Sunday Book Review – Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational BehaviorSway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ori always brings the thunder. No exceptions here. Unfortunately I read a lot in this space. There wasn’t really anything new here. Brafman has a clear and down to earth style that makes me wish I would have read this a lot sooner.

If you love to understand why people behave how they do and how people think, this is a solid read. Great for product people.

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Sunday Book Review: Where should we begin?: The Arc of Love by Esther Perel

Where should we begin?: The Arc of LoveWhere should we begin?: The Arc of Love by Esther Perel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know why, but I loved this. Esther is a psychologist that opens her sessions with couples on this Audible Original. She is incredibly good at what she does. The conversation is so casual, but viscerally deep at the same time.

You can hear sirens and city life teeming in the background. Making it even more authentic. There is laughter and tears. Soul searching, hurt and healing. I found myself being angry that there weren’t more sessions to listen to!

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Sunday Book Review: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative BattlesThe War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was on my list for quite some time. I thought it would be a bit more about creativity, but ultimately it was about fighting the resistance that plagues us all in our creative endeavors. I thought his take was decent, but there are other books out there that explain the science better and give more valid tools for overcoming obstacles.

If you are a creative person that gets blocked at times, this will speak to your soul. If you are more scientific minded there are better options for content.

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Sunday Book Review : Gold Dust Woman by Steven Davis

Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie NicksGold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks by Steven Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am fan of the era and specifically Fleetwood Mac. Stevie has tight connections to Arizona, so that only amplifies my interest. I had read Mick Fleetwood’s biography and most things contained here jive with the timelines and events only from Stevie’s point of view.

If you like Fleetwood Mac and/or musician biographies. This one is worth the read.

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Sunday Book Review – Mastering the Complex Sale: How to Compete and Win When the Stakes Are High! by Jeff Thull

Mastering the Complex Sale: How to Compete and Win When the Stakes Are High!Mastering the Complex Sale: How to Compete and Win When the Stakes Are High! by Jeff Thull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Solid book that will help those willing to put in the work, to navigate the world of complex sales or consulting. Thull could have delivered the message in half the words. Mind you the book was a quick read, but it got repetitive at times. Putting the process into practice requires a lot of nuance, not sure how well it will translate to many sales professionals who want a quick fix

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Sunday Book Review – So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You LoveSo Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Newport knocked it out of the park. If you liked Deep Work you will enjoy this one too. I love that he challenges the norm of “find your passion” and talks about what it takes to get where you want to be. This book will be hard to swallow for many people as it will challenge their assumptions in ways that make them uncomfortable.

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Sunday Book Review – Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad OnesAtomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hands down best book I have read this year. This makes my “you must read this” list. The power of habits in unlocking the discipline to attain greatness is something that I have spent a lot of time seeking. James lays this stuff out so well. Not just the neuroscience aspects, but all the research combined in one place. With practical considerations for what it means with examples of how it plays out. Add to this the wealth of free content he is putting online and resources to implement good habits and you have something pretty amazing. If you aren’t reading James Clear’s content you are missing out.

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Sunday Book Review – Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat LastLeaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some good content, but most of it feels like it is coming from others research. Similar to Dan Pink and Malcolm Gladwell, Sinek is good at story telling around science that is already out there on a topic that important to humanity. Leaders Eat Last helps reinforce what good leadership looks like and how to best implement various strategies for improving as a leader.

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Sunday Book Review – Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by K. Anders Ericsson

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of ExpertisePeak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by K. Anders Ericsson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mind blown. Anders is one of the god fathers of the research on expertise and deliberate practice. So much of this content I have read elsewhere, but it’s clear Ericsson is able to go deeper and with more nuance. Specifically around extended deliberate practice.

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Sunday Book Review – The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People HelpThe Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I find myself not being a huge fan of Palmer or what art she creates, but as a vulnerable human being who demands relationships with full presence I am in awe. If you take the scientific side of Brene Browns work on empathy and have it manifested by a free spirited artist you get the work of Amanda Palmer. I found myself engrossed in this book from cover to cover. It is clear why Palmer is able to connect with fans. This was a refreshing read.

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