Business Books That Are a Pleasure

September 1, 2015

With Labor Day weekend and the cool curl-up-with-a-book days approaching, Joynture suggests three new and not-so-new books to consider for inspiration in your work and life.

1. Getting There: A Book of Mentors. In Manhattanite Gillian Zoe Segal’s first book, she collects 30 short profiles of famous folk like Warren Buffett and Kathy Ireland, as well as lesser-known leaders in a variety of fields. They all share their stories of rocky roads to the top. Segal also took the elegant photos of her subjects in this book. This one’s recommended for everyone from students contemplating their futures to people of any age seeking to reach their potential. Forbes Magazine conducts a Q&A with the author here.

2. Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution. This book is just out from Brené Brown—who also authored bestsellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Brown’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. In Rising Strong, Brené writes, “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up.” Brown is a University of Houston research professor who’s spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

3. War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield has been making the rounds of entrepreneurial circles since its publication in 2002. “I’d recommend it to anyone who “thinks for a living” — meaning writers, actors, entrepreneurs, photographers, video editors, and more,” writes blogger Jeff Goins. We’re pretty sure that most of us think in our living—so this book is really for everyone.

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