The Best Non-business Books I’ve Read in 2017

This list contains the best non-business books I’ve read in 2017. Outside the business and self-help books, in 2017 I mainly concentrated of books about philosophy, biographies and original highly-recommended books.

There is no doubt that many of the best business books teach you how to be productive and successful. However, there are many non-business, non-fiction books that teach the same topics from a different view. This article is about the best non-business books I’ve read in 2017.

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The Best Books I’ve Read in 2017

A list of the best books I’ve read in 2017 that are relevant to the topics in my blog – personal and professional growth, optimization and productivity.

2017 was a busy year for me. I started this blog, changed my job, changed the country I live in … and the continent. But most importantly, I kept reading new and exciting books throughout the year. It was not easy, I had to read in busses and trains, at 5:00 AM and 10:00 PM. And I managed to cover all sorts of genres that could help me improve – philosophy, business, self-help, history, biographies. Here, I would like to share with you the best books for this year.

Before that, in 2016, spent a lot of time to setup my Goodreads account (link) and enter all the books I’ve read in the past. And for 2017, I set a personal goal in the platform to read 20 books. Challenges has remained my main motivator throughout my life and now I am finishing book 25 of the year! I know that the number is pathetic compared to other people that read 50+, 100+ and even 200+ books/year, but it is a great achievement for me.

In this article, I list the best 5 books that I would recommend to anyone out of this year’s 25. Here, I will stick to the books relevant to the topics in my blog and I will have a separate post for the most entertaining books that do not fall into this category.

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How to Learn Meditation and Change Your Mind and Body

Ask not what meditation can do for you, ask what you can do to meditate! Five simple steps to learn meditation and change your mind and body.

Meditation is (or should be) an important and integral part of your life. Daily meditation of 20 minutes or more has a very positive effect on your stress levels, energy levels, happiness, and your life in general. If you do it twice a day, you will be able to achieve amazing things.

Your mind works constantly. It worries, thinks, plans, remembers, loves, hates. When you sleep your mind is busy sorting your memories, dreaming, or planning. Meditation is the only tool to make your mind take some rest.

In this article, I will briefly touch on what meditation is. But most importantly, I will teach you one of the easiest ways meditate.

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Build Trust – How to Build Trust in a Relationship

This year I joined one of the most productive companies in the world. In this article I share what I have learned about building and sustaining trust in such competitive environments. I also extend the take aways to personal relationships.

Build trust is one of the hot topics in business and literature in the last decade. If you had trust in the business system and the corporations, then you’ve probably lost it in the dot com bubble (2001). If not or even if you managed to rebuild it, you’ve lost it again in the mortgage bubble (2008).

Trust is the unseen currency of business and life. When you build trust, you get a dividend on all of your actions – past and present. When you lack trust, you pay a tax, no matter how hard you try. The most successful companies obsess over how to build trust and put the customer in the center of their operations.

Building trust starts with building self trust, but this article focuses on the next step: build relationship trust. You should not neglect the first step and, hopefully, I will come back and write an article about self trust in the future. But for now I want to focus on how to build trust in a business relationship.

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Better Self – 10 Ways to Increase Your Charisma

Charisma is the intangible skill to draw others to your cause, to own a room or an audience. This article lists 10 tips for increasing your charisma.

Do you happen to know a man or a woman that own the room wherever they walk in? That immediately draw the attention of the others to themselves? Or that could easily get others in the room (yourself included) to support their cause or views? Such people are perceived as likable, powerful, irresistible and dynamic and this usually opens all doors in their path. You cannot usually explain why you like those people, but you do like them. This talent is known as “charisma“.

Some people are born charismatic and they should not do anything else to get what they want. But according to the studies, charisma is trainable. Increasing your personal charisma (especially in the workplace) is just a matter of decoding and mastering the communication strategies that are used by a “genuine” charismatic person. You can break that skill down to behaviors that can be learned, practiced and made natural.

This article aims at decomposing the set of skills that make the charismatic people who they are. And it gives you a list of 10 easy to practice and adopt tips in order to make you more charismatic. You do not require any knowledge prior to reading them. And even if you just read them (and never go back to them again), they will remain in the back of your mind, waiting to be pulled when needed.

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