Simply Good Reads

In the winter there is nothing better than sitting on a cozy couch with a book and a blanket when it’s cold outside. And since Northern California is actually getting rain and winter weather this year, I’ve been taking advantage. If I don’t have a book in my hand, then I’m usually reading an interesting blog or article on my tablet. Below are some of my favorite reads from this fall and winter. I hope they inspire you in the same way they inspired me.

Some of my favorite articles and blog posts on Simplicity

Tiny wins for a simple life

“Stop Googling, Let’s Talk” from the NY Times in September

Buddhist Bootcamp’s monthly newsletter

Motivating books

I started reading Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us by Daniel Pink with the intent to learn more about individual motivation, but its scope is much larger. It zooms in to motivation on the individual level and then zooms out to the organizational level to discuss what companies can do to keep employees engaged. Finally, it zooms waaaaay out to talk about what it would be like to have a motivated society. According to Pink, the motivation recipe is the same at the individual and societal level.

Intrinsic motivation keeps you going over the long haul while extrinsic motivation (think carrots and sticks) does not. American businesses can learn A LOT from this book. Most importantly, we all need to take stock of what motivates us on a regular basis to ensure that we are expending our energy in a way that adds to our lives. We all can tap in to intrinsic motivation. His book outlines just how to do it.

I also enjoyed reading Essentialism by Greg McKeown. He encourages us to remove anything that is not absolutely essential to our lives. The hard work is defining what is essential and what is not. Although the message was redundant at times, I enjoyed the minimalist philosophy of the book. And full disclosure, I listened to the audio version of this book while I was sorting through papers and other desk clutter. Win-win.

I am always a sucker for a good book on minimalism, voluntary simplicity and the like. There is always something new to learn…

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