In my quest to be more well-rounded, I'm going to give a quick recap of some of books I've been reading. Here's my collection for the Summer of 2014:
Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire - Bruce Nussbaum
I picked up Creative Intelligence after reading one of the "30 Minutes With" features on gearpatrol.com (one of my favorite series on one of my favorite websites). The book establishes the idea that creative intelligence, or CQ, should be viewed equally with IQ. Some of the world's most successful people are not "smart" by traditional measures, but instead have an ability to dream and create new products and services. Nussbaum explains how crowdsourcing has created nearly limitless opportunity to bring ideas to life, if your idea is in fact good enough. Most importantly, the book makes does a great job at explaining the tendencies of the Millennial generation. A great read if you're looking to branch out into new projects, or if you're looking to maximize the effectiveness of Millennials in your business.
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
Casino Royale is Fleming's first installment of the famous 007 series. I admit I'm a HUGE fan of the movies (Starring Daniel Craig, certified badass), but I had never read any of the books. This is one of those "classics" that you can pick up on Amazon for a couple of bucks, and it's worth it. The novel is a short read (189 pages) and introduces us to the Bond we know and love. Royale follows the MI6 agent as he prepares to take down a major USSR financier through a game of...baccarat. Despite knowing the story from the movie the book still provides plenty of twists that give you a full understanding of Bond's origins. A must for all 007 fans.
The Pencil of A Promise: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change - Adam Braun
I like to stay active with my non-fiction reading as often as possible, specifically with business. The Pencil of A Promise is the story of a young entrepreneur, Bruan, who decides to quit his job to pursue projects with higher meaning. He quits his 6 figure job at Bain to found the NPO Pencils of Promise, raising money to build primary schools in the most underserved areas of the world. Braun's struggle is one of sacrifice and big dreams, and although he finds great success for a great cause, something didn't smell right. He comes from a family of great means in Greenwich, CT, attends Brown, and has a considerable number of "connections" who happen to pop up at opportune times. On top of that, his name should sound familiar. His brother Scott, aka Scooter, is credited with discovering and mentoring none other than...Justin Bieber! Braun's dream and project is commendable, but his advice should be taken lightly as he had resources around him that very few have access to (example, Justin Bieber's Twitter account, which they used to promote Pencils of Promise to millions). If your job feels meaningless to you give this book a read, it will definitely inspire you to do some good. If you don't like Bieber...maybe stay away.