Dedication Bookshelf

A compillation of the top books on building dedication & perseverance

Grit

Grit

Authors: Angela Duckworth,

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Whether you’re a parent, a student or an entrepreneur, your “grit” is what will ultimately take you closer to your goal. Through her personal experience and countless interviews with some of the world’s most successful people, Duckworth shows you that it doesn’t take talent or luck to change your life — all it takes is sheer grit.

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

Authors: Scott Adams,

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Mainstream career advice does not work for everyone. That is why this book is a gamechanger. Scott Adams teaches you how to convert the failures of your life into opportunities that will invite success to your doorstep. Learn the tricks and strategies he used to go from zero to the world-renowned creator of Dilbert — with guaranteed entertainment.

Be Obsessed or Be Average

Be Obsessed or Be Average

Authors: Grant Cardone,

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Choose to be average, and you will enjoy middle-class success and live the rest of your life being mediocre. Choose to be obsessed, and watch how every step you take throws opportunities your way. This is what Grant Cardone realized during his transition from a broke drug-addict to a successful millionaire. His secret was that he chose to be obsessed.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

Authors: Chris McChesney,Sean Covey, Jim Huling

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You invest all your time and energy tending to the urgent needs of today, and you’re left with none for tomorrow’s goals. The 4 disciplines of execution (4DX) can change that. By adopting these practices, you are sure to achieve your wildly important goals, no matter what they are.

Spartan Up!

Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life

Authors: Joe De Sena,Jeff O'Connell

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Will is your biggest hurdle. Discipline is your biggest strength. De Sena and O’Connell teach how you can master these two and achieve “obstacle immunity”. Their insights will drag you out of the comfort zone and prepare you to face the battle of life. Based on lessons learnt from the Spartan race, the authors will help you reach your highest potential in every area of life.

Talent Is Overrated

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

Authors: Geoff Colvin,

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If doubt and fear have made you think that you are not “gifted” like the other successful people in the world, you have to read Colvin’s Talent is Overrated. He proves that a world-class performance is within everyone’s reach — as long as you are willing to do what it takes. What’s surprising is that it takes only a little effort, but most people choose to ignore it.

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

Authors: Mark Batterson,

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When opportunity knocks on your door, fear chases it away. Mark Batterson’s insights will teach you to conquer this fear, to face the risks boldly and to make the most of the opportunities God chose to send in your way. It’s time to chase the lion!

Finish

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

Authors: Jon Acuff,

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Moving past the hurdles of Day 2 of your resolutions is the real challenge. According to Acuff, these hurdles are not always because of laziness. Surprisingly, it’s because of “perfectionism” and your fear of failure. In Finish, Acuff shares strategies that will get you through the cursed period between the start and the finish, and with a lot of fun!

Relentless

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable

Authors: Tim S. Grover,

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To keep going despite the hurdles. To push harder, especially when it gets tough. To fight against all odds. This is what it took to make the likes of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade. In Relentless, their trainer, Grover, reveals their secrets, and how you can use them to transform your life.

The Science of Self-Discipline

The Science of Self-Discipline: The Willpower, Mental Toughness, and Self-Control to Resist Temptation and Achieve Your Goals

Authors: Peter Hollins,

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The first step to achieving anything in life is self-discipline. The Science of Self-discipline will take you out of the false notion that goals and motivation alone can make your dreams come true. It will train you to focus on your priority, discover discipline tactics, identify your emotions and their triggers and many more life-changing practices.

Adapt

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

Authors: Tim Harford,

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The world is so consumed with unpredictability that plans and strategies alone won’t suffice. Harford combines psychology, economics, physics and even biology to help you develop the trait that will help you thrive — adaptability. Whether it’s to tackle global warming or starvation, Harford’s Adapt holds the key to overcoming the challenges you will face.

Comfortable with Uncertainty

Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

Authors: Pema Chodron,Emily Hilburn Sell

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From dealing with emotions like fear and sadness, to more positive ones like love and kindness, Chodron’s insights will make you more aware of your life so you can be more open to compassion. Discover the illuminating and life-enhancing concepts of Buddhism in a simple, easy-to-understand way, and you will find a new strength with which to face challenges.

Rejection Proof

Rejection Proof: 100 Days of Rejection, or How to Ask Anything of Anyone at Anytime

Authors: Jia Jiang,

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Jia Jiang came to the US with the dream of becoming the next Bill Gates. But his very first rejection, made him lose hope and question his capabilities. Realizing that his inability to handle rejection was a greater dilemma, he then trained himself to accept a “no” with confidence. And then how this “no” can eventually be converted to a successful “yes”.

Failing Forward

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success

Authors: John C. Maxwell,

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According to the international bestseller, John C. Maxwell, the way a person responds to failure is what determines whether they are mediocre or made for success. Unlike other books of do’s-and-don’ts, Maxwell’s Failing Forward is a personal insight into how you can befriend failure. He argues that problems are inevitable, so you might as well fail forward than backward.

Three Feet from Gold

Three Feet From Gold: Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities

Authors: Sharon L. Lechter,Greg S. Reid, Dan John Miller

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Through the life-changing stories of the producer of “Oprah and friends”, a boxing champion and a Nobel nominee, the authors reveal the principles of never giving up. Three Feet from Gold is a book about undying passion, discovering your own success formula and choosing the right people for advice. It all starts when you choose to never give up.

The Obstacle Is the Way

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Authors: Ryan Holiday,

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2000 years ago, Marcus Aurelius said, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” Inspired by his words and Stoic philosophy, Ryan Holiday shows you how you can convert all the pain and suffering into opportunities in life that will strengthen you and open doors you never knew existed.

Emotional Agility

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life

Authors: Susan David,

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Emotionally agile people still face large setbacks, similar to all people. But what sets them apart is how they react to them. They magically manage to convert this negative energy into an unlimited potential for growth. This is the secret behind their undying happiness, creativity, and fulfilling lifestyles. In this book, Susan David shows you how you too can develop this skill.

Option B

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Authors: Adam Grant,Sheryl Sandberg

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The remarkable true story of how Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook’s COO), used Adam Grant’s (Wharton professor) research on how resilience to life-shattering experiences is a muscle that can be built, to recover from the sudden death of her husband at a young age. Option B explores how a broad range of people have overcome intense hardships, and is a must-read for anyone going through a tough life situation.

Very Good Lives

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

Authors: J.K. Rowling,Joel Holland

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Your favourite author, J.K. Rowling, gives you more reasons to love her in this book. Drawing from her very own experiences in life, she shows you how failure can redirect you towards the success that awaits you. The creator of Harry Potter reveals the power of imagination and how it can transform the world one person at a time.

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