3 Best Books I Read in 2017


The year of 2017 has officially passed and without much notice (except for some thunderous countdown with fireworks), we are in a brand new year!

How exciting!

Last year, I’ve made an attempt to continuously read. That also includes clearing some space for new books by donating a few to the library.

Now I’ve compiled a list that I believe have been great reads in 2017, and maybe beyond. Tai Lopez gave a Ted Talk on the power of “having mentors in your own room”. I believe that’s the power that books have given people, with the brilliance of people shared amongst others who seek.

They are not ranked in particular orders of preference. Here goes.

1. The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath


I chanced upon this book through the listening of a podcast. I believe the law of attraction really worked its magic here because I was contemplating on how I can create special moments for people around me, or even clients that I am close with.

The ideas and stories illustrated in The Power of Moments are heartwarming and makes one wants to really exercise the power to make someone’s day even better!

I particularly love the stories of John Deere’s first day work experience where the moments build up to make you feel so dear to being part of a bigger family, and the story of how Ritz Carlton brought so much fun and enjoyment to a kid whose forgotten toy was left “vacationing” in the hotel.

Apart from the stories, the book is well structured to convey the message of building up moments and connections, as well as confirming my perception of elevating experiences for customers who already have positive or above neutral experiences, rather than trying to please nasty and ungrateful ones.

2. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

deep workI came across Cal Newport’s previous work “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” and thought his writing is straight to the point without too much fluff. His new book Deep Work came in a perfect time to me when I was so distracted by the constant posts through social media, spending more than an hour a day scrolling through the feeds of people whom I may not meet for the rest of the year.

That is when I know it’s really time to put an end, and started a month of social media cold turkey. After I survived the month, it’s really not that hard to skip browsing all together. I believe everyone can do the same. [Read: Sharing is Caring, or Is It?]

The book gave great practical tips on how to best manage your time (not necessarily cold turkey or rejecting electronic gadgets all together) for things that matter more than just searching for the next interesting story or post by someone else. We may not have the luxury like Carl Jung to retreat into the woods of Lake Zurich, nor Mark Twain’s summer retreat in a Quarry Farm, but we can definitely allocate time accordingly.

3. How to Argue & Win Every Time by Gerry Spence

spenceHow to Argue & Win Every Time is a classic courtroom read which I believe everyone needs to embrace. I am not referring to the need of winning heated arguments but the concept of understanding how not to get into one by critical reasoning.

In a highly sensitive society, we need not only to practise a higher level of empathy, but also enhance a skill that doesn’t put us in a spot of being able to defend what’s right. Gerry Spence, with his years of experience being a lawyer, has illustrated the necessary techniques and thinking, to allow one to win with better acceptance from a counterpart. It defied my initial thoughts that winning an argument means putting the other down. Here, Gerry discusses a totally different approach.

3 books for the year of 2017 isn’t really a lot. But I wanted to share books of different categories or nature, just so we have different areas covered.

So what books have got your flipping through and deep in thoughts from 2017?

What books are on your list for 2018?

Do share because I look forward to learning more in 2018!


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