Non-Fic Picks for September: Brain Power!

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Did you know September is Self-Improvement Month?  Self-improvement can be simple: start with a book!  While there are many areas to improve upon, we’re going to focus on the mind.  From self-awareness to problem-solving, here are a few non-fic picks to help get your brain buzzing… 

The Power of Forgetting: Six Essential Skills to Clear Out Brain Clutter and Become the Sharpest, Smartest You by Mike Byster and Kristin Loberg

In The Power of Forgetting, Mike Byster, the creator of the award-winning memory training system Brainetics, helps you accomplish more by- you’ve guessed it- forgetting.  With just six tools, readers will be able to de-clutter their minds, remove unnecessary data, and change their mindset to focus strictly on important information.  Through a number of quizzes and games, readers will learn to develop critical skills key to everyday success.  When it comes to improving your mind, The Power of Forgetting is definitely one book you’ll want to remember!

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Maybe you’re hoping to ask better questions and increase your curiosity.  Maybe you want to look at the world differently and develop stronger problem-solving skills.  Or, possibly you just to be better at persuading others.  Well, Think Like a Freak will do just that: help you think like a freak.  Levitt and Dubner provide anecdotes of everyday masterminds, hone in on their abilities and skills, and share practical take aways for you to do the same.  Being a freak doesn’t mean being unusual; it means thinking more productively, creatively, and rationally.  So, get your freak on!

Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions by Gerd Gigerenzer

With the amount of information we consume on a daily basis, you would think we would be able to make good decisions, right?  However, Risk Savvy illustrates that less is more; that we will make better decisions with simple rules and less information.  Numbers, charts, and statistics visually bombard us often leading to misinterpretation, but Gigerenzer gives tips and tricks to stay on track and make better decisions.  When it comes to business, family, finances, health, and personal affairs, there’s nothing wrong with risk as long as you’re risk savvy!

How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead

We’ve all met fascinating people throughout our lives, but what makes them fascinating?  More importantly, what makes you fascinating?  In How the World Sees You, advertising extraordinaire Hogshead gives you a step-by-step approach to discovering your unique personality and how to make yourself more valuable to others.  Build your authenticity and confidence to leave a positive impression.  Learn others’ behaviors and types to highlight your own skills.  Develop your own mission statement or tagline in just three words.  The bottom line: it’s time to unlock your fascination advantage; check it out today!

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