Beach to Be Better

Summertime beach reads are meant to give your brain a vacation. But it’s also a great time to plug into reading and listening opportunities that can expand your horizons. Nearly 80 percent of Americans yearn to feel less stress and greater satisfaction, according to our recent research. The 20 percent who score high on the confidence and happiness scale tend to pursue knowledge so they can make better decisions. Here are some suggestions to help boost your confidence all around:

Books

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

After her husband’s death, Sandberg wondered whether she and her children would ever be happy again. She developed an Option B to reframe their lives and find new possibilities for hope. This uplifting book combines stories, research, and advice — along with finances and planning — that can help you build strength for any life challenge.

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months
By Brian Moran and Michael Lennington

What differentiates great performers and organizations from mediocre ones? They don’t just know what to do, they do it. This motivational book provides proven disciplines and methods that can help you tap into your potential, accomplish goals in record time, and lower your stress.

The Success Principles
By Jack Canfield

Want to excel professionally? Earn more? Lose weight? This legendary book lays out 64 principles to help you “get from where you are to where you want to be.” Canfield shares inspiring stories of CEOs, world-class athletes, and everyday people to show how to adapt their winning strategies to your own life.

Confessions of an Unlikely Runner
By Dana Ayers

A self-proclaimed ambassador of slow runners, Ayers takes readers on her journey from bookworm to athlete in her guide for the “averagely fit and halfway dedicated.” She intersperses her hilarious, yet relatable, struggles with insights into how and why she keeps running.

The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt 
By Russ Harris

From pursuing a new job to asking someone on a date, how many opportunities are missed when we lack self-confidence? Drawing on principles of behavioral cognitive therapy, Harris uses personal anecdotes and exercises to explain how to get more out of life by overcoming self-defeating patterns.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
By Seth Godin

Linchpins are the catalytic sparks in an organization — people who love their work, delight customers, and bring passion and creativity to every encounter. Marketing guru Godin explains seven capabilities that can help you become a linchpin and build a more fulfilling, successful, and rewarding career.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook
By Tony Robbins

The world’s most well-known life coach, Robbins provides a step-by-step guide to accelerate your path to achieving your financial goals. You’ll learn the four core principles of leading financial experts, how to put together a simple, actionable financial plan, and strategies to protect your family from economic downturns.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
By Chris Hadfield

Hadfield logged over 4,000 hours in space and was commander of the International Space Station (which he once broke into using a Swiss army knife). Through entertaining stories and surprising insights, he shows you how to “think like an astronaut” in navigating through life.

The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons
By Napoleon Hill

Published in 1928, this book spawned many core concepts in the self-help movement. Hill studied the most successful men of his day — including Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison — and translated their achievements into 16 fundamental principles. It is as fascinating as it is timeless.

How to Cook Everything
By Mark Bittman

Read a cookbook on your vacation? Why not? This award-winning guide to everything from adobo chicken to zucchini bread will instantly make you feel more confident in the kitchen, whether throwing together a weeknight supper or planning a dinner party.

PODCASTS

Entrepreneur on Fire
Hosted by John Lee Dumas

Winner of a “Best of iTunes” award, the podcast provides engaging first-person stories from thousands of successful entrepreneurs who share their expertise on a range of topics, including their worst and best moments, and lessons learned.

Freakonomics Radio
Hosted by Stephen Dubner

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Why are we obsessed with our lawns? Is 98.6 really the universal human body temperature? Explore the riddles of everyday life with Dubner as he talks with Nobel laureates, social scientists, entrepreneurs, and his Freakonomics co-author, economist Steve Levitt.

TED Radio Hour
Hosted by Guy Raz

Based on the wildly-popular TED Talks series, TED Radio Hour takes listeners on a journey through the world of ideas. The podcast presents dynamic speakers who will inspire you to think and create in new ways.

10% Happier
Hosted by Dan Harris

ABC newsman Dan Harris’ on-air panic attacks led him to a stress-reduction solution he initially resisted: meditation. This podcast features insightful interviews with guests ranging from authors to entrepreneurs — and shows how you can be ambitious and still strive for enlightenment.

Headspace.com

More than 8 million subscribers, including Olympic athletes and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, use the stress-relieving resources on this meditation-focused website. One reviewer calls it “enlightenment on your iPhone”—a great way to turn off the noise of everyday life and tune into yourself.

By the way, if you need an affordable vacation destination to relax, we also have a few ideas for you. And if you’re interested in exploring financial and emotional confidence a bit deeper, a financial professional can be your guide.

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