The books educate, inspire, inform, and entertain. Who we are is shaped by many things, and one of them is what we read. But finding that one pivotal book that makes all the difference can sometimes be tough.
That's why I've asked a number of successful people to share the books they love.
This installment comes from Randi Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, the host of "Dot Complicated" on SiriusXM, and the New York Times best-selling author of Dot Complicated and children's book Dot which has been turned into a children's show premiering on NBC's Sprout on October 22.
Here are Randi's selections:
1. Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being by Brian Little
For those like me who are actually introverts (shocker!) who have learned to act like extroverts to pursue their goals and succeed in the workplace.
If you want an inspirational book on entrepreneurial success and leadership from the amazing female founder of Stella & Dot who changed the game on how businesses are run.
3. Had I Known: A Memoir of Survival by Laura Morton & Joan Lunden
If you love biographies, this is an amazing one. Also, it was written by Laura Morton, a career celebrity biography author, who is so phenomenal in her ability to write for everyone ranging from Al Roker to Justin Bieber.
4. The Power of Broke by Daymond John
If you want a real American Dream story and a look into what it feels like to be a "non-traditional" entrepreneur, this book is terrific, from one of the stars of "Shark Tank."
5. Media Moms & Digital Dads by Yalda T. Uhls
I often call myself an "expert at digital marketing, but an amateur mom." If you want to learn about navigating this terrifying world of parenting in the digital age from one of the masters herself.
In this new world, women need to take ownership for their financial planning. If you are looking for a great book that explains money and finance to millennial women.
7. Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love and Play When Nobody Has the Time by Brigid Schulte
In this age of over-connectivity, the first thing that vanishes is our ability to put down the device and play, be creative. If you are looking to bring more fun, creativity, and play into your life in order to be happier and inspire better ideas.
8. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
If you want a book that will teach you SO much about your own personal leadership style and business strengths, this book really influenced me and helped shine a mirror on myself in a way a selfie could never do! I'm a "maximizer," in case you were wondering.
And some children's books I love:
9. I'll love you forever by Roger Knapp
I double dog dare you to read this to your child without tearing up...
10. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This book always gets to me, about the lengths parents will go for their children.
And of course...
11. Dot by Randi Zuckerberg
If you want a book featuring an awesome tech-savvy 8-year-old girl, also set to be an animated TV show come October 22...(Shameless plug!)
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