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Hi friends! This tired gal has put together a list of her favorites. We will choose from these and books group members have recommended that meet our goals by survey in our monthly newsletter.

Over the course of this book club, we will talk about many topics that, on their own, may not look connected. But we are gaining skills and knowledge that are the building blocks of the life we are trying to create for ourselves. Items we will cover include:

  1. Physical and Emotional Health
  2. Enhanced Leadership Skills 
  3. Improved Decision-Making
  4. Effective Habits and Productivity
  5. Emotional Intelligence
  6. Adaptability and Resilience
  7. Empowerment and Self-Improvement
  8. Social Impact and Service

We may not cover all of these books, but they are recommended reading and are in a complimentary order to our goals. We will do surveys on these and our group’s suggestions to come up with our choices. Tired Gal parameters apply. As we get started, we will be doing the first books on the list.

  1. The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker explores intuition, personal safety, and the psychology of violence. Through gripping stories and insightful analysis, de Becker reveals the crucial role of instinctual signals in assessing and responding to threats. By understanding the tactics of predators and trusting our instincts, readers are empowered to protect themselves and loved ones, offering a fresh perspective on personal safety and empowerment in modern life.
  2. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: Tolle explores the concept of mindfulness and its transformative potential in achieving inner peace and fulfillment. Through profound insights and practical exercises, he guides readers in transcending past regrets and future anxieties, living fully in the present moment, and cultivating a deeper sense of purpose and joy.
  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey: The first of many books by Covey, he presents a holistic approach to personal and professional effectiveness through timeless principles and habits. From prioritizing important tasks to fostering collaboration and continuous improvement, Covey’s framework empowers readers to align their actions with their values and achieve lasting success.
  4. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod: This book introduces the concept of starting each day with purposeful morning routines. It guides readers through the SAVERS framework (Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, Scribing), empowering them to cultivate habits that optimize productivity, mindfulness, and personal development. Here is an article about the benefits: https://rebeccabarnes.media/wake-up-and-win/
  5. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: Duhigg explores the science of habit formation and its profound impact on individual and organizational behavior. Through captivating stories and practical insights, he reveals the keys to understanding and changing habits, empowering leaders to create positive, sustainable change in themselves and their teams.
  6. Atomic Habits by James Clear: Clear reveals the transformative power of small habits and incremental improvements in achieving meaningful goals. Through practical strategies and psychological insights, he guides readers in building habits that align with their values and aspirations, empowering them to make lasting changes in their personal and professional lives.
  7. Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy: Tracy offers practical advice for overcoming procrastination and prioritizing tasks effectively. Drawing on the metaphor of tackling the most challenging task first (“eating the frog”), Tracy provides actionable strategies for increasing productivity, minimizing distractions, and achieving greater success in leadership roles.
  8. Blink by Malcome Gladwell: Gladwell investigates the power of rapid cognition, or “thin-slicing,” in decision-making. Through captivating stories and research findings, Gladwell illustrates how snap judgments can be both remarkably accurate and dangerously flawed, urging readers to understand the unconscious biases that influence their choices.
  9. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing By Daniel Pink: Pink explores the science behind timing and its impact on decision-making, productivity, and overall well-being. Drawing on research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink offers practical insights for optimizing timing in various aspects of life and leadership, helping readers make better, more informed choices.
  10. Grit by Angela Duckworth: Psychologist Angela Duckworth explores the power of passion and perseverance in achieving long-term goals. Through research and real-life stories, Duckworth reveals the common traits of gritty individuals and offers strategies for cultivating grit in oneself and others, essential qualities for effective leadership.
  11. Failing Forward by John Maxwell explores the idea that failure isn’t the end but rather a stepping stone to success. Maxwell provides insights and strategies for reframing failure as a learning opportunity, teaching readers how to turn setbacks into growth experiences on the path to leadership excellence.
  12. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman: Goleman explores the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) in leadership success. Drawing on research from psychology and neuroscience, he argues that EQ often matters more than IQ and offers practical strategies for developing self-awareness, empathy, and social skills, essential for effective leadership and collaboration.
