Books that Changed My Life & Gave Me Hope in 2020!

Gone are the days when I seek to read one-hundred books a year just for the sake of personal and professional growth, that doesn’t produce change. 

So this year as quarantine hit and travel was suspended I focused on quality over quantity and allowed each book below to challenge and change me!

Here are my must-reads for 2020 (in no particular order).

  1. Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud

The employees, businesses, and relationships all of us have to give up in order to move forward. 

Growth itself demands that we end things. Whether it’s a failing business, a relationship that’s going no where, or even a bad habit most people find it hard to JUST SAY NO.

If you’re looking to get to the next level (in whatever area of life) it always requires ending something and this book will help you do that. I was challenged spiritually, mentally, emotionally and relationally in evaluating where I get tripped up in executing necessary endings. 


  2. The Ride of a Lifetime by Disney CEO Robert Iger

Lessons Learned from 15 Years as the CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

Do you ever wonder how Disney continues to be so wildly successful? I read this book in one sitting as I laughed, cried, and walked away with a reminder on what’s at the heart of leadership.

If you’re looking for an inside peak into a leader and company that is setting the bar high, I highly recommend this one. Also, for any leader whose juggling multiple plates and wearing many hats, this will narrow your focus and increase your drive! 


 3. When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd 

Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions

It’s amazing how timely this book was for me as, Sue Monk Kidd became my coach walking me through a key life transition. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve reviewed my highlights, my earmarks and been challenged on my mindsets in how I view the world and myself.

If you’re looking to truly go on an inward journey of transformation allowing yourself to be challenged at the very core, this book is for you. Get ready to be dunked into the pool of deep spiritual revelation. It’s a call to come home and be who you really are.

  4. Safe People by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

How to Find Relationships that are Good for You & Avoid Those That Aren’t.

One of the first areas I focus on in leadership training is building trust. Without it there’s no foundation for the team to build upon. But first it’s crucial to know who we can trust, and of course how to be a leader that your team can trust.

If you’re looking to build trust with the people around you this is a must-read. Every chapter is laced with practical application where you’ll be faced with how trustworthy you are and also start to increase your senses for discerning the trustworthiness of those around you.

5. Comment Below on Your Top Book of 2020 so I can round out  my list to 5. 🙂

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