7 Books to Inspire New Grads to Make a Dent in the Universe
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7 Books to Inspire New Grads to Make a Dent in the Universe

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7 Books to Inspire New Grads to Make a Dent in the Universe

“We’re here to make a dent in the universe,” Steve Jobs once famously said. “Otherwise, why even be here?”

Especially with the pandemic nearing its conclusion, new grads may feel that now is the time to start making their dent. But what should it look like, and where should they begin? If someone you know is contemplating these questions, the seven instructive and thought-provoking reads below will help them hit the ground running.

 

Perfectly Confident: How to Calibrate Your Decisions Wisely by Don A. Moore

Perfectly Confident: How to Calibrate Your Decisions Wisely

By Don A. Moore

An expert on the psychology of decision making at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business helps readers calibrate their confidence, arguing that some confidence is good, but overconfidence can hinder growth. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual by Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual

By Luvvie Ajayi Jones

With humor and honesty, and guided by the influence of her professional troublemaking Nigerian grandmother, Luvvie Ajayi Jones walks us through what we must get right within ourselves before we can do the things that scare us. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous by Joseph Henrich

The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous

By Joseph Henrich

The WEIRDest People in the World explores how culture, institutions, and psychology shape one another, and explains what this means for both our most personal sense of who we are as individuals and also the large-scale social, political, and economic forces that drive human history. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss by Kathy Caprino

The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss

By Kathy Caprino

Leadership coach Kathy Caprino helps women identify the 7 most damaging power gaps that are holding them back from success, outlining the key steps you can take to access greater positive power, become the true author of your life, and reach your highest and most rewarding goals. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

Risk Forward: Embrace the Unknown and Unlock Your Hidden Genius by Victoria Labalme

Risk Forward: Embrace the Unknown and Unlock Your Hidden Genius

By Victoria Labalme

In this brief, easy-to-read, full color book “experience,” acclaimed keynote speaker and performance coach Victoria Labalme shares a series of strategies that are practical, reassuring, and radically freeing. View on Amazon

 

Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence by Vikram Mansharamani

Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence

By Vikram Mansharamani

Harvard lecturer and global trend watcher Vikram Mansharamani shows how our complex, data-flooded world has made us ever more reliant on experts, protocols, and technology—and it’s time to reclaim our autonomy. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas by Alexi Pappas

Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas

By Alexi Pappas

Olympic athlete, actress, and filmmaker Alexi Pappas has accomplished much, but has also battled some fearsome inner demons. In this candid and moving memoir, Pappas shares what she’s learned about overcoming adversity and living the life you’ve always wanted. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

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