“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business” by Charles Duhigg
Ever wondered why you do certain things the way you do or why some behaviors are so darn hard to break? Blame (or thank) habits. Charles Duhigg explains in his book that habits are a huge part of our lives. The reason we don’t really think about habits is because they are automated mechanisms hardwired into our brain. However, once you’re conscious of your habits, you can alter the patterns and produce new habits. It’s definitely easier said than done, but the way Charles makes this less intimidating by breaking down the concepts into easy, digestible parts. He also draws examples from individual cases, NFL teams, and big corporations. You’ll be surprised how habits affected them and what kind of aftermaths were drawn.
I was honestly a bit worried at first that this book would be textbook-ish, but I was sucked into the book after a few pages. This book won’t give you step-by-step instructions on how to change your habits, but a guideline on understanding habits and the mechanism involved in modifying them. By doing so, it invites the readers to really look deep into their personal habits and see how they can apply what they learn from the book in real life.
One of the memorable passages from the books goes like this:
“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?'” the writer David Foster Wallace told a class of graduating college students in 2005. “And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes ‘What the hell is water?'”
We’re just like the two fish swimming in habits, or as Charles would put it – “the unthinking choices and invisible decisions.” What are some habits in your life?
“#GIRLBOSS” by Sophia Amoruso
Does this book even need an introduction? #GIRLBOSS has already received countless praises from young, female entrepreneurs, bloggers, influencers, or other #girlbosses all around the world. I am here to add to the cloud by saying that it is really worth all the hype. Sophia Amoruso, our main #girlboss, literally started from the bottom and worked her way up to establish her NastyGal empire. Despite her extraordinary success, Sophia is humble and she tells her story to inspire the inner #girlboss in all of us. After finishing this book, I was filled to the brim with inspiration. It made me redefine success and the paths that lead to success. I highly suggest this book to anyone who feels like they’re stuck in a rut (like me before reading this book) and needs some fresh, no BS type of advice.
What books have you been reading lately? I need some book recommendations!