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12 books to add to your 2023 reading list


January 3rd, 2023


Looking to make some resolutions for the new year? Consider adding "reading more great books" to your list! Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a hot drink and a good book, and the Workland members have shared some of their favourites. Have a look, who knows, one of these recommendations may just pique your interest!

  1. What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence by Stephen A. Schwarzman

Schwarzman’s story is an empowering, entertaining, and informative guide for anyone striving for greater personal impact. From deal-making to investing, leadership to entrepreneurship, philanthropy to diplomacy, the author has insights on how to think about ambition and scale, risk and opportunities, and how to achieve success through the relentless pursuit of excellence. Schwarzman not only offers readers a thoughtful reflection on his own experiences but in doing so, provides a practical blueprint for success.

  1. Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control by Ryan Holiday

To master anything, one must first master themselves – one’s emotions, one’s thoughts, one’s actions. Without boundaries and restraint, we risk not only failing to meet our full potential and jeopardizing what we have achieved, but we ensure misery and shame. In a world of temptation and excess, this ancient idea is more urgent than ever.

At the heart of Stoicism are four simple virtues: courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom. Everything else, the Stoics believed, flows from them. Discipline is Destiny will guide readers down the path to self-mastery, upon which all the other virtues depend. Discipline is predictive. You cannot succeed without it. And if you lose it, you cannot help but bring yourself failure and unhappiness.

  1. The Road Less Stupid: Advice from the Chairman of the Board by Keith J. Cunningham

Smart people do dumb things. Here’s the proof: How much money would you have right now if I gave you the ability to unwind any financial decision you have ever made?

It turns out that the key to getting rich (and staying that way) is to avoid doing stupid things.

  1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

No matter your goals, the book offers a proven framework for improving—every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviours that lead to remarkable results.

This book will reshape the way you think about progress and success and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits.

  1. Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat by Michael Masterson

Whether you're thinking about starting a new business or growing an existing one, this book has what you need to succeed in your entrepreneurial endeavours. In it, self-made multimillionaire and bestselling author Masterson shares the knowledge he has gained from creating and expanding numerous businesses and outlines a focused strategy for guiding a small business through the four stages of entrepreneurial growth. Along the way, Masterson teaches you the different skills needed in order to excel in this dynamic environment.

6. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness by Eric Jorgenson

Getting rich is not just about luck; happiness is not just a trait we are born with. These aspirations may seem out of reach, but building wealth and being happy are skills we can learn. So what are these skills, and how do we learn them? What are the principles that should guide our efforts? What does progress really look like? Through book, you will learn how to walk your own unique path toward a happier, wealthier life.

  1. No B.S. Business Sucess: The Ultimate No Holds Barred, Kick Butt, Take No Prisoners, Tough & Spirited Guide by Dan S. Kennedy

Do you want sugar-coated cliches that go down easy? Seek them elsewhere - this book isn't for the faint-hearted. Kennedy steers you along the bumpy road to growing a business, showing you potholes along the way. Expose yourself to Dan's "25 Eternal Business Truths" and prepare for a lot of chin-rubbing insight. Get Dan Kennedy's take on your sales, cash flow, payroll, productivity, and getting out of trouble wherever it arises. It's the kind of streetwise wisdom his readers (and high-paying consulting clients) swear by - all the way to the bank.

  1. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport

Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives. 

Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way.

9. Critical Chain by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

A business novel focusing on project management. The novel aims to provoke readers to examine and reassess their business practices and transform the thinking and actions of managers.

  1. The Goal: A Business Graphic Novel by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager who has been given 90 days to save his failing factory. If he doesn't improve the plant's performance, corporate headquarters will close it down, and hundreds of workers will lose their jobs. It takes a chance meeting with Jonah, a former professor, to help him break out of his conventional thinking and figure out what needs to be done. As Alex identifies the plant's problems and works with his team to find solutions, the reader gains an understanding of the fundamental concepts behind the Theory of Constraints. 

  1. The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer by Steven Kotler

The author decodes the secrets of those elite performers—athletes, artists, scientists, CEOs and more—who have changed our definition of the possible, teaching us how we too can stretch far beyond our capabilities, making impossible dreams much more attainable for all of us. What does it take to accomplish the impossible? What does it take to shatter our limitations, exceed our expectations, and turn our biggest dreams into our most recent achievements? 

We are capable of so much more than we know—that’s the message at the core of The Art of Impossible.

  1. The Little Book of Fika: The Uplifting Daily Ritual of the Swedish Coffee Break by Lynda Balslev

A little book on the Swedish tradition of fika—the twice-daily coffee break—including facts, quotes, tips, and 20 sweet and savoury recipes. While the Danish concept of hygge has caught on around the globe, so has lagom—its Swedish counterpart. An essential part of the lagom lifestyle, fika is the simple art of taking a break—sometimes twice a day—to enjoy a warm beverage and sweet treat with friends. This delightful gift book offers an introduction to the tradition along with recipes to help you establish your own fika practice.

What's the latest book you haven't been able to put down?

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