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52 in 52 and bookworm recap

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Hello friends! How are you? As we settle into the chill of December I wanted  to recap on the books I’ve read this year. and share some new ones I would like to cover. For those who know me well, you know that on some days, if all I have is a good cup of coffee, a comfortable chair and a good book, then I’m one happy camper! This year I’ve also joined Good Reads as a way to track a few of my favorites. I’ve enjoyed the following books this year:

  • The power of small things by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
  • Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim
  • Definitive book of body language by Barbara Pease
  • The yes factor by Tonya Reiman
  • The happiness project by Gretchen Rubin
  • Rules of work by Richard Templar
  • Never eat alone by Keith Ferrazzi
  • All I need to know I learned in kindergarten by Robert Fulgham
  • The cheapskate next door by Jeff Yeager
  • Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn
  • Have a little faith by Mitch Albom
  • Nice girls don’t get the corner office by Lois P Frankel
  • How to talk to anyone by Leil Lowndes

As we go into the next year and beyond, I would like to explore through the following reads as well:

  1. 10 Days to Faster Reading by Abby Marks-Beale
  2. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  3. The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
  4. The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
  5. Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst
  6. The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
  7. Brain Rules by John Medina
  8. Making Sense of Behavior by William T. Powers
  9. Driven by Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria
  10. Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
  11. On Writing Well by William Zinsse
  12. Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
  13. Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
  14. The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert Bly
  15. Show Me The Numbers by Stephen Few
  16. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  17. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson et al
  18. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  19. Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions by Gary Klein
  20. Smart Choices by John S. Hammond et al
  21. The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz
  22. Ethics for the Real World by Ronald Howard & Clinton Korver
  23. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  24. Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
  25. Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker
  26. Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun
  27. The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
  28. The Knack by Norm Brodsky & Bo Burlingham
  29. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  30. Indispensable by Joe Calloway
  31. The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt
  32. First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
  33. Hiring Smart by Pierre Mornell
  34. Tribes by Seth Godin
  35. Total Leadership by Stewart Friedman
  36. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
  37. The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan by George Bradt et al
  38. The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig
  39. Work the System by Sam Carpenter
  40. Learning from the Future by Liam Fahey & Robert RandallAnalysis
  41. Turning Numbers Into Knowledge by Jonathan Koomey
  42. How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
  43. Principles of Statistics by M.G. Bulmer
  44. The Unwritten Laws of Business by W.J. King
  45. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
  46. The Simplicity Survival Handbook by Bill Jensen
  47. Your Money or Your Life by Joel Dominguez & Vicki Robin
  48. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
  49. It’s Not About The Money by Brent Kessel
  50. Work Less, Live More by Bob Clyatt
  51. Personal Development for Smart People by Steve Pavlina
  52. The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohnaker

Maybe I can cover a book a week? A lofty goal I’m hoping to reach!

What book recommendations do you have?

Why nice girls finish last and how to change that

Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers (Business Plus)
I’m always looking for new good reads, especially those on self-improvement, with catchy titles. Thanks to Elysa of  GenPink ‘s recommendation, I just finished reading Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers and since there were so many helpful tips in the book, I wanted to share a few that I thought were most important.
  • Spend 5% of the day building relationships – Although sometimes work might feel routine, depending on what the job is, we are NOT machines at work. In my years of work, I’ve noticed no matter what level you are at it pays off to connect with your coworkers at the water cooler or coffee shop or wherever you say your “good mornings”. Connecting with colleagues has not only allowed me to learn things, but it’s also allowed me to boost my mood and level of happiness while at work.
  • Take a break every 90 minutes – While the amount of time between breaks might differ for everyone, it IS important to take a break, especially if you are sitting in front of  a computer all day. Your eyes need the rest, your body needs movement and you need to refresh yourself during your workday.
  • Say what needs to be said – It’s important to allow your voice to be heard rather than hiding in the shadows. Speak up when needed. At the same time,
  • Soften the truth – It’s always been said “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”. Speak the truth but put it in a way that reflects well on you and pleases the listeners.
  • Be likable and respected – Pretty self explanatory. You might as well be sweet and pleasant to be around, especially since your colleagues spend the most time with you during the week.
  • Don’t poll before making an important decision – Polling shows that you cannot think for yourself or that you cannot make firm decisions. Yes it is important to value the opinions of your teammates, but it’s just as equally important to stand true to what you believe.
  • Ask questions. None are stupid – Regardless of young or old, experienced or a newcomer to the team, everyone has a different learning curve. It’s better to ask and be well informed instead of make avoidable ( and possibly costly) mistakes.
  • Offer a firm handshake – I can’t tell you the countless number of  “cold fish handshakes” I’ve received, especially from other women. As a women it is important to give a firm handshake. This portrays confidence in ourselves.

