5 Books to Boost your Professional Development

Reading is a great way to relax at the end of a busy workday while keeping your mind sharp. Choose books that pique your interest and those that have the power to influence changes in your personal and professional life. With numerous options available to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start.

Check out these recommendations:

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
What if the methods you’ve always been told will lead you to the greatest success, were actually flawed? In this book, you will learn keys to productivity and simplicity that buck a lot of traditional ideas. (Hint: stop multitasking!) Instead, unlock the “one thing” inside of you that can lead to extraordinary results.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Psychologist Angela Duckworth hypothesizes that success is not driven by the “genius,” but the motivation to keep getting back up when you’ve been knocked down. In this book, you’ll get a better understanding of what happens in your own mind during times of trials. That understanding may just make the difference between backing down and moving ahead.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
Author Adam Grant dives into the common misconceptions we have about creativity. Believing there is hidden creativity in all of us, he gives you the tools to draw that creativity out and put it to good use. This book covers battling “groupthink,” nurturing originality and many topics in between.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
This book describes the two systems of thinking we each have: our fast, intuitive thinking method and our slower, methodical thinking style. Psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman breaks down the difference between these two systems and explains how our decisions and actions are shaped by each. In the process, you’ll learn how to use these thinking systems to better both your personal and profession lives.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
No matter what the end goal is, there are likely ways to achieve it by making small changes in your daily life. Using his experience as an investigative reporter for The New York Times, Duhigg explores the power of developing positive habits to achieve great things (and to ditch those bad habits that are standing in your way).

3 Personality Tests that Lead to Better Understanding

Personalities are a funny thing. Especially in the world of real estate, you’re likely dealing with a lot of quirky personalities day in and day out.

Before you can begin to understand the people around you, you must understand yourself. Taking a personality test can help bring characteristics to light that you’ve never recognized in yourself. It can also help you develop deeper empathy for coworkers, managers and clients by understanding their personalities better.

Here are a few helpful tests you can take today, in order to better understand yourself and others.

Myers Briggs
Myers Briggs looks at 16 different personality types, each one containing four letters that speak to certain personality tendencies. The letters can stand for either extroverted or introverted, sensing or intuitive, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving.

StrengthsFinder 2.0
StrengthsFinder is geared toward discovering your strengths and how you can harness them to improve yourself personally and professionally. There are 36 different strengths that can be assigned. The test will assign your top five and help explain how you can best use them to move forward.

The Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator test assigns one of nine numbers to you that names a basic personality trait. This test focuses on your innate personality, taking it back to genetics and your temperament as a child.