The best books for reshaping your perspective through nonfiction

Samuel Sanders Author Of Your Next Big Idea: Improve Your Creativity and Problem-Solving
By Samuel Sanders

Who am I?

The whole concept of Your Next Big Idea is to change your perspective on how people come up with ideas. It is easy to count yourself out as not creative, but creativity and the ability to generate ideas are something that can be taught. You just need to refresh your perspective on how to look at the topic. These books do the same things for other categories in nonfiction, rethinking kindness, working, play, and changing people’s minds. These are skills that anyone can apply to any field of work (like with Your Next Big Idea) and can change how we act for the better!


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Your Next Big Idea: Improve Your Creativity and Problem-Solving

By Samuel Sanders,

Book cover of Your Next Big Idea: Improve Your Creativity and Problem-Solving

What is my book about?

Your Next Big Idea teaches the reader how entrepreneurs, inventors, creatives, and innovators come up with their big ideas. Whether those ideas are giant multi-million-dollar businesses or simply ways to improve everyday activities, this book describes a process that can be used to help the reader originate and cultivate ideas that can change their life. It is styled as an interactive workbook where the main character is the reader, with each section featuring exercises that will challenge the reader's perspective, improve creativity and help them become a better problem solver.

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Humankind: A Hopeful History

By Rutger Bregman, Erica Moore (translator), Elizabeth Manton (translator)

Book cover of Humankind: A Hopeful History

Why this book?

I always believe that people and the world are inherently kind. Rutger Bregman proves this theory true. His knack for finding small stories that have a big impact is one of a kind, and he backs these stories up with thoughtful research and additional notes. I feel like if everyone read this book, the world would have less division, and people would realize we are all on the same team fighting for what we believe is kind and good. Hence the title: Humankind. This is hands down one of my favorite books I have ever read.


The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind

By Jonah Berger,

Book cover of The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind

Why this book?

There were a lot of great nuggets of information in this book. I've talked and disagreed with others before (as I feel everyone sometimes does since we are all individuals), and I've noticed some trends around how people react to new information that felt odd. This book breaks down what to expect when you try to change someone's mind and great tricks to use to help create more understanding (both for yourself and others).


Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

By Cal Newport,

Book cover of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Why this book?

This book really makes you rethink how to manage time. It was shocking how many pitfalls I fell for. Deep work helps you identify what work is critical and fulfilling. Anyone who wants to make tackle big projects in a work setting can take some advice from the structure of working deeply.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

By Charlie Mackesy,

Book cover of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Why this book?

This is a refreshing quick read that reminds you about the importance of kindness and being a good person. This is one of my go-to gifts for family members and friends. The art is incredible in the book, but also the messaging just hits so close to home. You can easily relate to all of the characters. You can finish the book in 20 minutes, and it gives you a jolt of positivity.


Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

By Stuart Brown, Christopher Vaughan,

Book cover of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Why this book?

This is a light read around the most recent research around play. It is so easy to drown in work as adults, but it is critical to make time to play! This book is a reminder of all the benefits we get by being free and playing. It is a fun, interesting read with great anecdotal stories.



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