I’m constantly on the lookout for books that can help me along my journey toward self-improvement. When I come across sources that I highly recommend, I’ll document them here. If you’re interested in following a broader selection of my reading habits, you can also follow me on Goodreads.
John C. Maxwell is a well-respected figure in the area of leadership and professional development. I’ve found this book to be particularly relevant on my journey toward health and improved physical fitness and wellness.
“But here’s the good news: many of the things you desire to do in life are attainable – if you are willing to face reality, know your starting place, count the cost of your goal, and put in the work. Don’t let your real situation discourage you. Everyone who got where they are, started where they were.”
The question of what makes a great leader is one that drives every area of my life. I volunteer with a phenomenal organization that teaches Massachusetts youths how to be effective leaders, I’m constantly trying to become a stronger manager in my office, and now, with my blog, I’m learning way to inspire and lead others in their journey toward fitness and wellness. Betsy Myers lays out an approach that really resonates with me in her book on leadership, and I recommend this especially to all of my female friends who are striving to be the best leaders they can be.
“Leadership is about how you make people feel – about you, about the project or work you’re doing together, and especially about themselves.”
I cannot overstate how much I loved reading this book. McDougall is an ultramarathon runner, and in this book he documents his experience of seeking out the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico. This tribe is notoriously private and secretive, but they hold the secret to running long distances with seemingly little effort. I am not now nor will I ever be an ultramarathon runner, but I appreciated this book’s insight into the simple pleasures that can be found when it’s just you and the road.
“You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.”
“The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other… but to be with each other.”
“We’ve got a motto here-you’re tougher than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.”