What you sow is what you reap.

Our mind is a garden. A huge garden, with no perimeter and it definitely matters to sow the right seeds to be beautiful from within. Nothing strikes better than man’s best creation – BOOK that is used in everything from scribbling to gaining knowledge. Books are the ultimate predominant source and will continue to be one. Reading a book gives you all the shades of feelings which are hard to put in words!
Let’s dive into some of the books that help you grow and shine from within!

Books are the tickets to places you’ve never been.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

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We know during this pandemic no matter how many posts you see on positivity and even the slightest bit of hope on the news, things just don’t seem to be getting back to normal any time soon. “I hate uncertainty. I hate not knowing. I can’t stand opening myself to getting hurt or being disappointed. It’s excruciating.” If you could relate to the above-quoted lines, you should definitely check out the book “Daring Greatly” written by Brene Brown. It is a perfect quick read embracing vulnerability. Daring Greatly is a practice and powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen. Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center, of meaningful human experiences. Brene Brown is #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER you MUST FIND OUT HOW and WHY.

Atomic Habits By James Clear

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it—but all that had gone before.”

― James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

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Atomic Habits By James Clear, a #1 New York Times Bestseller List is a book based on building habits. Habits and systems in our daily life are essential to achieve anything you set your mind to. If you do 1.01 % better every day, by the end of the year, you are 37.78% better than the person you started as. On the other hand, if you do 0.99% better every day, you will only be better by 0.03% better than before. The 0.02% makes all the difference. The book focuses on helping you build habits through daily practices instead of relying on motivation. The first thing you learn is how to break your bad habits and understand your triggers. The next step is to build habits and systems and this is done in four simple steps: Cue, Craving, Response, and Reward. This is a must-read book if you want to build effective habits and systems in your life.

The One Thing Method By Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan

“You do the right thing and then you do the next right thing. Over time it adds up, and the geometric potential of success is unleashed.”

― GARY KELLER AND JAY PAPASAN, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

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As students, we tend to multitask a lot – listening to music while doing math, scrolling through social media while online classes are going on and the list doesn’t end there. While multitasking has been regarded as a skill by many, this book breaks down why you should NOT multitask and how it affects your performance. This book will help you understand how you can stop multitasking and get the best results by focusing on one task at a time. This book teaches you how to stop getting distracted and how you can increase your productivity – which is important for us as engineers because we have a lot of work to do. If you’re wondering where you’re losing time and want to get work done faster and efficiently, this is a must-read for you.

The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

The Psychology of Money is a practical book to help you manage finances. As you step into the corporate world after 4 years of undergraduate money, you start to earn money from your job and quite often, you don’t know how to manage that money, how much to spend, how to spend and how to invest.

This book is, hence, a must-read for you. This book will teach you how to have better relationship money instead of a love-hate relationship where at the beginning of the month, you feel you have enough money for the end of the month but by the end of the month, you’re counting pennies! You will also learn how to make smarter financial decisions so that you can have a financially secure future. There are only two ways you can have money – spend less or earn more!

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”

DAVID ALLEN, Getting things done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

There is so much we, as students, need to do. College, Family and social life and of course, working on your skills – so much work to do!

This book by David Allen, published in 2021 helps you implement simple productivity techniques in your daily routine to make your day less stressful and more productive. He talks about a simple-to-implement technique: The 2 Minute Rule. If a task takes less than 2 minutes to complete, do it now. If it takes longer, follows a simple five-step workflow: capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage. This is something that can be applied in all areas of your life. If you’re looking to simplify your day and be more productive, this book is a must-read book for you.