Books for Business and Life…
Given his constant presence in the upper echelons of the Irish podcast chart, it is no surprise that demand for Dragon’s Den star Steven Bartlett’s new book, Diary of a CEO: The 33 Laws of Business and Life, has been huge. The book promises to provide “a set of principles that can stand the test of time, apply to any industry, and be used by anyone who is search of building something great or becoming someone great.” Featuring indispensable knowledge and lessons the serial entrepreneur has learned in his own career and via conversations with some of the world’s most successful people on his Diary of a CEO podcast, the book is essential reading for anyone looking to become more successful in their career, and in life.
Bartlett’s podcast has featured some brilliant authors over the years, from the realms of management, psychology, spirituality, diet and fitness. Ahead of his new book’s publication on August 31st, let’s look back at some of his most engaging guests…
First up has to be Dubray’s favourite Ted-Talker, Simon Sinek. Sinek believes that people are primarily inspired by the ‘why’, rather than the ‘how’ or the ‘what’. In his bestselling book, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, he argues that one cannot succeed in business or in life without a clear sense of purpose. It’s a simple concept and an accessible read, with the potential to change your life.
Sinek shares the ‘Most Popular Ted Talks of All Time’ stage with other guests of Bartlett’s, including Mel Robbins, author of The High 5 Habit, Daniel Pink, author of Drive, and Robert Waldinger, co-author of The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Study on Happiness.
When another Robert appeared on the podcast back in March, we saw a sharp rise in sales. Robert Greene’s controversial first book, The 48 Laws of Power, presents a series of ‘laws’ derived from the likes of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Henry Kissinger, and Queen Elizabeth. Released 25 years ago this year, it has sold millions of copies around the world and become a ‘bible’ of sorts, not only for those eager for power but also those looking to fight it. His most recent publication, The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy and Human Nature, takes wisdom from each of his books and distils it into accessible daily doses.
Oliver Burkeman’s Four Thousand Weeks has been another podcast-fuelled bestseller for us, with its irresistible subtitle – “Time Management for Mortals.” Based on the premise that, if you make it to 80, you will have had just over four thousand weeks to live (whatever ‘living’ looks like to you), Burkeman draws on insights from philosophy, psychology, and spirituality to convince us to change the way we view time and create a more meaningful life – before our four thousand weeks are up.
Don’t forget to order your copy of Diary of a CEO: The 33 Laws of Business and Life .