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“Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon has uniquely profound insights on life: how to view it, how to maneuver through it, and how to own it. “Show Your Work” is exemplary in all these points. Specifically, Kleon discusses how to get noticed in this ever-changing world of technology and what it really means to be a “creative.” If you know me, you know I’m a visual person and this …

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“The Geography of Genius” by Eric Weiner

“The Geography of Genius” by Eric Weiner Have you ever wondered why certain pockets of the world cultivated a band of geniuses during a specific period of time and haven’t been able to sustain that culture or hot bed? I’ve never thought about this fact until I picked up my latest amazing book: “The Geography of Genius” by Eric Weiner. Bestselling author, Weiner, traveled to …

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“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck

“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck I’m only 24 pages into this book, but I am so excited I can’t wait to share! The author, Dr. Carol Dweck, is a world-renowned psychologist who studies achievement and success and has discovered that far greater than our abilities, talent or intelligence, it is whether we approach our goals with a FIXED or GROWTH …

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“It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be.” by Paul Arden

“It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be.” by Paul Arden This small book is creatively crafted. With thick pages and purposefully laid out text and graphics. “It is a pocket ‘bible’ for the talented and timid to make the unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible.”  I like books like this that take an artistic flare and advertising premise to …

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“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo Every summer our coaching staff meets with Foster Mobley, our leadership coach, to debrief about the season and set the plan for our upcoming season. Every year Foster asks each coach, “When are you at your best?” And every year I have the same response, “When I’m organized.” At which …