Three Books That Changed the Way We Work At DotConnect

Side view of an open book.

Is there anything better than sitting outside on a warm, sunny day with a great book? Nope, we don’t think so.

We’re major bookworms here at DotConnect. We love all kinds of genres, from epic fantasy novels to nonfiction reads. But, if you’ve read any of our past blog posts you would know we’re especially partial to books that deal with self-help, mindset, work strategy, and mental health.

So, to celebrate the arrival of this perfect reading weather, we’re giving you three book recommendations for your outdoor reading pleasure!

These three titles changed the way we work here at DotConnect. And we know they’ll be game changers for you, too.

Linchpin by Seth Godin

It’s no secret that we have always admired the work and the writing of thought leader, author, and former business executive, Seth Godin. We share his nuggets of wisdom on our social media all the time, and our founder, Dom, has completed his AltMBA program!

His book, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, is all about how you can frame your career and your mindset to position yourself for success in an ever-changing and challenging professional world.

The main idea here is that you need to become a linchpin. “What the heck does that mean?” you might be wondering. Allow me to explain:

A linchpin is actually the piece that keeps a wheel rotating in place on an axel (here’s a visual). Wheels literally cannot turn without linchpins — the wheel will come off its axel and fall to the ground.

Godin uses the linchpin as a metaphor in his book. He explains that becoming a linchpin means becoming a person that is indispensable — someone who teams and industries can’t continue to move and grow without.

Before you panic and think, “But… That’s so much pressure! How could I possibly make myself indispensable!?” take a breath. Godin approaches this question in an empowering, positive, and encouraging way. He explains that you need to become the artist of your own life, be more willing to make and own your mistakes, and be brave enough to create your own path.

Here’s a tiny sample of his wisdom:

“Art is anything that's creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator. What makes someone an artist? I don't think it has anything to do with a paintbrush [...] An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally [...] Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn't matter. The intent does. Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”

We recommend this book to anyone who needs a little boost in self-confidence or who needs a little guidance in finding a sense of purpose for the next steps in their professional path. It’s the perfect read to explore how you can put aside fear to live out your greatest potential.

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

The second game-changing book on our list is Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create A New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza!

Dr. Dispenza is a Doctor of Chiropractic with an extensive research background, covering topics in neuroscience and psychology.

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself is an exploration in making your thoughts work for you. Throughout the book, Dr. Dispenza explains how you don’t have to be stuck in some sort of predetermined destiny created by the hand you’ve been dealt. There are tools and ways of thinking you can use to take control of your thoughts and create a life you design.

Here’s an example of a quote that really stood out to us. Dr. Dispenza writes, “When feelings become the means of thinking, or if we cannot think greater than how we feel, we can never change. To change is to think greater than how we feel. To change is to act greater than the familiar feelings of the memorized self.”

For our Founder, Dom Farnan, this book has played a major role in redirecting her mindset to focus more on the here and now, rather than dwelling on her past. By grounding her thoughts in the present she’s been able to focus on the good she has going for her, as well as the abundance she has yet to welcome in. Mindset, truly, is the key to shifting your life in a direction that brings you success and happiness — whatever that looks like for you.

This is a great read full of tangible advice on how you can think your dream life into existence. We highly recommend this book to anyone who is feeling a little lost in their thoughts, and who is looking for a new sense of direction to help realize their true potential!

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

The final book recommendation we have for you (in this post anyway…) is A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle!

If Tolle’s name sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve probably either heard of or already read his other bestselling book, The Power of Now.

Tolle is a well-known thought-leader and best-selling author on topics of mindset and spirituality. In A New Earth, Tolle takes a deep-dive into how one can find happiness by looking inward, urging the reader to detach from ego-driven thoughts and focus instead on cultivating an awakened mind.

Here’s one of our favorite quotes from the book:

“Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life. And don't be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it's their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don't be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”

And, because we can’t help it, here’s another great one-liner:

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”

This book is for anyone looking to clear their mind of negative thoughts and, in the process of doing so, find inner-peace and happiness.

So, head to your local library, your favorite book shop, or your preferred online bookstore and grab one (or all) of these reads! We’re excited for you to get lost in the pages and learn some tangible ways you can turn your mindset and your life around!