Father's Day is quickly approaching. It's a day to acknowledge fathers who enrich our lives every day, fathers who have passed on, and everyone in between. If you are looking for thoughtful gift ideas, consider these three books that inspire us to think diversely about business and life. 

​1. Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole

Susan Cain is the writer of Quiet, which stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for seven years. Quiet transformed the way the world sees introverts and how introverts see themselves. (Her TED Talk on the subject was an "all-time favorite" of Bill Gates's, and has more than 30 million views.)

Now she's back with another No. 1 New York Times bestseller, Bittersweet, that couldn't be timelier. Like so many of us, Cain lost a loved one to Covid-19, her father. On a holiday dedicated to celebrating fathers, it can feel like there is no room for those who are grieving. Cain challenges this narrative by simultaneously acknowledging the pain of loss, and fondly remembering the positive experiences she had with her father. She empowers others to do the same.

Cain says, "I see now that my father spent a good portion of his life gathering the shards of the Kabbalah's broken vessel. Like all of us, he was far from perfect. But he was constantly doing beautiful things, just for the sake of them. He loved orchids, so he built a greenhouse full of them in the basement. He loved the sound of French, so he learned to speak it fluently, though he rarely had time to visit France. He loved organic chemistry, so he spent his Sundays reading 'orgo' textbooks. He showed me, by example, that if you want to live a quiet life, you should just live a quiet life; that if you're a humble person who has no use for the spotlight, to just be a humble person who has no use for the spotlight. No big deal."

2. The Power of One More: The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success.

Ed Mylett--peak performance expert, bestselling author, and top podcast host--shares that The Power of One More was inspired by his father. His father struggled with alcoholism, but he turned his life around with his "one more day" approach to recovery and passion for helping others. It helped shape a life of success and fulfillment for Ed, who shows readers why it's never too late for the one mores of life.

Helping shape habits, goals, and relationships one step at a time, Ed details such tactics as slowing down time to spot new opportunities (living in your Matrix); tapping your reticular activating system (RAS), and applying quantum science, energy, and faith to find deeper purpose. 

According to Ed, "My father faced the biggest final 'One More' of his life: an ultimatum from my mother. 'Either you get sober or lose your family. You won't get another chance,' she told him. He promised to get sober, but I had heard this before, and I wanted desperately to believe him. So, I asked him, 'How is this time going to be any different?' With tears in his eyes, he said, 'I have one more chance, Eddie.' Having tried getting sober many times before, he took those words to heart," Ed notes.

"From that moment forward, I've found that linking huge emotional reasons to what you want to accomplish is the key to why you must be willing to go through the difficult struggles associated with change. Those reasons to change must be far more significant than the obstacles you face, so that those challenges are dwarfed by comparison. If you show me somebody with big enough reasons to change, I'll show you somebody capable of making that change in their life."

3. Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making

The perfect gift for the tech-obsessed dad in your life is Build, by Tony Fadell. Tony Fadell started his 30-year Silicon Valley career at General Magic, the most influential startup nobody has ever heard of, then went on to become the inventor of the iPod, co-inventor of the iPhone, and creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat. The book tells the stories -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- behind the creation of the iPhone, iPod, and Nest, including some not-so-successful products along the way. Fadell shares personal accounts, practical advice, and fascinating insights into some of the most influential products of recent decades. He also recounts stories about his mentors, Steve Jobs and Bill Campbell.

Fadell also shares the importance of mentorship as a father figure, exploring the impact his grandfather had on his life and his career. He writes, "When I was a kid I spent a lot of time with my grandfather building stuff--birdhouses, soap box derby cars. We'd fix up lawn mowers and bikes or work on extensions to the house. ... My grandfather showed me what it meant to be a mentor. A real mentor. Everyone needs that light sometimes."