5 Non-Business Books That Will Make You a Better Business Person (and human)

Reading wasn’t something I was always into. Typical titles in school seemed boring and pushed me further away from casually picking up a book. Years later, my Amazon lists are constantly revolving and my shelves are crammed with books of all varieties and subjects. Below are five books (in no particular order) that aren’t about business but have helped improve my business game:

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

A student back in touch with an old professor and mentor after many years, Tuesdays with Morrie is a book that discusses some of life’s greatest and toughest lessons. Gratitude, relationships, and living a life without regrets are just some of the morals. This recommendation comes with two disclaimers; don’t read without a box of tissue and second, you won’t be able to put it down until you turn the final page.

Business Lesson / Takeaway: Take the chance – you won’t regret it.

Driving Miss Norma by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle

This is the book I most often gift to others. Driving Miss Norma takes you on a road trip across America inspired by a woman who chooses to make the most out of life when given a life altering diagnosis. Humorous, educational, emotional, and insightful, this is a book you’ll want to curl up with on a lazy Sunday and read for hours. Bonus: there are some amazing pictures of Normas adventures included.

Business Lesson / Takeaway: Enjoy the process and make sure you have fun along the way.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

If your day was a house, your morning would definitely be the foundation. The first few hours after you wake up kicks off a domino effect which carries you through the rest of the day. Those that are serious about upping your personal success game, start with this book and transfer your morning into the equivalent of a seriously strong cup of coffee!

Business Lesson / Takeaway: The importance of a great morning routine

The Beauty of Discomfort by Amanda Lang

Whether it’s brought on by our own decision or sprung on us by something out of our control, change is never easy. The great news is that change and discomfort are two of the greatest catalysts for growth. Amanda Lang hits on a lot of points that hit close to him for myself and provides some great insight from industry experts on how to better deal with whatever life throws at you.

Business Lesson / Takeaway: Learn to be comfortable with discomfort – it means you’re growing.

The Ripple Effect by Dr. Greg Wells

In a previous post, I discussed one of the majors lessons I took away from going through some health issues; everything we do in life is connected. What we eat, think about, how we move, and our sleep patterns all go hand in hand. By improving one, we can generate momentum to improve others and create a cascade effect. Dr. Greg Wells brings science backed research combined with personal experience which provides insight and solutions that are easy to implement into our daily lives.

Business Lesson / Takeaway: How we treat our body and mind are directly connected to the level at which we operate at.

I’m always on the lookout for great reads so if there’s a book you’ve read that changed something about the way you live your life, send me a message or comment below. I’d love to hear from you. Happy reading!