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My List of Favorite Books

I am humbled to be a mentor to a first-year Computer Science student, and during our initial chat, late last week, I was reciting I list of books that I have found helpful not only in progressing my career but also in my personal life. I told her I would put together a list for her including the reason it’s on my list.

UnBranding: 100 Branding Lessons for the Age of Disruption by Scott Stratten and Alison Stratten

I have not read this yet; it’s sitting on my Kindle waiting for me. I loved UnMarketing, and I’m excited to start this one.

Crush IT!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

An oldie but still a great read. Crush It! was the first book I read when starting my own company. Great lessons to be learned.

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk

The book is pre-order at the moment, and I can’t wait to read it

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferris

Tools of Titans was my 2017 Christmas present from my daughter, and I have loved it. I have highlights, bent pages and sticky notes already through it. I would recommend you keep a device close by to reference the links in the book.

Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

The Confidence Code is a great book if you suffer from Imposter Syndrome. Excellent read.

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

As a woman, it’s assuring to learn that we do not have to be prime and proper. Another great read  if you suffer from Imposter Syndrome

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

One of the best books I have ever read. Fantastic for helping you define and express your passion.

Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by S.J. Scott

Habit Staking was one of my more recent reads, and I’m just finishing it up. Great tips on how to “stack” your day to day activities to become more productive.

It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success by Mary Spio

After seeing Mary Spio speak at Grace Hopper Celebration 2017, I immediately purchased her book for the flight home. Fantastic inspirational read and great tips.

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim and Kevin Behr

I LOVED this book! If you are in IT, this book will make you laugh as it reflects everything we IT Pro’s have experienced. The book outlines the how implementing DevOps can benefit current IT systems. If you are looking for information on DevOps and the possibilities of implementing a DevOps solution, I would suggest this book.

Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell

Another excellent read, about learning from missteps and how to recover from these hiccups.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In was the most life-changing books I have ever read. Every woman should read this book! It’s my most recommended and gifted book.

My list is by no means an extensive list one, but these were the books that I found helpful.

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