Best business and leadership books of 2018

Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control (The Stoic Virtues Series)

In his New York Times bestselling book Courage is Calling, author Ryan
Holiday made the Stoic case for a bold and brave life. In this
much-anticipated second book of his Stoic Virtue series, Holiday celebrates
the awesome power of self-discipline and those who have seized it.To master
anything, one must first master themselves–one’s emotions, one’s thoughts,
one’s actions. Eisenhower famously said that freedom is really the
opportunity to practice self-discipline. Cicero called the virtue of
temperance the polish of life. Without boundaries and restraint, we risk
not only failing to meet our full potential and jeopardizing what we have
achieved, but we ensure misery and shame. In a world of temptation and
excess, this ancient idea is more urgent than ever.In Discipline is
Destiny, Holiday draws on the stories of historical figures we can emulate
as pillars of self-discipline, including Lou Gehrig, Queen Elizabeth II,
boxer Floyd Patterson, Marcus Aurelius and writer Toni Morrison, as well as
the cautionary tales of Napoleon, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Babe Ruth.
Through these engaging examples, Holiday teaches readers the power of
self-discipline and balance, and cautions against the perils of
extravagance and hedonism. At the heart of Stoicism are four simple
virtues: courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom. Everything else, the
Stoics believed, flows from them. Discipline is Destiny will guide readers
down the path to self-mastery, upon which all the other virtues depend.
Discipline is predictive. You cannot succeed without it. And if you lose
it, you cannot help but bring yourself failure and unhappiness. Read more

Make It Count: Ensuring When Life Expires Your Legacy Lives On

Hunter Ballew’s new book, Make It Count, came about after a serious and
unfortunate incident. After serving in the US Marine Corps for six years,
Hunter Ballew accepted the challenge of being a full-time Firefighter and
EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). He was working during off-duty hours on
becoming an entrepreneur when it happened — his firefighter partner and
best friend, Jordan, was killed in a car crash during off-duty time. The
incident struck Hunter deeply, as he realized that Jordan didn’t get his
chance to make his mark on the world, to establish his own personal legacy
of doing good. So that’s when Hunter decided to use a dominating principle
in his new book: teach others how to establish their personal legacies of
achievements as they go along learning from Ballew how to train millions to
help and to train the billions who are struggling in misery. With Make It
Count, Hunter Ballew empowers high-performing business owners, aspiring
entrepreneurs, and many others to fully realize their leadership potential
and secure their legacies. Read more

Epic Life: How to Build Collaborative Global Companies While Putting Your Loved Ones First

Justin Breen considers himself a results guy; he’s great at making things
happen, but not so great at generating awesome ideas. But that hasn’t
stopped him from creating an epic business and life!What Breen lacks in
idea generation, he makes up for in his ability to recognize when an
amazing idea is presented to him. The concepts that rule his life and
success evolved from conversations with innovators.Learn the thirty
transformational ideas Breen has gathered from some of the world’s top
business leaders. Each idea’s chapter concludes with simplified takeaways
to help you think and take action to incorporate them into your own
business and life.The author of international bestseller Epic Business is
back with Epic Life. This sequel details how the ideas within led Breen to
create and build two successful global companies—all while spending more
time with his friends and family.Start your journey to creating your epic
life today! Read more

Unsheltered Love: Homelessness, Hunger and Hope in a City under Siege

A story about hope and how every one of us can make a
difference.Unsheltered Love is a first-hand reported account of how the
pandemic greatly exacerbated an already dire homelessness situation in New
York City. In March 2020, the usually crowded streets of Midtown Manhattan
were empty, stores were closing, people were afraid to go out. But homeless
people were still on the streets, cold and very hungry, and much less able
to panhandle in the deserted city. Unable to ignore their suffering, the
author and her husband started walking the empty streets in their
neighborhood, handing out food to the men and women they met. As they
showed up, trust replaced the fear and suspicion that had existed within
them, as well as within the homeless people they befriended. They listened
as the homeless revealed their daily struggles living on the streets, as
well as the details that had led to their homelessness. Unsheltered Love
also provides an in depth look at one of the ten characters in the story—a
homeless woman named Maggie Wright who adds her perspective to the
narrative. Following each chapter is a journal entry written by Maggie—her
viewpoint of the same events in the story, as well as an inside look at her
personal journey into homelessness and her rise out of it. Her entries
provide a look into the psychology of homelessness, what can lead a person
to this fate, and more importantly, bind them to it. Read more

The Definitive Guide to TikTok Advertising: How to Access 1 Billion People in 10 Minutes!

