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New Year, New Me: Books To Read in 2017

Jan 5, 2017

Yes, it’s that motto again; the one that we, our friends, our colleagues and our neighbors have coined as the countdown on December 31st plays out: “New Year, new me”. While some roll their eyes at your new-found dedication to being the best you, the idea of changing some ways, perfecting others and working on your most positive self is only for the betterment of you. So, our advice: do it! Each year we are granted the opportunity to be our own author of a fresh book. At L & D Mail Masters, we like to push education. So while you’re writing your book this year, take some time to read. We have compiled a list of five helpful books you can read to create the best you at home and in the workplace.


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

This book written by New York Times business reporter, Charles Duhigg, dissects the reasoning behind habits and why they exist. Charles determined if we know what causes habits, we can change them. Can you think of a habit that you need to shake? Habits do not only affect people, but affect businesses as well. In The Power of Habit, Duhigg discusses why some companies struggle to change over time and how it hinders success. This is a must-read for 2017.



The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Marie Kundo is a Japanese organizing consultant who took her expertise to publication in an effort for readers to “spring clean” all year around. For Kundo, her theories are bigger than throwing away the unnecessary pile of papers on your desk and that drawer at home you cannot close because it’s filled to the top. Instead, Kundo teaches the idea of de-cluttering because it leaves you with a more serene environment. A chaotic house leads to a chaotic brain.



The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Yes, another book about habits, but this time these are life-changing habits; the good ones. Stephen Covey attempts to lead his readers to live a prosperous, good life with his seven habits. Covey’s seven habits are as followed: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think “win-win”, seek first to understand and then to be understood, synergize, and finally sharpen the saw. 



Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Does your New Year, new me plan consist of increased mental productivity? Tim Ferriss’ book can help you obtain that goal. Ferriss focuses on “healthy, wealthy, and wise,” by offering advice he gathered from entrepreneurs, advisors and hard-working actors over time. This book offers a wealth of knowledge and keys to success directly from the most successful.



I Can Do It: 365 Daily Affirmations

Finally, with more of a non-traditional self-help book suggestion is Louise Hay’s I Can Do It calendar. Almost nothing is more beneficial than a daily remember to remain optimistic and goal-oriented. With a daily affirmation, every day in 2017 will begin with a quote that will keep you positive and in line with your goals.


Like J.K. Rowling says, “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” Let 2017 be magical and fuel your soul which will lead you to being the best leader you can be both professionally and personally.

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