this book.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande.
The volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it to people—consistently, correctly, safely. A checklist can make all the difference. Worth reading to see how pilot checklists are created (not as easy as it sounds).

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.
Mastering deep work is the super power of our time. Newport not only tells you why, but how you can transform your mind and habits to support this skill.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath & Dean Heath.
This is a classic book for Marketers. It’s about what makes ideas stickier.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.
I’m fascinated by the psychology behind how people make decisions in impossible situations. This book shared dozens of perspectives of surviving the great zombie war from across the globe. Listen to this book; you’ll recognize famous voices.

As you pick out your next book to read, I challenge you to think about the authors you chose to read. When I examined the books I read last year, I realized that a big percentage were written by white men. This year, I’m purposefully looking for books to broaden my perspective (more on this soon).

What should I read next?

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