Little, Brown and Company; Harper
‘David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants’ by Malcolm Gladwell and ‘Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence’ by Daniel Goleman
Whether your plan for new year is to be happier, sharper or more empathetic, these top inspiration and personal development books from 2013 will help you succeed.
Will help you: Use hurdles to your advantage
The latest from the author of “Blink” and “The Tipping Point” examines the ways disadvantage can fuel success. The story is an old one–the title comes from the famous Bible parable–but Gladwell connects his argument with more contemporary examples, such as studies of classroom performance and the political distress in Northern Ireland.
Will help you: Concentrate
In his new book, the author of “Emotional Intelligence” addresses that great Internet-age malady, distraction. Positing focus to be the “hidden driver of excellence,” Goleman lays out a detailed game-plan for improving mental clarity and attention span while offering tips on how to deal with those “distant threats” that tend to pull our attention away from the task at hand.
Grand Central Publishing; Tarcher
‘How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps’ by Kelly Williams Brown and ‘The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections’ by Normal Rosenthal
Will help you: See the value in your struggles
Norman Rosenthal, who’s written previously on meditation and Seasonal Affective Disorder, believes that big life challenges–such as financial problems or grief–offer important advantages. Arguing that personal growth can’t happen without setbacks, he challenges readers to re-interpret adversity as a key element of empathy, maturity and success.
Will help you: Not be a mess
Whether you’re a recent grad or someone further along in life who doesn’t quite all have their ducks in a row, “Adulting” is here to help. Kelly Williams Brown lays out more than 400 tips for everything from keeping up a home, succeeding at work, making friendships last and dating. The tone is inviting and empathetic, as Brown has been there. We’ve all been there. We’ll all get through this “real-life” thing together.