Grit by Angela Duckworth

Is there a secret to excellence and success? And how far does bare talent lead us to success?

Grit is a book about the power of passion and perseverance. Above talent, hard work and luck it evidently also needs grit for long-term achievement and excellence.

Duckworth's definition of grit is a combination of passion + practice + purpose + persistency.

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“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs”

Victor Hugo

The Happiness Advantage

“About the Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success”

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Success follows Happiness! When we are happy, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This discovery has been repeatedly shown by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe. Shawn Achor wrote a compelling book . . . .

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Deep Work

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Cal Newport has some valuable advice about how to relearn the ability of deep work.
The thesis is that deep work is both rare and valuable in today´s world. A lot seems to be common sense but, as Harvard Professor Tal Ben Shahar says about common sense in one of his Ted Talks about “Happiness”, it may be common sense but it is evidently not „common“.

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“Let your mind become a lens: Dealing with the daily distractions and getting back to deep and focused work”


“From success in your first half to meaning in your second half”

Halftime by Bob Buford

Have you ever consciously thought about your personal “Halftime”?
“Halftime” by Bob Buford is not a book about your arrival at success and how to apply it. It’s about giving back and finding meaning and purpose in life.

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The healing power of forgiveness

About the power of forgiveness by Martin Doblmeier

I have recently read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about the healing power of forgiveness, based on several university studies on the theme.

Researchers found that the positive effects of forgiveness range from lower measures of depression and anxiety to even lower risks of heart attack. Forgiveness allows us to focus on more positive thoughts and relationships.

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“Forgiveness means letting go of the hope for a better past”

Geoff Fallon