HIMMENSE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 2022
If you’re looking to become the most interesting person in the room, check out these five inspiring books!
Successful people are life-long learners who push themselves out of their comfort zones. It can be tempting to feel "done" when it comes to learning, perhaps when you finally finish university, or reach a certain point in your career. But the successful folks of the world know that the learning process never ends. They know that learning new things will keep them innovative and creative, which leads to success in all aspects of life. They might read in their spare time, listen to audio books, watch TED talks, or delve into research online — anything that keeps them fresh, informed, creative, and on top of their game.
And it’s not just about gaining knowledge and developing stronger analytical skills, research shows that there are multiple science-backed reasons to read more. For example, reading regularly not only makes you more interesting, it also:
☑️ Improves brain connectivity, focus and concentration
☑️ Increases your vocabulary and comprehension
☑️ Reduces stress
☑️ Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
☑️ Fights depression symptoms
☑️ Prevents cognitive decline as you age
So, just like going for a run or hitting the gym exercises your cardiovascular system, reading regularly gives your brain a good workout.
Check out these five inspiring books to help you get to a place that makes you feel motivated, successful and on top form!
THE 48 LAWS OF POWER by Robert Greene
This multi-million-copy New York Times bestseller is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control – from the author of The Laws of Human Nature.
In the book that People magazine proclaimed “beguiling” and “fascinating,” Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from 3,000 years of the history of power. This is the definitive guide to help readers achieve for themselves what Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, Louis XIV and Machiavelli learnt the hard way. Law 1: Never outshine the master Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies Law 3: Conceal your intentions Law 4: Always say less than necessary. The text is bold and elegant, laid out in black and red throughout and replete with fables and unique word sculptures. The 48 laws are illustrated through the tactics, triumphs and failures of great figures from the past who have wielded - or been victimised by - power.
The 48 Laws of Power is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defence, or simply to understand the rules of the game.
Buy The 48 Laws of Power here
START WITH WHY by Simon Sinek
Why are some people and organizations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again?
Because in business it doesn't matter what you do, it matters why you do it.
Steve Jobs, the Wright brothers and Martin Luther King have one thing in common: they STARTED WITH WHY.
Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others, or to be inspired.
THE RATIONAL MALE by Rollo Tomassi
The Rational Male is a rational and pragmatic approach to intergender dynamics and the social and psychological underpinnings of intergender relations. The book is the compiled, ten-year core writing of author/blogger Rollo Tomassi from therationalmale.com.
Rollo Tomassi is one of the leading voices in the globally growing, male-focused online consortium known as the "Manosphere". Outlined are the concepts of positive masculinity, the feminine imperative, plate theory, operative social conventions and the core psychological theory behind Game awareness and "red pill" ideology. Tomassi explains and outlines the principles of intergender social dynamics and foundational reasoning behind them.
Buy The Rational Male here
GRIT by Angela Duckworth
GRIT is must-read for anyone seeking to succeed. Pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth takes us on an eye-opening journey to discover the true qualities that lead to outstanding achievement. Winningly personal, insightful and powerful, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that - not talent or luck - makes all the difference.
The Book in Three Sentences
The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but grit: a special blend of passion and persistence.
Grit is about having passion and perseverance for long-term goals.
Gritty people are able to maintain their determination and motivation over long periods despite experiences with failure and adversity.
Buy Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success here
FIRST MAN IN: LEADING FROM THE FRONT by Ant Middleton
No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life.
Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.
To survive the gruelling selection process to become a member of the elite you need toughness, aggression, meticulous attention to detail and unrelenting self-discipline, all traits that make for the best leaders.
After 13 years service in the military, with 4 years as a Special Boat Service (SBS) sniper, Ant Middleton is the epitome of what it takes to excel. He served in the SBS, the naval wing of the special forces, the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal, achieving what is known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces. As a point man in the SBS, Ant was always the first man through the door, the first man into the dark, and the first man in harm’s way.
In this fascinating, exhilarating and revealing book, Ant speaks about the highs and gut-wrenching lows of his life – from the thrill of passing Special Forces Selection to dealing with the early death of his father and ending up in prison on leaving the military – and draws valuable lessons that we can all use in our daily lives.
Buy First Man In: Leading from the Front here
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ASHWAGANDGHA IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTION AND MEMORY
In a controlled study of healthy men who took 500 mg of standardized extract daily reported significant improvements in their reaction time and task performance, compared with men who received a placebo. Another 8-week study in 50 adults showed that taking 300 mg of ashwagandha root extract twice daily significantly improved general memory, task performance, and attention.
SELENUM HELPS PREVENT MENTAL DECLINE
A diet rich in selenium may help prevent mental decline and improve memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease (it’s worth noting that in the UK, the 2nd leading cause of death in 2020, after COVID-19 was Dementia and Alzheimer’s). Oxidative stress is believed to be involved in both the onset and progression of neurological diseases like Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s. Several studies have shown that patients with Alzheimer’s disease have lower blood levels of selenium. Another study found that antioxidants in both foods and supplements may improve memory in patients with Alzheimer’s.
VITAMIN B6 PROMOTES BRAIN HEALTH AND REDUCES ALZHEIMER’S RISK
A growing body of research suggests that Vitamin B6 may prevent a decline in brain function by decreasing homocysteine levels that have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease and memory impairments. One such study in 156 adults with high homocysteine levels and mild cognitive impairment found that taking high doses of B6, B12 and folate (B9) decreased homocysteine and reduced wasting in some regions of the brain that are vulnerable to Alzheimer’s.
VITAMIN B12 BENEFITS YOUR BRAIN BY PREVENTING THE LOSS OF NEURONS
Vitamin B12 deficiency has been associated with memory loss, especially in older adults. One study in people with early-stage dementia showed that a combination of vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acid supplements slowed mental decline. Another study found that even vitamin B12 levels on the low side of normal can contribute to poor memory performance.