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5 Books For Your Summer Reading List

Summer is fast approaching. Instead of succumbing to Netflix binge-watching all summer, which is usually my plan, make it a goal to continue learning and add reading to your summer agenda. Here are a few suggestions for your summer reading list.

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1. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


In Extreme Ownership, Jock Willink and Leif Babin share their insights on leadership gained from their experiences as Navy Seals. Though most of the examples are catered towards leaders in business settings, Extreme Ownership can easily be applied to more everyday settings as well. Whether you are leading a team, a church group, or just want to improve, Extreme Ownership gives great ideas for taking control and making tough, but informed decisions.

2. The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman


The Personal MBA is exactly what the title implies. It contains chapters on a wide variety of business topics including marketing, creating value, finance, and working with others. Though you could read this book cover to cover, I would suggest looking through the table of contents and reading chapters that you would like to learn about. This book is a great reference for anyone with a small business or who would like to increase their understanding of business.

3. Justice by Michael J. Sandel

In Justice, Michael J. Sandel discusses modern-day political philosophies including the case for equality, taxation, and the moral limits of free markets. Though it was published in 2009, the insights in this book are still relevant in today's political arena. No matter your political standing, Sandel asks important questions that can help solidify your beliefs.

4. The Next Few Years Will Change Your Life by Travis Hansen


Though this book is directed towards teens and young adults, Travis Hansen gives some awesome insight into decision making and discusses lessons he's learned from his career. Travis Hansen played basketball at BYU and then continued his career by playing in the NBA and overseas. His book encourages readers to overcome mistakes, avoid addictions, and make the most out of life.

5. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini


In Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert Cialdini describes six weapons of persuasion. Each chapter outlines one of these "weapons" and gives incredible examples of how they are used in everyday life. I was skeptical when starting this book, but it turned out to be an incredibly interesting read and well worth my time. Learn to become more influential and less susceptible to different tactics of persuasion.

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