Today is day 13 of shelter-at-home for me. Las Vegas is definitely not fun these day. But hey, it’s my job to help you, my loyal readers, find fun things to do in Las Vegas. Today’s installment has a novel idea for all y’all.
We have to social distance from friends. But there’s one friend you don’t have to social distance from: a book. Here are five of my favorite non-fiction books.
Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
Eric Barker did a lot of research on the psychology of success. This book is an eye-opener.
The man has a wicked sense of humor. I literally laughed out loud…as I learned a lot. Did you know valedictorians rarely become millionaires? (Phew!) And that your biggest weakness may actually be your biggest strength? Yes!
My favorite chapter was about cooperation. Did you know gang leaders, pirates and serial killers are the ones to model when it comes to cooperation? Now you can see why I love this book.
Is it a cliche to say it changed my life?
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
The subtitle says it all: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win.
The two authors were Navy Seals in Iraq. The book describes 12 principles of leadership. Each chapter starts with one of their missions in country. Then it shifts to a corporation they helped using the principle they learned from the mission.
I have never been to war. But I feel like I kinda have because of the harrowing, dramatic way they describe what happened. The book has lots of photos they took, so you get a visceral feel of what it was like….from the safety and comfort of your arm chair.
Even if you are not interested in becoming a leader, this book is worth reading for the breath-catching descriptions of their wartime deployment. OMG!
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Chris Voss was one of the FBI’s top negotiators. I don’t know how he got them to approve of the stories he tells. Once again, they are edge-of-your-chair gripping! Game of Thrones crazy!
Like the previous book, Voss describes a real FBI hostage negotiation. He learns one principle from the negotiation and then discusses how to use it in a personal or corporate setting.
I shouldn’t be sharing this book with you because now you will know how I am getting exactly what I want. Trust me, his tools work. My real estate clients think I am a steely, skilled negotiator. All I did was read this book and do the work.
What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro
Joe Navarro was also an FBI agent. He was a star interrogator. This book shares the knowledge he gained over a career on body language.
Did you know if your spouse’s feet touch yours in bed s/he really loves you? Who knew?
The book is full of eye-opening tells to watch for when we can be around people again.
The Gift of Feat by Gavin De Becker
The author was 10 when he watched his mother shoot his abusive father to death. At that tender age he had already sussed out the survival signals that protected him from violence.
Today he runs a security company for the one percent. But the book is full of real life clues that presage violence. As a victim of male violence, I can tell you I only wished I had read this book early on because the signs were all there.
This book is my Christmas present to every woman who is involved with me in any way. Very important 411 in today’s crazy world.
Question: And what are your favorite books? Please share!
Please stay safe and healthy, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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