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Wayne’s Top 10 Reading List

Wayne’s Top 10 Reading List

May 01, 2024

This month I decided to mix it up a bit with our blog content and share with you some of my most favorite books. Some of the best emails I get each week are recommendations from industry leaders on books that helped shape their careers and give them daily motivation. I am constantly looking for ways to learn and expand my horizon and these authors and visionaries have inspired me. Take a look at this top ten list (in no particular order) that I put together and let me know if you’ve ever read any of these. Happy Reading!

  1. The Rise and Fall of the Second American Republic by Manisha Sinha

 This book offers a comprehensive and enlightening perspective that explores what could be considered the most pivotal era in American history. This narrative meticulously illustrates how the major conflicts of that time are not just historical events, but ongoing challenges that continue to shape our present and future. It's a work that genuinely emphasizes the youth and delicacy of our democracy, serving as a poignant reminder of its vulnerability. Through an accessible and engaging approach, the book invites readers to reflect on the enduring implications of this critical period, underscoring the importance of understanding and protecting the democratic values we hold dear. 

  1. A Great Disorder by Richard Slotkin

 “A Great Disorder” is a compelling exploration that delves deep into the complexities of societal upheavals and their lasting impacts on the fabric of community and individual identities. Slotkin's research and genuine storytelling captivate readers, guiding them through a story that is both enlightening and profoundly moving. His dedication to unearthing the nuanced dynamics of disorder and transformation shines throughout the book, making it an essential read for anyone interested in understanding the depths of human resilience and the paths toward reconciliation and harmony. 

  1. Slow Productivity by Cal Newport

The title speaks for itself on this book. “Slow Productivity” is not just for overworked professionals but for anyone looking to find balance in a world that values speed over substance. Newport invites readers to reassess their definitions of success and productivity, advocating for a culture that values depth, quality, and well-being over mere output.

  1. Indistractable by Nir Eyal

“Indistractable” delves into the reasons why people get distracted and provides practical strategies to become more focused and avoid distractions in an increasingly distracting world. Eyal discusses the psychology behind distraction, techniques for managing technology use, and ways to cultivate habits that lead to greater focus and productivity. The book offers actionable advice and insights to help readers reclaim their time and attention, ultimately enabling them to live more fulfilling and purposeful lives.

  1. Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

Through engaging anecdotes, research findings, and philosophical insights, Burkeman offers practical strategies for finding meaning and fulfillment in the midst of life's inevitable constraints. "Four Thousand Weeks" encourages readers to reevaluate their relationship with time and to strive for a more fulfilling and sustainable way of living.

  1. Right Thing, Right Now by Ryan Holiday

This book is a dedicated guide for anyone seeking to navigate the complexities of modern life with grace and resilience. Holiday's work encourages readers to embrace the opportunities that come with each new day, to focus on what truly matters, and to commit to doing the right thing, right now, with a sense of purpose and dedication.

  1. The Way of the Champion by Paul Rabil

Through personal anecdotes, practical advice, and actionable tips, Rabil inspires readers to pursue excellence in their chosen endeavors while maintaining a balance between dedication and resilience. Whether you're an athlete, an entrepreneur, or simply someone striving for greatness, "The Way of the Champion" provides valuable wisdom and guidance for reaching your goals and becoming the best version of yourself.

  1. The Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple

Drawing on extensive interviews with former chiefs of staff, Whipple provides a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the White House and the pivotal role these individuals play in shaping presidential administrations. From managing crises to navigating political challenges, the chiefs of staff wield significant influence and power, often serving as the president's closest confidants and trusted advisors. With gripping storytelling and rich historical detail, "The Gatekeepers" offers readers a fascinating glimpse into the high-stakes world of presidential politics and governance.

  1. Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

This book is more than just a historical account; it's a study on the resilience of leadership in moments of true test. Goodwin’s insights invite readers to reflect on the qualities that define true leaders. It’s a compelling reminder that, though the context may change, the core of leadership — vision, purpose, and the ability to unite people toward a common goal — remains constant. 

  1. Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection by Charles Duhigg

Lastly is “Supercommunicators”, a book about the transformative power of effective communication in the modern era, highlighting how it can lead to unparalleled success in various aspects of life, from personal relationships to professional endeavors. Duhigg, with his genuine, approachable, and thoroughly researched narrative, guides readers through a journey of discovering the art and science behind impactful communication. He shares insights and strategies that are both practical and innovative, encouraging readers to harness their innate ability to connect with others more deeply and productively.