HALFGuided by famed marketing consultant and bestselling author Perry
Marshall and his co-author, digital marketing magician, Dennis Yu, learn
how to save 80% of your time and money by zeroing in on the right 20% of
your TikTok Advertising efforts—then 10X, even 100X your success for as
little as $10 a day in ad spend. With exclusive resources and tools inside,
you’ll walk away with the power to quickly identify what’s working and
what’s not so you can slash waste and target high-profit opportunities with
your TikTok ads.This book is the ultimate guide to TikTok Advertising.
Enhancing your 80/20 skills and maximizing your profits.Grab your copy now.
Click or tap “Buy Now” to get started. Read more

How Are You, Really?: Living Your Truth One Answer at a Time

“The perfect read for every person who has ever felt stuck between where
she is and where she wants to be. In short? Everyone I know.” — Maria
Menounos, New York Times bestselling authorThe truth is, we lie. We lie to
ourselves about how we’re really feeling and what we really want. Not
anymore.In How Are You, Really?, Jenna Kutcher teaches how to harness your
power to take control of your life. You deserve more – and deep down, you
know it. If, when you get really honest with yourself, you discover that
you want more out of your life: more joy, more passion, more fulfillment,
and more peace? This book is for you.In today’s chaotic world, sometimes
you might wake up and not feel like yourself anymore, and you don’t even
know how you are… REALLY. You’re trying to balance it all: your family,
your work, and your goals, but your emotions are all over the place and you
don’t feel as confident and happy as you thought you would. This book is a
guide to reframing your entire life and finally finding your own sense of
joy and fulfillment in a world telling you who to be. It’s about
understanding what’s going on in your head and finding your way back to a
life that is truly your own.Your expert guide is Jenna Kutcher, who started
from working a day job at Target to building an empire while living in a
small town in Minnesota as a mom. In her inspirational debut book, she
shares how she struggled with these same issues to find her identity and
balance in launching a business, raising a family, and, eventually,
starting her popular podcast The Goal Digger.Join the millions of people
who count on Jenna’s life and business advice every week because of her
authentic example and deep understanding of how women think and strive to
achieve their dreams. It’s time to ask yourself the question you’ve been
avoiding: How are you, really? It’s time to find your answer, and start
living. Read more

The Power of One More: The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success

You’re one more intentional thought and action away from discovering your
best lifeIn The Power of One More, renowned keynote speaker and performance
expert Ed Mylett draws on 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and
coach to top athletes, entertainers, and business executives to reveal
powerful strategies to help you live an extraordinary “one more” life.In
The Power of One More, you’ll:Learn why you’re closer to your dreams and
goals than you think and why using The Power of One More strategies will
help you cross the finish line in whatever race you’re runningUnderstand
the psychology and science of how to use The Power of One More in every
part of your life to help you solve problems and achieve levels of success
you never thought possibleDiscover time-tested and unique solutions to
challenges that will remove the mental roadblocks you’ve been battling for
yearsPerfect for anyone who wants more bliss, wealth, or better
relationships, The Power of One More is an indispensable roadmap to
realizing and exceeding your personal and professional goals by tapping
into the superpowers and gifts you already have inside you. Read more

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Text Revision Dsm-5-tr

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition,
Text Revision (DSM-5-TR), is the most comprehensive, current, and critical
resource for clinical practice available to today’s mental health
clinicians and researchers. DSM-5-TR includes the fully revised text and
references, updated diagnostic criteria and ICD-10-CM codes since DSM-5 was
published in 2013. It features a new disorder, Prolonged Grief Disorder, as
well as codes for suicidal behavior available to all clinicians of any
discipline without the requirement of any other diagnosis.With
contributions from over 200 subject matter experts, this updated volume
boasts the most current text updates based on the scientific literature.
Now in four-color and with the ability to authenticate each printed copy,
DSM-5-TR provides a cohesive, updated presentation of criteria, diagnostic
codes, and text. This latest volume offers a common language for clinicians
involved in the diagnosis and study of mental disorders and facilitates an
objective assessment of symptom presentations across a variety of clinical
settings—inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison,
clinical, private practice, and primary care.Stay current with these
important updates in DSM-5-TR: • Fully revised text for each disorder with
updated sections on associated features, prevalence, development and
course, risk and prognostic factors, culture, diagnostic markers, suicide,
differential diagnosis, and more.• Addition of Prolonged Grief Disorder
(PGD) to Section II—a new disorder for diagnosis• Over 70 modified criteria
sets with helpful clarifications since publication of DSM-5• Fully updated
Introduction and Use of the Manual to guide usage and provide context for
important terminology• Considerations of the impact of racism and
discrimination on mental disorders integrated into the text• New codes to
flag and monitor suicidal behavior, available to all clinicians of any
discipline and without the requirement of any other diagnosis• Fully
updated ICD-10-CM codes implemented since 2013, including over 50 coding
updates new to DSM-5-TR for substance intoxication and withdrawal and other
disorders• Updated and redesigned Diagnostic Classification This manual is
a valuable resource for other physicians and health professionals,
including psychologists, counselors, nurses, and occupational and
rehabilitation therapists, as well as social workers and forensic and legal
specialists. The new DSM-5-TR is the most definitive resource for the
diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. Read more

