5 favorite books in 2023 to boost your career and personal development

Belonging to a book club, especially an MDRT book club, is an investment in yourself. It’s a fantastic way to meet other MDRT members as you discuss your biggest takeaways from business books that can change the way you approach your life professionally — and sometimes personally.

Here are a few of the books read by MDRT book clubs:

“Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity” by Charles Duhigg
Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics — as well as real-life experiences from successful people — the book explains why some people and companies are so productive.

“Thrive: Strategies to Turn Uncertainty to Competitive Advantage” by Meridith Elliott Powell
A road map for growing your business and driving sales in ever-changing economic times, the book looks at the story of those leaders and organizations that have seen consistent growth through several economic crises. (Powell also spoke at 2022 MDRT EDGE. Watch the MDRT-member exclusive video “How to condition yourself for change.”)

“Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” by Nir Eyal
Behavioral design expert Nir Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why it’s not as simple as putting away our phones. He explains how distraction at work is a symptom of a dysfunctional company culture. He also discusses why “time management is pain management.”

“The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny” by William Strauss and Neil Howe
The authors look at 500 years of U.S. history and uncover a distinct pattern about how modern history moves in 80-year cycles. Each cycle is composed of four 20-year eras — or “turnings.” These comprise history’s seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy and rebirth. 

“The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness” by Morgan Housel
Doing well with money isn’t about what you know; it’s about how you behave. And how we behave often isn’t based on logic. The book uses 19 short stories that explore people’s strange ideas about money. It also teaches you how to make better sense of one of life’s most important topics.

Joining a book club

MDRT member-only book clubs are worldwide. Clubs typically have about a dozen MDRT members. The general format is that every six to eight weeks, one group member selects a book for the club to read. They then meet via Zoom or conference call to talk about how the book’s message is relevant to their personal or professional lives and the actions they will take going forward.

If you’re an MDRT member in the U.S. or Canada and you’re interested in joining a book club, fill out this simple form at mdrt.org/bookclub.

If you’re not yet an MDRT member, a similar format would work with your colleagues. You could encourage each other to reach MDRT qualification levels. Also, to help you get to MDRT faster, check out the MDRT Academy.

Whether you join a book club or not, though, try a few of these books and see if they give you a boost to your career and personal development. Happy reading!

Mark Olson is a 24-year MDRT member from Austin, Texas, USA. He’s also a Top of the Table member who helps organize MDRT book clubs in the U.S. and Canada.

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