Psychology / Mental Health
“The Language of Emotions” by Karla McLaren
Emotions are raw information, and understanding what they are telling you will completely change the way you relate to yourself and others.
This book goes into the depths of not only emotions like anger and fear, but depression and suicidal urges as well. It is revolutionary in that it reframes these “negative emotions” into messages that have vital – and even life-saving – purposes for each of us.
“The Drama of the Gifted Child” by Alice Miller
Inside each of us exists a child, a true self, that was not truly seen and loved by our providers growing up. This leads to an unconscious emotional need to bury the true self deep in our unconscious minds and to replace it with a “false self,” or persona, to survive in our world.
The consequences of this can be devastating for our lives.
“Skin In The Game” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Pay attention not to what people say but to what they do, and to how much of their necks they are putting on the line. Without skin in the game, there are no real consequences, and without real consequences, there is no real courage.
Creativity and Leadership
“The Practice: Shipping Creative Work” by Seth Godin
You become creative when you ship work. Fall in love with the act of practicing, not the output. Creativity is leadership. This book breathed understanding onto many fears and doubts that plague me as a creator without encouraging me to settle.