Business Management and Leadership Strategies: How to Lead and Succeed in the Competitive Market

The business environment is a commonly used term and highlights all the factors and forces that can possibly affect the business. The business environment in the modern world is as dynamic as it can be. The constantly changing demands and trends affect businesses immensely, along with the change in the demands, the environment of the business needs to be in sync with the work environment to make sure the operations run as seamlessly as possible. The book is an epic piece of writing and highlights all the factors and external constraints to make it a life-changing read for anyone who wants to succeed in the competitive business market. If you want to see yourself as a successful business person, grab your copies to learn more!

Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

“There are many great books on the topic [of habits]: The Power of Habit, Atomic Habits, but this offers the most comprehensive, practical, simple, and compassionate method I’ve ever come across.” —John Stepper, Goodreads user

BJ FOGG is here to change your life—and revolutionize how we think about human behavior. Based on twenty years of research and Fogg’s experience coaching more than 40,000 people, Tiny Habits cracks the code of habit formation. With breakthrough discoveries in every chapter, you’ll learn the simplest proven ways to transform your life. Fogg shows you how to feel good about your successes instead of bad about your failures.

This proven, step-by-step guide will help you design habits and make them stick through positive emotion and celebrating small successes. Whether you want to lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, or be more productive each day, Tiny Habits makes it easy to achieve—by starting small.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

Everyone knows that regular exercise and weight training lead to physical strength. But how do we strengthen ourselves mentally for the truly tough times? And what should we do when we face these challenges? Or as psychotherapist Amy Morin asks, what should we avoid when we encounter adversity? Through her years counseling others and her own experiences navigating personal loss, Morin realized it is often the habits we cannot break that are holding us back from true success and happiness. Indulging in self-pity, agonizing over things beyond our control, obsessing over past events, resenting the achievements of others, or expecting immediate positive results holds us back. This list of things mentally strong people don’t do resonated so much with readers that when it was picked up by it received ten million views.

Now, for the first time, Morin expands upon the thirteen things from her viral post and shares her tried-and-true practices for increasing mental strength. Morin writes with searing honesty, incorporating anecdotes from her work as a college psychology instructor and psychotherapist as well as personal stories about how she bolstered her own mental strength when tragedy threatened to consume her.

Increasing your mental strength can change your entire attitude. It takes practice and hard work, but with Morin’s specific tips, exercises, and troubleshooting advice, it is possible to not only fortify your mental muscle but also drastically improve the quality of your life.

Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street

In this shrewd and wickedly funny book, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake’s progress through a powerful investment bank. From an unlikely beginning (art history at Princeton?) he rose in two short years from Salomon Brothers trainee to Geek (the lowest form of life on the trading floor) to Big Swinging Dick, the most dangerous beast in the jungle, a bond salesman who could turn over millions of dollars’ worth of doubtful bonds with just one call.

With the eye and ear of a born storyteller, Michael Lewis shows us how things really worked on Wall Street. In the Salomon training program a roomful of aspirants is stunned speechless by the vitriolic profanity of the Human Piranha; out on the trading floor, bond traders throw telephones at the heads of underlings and Salomon chairman Gutfreund challenges his chief trader to a hand of liar’s poker for one million dollars; around the world in London, Tokyo, and New York, bright young men like Michael Lewis, connected by telephones and computer terminals, swap gross jokes and find retail buyers for the staggering debt of individual companies or whole countries.

The bond traders, wearing greed and ambition and badges of honor, might well have swaggered straight from the pages of Bonfire of the Vanities. But for all their outrageous behavior, they were in fact presiding over enormous changes in the world economy. Lewis’s job, simply described, was to transfer money, in the form of bonds, from those outside America who saved to those inside America who consumed. In doing so, he generated tens of millions of dollars for Salomon Brothers, and earned for himself a ringside seat on the greatest financial spectacle of the decade: the leveraging of America.

Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present (Mental and Emotional Abundance)

Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness. Don’t get stuck in a never-ending thought loop. Stay present and keep your mind off things that don’t matter, and never will.
Break free of your self-imposed mental prison.
Stop Overthinking is a book that understands where you’ve been through,the exhausting situation you’ve put yourself into, and how you lose your mind in the trap of anxiety and stress. Acclaimed author Nick Trenton will walk you through the obstacles with detailed and proven techniques to help you rewire your brain, control your thoughts, and change your mental habits.What’s more, the book will provide you scientific approaches to completely change the way you think and feel about yourself by ending the vicious thought patterns.
Stop agonizing over the past and trying to predict the future.
Nick Trenton grew up in rural Illinois and is quite literally a farm boy. His best friend growing up was his trusty companion Leonard the dachshund. RIP Leonard. Eventually, he made it off the farm and obtained a BS in Economics, followed by an MA in Behavioral Psychology.
Powerful ways to stop ruminating and dwelling on negative thoughts.
-How to be aware of your negative spiral triggers-Identify and recognize your inner anxieties-How to keep the focus on relaxation and action-Proven methods to overcome stress attacks-Learn to declutter your mind and find focus
Unleash your unlimited potential and start living.
No more self-deprecating talk. No more sleepless nights with racing thoughts. Free your mind from overthinking and achieve more, feel better, and unleash your potential. Finally be able to live in the present moment.
Live a stress-free life and conquer overthinking –

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

The inspirational best seller that ignited a movement and asked us to find our why.

Discover the book that is captivating millions on TikTok and that served as the basis for one of the most popular TED Talks of all time – with more than 56 million views and counting. Over a decade ago, Simon Sinek started a movement that inspired millions to demand purpose at work, to ask what was the why of their organization. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, and these ideas remain as relevant and timely as ever.

Start with Why asks (and answers) the questions: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with why. They realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the why behind it.

Start with Why shows that the leaders who have had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way – and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with why.

The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World That’s Pulling Apart

Loneliness has become the defining condition of the twenty-first century. It is damaging our health, our wealth, and our happiness and even threatening our democracy. Never has it been more pervasive or more widespread, but never has there been more that we can do about it.

Even before a global pandemic introduced us to terms like “social distancing,” the fabric of community was unraveling and our personal relationships were under threat. And technology isn’t the sole culprit. Equally to blame are the dismantling of civic institutions, the radical reorganization of the workplace, the mass migration to cities, and decades of neoliberal policies that have placed self-interest above the collective good.

This is not merely a mental health crisis. Loneliness increases our risk of heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Statistically, it’s as bad for our health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. It’s also an economic crisis, costing us billions annually. And it’s a political crisis, as feelings of marginalization fuel divisiveness and extremism around the world. But it’s also a crisis we have the power to solve.

Combining a decade of research with firsthand reporting, Noreena Hertz takes us from a “how to read a face” class at an Ivy League university to isolated remote workers in London during lockdown, from “renting a friend” in Manhattan to nursing home residents knitting bonnets for their robot caregivers in Japan.

Offering bold solutions ranging from compassionate AI to innovative models for urban living to new ways of reinvigorating our neighborhoods and reconciling our differences, The Lonely Century offers a hopeful and empowering vision for how to heal our fractured communities and restore connection in our lives.

The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower–and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion

The groundbreaking New York Times bestseller featuring five uniquely
effective tools to help you embrace your shadow, learn the secret of true
confidence, and bring about dynamic personal growth—as seen on goopPhil
Stutz and Barry Michels’s tools are featured in Stutz, a Netflix original
documentary directed by Jonah Hill and co-produced by Joaquin PhoenixThe
Tools offers a solution to the biggest complaint patients have about
therapy: the interminable wait for change to begin. The traditional
therapeutic model sets its sights on the past, but Phil Stutz and Barry
Michels employ an arsenal of techniques—“the tools”—that allow patients to
use their problems as levers that access the power of the unconscious and
propel them into action. Suddenly, through this transformative approach,
obstacles become opportunities—to find courage, embrace discipline, develop
self-expression, deepen creativity. For years, Stutz and Michels taught
these techniques to an exclusive patient base, but with The Tools, their
revolutionary, empowering practice becomes available to every reader
interested in realizing the full range of their potential. The authors’
goal is nothing less than for your life to become exceptional—exceptional
in its resiliency, in its experience of real happiness, and in its
understanding of the human spirit.“An ‘open secret’ in Hollywood . . .
[Stutz and Michels] have developed a program designed to access the
creative power of the unconscious.”—The New Yorker Read more

The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness

Doing well with money isn’t necessarily about what you know. It’s about how you behave. And behavior is hard to teach, even to really smart people.

