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Nand Kishor is the Product Manager of House of Bots. After finishing his studies in computer science, he ideated & re-launched Real Estate Business Intelligence Tool, where he created one of the leading Business Intelligence Tool for property price analysis in 2012. He also writes, research and sharing knowledge about Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Data Science, Big Data, Python Language etc... ...

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Nand Kishor is the Product Manager of House of Bots. After finishing his studies in computer science, he ideated & re-launched Real Estate Business Intelligence Tool, where he created one of the leading Business Intelligence Tool for property price analysis in 2012. He also writes, research and sharing knowledge about Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Data Science, Big Data, Python Language etc...

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4 Books to Make You Stronger and More Resilient in 2017

By Nand Kishor |Email | Jun 19, 2017 | 11202 Views

Whatever you hope for in 2017, you'll need to dig deep for strength, courage, and resilience. These books will help you achieve this.

Books are a leader's best friend. Moving into 2017, I recommend 4 books that are probably not on your traditional business list. They don't address sales, marketing, networking, strategy, finance, culture, teambuilding, or any other business topic.

Instead they focus on where all success originates... inside of you.

Success is an inside job. When we get the inside right (the heart, the mind, the soul, the spirit), success and happiness follows.

You may only garner one nugget of wisdom from one of these books, but it may have a profound effect on you. Or, all 4 may impact you. So give these books a shot. Order them all together, but spread them out over the year. Don't try to power through them... let their messages soak in.

Give yourself the gift of time to reflect. I've read them over and over, and I always learn something new, or I am reminded of why I reached back to them at a specific point in time.

1: Rising Strong by Brene Brown

This is the third in Brown's trilogy following The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly. Brown helps us to face the struggles that bring us to our knees in the "arena" of life, and helps us clear the path to living "whole-heartedly."

The flip-side of courage is vulnerability. We can never attain true connection to others without embracing vulnerability.

The Leadership Connection:

My own 21-year entrepreneurial journey brought me to my knees multiple times, forcing me to question whether I was truly capable of pushing through my challenges.

I learned we don't find the courage to move through difficulty. Rather, we create the courage. I created the courage to face the challenges head-on, confront my worst fears, and believe that no matter what happens, I would be OK. By stepping into my vulnerabilities, I learned how to Rise Strong.

2: The Five Levels of Attachment by Don Miguel Ruiz

This book can radically change the way you relate to external experiences, events, and material things. There are five levels of attachment to the "external" world we can choose.

Ultimate internal freedom & power comes when we arrive at a place in our lives when we have nothing to lose...when we are not defined by any material thing or any experience external to us.

It is only when we have created impossibly high stakes, in which we have much to lose, that we become prisoners of our fears and desires.

The Leadership Connection

As businesses grow, it becomes easy to lose sight of why we started our businesses in the first place. The pursuit of profits can sometimes overshadow the pursuit of the passion. The more we become attached to the financial outcome, the farther away we move from our mission. Leaders must consciously stay connected to their organizational mission when they achieve financial success, and not make their financial success their primary mission.

I hope these four books provide you with a strong foundation to welcome this coming year from a place of stronger self-awareness, a deeper connection to others, strength, resilience, and courage.

3: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

These four agreements are agreements you make with yourself regarding how you engage with the world around you. All relationships with others begin with your relationship with yourself.

The Leadership Connection:

Connection to others is one of the most important aspects of leadership. It is what enables us to gain the trust of our employees, customers, partners, and other key stakeholders. This book is a must-read for anyone on a continuous path of deeper connection with themselves & others.

4: The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

A close friend gave me this book as a holiday gift, and it blew me away. He peels away everything that impedes us from living an unconditionally happy life, and helps us understand how ego, fear, and desire are three of the biggest impediments to our contentment.

The Leadership Connection:

In leadership, it is often our ego that prevents us from making hard decisions that require us to subjugate our own agenda for the greater good of our organization. Learning how to lead without being driven by our ego is one of the most important leadership lessons we will ever learn.

Source: HOB Team