As you might know, ᒪ ᐯ ᑎ is powered by a group of talented and motivated volunteers and students that are happily involved in everything that involves innovation and entrepreneurship. We asked them what their favourite books were that might bring some value to you, and some of these books you might never even have heard of.
Let’s get right into it and discover what these young inspiring people think is definitely worth the read and what their personal takeaway from the book is.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our business, our communities, and our lives.
Jente Schoutens – “Everything in life is based on habits, even the most silly things you don’t realise.”
The subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson
For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. But those days are over. “Fuck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest; sometimes things are fucked up and we have to live with it.” For the past few years, Manson–via his wildly popular blog–has been working on correcting our delusional expectations for ourselves and for the world. He now brings his hard-fought wisdom to this groundbreaking book.
“In life, we have a limited amount of fucks to give. So you must choose your fucks wisely.” Manson brings a much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor. This manifesto is a refreshing slap in the face for all of us so that we can start to lead more contented, grounded lives.
Lynne Verrydt – “For me personally I think it was very interesting because it gives you new ways into how to look at life. Don’t hope for a life without problems. Hope for a life with good problems.”
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.
Merel Dubois – “Giving money and rewards does not build lasting relationships or produce better work. The best reward system is to appreciate and recognize a person’s abilities.”
Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat
In Solve for Happy Mo questions some of the most fundamental aspects of our existence, shares the underlying reasons for suffering, and plots out a step-by-step process for achieving lifelong happiness and enduring contentment. He shows us how to view life through a clear lens, teaching us how to dispel the illusions that cloud our thinking; overcome the brain’s blind spots; and embrace five ultimate truths.
No matter what obstacles we face, what burdens we bear, what trials we’ve experienced, we can all be content with our present situation and optimistic about the future.
Dieter Ferlin – “Don’t listen to your brain when it tries to pull you down.”
Start with why by Simon Sinek
Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?
People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it.
START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
Remy Van Haver – “If you know your Why, you’ll do the right thing, professionally and personally.”
Getting Things Done by David Allen
David Allen reads an all-new edition of his popular self-help classic for managing work-life balance in the 21st century – now updated for the new challenges facing individuals and organizations in today’s rapidly changing world.
Since it was first published more than 15 years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.
Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.
Ben Praet – “This book has had the most impact on me. It is about how to implement a system so that you never have to think about your tasks, commitments, agenda, … so one can be very productive on one hand but also live a stress free life, because you know everything is under control.”
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosakis
Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
Wendy Tseng – “Rich people don’t work for money, they make money work for them. They care more about investment than spending. Rich people don’t work for money, they work to learn and add value to themselves for the future. After reading this book, I began looking at my spending habits, and cut unnecessary expenses. I also rethink about my future career plan and brainstorm about what I can invest.”
Verslingerd aan werk by Jeroen Stouten
Werk dat boeit, betekent meer dan je werk graag doen. Werk dat bij je past, gaat over wat je zoekt in collega’s, je leidinggevende, de waarden van de organisatie en of je graag in teamverband werkt. Vaak spenderen we meer aandacht aan wat we graag doen dan aan onze werkomgeving of de mensen waarmee we samenwerken. Verslingerd aan werk gaat aan de hand van wetenschappelijke inzichten en oefeningen op zoek naar wat jij belangrijk vindt aan werk. Dit boek is voor jou als je wil ontdekken wat je echt boeit in een job als psycholoog, je aan je eerste job begint, een nieuwe uitdaging zoekt, of binnen je eigen werk jezelf meer wil vinden.
Helena Demuynck – “its a very practical book about you as a person in a work environment, organizational behaviour, working in teams etc”
De meeste mensen deugen by Rutger Bregman
De mens is een beest, zeiden de koningen. Een zondaar, zeiden de priesters. Een egoïst, zeiden de boekhouders. Al eeuwen is de westerse cultuur doordrongen van het geloof in de verdorvenheid van de mens.
Maar wat als we het al die tijd mis hadden?
In dit boek verweeft Rutger Bregman de jongste inzichten uit de psychologie, de economie, de biologie en de archeologie. Hij neemt ons mee op een reis door de geschiedenis en geeft nieuwe antwoorden op oude vragen. Waarom veroverde juist onze soort de aarde? Hoe verklaren we onze grootste misdaden? En zijn we diep vanbinnen geneigd tot het kwade of het goede?
Annelies Smet – “Most people are good natured and it’s the environment that they’re in that pushes them to do bad things. I liked how it shifted my own mentality about human nature and especially liked the part about reshaping education as I am a firm believer of letting people learn what they want to learn and not push them in certain categories.”
Human resource Management: Basics by one of KUL professors Ralf Caers
In deze uitgave behandelt de auteur de belangrĳkste aspecten van HRM: van werving en selectie over socialisatie en leidinggeven tot het verbeteren van prestaties en het omgaan met ontslag.
