5 Great Books (& Talks) that will change your life

1. Sheryl Sherberg (COO of Facebook) –Lean In : Women, Work, and the will to Lead

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Please watch this TED Talk it has 5 million views – well worth a watch

“Why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions!”

I read this book and realised so many things about the way women working lives are unfair and unequal.  In ever country in the word there is a word for “bossy” for girls – in no country is there a word for bossy boys. Boys are seen as leaders and girls are seen as bossy. This book give examples the ways to retink and review whenever you think or say anything that reduces women and ask the questions “Would I say the same to a man?”. Women need to sit at the table. Men and women need to treat women as equals for us to have any chance of see change.

#BanBossy #LeanIn #Equality

“Despite all progress women have made, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry, and women are still not heard equally in the devices that affect our lives “

What I learnt … we all need to treat women as equals and think twice

Follow up by Sheryl due to the response from her talk

2. Susan Cain: The power of the introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

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Please watch this TED Talk it has 10 million views – well worth a watch

“In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.”

I read this book thinking I am an extrovert it would be really benefitical for me to understand how to be an introvert and learn to be more quiet. I found out that actually I have been lying to myself for 25 years. I am actually an introvert but a special introvert called a pseudo-introvert which means I am faking my extroversion. This book has changed my life I now can live true to myself. Introversion have powerful abilities highlighted in the book and introverts are in every office, street and country in the world and should not be ignored.

“Shattering misconception and empowering introversion “

What I learnt … I am an introvert

3. Meg Jay- The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now

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This is more specific people in there twenties. I read this book last year and enjoyed the discussion by Meg about no wasting time in our twenties.

“Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twenty-somethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. “

What I learnt … Don’t waste your time on dead end jobs and relationships

Watch the TED talk !

4. Richard Templar – The Rules to Break: Personal Code for Living Your Life Your Way

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MUST READ – great read for going on holiday or needing a new perspective and change to your life.

“A personal code for living your life your way. From a very young age you’ve been inundated with other people’s rules – parents, teachers, friends – helpful principles, friendly advice and little pointers to help you get on in life. Trouble is, however well-intended, many simply aren’t true (at least not all the time) and yet they’re having a major influence on your life whether you realise it or not.”

What I learnt … to re-write those saying that we all get told that aren’t true.

Additional books include Rules to life, Rules to work

5. Marva Collins & Civia Tamarkin Marva Collins’ Way: Returning to Excellence in Education

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This was recommended in a youtube from Harvard Lecture Tai on Positive Pscyology

Watch this after at 59.10 and hear about the Author and School Teacher that 3 presidents of the Unites States wanted to hire her.

I brought this book for all my teachers friends in the hope that they would be as inspired as I was by one womens passion for learning

What I learnt … a positive attiude and sheer determination goes a long way.