This past month I’ve had a little less time on my hands to read, as March is a very busy month for our product launches, but I was still able to fit two books into my busy schedule.
1. Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up — Jerry Colonna
I was given a signed copy of Reboot while on a leadership retreat in Greenland last year.
The author, Jerry Colonna, helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons. Demons are the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have enabled them to succeed and have molded them into highly accomplished individuals, yet have also been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being.
The journey this book takes the reader on was very similar to my experience in the isolated tundra of Greenland. I’m on a roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship, being a father, a leader, helping inspire others, and genuinely looking inward at my purpose in this world.
This book is an amazingly timely read with all of the chaos happening in this world.
I highly recommend it to everyone. Purchase it here.
2. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma — Bessel van der Kolk
I picked up The Body Keeps the Score after a recommendation from a colleague. They had recommended it as a resource to learn more about the stresses of life, a trauma in this instance, and how it leaves painful hidden scars in all of us. Learning how to cope with these painful memories through innovative treatments like yoga and mindfulness techniques was eye-opening for me.
The author, Bessel van der Kolk, focuses on how the areas of our brain dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust could be reactivated. His writing was engaging and had me wanting to learn more. It’s not an easy read, however.
After reading this book, I left with a greater sense of empathy for people. It’s often said that everyone is fighting a battle that we may never see. The traumas and difficulties in each of our lives leave deep wounds that can resurface when triggered. It’s often unconscious. This book opened my eyes to that and is already making me a more empathetic person with the people I encounter.
Just like the previous book, I recommend The Body Keeps the Score to everyone. Purchase it here.
What books do you recommend I add to my to-be-read list?
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