The holidays are almost here, and you may find yourself with a little time to crack open a book. Here are a couple of suggestions that are both quick reads, but packed with excellent philosophy.
QBQ: The Question Behind the Question
Overview: This is a book about personal accountability both in work and in life. QBQ is one of my favorite books because it pings at your brain to always be thinking about the struggles you face daily. “Is there something I can do to make this better? What role can I play that can benefit a greater purpose? How can I own problem and turn it into a solution?”
Warning: This book may give you a low tolerance for people who whine too much.
The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph
Overview: This is a fascinating book about the merits of stoicism. “How can I face adversity (without complaining) and see it as a benefit? What kind of person welcomes struggle?” History is littered with examples of people who embraced stoicism and ran with it to change their lives and the world. Based much on the writings of Marcus Aurelius, the author invites you to look at the obstacles in your life and see them for tremendous opportunities to reach another level in your own personal development.
Please let me know if you end up reading any of them. I would love to know what you think.
Author’s note: I originally published on an internal blog for work, but I also wanted to share here also.