Six Growth Books To Read This Summer

Anna Foster, founder and CEO of A Maven’s World Lifestyle Brand and Queens Company business member has curated this list of books to read that she ensures will surely change your life! Check out the list below and happy reading!

*This article was originally submitted to Herself360, an online platform where people can strive to live their best lives, achieve personal and positive growth, as well as engage in thoughtful dialogue.

The Second Mountain

by David Brooks

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In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

In short, this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it’s also a provocative social commentary.

We have taken individualism to the extreme—and in the process, we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.

Make It Rain

How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business & Brand

by Areva Martin with Donna Beech

In Make It Rain! Areva breaks the silence to reveal what insiders know about the power of media appearances to revolutionize a business and brand and get your core message out to the people who need it most.

You'll learn how to:

  • Match your brand to the right audience and media venues

  • Craft pitches producers can't resist

  • Jump on breaking news shows

  • Pivot and speak in soundbites like the pros

  • Amplify every interview with social media

  • Turn appearances into a platform and become a rainmaker

Never before have there been more ways to build a presence that matters. Whether you are the executive of a corporation, the author of an upcoming book, the owner of a rapidly growing small business, or the public face of a local nonprofit or association, if you have a business to build or people you want to help, nothing beats using the media to create the visibility, influence, and power you need. Are you ready to Make It Rain!?

The 4 Agreements

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by Don Miguel Ruiz

In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

LeaderShift

by John Maxwell

Change is so rapid today that leaders must do much more than stay the course to be successful. If they aren’t nimble and ready to adapt, they won’t survive. The key is to learn how to leadershift.

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In Leadershift, John C. Maxwell helps leaders gain the ability and willingness to make leadership changes that will positively enhance their organizational and personal growth. He does this by sharing the eleven shifts he made over the course of his long and successful leadership career.

Each shift changed his trajectory and set him up for new and exciting achievements, ultimately strengthening and sustaining his leadership abilities and making him the admired leadership expert he is today.

Things I Used To Do To Sneeze

by Monica Cost

The Things I Used to do to Sneeze!: How to Live an Authentic Life is a self-exploration book on defining your personal truth and living an authentic life; aesthetically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, financially, professionally and parentally.

Using the comparison of Monica’s own love of the sensation of sneezing, to that of “sensations” sought after in life, readers are taken on a journey of self-discovery, beginning with the identification of desires and understanding of personal values, to live the most authentic, purposeful and fulfilled life possible.

With so many suggested ways to live our lives, from what kind of cars we should drive to what kind of careers are best, the noise has gotten out of control. Our craving for the sensation of attention, acceptance, and the envy of others has caused us to trade our basic core values for those of society’s.

Lead Yourself First!

By Michelle Ray

We aspire to a prosperous, stable future and strive to remain optimistic, but the stress of simply surviving—financially, professionally, and emotionally—can seem a relentless struggle. Consequently, we doubt ourselves and our capacity to be the leaders of our own lives—often opting for the status quo—because staying stuck is easier than creating change. We overlook this simple truth: If we remain true to ourselves, we can control our own reality.

Lead Yourself First! is filled with engaging stories and advice to help people everywhere live life to the fullest and take the lead in any work or personal challenge. By applying Michelle Ray’s simple, powerful life-changing lessons, you will discover how to influence and improve the quality of all your choices. Michelle Ray’s “One-Two Punch” approach will inspire you to: Address the fear of success and eliminate the fear of failure; Rise above toxic behavior and situations; Gain new insights into your values about money, opportunity, and success; Discover your dream career or business and live it!

About The Author:

Anna Foster is the founder and CEO of A Maven’s World Lifestyle Brand, an event-focused and consulting business that works with individuals and brands on strategy, networking and development. Foster is a connector, event host, speaker, author, entrepreneur and influencer. She is also a certified life and business coach and certified behavioral analysis trainer.

On The Practice of Resting

On The Practice of Resting

Let’s not wait until our physical body and/or psyche is in crisis for us to take care of ourselves. Let’s take part in preventative care. While you currently have the option, tune out the idea that you always have to be (or look) busy. Give your body what it needs, which is the opportunity to recuperate.“