  13. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Mason: Manson challenges conventional self-help wisdom by advocating for a counterintuitive approach to happiness and success. Through blunt honesty and humor, Manson encourages readers to prioritize what truly matters and let go of societal expectations, empowering them to live more authentic, fulfilling lives.
  14. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson: This allegorical tale explores the inevitability of change and the importance of adapting to new circumstances. Through the adventures of two mice and two “Littlepeople” in a maze, Johnson imparts timeless lessons about embracing change, letting go of fear, and proactively seeking new opportunities.
  15. The Courage to Be Disliked by: Kishimi and Koga explore the teachings of Alfred Adler to challenge readers’ perceptions of happiness and fulfillment. Through a Socratic dialogue format, they encourage readers to embrace freedom, courageously pursue their own paths, and overcome the need for approval, fostering resilience and authenticity in leadership.
  16. Outlive by Daniel Harkavy is a comprehensive guide that delves into strategies for extending both the lifespan and health span of individuals. The book emphasizes the importance of integrating exercise, nutrition, and sleep into one’s daily routine to not only live longer but also to improve the quality of life. Exercise is highlighted as a critical factor, with a focus on strength training and cardiovascular health as methods to enhance longevity and prevent age-related diseases. Nutrition advice includes advocating for a balanced diet, avoiding overconsumption, and emphasizing the need for quality proteins and fats. Additionally, the book discusses the significant impact of sleep on overall health, advocating for good sleep hygiene to prevent a variety of chronic conditions. Emotional health is also considered vital, with suggestions for maintaining mental well-being through practices like meditation and seeking professional help when necessary
  17. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins introduces a simple yet powerful technique for overcoming procrastination and self-doubt. By counting down from five and taking immediate action, readers learn to bypass their brain’s resistance and seize control of their behavior. Through real-life examples and practical advice, Robbins demonstrates how the “Five Second Rule” can transform habits, boost confidence, and unleash untapped potential.
  18. Stop Saying You’re Fine by Mel Robbins: in this book, she explores the psychological barriers that hold individuals back from pursuing their dreams and offers practical strategies for overcoming self-doubt and taking action. Through humor and empathy, she challenges readers to confront their fears, embrace discomfort, and unleash their full potential.
  19. Take Control of Your Life by Mel Robbins: In this empowering guide, Robbins provides a roadmap for reclaiming control over one’s destiny. Through actionable strategies and candid anecdotes, Robbins encourages readers to break free from self-imposed limitations, take ownership of their choices, and design a life aligned with their aspirations. By cultivating self-awareness, embracing discomfort, and leveraging the power of the “Five Second Rule,” readers are empowered to overcome inertia and create meaningful change in every aspect of their lives.
  20. The Upside of Uncertainty by Gabrielle Oettingen: In this thought-provoking exploration, Gabrielle Oettingen challenges the notion that certainty is always preferable to uncertainty. Drawing on research from psychology and neuroscience, Oettingen reveals the surprising benefits of embracing uncertainty, from fostering creativity to enhancing resilience. By reframing uncertainty as a source of opportunity rather than fear, readers learn to navigate ambiguity with confidence and adaptability.
  21. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann: Through a captivating parable, Bob Burg and John David Mann share the story of a young, ambitious professional named Joe who learns the five laws of stratospheric success from a series of encounters with a successful businessman. Through the principles of giving, receiving, and adding value, Burg and Mann offer a compelling narrative that inspires leaders to cultivate a mindset of generosity, empathy, and service. As Joe discovers the transformative power of putting others’ interests first and creating value for those around him, readers are reminded that true success comes not from what one gets but from what one gives.
  22. Lean In By Sheryl Sandberg: In this book, Sandberg examines the barriers and biases that hold women back in the workplace and offers practical advice for women striving to advance their careers. Drawing on personal anecdotes and research, Sandberg encourages women to lean into their ambitions, cultivate resilience, and advocate for themselves in male-dominated industries.
  23. Double Double by Cameron Herold: This book offers a blueprint for achieving exponential growth in business and leadership. Through actionable strategies and case studies, Herold teaches readers how to set and achieve audacious goals, foster a culture of accountability, and propel their organizations to new heights of success.

These carefully curated selections for the Tired Gal’s Book Club provide a comprehensive toolkit for women in leadership, equipping them with the skills, mindset, and resilience needed to thrive in today’s dynamic and ever-changing world. Through diverse perspectives, practical wisdom, and inspiring narratives, members are empowered to embrace challenges, seize opportunities, and lead with purpose and authenticity.

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