Top 10 Excel Books of 2015

 

Excellence is a talent or quality which is extraordinarily good. It is also used as a standard for performance to be measured and compared with. It is a continuously moving target that can only be achieved by actions of integrity, being advanced and innovative. The most important way to achieve excellence in any field (example: sport, music, professional life, academics) is to practice. A minimum of 10,000 hours of practice in such fields is required to achieve perfection.

 

The Achievement Habit

Through various examples and exercises, The Achievement Habit explains how to manipulate your beliefs and change the way you look at things in order to create the quality of life that you want and deserve.

Read it For:
It is a solid read with lots of motivating advice about achieving through excellence.
Don't Read it For:
The book starts off strong and ends strong, but the parts in between could have been written in a better way.
What makes this book stand out?:
Bernard Roth writes in a very fluid and conversational tone that makes the reading smooth and easy to absorb.

Rejection Proof

It is a hilarious and enlightening account of an introvert's attempt to overcome the fear of rejection by trying to get rejected and blogging about the experience.

Read it For:
This book offers practical ways to conquer some of the lingering fear of rejection and is also very entertaining.
Don't Read it For:
There is a feeling that this book would have been better as a more concise feature in a magazine or a blog
What makes this book stand out?:
Jia Jiang tells stories. The book is outlined in the ways he has been rejected but he uses the stories to illustrate amazing and life-changing lessons.

Big Magic

This well-written book has a series of essays, meditations, and anecdotes on putting fear aside and harnessing the creativity we are all born with.

Read it For:
Gilbert strikes a playful and conversational tone in sending out the right message about excellence in life.
Don't Read it For:
The book is tediously written throughout.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a practical, comforting and inspiring book in which the author has used her personal experiences to help others dealing with obstacles stopping them from reaching the highest peaks.

Rising Strong

Rising Strong helps you redefine the struggles you've had in your life, everything you’ve been through, and your determination to fight back and recover, as manifestations of strength and courage.

Read it For:
This book has the ability to inspire people with its fierceness, volume and confidence.
Don't Read it For:
There is not exactly a study or research to support the author’s personal beliefs, and the book is full of them.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is intriguing and interesting and is full of stories to help the reader see the point the author is trying to make.
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Calming The Chaos

This book provides practical step-by-step guides for managing the excess energy you have and not your time, thereby, helping you to overcome stress and experience life with more happiness.

Read it For:
Jackie Woodside's book will help you focus your energies again, create new priorities, work on them and get your life under control.
Don't Read it For:
The message has been dragged along by the author who, in fact, could have been conveyed in a shorter amount of time.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is your book to read if you are an overachiever, you work against time and feel that there are never enough hours in the day.

Clay Water Brick

This book has the co-founder of the micro-lending platform Kiva, Jessica Jackley, explaining how and why entrepreneurship has the ability to change the entire world for good and for better.

Read it For:
Jackley gives many important messages she has learned through her personal experiences.
Don't Read it For:
This is a book that exuded incredible promise but didn’t deliver well enough.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a wonderful story of Jackley's real-life experience with the stories of entrepreneurs whose courage, self-belief and persistence made miraculous change happen in their lives and the lives of others.

Are You Fully Charged?

This unorthodox book explains that the search for meaning, purpose and meaningful action in your life can make you much happier than the explicit pursuit of happiness.

Read it For:
Tom Rath takes a holistic look at personal and work satisfaction in "Are You Fully Charged?"
Don't Read it For:
Most of the information in this book wasn’t new. The things Rath has talked about are topics we are most familiar with.
What makes this book stand out?:
There are personal experiences and stories that Rath believes led to him excelling at what he does. There is a lot of research to back the author’s suggestions and beliefs.

Leap

Vigeland, A host of the public radio's Marketplace program, uses funny stories and thoughtful observations to help people who are already successful find the energy and courage to pursue a career that gives them happiness and satisfaction.

Read it For:
It is a very quick and engaging read by Tess Vigeland.
Don't Read it For:
The book should have been more directly written. However, it doesn’t feel like a memoir.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an inspirational and reflective how-to which may guide many people like Vigeland on how to move on from an old job to something more fulfilling.

A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life

Academy Award-winning producer Grazer and acclaimed business journalist Fishman has written a wonderful homage to inquisitiveness and curiosity which will help you keep up the habit of asking questions and always remaining hungry for knowledge.

Read it For:
Grazer shares a lot of his experiences working with people like Ron Howard and how curiosity led him through the path of excellence.
Don't Read it For:
There is a lot of unnecessary data in the book thrown at the readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
Grazer and Fishman have written an amazing book about how “curiosity conversations” have shaped the world we live in.

Elon Musk: Inventing The Future

Musk has a vision, and this book spotlights all of his dreams. Ashlee Vance captures the genius’s life and work, from his upbringing in South Africa to his move to America. His journey to excellence has a lot to teach to people like us living in a rapidly and dramatically changing world.

Read it For:
The book is excellent and inspiring enough to motivate people to always choose the path of excellence.
Don't Read it For:
The author’s writing and reporting leans too heavily on idolatry.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a very inspiring book, an important look into a game-changing worldview, and a valuable lesson to the world.

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