Motivational Books from our Team

Sept 18, 2020

Those who live fulfilling, successful lives are not alone in their efforts. Behind every successful person either personally or professionally, is a support system. Whether this be a friend, family member, mentor or idol, any one person cannot make it to the top by themselves.

It takes the words and motivations from others who can see outside of our perspectives, and beyond our own roadblocks. We may not always have the exact motivation we need present right in front of us.

This requires us to go searching for it. Being open and receptive to new perspectives, knowledge and ideas is one of the best and smartest decisions one can make. Books and podcasts now a days are the most popular and effective ways to enjoyably gain the knowledge and motivation that you may need to take that next step in your career, or simply to better yourself.

Stories of inspiration, kindness, hard work, overcoming impossible things, are what we need and crave to hear from time to time. We are always curious about what inspires everyone into their success. Right from the very successful and thriving Talascend Team, we have the top book/podcast suggestions that have personally helped the team advance and learn in numerous ways.

Everybody, Always

by Bob Goff

A personal favorite from our Director of Recruiting, Anne-Marie is Everybody, Always. A collection of stories and life lessons right from the over-achieving author, Bob Goff. Only if you consider being a lawyer, pastor, author, pilot, traveling speaker, husband, father, volunteer, motivator and most importantly a friend to all as over-achieving. The most astounding part of Bob as far as I can read is that all of these titles accounted for, he would most likely be the most humble person you’d ever meet.

Bob teaches us through his hilarious, unbelievable, and heartbreaking stories that the biggest gift you can give yourself and to others is to love and accept one another regardless of what life you stand in. Everybody, Always will most definitely inspire inner growth and appreciation that you cant help but carry with you, into both your professional and personal lives. You could never have too much joy or grace, therefore this book is meant for you.

12 Rules for Life: An Anecdote for Chao

by Jordan Peterson

Recommended by Talascend Technical Recruiter, Carlos Hernandez is the 12 Rules for Life: An Anecdote for Chaos by Jordan Peterson. Jordan is an experienced psychologist who takes you through her 12 simple steps to improve yourself and ‘get your house in order’.

Her refreshing mix of humor and science keeps this read light-hearted, yet challenging and truthful. Called practical and profound, read and see how these 12 steps can begin to transform you.

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People

by Vanessa Van Edwards

A personal favorite of Sr. Delivery Manager, Rebekah Chambless is Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards. Vanessa is an expert in human behavior. For years she has studied these patterns and dreamt of cracking the code to successful human interaction. Whether the interaction be friendly, professional or persuasive, she wants to teach you what to do with the clues in front of you.

“This is the first comprehensive, science backed, real life manual on human behavior and a completely new approach to building connections.”

She will teach you how to command a room, make a great first impression, and most importantly understand people.

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

by Ian Morgan Cron, and Suzanne Stabile

A favorite from Account Manager, Jennifer Zaden is all about the Enneagram. The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system, using tests to categorize people by both positive and negative traits. Each enneagram number (1-9) is associated with a title and the deeper-rooted motives to why we do what we do. When you can look at a person close to you and know how they may be processing a situation differently, you can approach conflict more peacefully. You can also understand what their true motivations are, what they fear, and how they may respond all from the enneagram.

The stories in this book specifically, take each enneagram in detail and apply what that may look like to real stories and situations. While reading about yourself and others, The Road Back to You will make suggestions as to how to better yourself, your success, and your relationships with other numbers once you understand on a deeper level what truly makes us all so different.

Who Moved My Cheese?

by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Recommended by team members, Monique Mollere and Melissa Hienkle, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a metaphor of four characters living in a maze, navigating through obstacles all to reach what will make them happy and fulfill them – cheese. The ‘cheese’ is different for everyone. It could be a job, relationship, spiritual peace, possession, whatever you think is going to complete you. However, Author Dr. Spencer Johnson elaborates on his metaphor when the cheese keeps moving.

Which characters will find their cheese? And how did they do it?

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