– Praktĳkgericht handboek met tal van voorbeelden en actuele cases, gefundeerd op wetenschappelĳke literatuur.
– Met online oefeningen voor studenten en webinars op www.hrminessentie.be.
– Geschikt voor praktĳkmensen en studenten die een brede en sterke basis in HRM willen verwerven.
– Geactualiseerd op basis van feedback van docenten.
Mariam Mamaladze – “its basically basics of how become a good HR, some tips and tricks. So very handy and practical. Very straightforward and super readable.”
Post Capitalist Entrepreneurship. Startups for the 99% by Boyd Cohen
Post-Capitalist Entrepreneurship: Startups for the 99% details the implications of the post-capitalist society on entrepreneurship around the globe, and it challenges many of our underlying assumptions about how entrepreneurs form startups and the objectives and roles, or lack thereof, of startup investors in a post-capitalist society. The author explores real emerging stories about different forms of post-capitalist entrepreneurship (PCE) with chapters dedicated to subjects such as platform cooperatives, alternative currencies (local, crypto, and time banking), and the emergence of blockchain-enabled Distributed Autonomous Organizations (DAOs).
Lea – “understand emerging trends and new forms of economic activity, new approaches to business modelling. Not super new anymore now because it dates from 2018 but still a good reading to learn more about how startup can shape alternative futures.”
Linchpin: Are you indispensable? by Seth Godin
There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.
Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach? Even once? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back.
As Godin writes, “Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must.”
Charlotte Van Thielen – “This book was very motivational for me to not be scared of failure and discomfort but to look at it as a way to grow.”
Verzamel de Liefde by Bart Moeyaert
Gedichten over de liefde – maar niet alleen over de liefde. Over het hier en nu, over een kamer, een ochtend, een hand, over woorden en hoe ontoereikend die zijn kunnen wanneer je wil zeggen waar het om gaat.
Ik mag je.
Nee. Ik mag je niet.
Ik moet je. Dat bedoel ik.
Ik heb je lief.
Nee. Heb ik niet
Ik word je lief. Dat voel ik.
Jirka Liessens – “I think this book efficiently expresses what I feel sometimes. It does what poetry is supposed to do: touch the souls of everyone who reads it. It has been in my bookcase for almost a decade now and I still read it from time to time. And when I do, it feels like coming home.”
The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
Set primarily in the First Age of Middle-earth, The Silmarillion contains the legend of the creation of the world and an account of the Elder Days. It is the ancient drama remembered by Elrond and Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings, and the harrowing origin of the adventure that ends ages later with Frodo and the One Ring.
At the story’s heart are the three Silmarils, jewels that held within them the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor, and Fëanor, the most gifted of elven artificers. When the Two Trees are destroyed, the Silmarils become coveted, setting into motion events that lead to the rebellion of Fëanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor, and their hopeless war against the greatest enemy Middle-earth has ever known: Morgoth.
Venkatesh Manikantan – “ The book is a great example of how an universe can be thought ,crafted and put to words by a person. The author JRR Tolkien has put his heart and soul into creating an universe of adventure and magic in great detail,to be explored and unraveled like a piece of paper over a delicate bouquet of tulips.
The book serves as a reminder to me that like the author I should strive to build upon ideas I am passionate about and let my imagination guide my work.
I have not witnessed the big bang,but this book comes close to putting the audience on the front seat to the creation of the universe of middle earth.
How to make friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
You can go after the job you want—and get it!
You can take the job you have—and improve it!
You can take any situation—and make it work for you!
Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you:
-Six ways to make people like you
-Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking
-Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
Nazar Cherepanin – As someone who chose a career in the commercial sector, this book is my bible. And should be every sales person’s. It teaches you how to talk to people in different situations, how to pitch, how to sell and how to behave. Best part of this all, it can (and should be applied) in your personal life as well!
On the shortness of life (De brevitate vitae) by Seneca
Seneca wrote his 20-sections On the Shortness of Life in 49 CE, the year he returned to Rome from his exile in Corsica, as a moral essay addressed to his friend Paulinus.
Thomas Hendrikx – “Seneca, perhaps the most famous among Roman philosophers, uses this treatise to counsel us on how to spend our time wisely. In that sense, it is probably the first manual on time management for the working professional. While his teachings have been around for almost 2000 years, Seneca’s poignant advice on time being “our most precious resource” rings eerily familiar. A must read if merely to realize how many of our present day struggles are, in fact, endemic to our human existence. “
Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
Lean In continues that conversation, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.
Written with humor and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential.
Rachel Young – “There are two things I also tell others about after reading this book. The first is that women will always question themselves more than men. A man will go for a job that he feels he fits the description for about 60%, while a woman will often only go for a job if she feels she meets the expectations for 80-90%. The second takeaway is that there isn’t really a ‘career ladder’, it is a career jungle-gym. Sometimes you make a move to the side, or even switch to a different climbing frame altogether. It’s all about doing what’s right for you (at that moment). ”