Success and Creativity

Daring Greatly: how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead / Brené Brown

Based on twelve years of research, thought leader Dr. Brené Brown argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

Originals: how non-conformists move the world / Adam Grant

The New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take examines how provocative thought leaders can champion originality in their organizations, drawing on illustrative studies and stories spanning a range of disciplines to explain how to recognize a good idea, speak up, build allies, choose a time to act and manage doubts.

Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us / Daniel H. Pink

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does. He argues that the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Big Magic: creative living beyond fear / Elizabeth Gilbert

Shares the author’s wisdom and thoughts on creativity, offering insight into inspiration and discussing the attitudes, approaches, and habits needed to live a creative life.

Start with Why: how great leaders inspire everyone to take action / Simon Sinek

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty? In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started withwhy. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire.

The Happiness Project: or, why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun / Gretchen Rubin

Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

The Culture of Fear: why Americans are afraid of the wrong things / Barry Glassner

A noted sociologist examines why Americans are subject to misplaced fears, discussing the people and organizations who manipulate common perceptions and raise anxieties for their own benefit.

Jumping at Shadows: the triumph of fear and the end of the American dream / Sasha Abramsky

An analysis of Americans’ misconceptions about risks and threats and how their brains interpret them, explains society’s deeply ingrained racisms, classism, xenophobia and susceptibility to the toxic messages of demagogues.

Skin in the Game: hidden asymmetries in daily life / Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The phrase “skin in the game” is one we have often heard but have rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it’s also an astonishingly complex worldview that, as Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows in this book, applies to literally all aspects of our lives. In his inimitable style, Taleb pulls on everything from Antaeus the Giant to Hammurabi to Donald Trump to Seneca to the ethics of disagreement to create a jaw-dropping tapestry for understanding our world in a brand new way.

Becoming Superman: my journey from poverty to Hollywood, with stops along the way at murder, madness, mayhem, movie stars, cults, slums, sociopaths, and war crimes / J. Michael Straczynski

The acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense 8, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling and Marvel’s Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by a violent truth.

The Creative Curve: how to develop the right idea at the right time / Allen Gannett

Big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett overturns the mythology around creative genius, and reveals the science and secrets behind achieving breakout commercial success in any field.

Imagine it Forward: courage, creativity, and the power of change / Beth Comstock, with Tahl Raz

A former vice chair of GE describes her personal journey over two decades at the top levels of the corporate world and discusses being initially ignored and treated as an outsider as a woman in a man’s world.

The Compassionate Achiever: how helping others fuels success / Christopher L. Kukk

Based on the most recent studies from a wide range of fields, The Compassionate Achiever reveals the profound benefits of practicing compassion including more constructive relationships, improved intelligence, and increased resiliency. To help us achieve these benefits, Christopher L. Kukk, the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation, shares his 4-step program for cultivating compassion.

The Hustle Economy: transforming your creativity into a career / editor by Jason Oberholtzer; illustrated by Jessica Hagy

To survive in today’s gig economy, you must be a mover, a shaker, a doer, and a maker. In The Hustle Economy, we give you 25 essays from founders, writers, producers, game makers, artists, and creative types from every path who share one common trait — they are all self-made hustlers who have managed to turn their creativity into careers.

Creative Visualization: use the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life / Shakti Gawain This classic guide is filled with meditations, exercises, and techniques that can help you use the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life, change negative habit patterns, improve self-esteem, reach career goals, increase prosperity, develop creativity, increase vitality, improve your health, experience deep relaxation, and much more. This book can help you to increase your personal mastery of life.