Money – investing, personal finance, and business decisions – is typically taught as a math-based field, where data and formulas tell us exactly what to do. But in the real world people don’t make financial decisions on a spreadsheet. They make them at the dinner table, or in a meeting room, where personal history, your own unique view of the world, ego, pride, marketing, and odd incentives are scrambled together.

In The Psychology of Money, award-winning author Morgan Housel shares 19 short stories exploring the strange ways people think about money and teaches you how to make better sense of one of life’s most important topics.

The Human Sales Factor: The H2H Equation for Connecting, Persuading, and Closing the Deal

There’s a science to getting others to buy from you—a secret only the best salespeople, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders in the world know: selling, at its core, isn’t really about moving a product or service. It’s about moving people.

Having spent nearly three decades meticulously examining the skillsets required for connecting with others—through the training and coaching of thousands of sales leaders and their teams for some of the biggest brands in the world—bestselling author Lance Tyson has mastered the powers of persuasion and influence, while decoding the intricacies of why people buy from others.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an entrepreneur trying to pitch the next great idea—or maybe you just want to get better at getting what you want—The Human Sales Factor: The H2H Equation for Connecting, Persuading, and Closing the Deal is for you. This book is a peek under the hood of Lance’s proven, predictable, scalable process. It’s designed for sales leaders and their teams, yet is still approachable and applicable for the person who just wants to open doors and increase the chances of getting anything they want or need.

Connecting and persuading are no longer soft skills. They are fundamental skills that can help you attract investors, sell products, build brands, inspire teams, and trigger movements.

Despite all the processes, lingo, methodologies, and corporate rhetoric, sales—no matter the industry—has never truly been B2B or B2C. It always has and always will be done H2H—that is, Human 2 Human.

The NeuroPreneur: A Modern Mindset for Thriving in the Digital Age

Dr. Nitit Mah’s book, The NeuroPreneur (2022), shows entrepreneurs a proven, powerful scientific system for establishing brand loyalty among customers by quickly and precisely targeting customer needs. Hard-selling isn’t needed — NeuroPreneurs can quickly eliminate any customer’s resistance and become brand champions with Dr. Mah’s scientific system. By being clued into Dr. Mah’s profound understanding of human nature and human motivations, entrepreneurs can now evolve into skilled NeuroPreneurs and start using the remarkable tools of technology to reach specific sales targets and convert them efficiently into satisfied repeat customers and lifelong followers.

Reimagine Teams: The Missing Piece in Team Building to Achieve Breakthrough Results

Traditional team building doesn’t work and hasn’t for decades, if ever. Reimagine Teams highlights why and provides a clear roadmap to create effective teams that get breakthrough business results. Using a multitude of case studies describing decades of implementations, you will learn how teams around the globe achieved transformational business outcomes and culture change in 3-6 months. Reimagine Teams teaches how to be accountable and accomplish goals, and how leaders can develop high-performing, positive relationships that produce sustainable results for years to come. These teams are flexible, adaptable and pivot quickly in response to the never-ending changes in the business environment, such as new technology, societal transformation, and industry competition.

Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail

A few years ago, Ray Dalio noticed a confluence of political and economic conditions he hadn’t encountered before. They included huge debts and zero or near-zero interest rates that led to massive printing of money in the world’s three major reserve currencies; big political and social conflicts within countries, especially the US, due to the largest wealth, political, and values disparities in more than 100 years; and the rising of a world power (China) to challenge the existing world power (US) and the existing world order. The last time that this confluence occurred was between 1930 and 1945. This realization sent Dalio on a search for the repeating patterns and cause/effect relationships underlying all major changes in wealth and power over the last 500 years.

In this remarkable and timely addition to his Principles series, Dalio brings readers along for his study of the major empires—including the Dutch, the British, and the American—putting into perspective the “Big Cycle” that has driven the successes and failures of all the world’s major countries throughout history. He reveals the timeless and universal forces behind these shifts and uses them to look into the future, offering practical principles for positioning oneself for what’s ahead.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world’s most popular public thinkers, with his lectures on topics from the Bible to romantic relationships to mythology drawing tens of millions of viewers. In an era of unprecedented change and polarizing politics, his frank and refreshing message about the value of individual responsibility and ancient wisdom has resonated around the world.

In this book, he provides twelve profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today. Happiness is a pointless goal, he shows us. Instead we must search for meaning, not for its own sake, but as a defence against the suffering that is intrinsic to our existence.

Drawing on vivid examples from the author’s clinical practice and personal life, cutting edge psychology and philosophy, and lessons from humanity’s oldest myths and stories, 12 Rules for Life offers a deeply rewarding antidote to the chaos in our lives: eternal truths applied to our modern problems.