These are only a few of the smart tips from the book and I highly encourage you to read this book if you haven’t already.  What are some of your favorite pieces of advice in the working world?

Monday Morning Caffeine– Join a community. Write a book.

Today’s Monday Morning Caffeine idea is brought to you by a coffee date with a friend.

When I expressed my love of writing, the friend suggested I check out, a community shared writing site. The idea behind this site is that aspiring writers can contribute as much or as little of their work as they want. Viewers of the site will rate the writing. The higher the rating, the more likely publishers will see it.  For example, if you contribute to a 50 page book and your writing is picked, you can have a chance to  have it published through a literary agent. The cost to you? Writers of full-length books and short works pay a one-time submission fee of $3.95. Brilliant idea to get our creative minds brewing. Have a wonderful week everyone!

A letter from my future self


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Today’s post is day 21 of  Reverb10. Favorite Googler and newfound friend Jenny Blake asks this brilliant question:

Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead?

Dearest Sneha

From where I stand five years from now things look amazing and you have achieved so many of your goals, hopes and dreams. I want to tell you the following:

Let your personality shine – You’ve been told by some people that you’ve got a sweet n spicy personality. Let it show. Continue to be kind, appreciate and to love. Don’t hold back, and make sure you speak up when you need to, be it with friends or family or anyone else.

You are beautiful, just as you are. You have worked hard in fitness to be where you are at today. But don’t sacrifice injuring yourself just for the sake of being in shape. Learn to listen to your body and slow down if needed.Your body knows what it’s talking about. Take care of yourself-physically, mentally and emotionally.

Things get better – There may be some difficult or easy times ahead. Be what may, keep on working hard, being kind, and giving and you will reap some great rewards. Great things happen when they are least expected. You KNOW this and experienced it in 2010 many times. Even more exciting? The best is yet to come.

Don’t be so tough on yourself – You are not perfect. And that’s perfectly fine. Let yourself make those mistakes or achievements and take them for what they are. Stop over-thinking and over-analyzing. Forget the past mistakes, you are only stronger because of them–and at that time you were doing exactly what you wanted, so no regrets!

Enjoy the present – Soak up everything that’s happening right now, because the past is done and over with and the future is ridiculously bright.

Learn to ask for help when you need it – You are and always have been a strong and stubbornly independent lady. But it’s ok to be vulnerable sometimes and ask for help. Please do when you really need it-whatever the size of task  it is. People will be willing to help.

You might meet someone who will love you for you – When you do, embrace it and be open to it.Let your guard down.Take down that wall of fear— because you’ve met some amazing people who have blessed your life in so many ways and you will meet so many more when you least expect it. Please expect the unexpected.

Keep learning – You’ve always had a love of learning so be a sponge and continue to soak up every bit of knowledge that you possibly can from everywhere possible.

Travel as much as your life allows – You know you love it. You know it frees you. See the world– and stop worrying about how much it costs.It’s worth it. Every penny. Just remember the next time you want to order a nice drink at the coffee shop – that money deserves to go towards your future adventures to far off places. So save that precious hard earned money.

and last but not least….

Just keep laughing –You’ve always had a beautiful smile and hearty laugh and I hope you still got it woman!

One hundred  hugs  n kisses,


P.S.  As of March 2011, I hope you will have read Jenny’s new book cover to cover soon and shared the love.

Free. Powerful. Self-created. Self-healing.

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Ever since I was a child I have loved, and I mean LOVED reading. Fiction, nonfiction, comics, news magazines,cereal boxes, you name it, I’d read it.  Okay, go ahead, call me a dork.I used to joke that the local bookstore had become my “second home”, and in some ways it had (and still has ) become my escape to a place of reading and relaxation, and maybe some good coffee and treats. Somewhere in between schooling and studying, the reading for fun slowed to a snail’s pace. In the last few years I’ve picked it up again in recent years to become the voracious reader I once was.  Today’s Reverb10 (day 19) asks What healed you this year? Sweet and simple. Reading for fun. Only this time, I’m not interested in fictional things  that much anymore. In fact, I stick to anything but that. Now it’s more focused to finance and fitness, health and yoga, personal development, humor, and other topics too. And in the midst of hearing word of mouth and reading a few interesting blogs, I’ve made a point to this year, and onward, keep track of the books I’ve read. In the process, I’ve gotten to know a few acquaintances a little better and improved myself. That’s been my source of healing for the ups and downs. Free. Powerful. Self-created.  Self-healing.

What’s your source of healing?