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3 (non-ux) books that will inspire you, make you happier and more successful in 2016. Maybe

It’s 2016! So many possibilities, so much hope and stuff. Whatever, I read these 3 books over Christmas, loved them and now i’m feeling pumped. I decided to make this little list to help you guys get inspired, motivated, happy and successful this year. Oh, yeah, sorry this has nothing to do with UX, but having a good balance of knowledge and being happy is always a good thing.

P.S. I don’t get money if you click the links, i’m way too lazy to set something like that up.

1. What to do when it’s your turn. By Seth Godin

“We have an automatic instance to avoid freedom at any cost”.

People avoid freedom whenever possible. Freedom brings responsibility, freedom means we must make choices. We generally prefer when others make choices for us. Bosses, leaders, dictators, Gods, anyone who’ll tell us what to do.

“A lot of human unhappiness is caused by thoughts of what the world and it’s people owe us”

“What to do when it’s your turn” is a beautiful, magazine-like mix of short, inspirational pieces that’ll have you sweaty and excited to get shit done and not wait for anyone to give you permission. Also, Seth Godin is just the man. Read all his books. Do it. Now!

2. 10% Happier. By Dan Harris

“When you have one foot in the future and the other in the past, you piss on the present.”

We’ve reached saturation point for the word “Mindfulness”. Bullshitters from all walks of life are now capitalising on the trend, making it into an industry out of high performers wanting to “get in touch with themselves” and become “more spiritual”. Luckily Dan Harris is here to take a dump all over the spiritual stuff and just lay out the facts of how meditation can actually help you live a better life.

“Meditation is not about feeling a certain way. It’s about feeling the way you feel.”

This is a well-written, witty account of how Dan Harris, an overworked, stressed out News Anchor managed to go from complete mess to less of a mess using mindfulness meditation. shudder…

Bonus read:

Sam Harris wrote an amazing book on meditation and the mind in general (Yes, Sam Harris is a different person with a similar name). If you feel like getting a bit deeper into the subject, I can definitely recommend Waking Up, A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion.

3. The Automatic Customer. By John Warrillow

I love how John Warrillow writes. His books are succinct, which I feel is becoming rare in the business book world where I often find myself ditching halfway through because they end up repeating themselves.

The Automatic Customer does what it says on it’s papery tin: Shows you strategies on implementing subscription models into your business. It doesn’t matter if you run a SaaS company or an Agency (like me), this book is full of excellent insights and tips that got me rethinking our own models.

Bonus Resource!

If you managed to get this far in my article then congratulations, here’s a surprise! This guy has been reading business, self-help, motivation books for years, taking detailed notes and then publishing the summaries online. This is a great resource for finding new books, getting a great overview on a book or just brishing up on something you’ve read before: https://sivers.org/book

Have a sexy year!
Jonathan