Last month, I shared the five books I read in January. This month, I have seven books that I read or listened to during the month of February. This month, my top book was Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung. I shared many similarities with him as he explored the tough topic of busyness. I hope you enjoy these seven reads.
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I read seven books this month covering the topics of writing, communication, productivity, busyness and growth. These days I listen to more books on audio (Audible) then read on the iPad (Kindle) or a physical book simply because I am on the road frequently. However you consume books, I hope you will find some good reads here.
February 2015 Books
- Crazy Busy – Kevin DeYoung
This was my number one book that for the month of February. Particularly, this books helped me understand my need for rest as I tend to keep super busy. Kevin shares his own struggle with being busy and how his closest friends told him that he needed to slow down. He highlights the needs for creating balance in your life and being willing to delegate items that don't allow you to do your best. This book was incredibly encouraging for helping me to make the necessary changes to my own schedule. You can read more of my thoughts on Crazy Busy here.
- Write Every Day – Cathy Yardley
Write Every Day is part of a series of books by Cathy Yardley focused on helping you improve your writing. Just like the books title suggests, she provides guides to help you achieve your writing goals. She suggests patterns and templates to help you get going. Over time, you will develop a healthy writing habit that will not be focused on a templated copy but on a work you create and are proud to read. I could have done without all the swearing in the book as it did not add any value to the book, but rather took away from my learning experience. I found this book's content better than 1500 Words Per Hour (further down the list), but if you are a writer you might find Cathy's tips helpful.
- Potential – Kevin Cole
Potential is a simple book about building habits that translate into actions so that you can be the best version of yourself. The central idea behind the book is developing your “why” so that you can succeed. When you understand why you are doing something you are more likely to develop habits, systems and routines that will support your “why“. The book is okay. The author shares many examples from his own life and his transformation, and how you can apply his steps and missteps to your own life. If you are looking for some quick fixes or looking to check yourself on some new habits this might be the book for you.
- One Word That Will Change Your Life – Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, Jimmy Page
One Word is a powerful book that helps you gain focus for your entire year. Sports teams, individuals, and corporations have used this book to help define them and they are seeing great success. The idea is simple…the execution is a little more difficult. The idea is to select one word that will define your year. It can be something you want to focus on, work on or give attention to in the coming year. Once you select your one word, you spend the year focusing and studying the word and you put it into practice. Towards the end of the year, you reflect on the word and prepare for the next year. You can read more about my 2014 word of the year. If you want to bring clarity to your year, then this is the book for you.
- 1500 Words Per Hour – N.P. Martin
This was probably my least favorite book of my February reads. The book was okay and the book encourages writers to develop a writing plan and that will guide you to writing your first novel or some other book. The pattern relies on creating space or margin in your life, developing a habit of writing every day, writing with a template and eventually speed will come. The basic information is good for any writer and this can easily be applied to blog posts as well as a book. I did not resonate with the author's style of writing, but I did appreciate the reminder of creating a template or pattern.
- Everyone Communicates, Few Connect – John C. Maxwell
John Maxwell is a master communicator. For decades, he has been helping people learn the art of communicating so they can raise the level of their leadership influence. In this book, he shares the secrets to becoming a master communicator. If you master this one skill your speaking and your leadership will rise and you will be a more sought after speaker. This secret is not a shortcut to success but rather a game plan to help you succeed. Some leaders have mastered the skill why others have failed masterfully. Along the way, John shares his successes and failures with the reader so that we can learn from him. If you are looking to raise your speaking influence, I encourage you to read this book.
- Productivity Hacks for Entrepreneurs – Chandler Bolt, James Roper
This book is a quick reference guide for anyone who wants to take back control of their life and get more done. It is broken down into 53 simple (and quick) chapters. Each chapter focuses on one tip and includes what the focus is, a method for helping you gain control and an action point. In some chapters, they provide a pro tip to help speed the process along. I was familiar with many of the tips and techniques but have failed in the execution of the idea. This is a book for everyone, but it will really help anyone who has their own business.
I hope you enjoy these books.
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