Soul Seed Academy Book Club
Every month we gather to discuss an Amazing book.
Here's what we've studied and what's coming up in the Future!
by Eckhart Tolle
“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle is a transformative guide that encourages everyone to embrace the present moment. Tolle talks about the importance of letting go of the past and future to find true peace and fulfillment in the present. He dives into the concept of the ego, showing how it often prevents individuals from experiencing genuine happiness by keeping them tied to negative thoughts and emotions. This book offers practical exercises and teachings to help people break free from the cycle of overthinking, and live more mindfully. Ultimately, it reveals the idea that true liberation and inner peace can be found by fully immersing yourself in the present moment.
by Margaret Mark & Carol Pearson
“The Hero and the Outlaw” is a book that explores the concept of branding using the framework of archetypal psychology. It identifies 12 universal brand archetypes, such as the Hero, the Outlaw, and the Lover, and explains how companies can create strong emotional connections with consumers by aligning their brand identity with one of these archetypes. The book emphasizes the importance of understanding the deep-seated human desires and values that each archetype represents and how they can be harnessed to build a powerful and authentic brand. It provides practical insights and examples for businesses seeking to differentiate themselves in the marketplace through effective branding.
by Malcolm Gladwell
“The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell delves into the fascinating concept that once an idea reaches the tipping point, it has the potential to spread like wildfire, creating a significant impact on society. Gladwell identifies three archetypes crucial in propelling ideas: Connectors (individuals with expansive social networks), Mavens (information specialists with a knack for sharing knowledge), and Salesmen (persuasive communicators). These key players play pivotal roles in disseminating and amplifying ideas to the point of societal tipping.
by Adam Grant
“Think Again” by Adam Grant is a book that teaches us how to change our minds and think more flexibly. This book is especially helpful for women in business who want to succeed and thrive in their careers. In the book, Grant explains that it’s important to be open-minded and willing to reconsider our beliefs and ideas. He encourages us to challenge our own thoughts and opinions and be willing to change them if necessary. By doing so, we can become better problem solvers and make smarter decisions.
by Dr. J.J. Peterson
Throughout the book, Miller offers practical advice on how to create effective marketing materials, such as websites, emails, and social media posts. He stresses the importance of keeping the message simple and consistent across all platforms, and provides templates and examples to help the reader get started. The book also includes tips on how to measure the success of marketing efforts and make adjustments as needed. Overall, “Marketing Made Simple” is an invaluable resource for any business looking to improve its marketing strategies and reach its target audience with a clear and compelling message.
by Joseph Grenny
The book “Crucial Conversations” is about how to have important talks with others in a way that is effective and respectful. The authors explain that a crucial conversation is one that has high stakes, differing opinions, and strong emotions. They also provide tools and strategies for navigating these conversations successfully.
One key concept in the book is the importance of creating a safe environment for the conversation. This means being respectful and non-judgmental, as well as actively listening to the other person’s point of view. The authors also emphasize the importance of speaking honestly and using “I” statements to express thoughts and feelings.
Overall, the book provides practical advice for having difficult conversations in both personal and professional settings. It can help readers learn how to communicate better, build stronger relationships, and make better decisions.
by Scott H. Young
Ultralearning is a book by Scott H. Young that explores a new approach to learning that can help people acquire skills and knowledge more quickly and effectively. According to the author, traditional methods of learning, such as attending lectures or reading textbooks, may not be the most efficient way to acquire new skills. Instead, He says that when we learn actively and try things out ourselves, we can remember things better.
The book provides a step-by-step guide for readers who want to undertake their own ultralearning projects. It covers a wide range of topics, including the benefits and challenges of ultralearning, how to design an effective learning project, and strategies for staying motivated and on track. Young emphasizes the importance of deliberate practice, which involves breaking down complex skills into smaller components and practicing them intensely until mastery is achieved. Overall, Ultralearning is a comprehensive and practical guide for anyone interested in pursuing rapid and effective learning.
by Adam Grant
One of the key ideas in the book is that original thinkers are not necessarily risk-takers, but rather calculated risk-takers. They are able to balance the potential rewards and costs of their actions, and are willing to take calculated risks when they believe that the potential gains outweigh the potential losses. Grant also emphasizes the importance of embracing failure as a learning opportunity, and encourages readers to view their failures as opportunities to learn and grow, rather than as evidence of incompetence or weakness.
Overall, the book offers a compelling argument for the value of original thinking and provides practical advice for individuals looking to cultivate their own creativity and originality.
by James Clear
Can an accumulation of tiny changes produce exponential results?
In this book James Clear explores habits as the fundamental unit of behavior and some principles of behavior modification. He shows how tiny changes can produce magnificent results. Knowing who you are or desire to be and changing your habits accordingly can change your life.
Sports teams that focused on incremental improvements eventually rose to the top. Continual progression along a trajectory is more meaningful than singular goal accomplishment.
by Malcolm Gladwell
What makes super successful people different? Is it a personality trait? Or are they just lucky?
Outliers explains that successful people bring their personality, family, generation, heritage, and experience to the table when opportunity presents itself.
This book explores “outliers”, several famous success stories, what made the software billionaires successful, why Asians good at math, what makes a great soccer player, and more.
by David J. Schwartz
The real secret to success and happiness is thinking big. Thinking positively. Saying things like “this could totally happen” and “I am completely capable of accomplishing this goal.” In this book, David J. Schwartz explains the different dimensions of thinking big and how to apply the principles in your own life. An incredible book to help you break up negative thoughts and conquer your fears.
by Brendon Burchard
This is a powerful book! Brendon Burchard goes through one of the largest surveys conducted on high performers and identifies and explains 6 habits that can help you generate the highest performance. Those habits are 1. Seek Clarity 2. Generate Energy 3. Raise Necessity 4. Increase Productivity 5. Develop Influence and 6. Demonstrate Courage. The book explains that as you develop these habits you’ll begin to build the life you have always wanted. He talks about how the world cares more about what you are contributing and what you care changing. Long-term sustainable success comes when you stop building.
by Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson
If you believe in educating your customer and that through that education, you can create a loyal customer for life, this book is for you! After studying different sales representatives and their diverse tactics, researchers identified the qualities of successful sales and the representatives that make them. They call these people the challengers. Challengers take control of the conversations with potential customers. They tweak and edit their message to target the person’s needs, beliefs and objectives. It’s all about identifying the pain that needs to be resolved and explaining how the product or service is the best solution for that pain. This model is easily replicable and once you understand the basics you too can sell like the greats.
by Susan Cain
The biggest take away we had while reading this book is that the world sorely misunderstands the meaning of introvert and extrovert. Just because you are energetic does not mean that you are an extrovert. It’s more about what you do to face the world. You brain can handle heavy duty stimulus but that is not necessarily who you are. The world has programed us to believe certain things about introverts and extroverts. Understanding the difference can help us use those powers instead of shy away from them.
by Our Community Members
Other Books We Adore
I am Worthy
by Desiree Mangandog
The book takes you on a 5 week journey using specific essential oils to release shame and build a strong foundation of self-worth. It uses a step by step process that integrates Chinese Medicine, Energy Work, and essential oils to release emotional baggage, instill new patterns of worthiness, and self-acceptance.