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What a year! 2016 will go down as one of the busiest, most memorable, and, in many ways, one of the most bizarre.

My reading has helped me make (a little) sense of the world this year. Here are my 10 favorite non-fiction books, in alphabetical order by author.

Angela Duckworth
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Passion and persistence take you further than talent as you move toward long-term goals, whether it’s taking part in spelling bees, or getting into West Point.

Charles Duhigg
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Scientific discoveries can explain why habits persist, and how they can be changed.

Marshall Goldsmith
Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts
Marshall Goldsmith is the world’s leading executive coach. He examines environmental triggers that can derail us at work and in life.

Adam Grant
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World 
This dynamic Wharton professor provides lots of smart science and savvy advice on how to stand up and stand out.

Heidi Grant Halvorson
Nine Things Successful People Do Differently 
Useful strategies, backed by research that shows accomplished people reach their goals because of what they do, not because of who they are.

Guy Kawasaki
The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users
Kawasaki presents a bottom-up strategy to produce a focused, thorough, and compelling presence on the most popular social media platforms.

Sandra E Lamb
How to Write It, Third Edition: A Complete Guide to Everything You’ll Ever Write
Offers hundreds of handy lists of words, phrases, and sentences, precisely crafted sample paragraphs, and professionally designed document layouts.

Mark Levy
Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content
Shows how to use free writing to solve all types of business problems and generate ideas for books, articles, and blog posts.
Lisa McLeod
Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud
McLeod explains why salespeople who are earnest, and who understand thoroughly how they make a difference to customers, will outperform their more quota-driven counterparts.

Alan Weiss
Million Dollar Maverick: Forge Your Own Path to Think Differently, Act Decisively, and Succeed Quickly
I’ve been following Alan’s work for several years. He offers good tips and advice on how to gain influence, build confidence, and develop critical thinking skills.
Newsletters worth reading

Email newsletters are an efficient source of ideas and information to help you stay up-to-date. Here, in alphabetical order, are five newsletters that I read and find valuable:

Austin Kleon
Kleon is a writer and artist, who lives in the Texas city that bears his first name. Each week, he sends 10 links about what he’s reading, watching, and thinking about.

“Further is a once-a-week email newsletter that helps you maximize your purpose, performance, and potential. You’ll get the best hand-picked tips, trends, stories, and science that enhance your health, wealth, and wisdom — without the noise and fluff.” (
Pocket is a free service that makes it easy to discover great content that’s personalized to your interests. You can save this content and return to it later – on any device, at any time.

NY Times: What We’re Reading
Recommendations from New York Times reporters and editors, highlighting great stories from around the web. Twice per week.

Seth Godin
Interesting thoughts from a famous entrepreneur.

To all my subscribers, friends and clients…
Thanks very much for your continued interest, and support for my work. I wish everyone a happy festive season and a fantastic 2017.

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