5 Books to Keep You Sharp on the Road

By | January 3, 2018 |

If you feel like you’re swimming in content, join the club. From podcasts to streaming shows to infinite depths of reading to explore, we’re awash in stories. Here are five recent titles to inform and inspire you during your travels — and help you to navigate the new year successfully.

How to Seize the Moment

As brothers, business school professors, and co-authors of the bestselling books Made to Stick and Switch, Chip and Dan Heath are known for their wit. In their latest book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact, they highlight four elements connecting these memorable events—elevation, insight, pride, and connection—and provide a road map for achieving the most positive personal and professional outcomes.

Keys to Building Your Brand

“If you confuse, you’ll lose.” This straightforward mantra from Donald Miller, author of Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen, distills his approach to effective marketing across platforms. In helping more than 3,000 business leaders clarify their brand messages each year, he has created a framework to help anyone convey their unique value. Through guiding clients to express the authentic motivations and experiences driving their products, ideas or services, he helps them connect to their audiences and build lifelong relationships.

More Tales from a Business Icon

If you know of anyone living life more fully than Sir Richard Branson follow that star. For decades, the business and lifestyle icon has embodied the best of entrepreneurial life: freedom, innovation and creating a better world. In his 1998 memoir Losing My Virginity, Branson shared the philosophy driving his adventurous approach to building a multi-billion dollar empire: “Screw it, let’s do it.”

With his new volume, Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography, he offers a more reflective take, tracking his personal evolution while building a legacy. Through his Virgin Galactic space exploration venture — and his philanthropic and environmental missions — he has figuratively and literally reached for the stars. The stories and characters behind that are as fascinating as they come.

Empowering Women to Change the World

Dubbed the“Richard Branson of Women’s Empowerment” by Fast Company, Claudia Chan focuses on how women and men can collaborate to create a more equal world. In This Is How We Rise: Reach Your Highest Potential, Empower Women, Lead Change in the World, Chan recommends adopting “me for we” mindset that seems like a welcome and necessary strategy for today’s socioeconomic and cultural climate.

As the founder of S.H.E. Summit, a global leadership conference, she invites speakers from spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra to former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power to inspire action around women’s empowerment. In this book, she distills lessons from a diverse range of experts and her own journey to help readers build on this important work.

The Best Advice, Compiled

A common thread connecting all of the books highlighted here takes center stage in the latest from Tim Ferris, author of the bestselling The 4-Hour WorkweekThe 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. That crucial element — the value of community — comes to life in Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, Ferris’ new compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from more than 100 of the world’s top performers, including athletes, artists and entrepreneurs.

In getting to the root of his own yearnings and deepest questions, Ferris asks these mentors to share insights around prioritizing, purpose, and practical advice for everything from morning routines to overcoming failure. It’s a chance to spend some time with the smartest people in the room — and share it with others.

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