What are the best books to read for overachievers?

If you’re a true overachiever, you know how important it is to always grow your book list! Get some ideas on which books to add with these 7 recommendations:
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport. This book explains the importance of deep work: the ability to focus on cognitively demanding tasks in order to achieve more in less time. The author uses many real-life examples to explain why this is a challenge in the 21st century that revolves around emails and social media. He also provides practical suggestions how to deal with distractions and how we can master our deep work so that we can excel at whatever we do.
  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. Take your hard work into the future by building a platform around social media. This is a step-by-step guide written by a top business blogger, and includes diverse and practical advice on everything from creating a blog to how often you should post on Twitter. Hyatt describes what some of the world’s top overachievers (from best-selling authors to public speakers and entrepreneurs) are doing differently to attract a bigger and more targeted audience.
  • Mastery by Robert Greene. This book debunks the myth that it takes a genius with innate talent to produce a body of work that possesses timeless quality. It’s full of examples of some of the biggest minds through history, and it emphasizes how focus, passion and dedication to doing deep work can make us successful too, regardless of the type of career we choose for ourselves.
  • Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield. If you have never read Pressfield’s books before, this one is the perfect introduction to his work! In this book you will find out how you can go from being a mere amateur to a complete professional in your field of interest, and what it will take to gain respect from the big players in your industry.
  • Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg. Being busy doesn’t always mean we are being productive, and there are ways to work smarter instead of harder. The book provides powerful real-life examples of why it’s important to develop motivation to accomplish our goals, how we can strengthen focus by building mental models, and how daily rituals can give us space and time to think about the bigger picture.
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s like an encyclopedia of overachievers! You can learn in detail what makes them different and you can find out just how much mastering a skill through overcoming a difficulty can make a person become the best in their field.
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer. This is a must read for everyone who wants to improve their memory and be on top of their game. You’ll find tips from memory athletes, and you’ll learn how to build a memory palace to understand, retain, and recall what you learn.
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