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3 Good Reads

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Over Christmas, I received an amazing gift from my mother in-law; a Kindle! I’ve been using the Kindle for over a month and I’m enjoying it much more than I thought I would. My experience with the Kindle has been lovely because it’s easy to buy and borrow books. Plus, the Kindle is lightweight which makes the e-reader great for traveling and hauling around on my bike.

I’m also reading more on my Kindle. During the first half of January, I read over a dozen books. After reading so many books, I wanted to tell you about three good reads. I’d encourage you to buy the following books or pick up a copy at your local library.

1. “To Sell is Human.”

I couldn’t put Daniel Pink’s book down because I loved the research he reviewed and his main contention. He argues, "We devote upwards of 40% of our time on the job to moving others — this is non-sales selling — it's cajoling and convincing others in ways that don't involve anyone making a purchase. And it is critical to our professional success."

In short, Pink makes a convincing argument that we are all in sales now and I have to agree with his explanation. I’ve been self-employed since 2010 and both traditional and non-traditional selling is part of my everyday life. For instance, I make money by selling books and teaching ecourses.

However, selling isn’t limited to business owners. When I worked at non-profits, I was cajoling legislators to allocate more funding to victims of violence or encouraging our members to start using social media for good.

No matter what you do for a living, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. It will change your perspective of sales.

2. “The End of Your Life Book Club.”

Will Schwalbe is an incredible writer and his book is an engaging story about his dying mother. In the story, Schwalbe addresses topics including the importance of family, dying gently, and reading. Schwalbe’s words made me laugh, cry, and appreciate my family even more. In addition, Schwalbe’s book recommendations will keep me reading throughout 2013.

3. “The Best Care Possible.”

I heard about Ira Byock’s work on OPB last week. After listening to his interview on Think Out Loud, I purchased his new book, “The Best Care Possible,” for my Kindle. I’m almost finished with the book and love it.

When my dad got sick last year, I started thinking about the healthcare system, the importance of caregiving and how we treat our loved ones as they die. Byock approaches all of these topics with care, compassion and kindness. I wish I’d had access to his book last year because it would have helped my family as we navigated a very complex health care system.

In addition, Byock noted that 75 percent of adults in America have not completed an advance directive or living will. I was shocked by this statistic, but also ashamed because I also don’t have a living will or an advance directive in place. To remedy this, I ordered a document called “Five Wishes” from Aging with Dignity.

Aging with Dignity describes "Five Wishes" in this way:

". . . it is America’s most popular living will because it’s written in everyday language and helps people express their wishes in areas that matter most — the personal and spiritual in addition to the medical and legal. It also helps you describe what good care means to you, whether you are seriously ill or not. It allows your caregiver to know exactly what you want."

If you are interested in seeing a preview of this document, click here and be sure to read Byock’s book.

Parting words . . .

Books open my mind to new ideas and cause me to think about topics that I would otherwise ignore. It’s been a powerful way for me to stay grounded, centered, and grateful for the people in my life.

Got book recommendations? Leave your tips in the comments section.

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