On this page I share with you my favourite books; Books that can help you to take control, to get your ideas, interests, passions and projects organised and to finally finish your projects.
I have read every book, that I recommend on this page. Before exploring, please read this note.
Passions Pilot’s Top 3 favourite books
The Power of Full Engagement – Tim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
Traditional time management is not an answer anymore to today’s fast-paced digital world in which everyone needs to be performing at a top-level 24/7. It’s a recipe for a fast burn-out. It doesn’t make sense to manage your time if you don’t have any energy left to do anything. That’s why it is important to manage your energy levels, not only your time. This book tells you how to do that and gives you a road map to becoming more fully engaged on and off the job. That means being physically energised, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned. A must read if you want to live a healthy and balanced life.
This book reads like a train and I like the criticism the author gives on today’s society in a ‘slightly’ ironic way. But the objective and the merit of this book is that it searches for the root cause of career indecisiveness: Indecisiveness caused by being overwhelmed and by having too many options to choose from. That’s the easy explanation but as a psychologist Stefano Pecci digs much much deeper. Spoiler alert: You need to get to ‘Know yourself’ and try to ‘make the unconscious conscious’. How to do that is what “Know yourself” is about. This book is for those who always have been wondering why they can’t decide or commit to a career path and who want guidance to do the introspection needed to find out.
I always had difficulty with choosing and whenever it was possible I wouldn’t choose and just take all of the possibilities on my ‘shortlist’. I always felt like this was NOT the best way to go… until I read this book in which Barbara Sher states that it is OK not to choose. It is OK to have many, many areas of interests and ideas to explore and projects to work on. She introduces the term ‘Scanners’ (synonym for multi-potentialites, poly-maths and renaissance man or woman). I finished the book in two days and all the time while I was reading, I was thinking “This is me, this is exactly ME!”
If you want to know what a ‘scanner’ is, if you want to know if you are a scanner, and if yes, what type of scanner you are, then this book is perfect!
Other valuable books on the Passions Pilot’s book shelf
“Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the number of demands and commitments you face every day, every week, every year?” We, multi-potentialites, often feel overwhelmed by all our tasks. We do have a lot going on at the same time and generally we do have a lot of commitments we need to face every day. This book gives you a fresh perspective on life management and organisation by applying some simple, basic project management principles. Recommended reading, especially for multi-potenitalites!
This is a book for all ‘DaVinci’s’ (read multi-potentialites) who have trouble with goal setting (haven’t we all?) and for whom planning is a real challenge (isn’t that the case for all of us?). In this book you’ll find techniques to prioritise, reasons why you should plan, guidance on how to plan, how to overcome indecisiveness and much more. There is a lot of very useful tools and information in this book, written by a multi-potentialite for multi-potentialites.
It must be said that as multi-potentialites, we are a kind of allergic to doing only one thing. But… this book convinced me that sticking to one thing increases your productivity significantly. And yes, even we multi-potentialites can benefit from setting priorities and being focused on one thing at the time. For multi-potentialites who already feel their stomach cringe: you can keep being flexible, this one thing doesn’t need to be the same one thing all your life. It can be one thing for just half an hour. Read how you too can benefit from ‘The One Thing’.