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  • Power Up Power Down: How to Reclaim Control and Make Every Situation a Win/Win
    Power Up Power Down: How to Reclaim Control and Make Every Situation a Win/Win
    Power Up Power Down: How to Reclaim Control and Make Every Situation a Win/Win

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    Power Up Power Down: How to Reclaim Control and Make Every Situation a Win/Win

    byGail Rudolph

    Power dynamics in the workplace are a given. For those in leadership, the imbalance of power often leads to feeling frustrated, undervalued, and overlooked-especially in women and minorities-impacting both self-esteem and the bottom line. For those feeling alone and unsure of how to respond, Power Up Power Down gives specific strategies to (finally) reclaim control and identifies proven ways to create a ‘win-win” outcome. Too often, power situations can feel like a “rock and a hard place” – if you’re too assertive, you’re labeled (at best) as overbearing and unapproachable. If you’re too passive, your voice, ideas, and opinions are ignored. But as Viktor Frankl stated, “Between stimulus and response, there is a space.” Our “real” power is knowing how to tap into that space and respond intentionally. Gail Rudolph helps readers discover how to harness their innate interpersonal power, revealing cues and signals that helps us respond effectively. By recognizing the ways to value all people (including yourself), you can make a choice to become empowered!

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness
    Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness
    Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness

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    Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness

    bySteve Magness

    "In Do Hard Things, Steve Magness beautifully and persuasively reimagines our understanding of toughness. This is a must-read for parents and coaches and anyone else looking to prepare for life's biggest challenges." -- Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and Talking to Strangers and host of the Revisionist History podcast From beloved performance expert, executive coach, and coauthor of Peak Performance Steve Magness comes a radical rethinking of how we perceive toughness and what it means to achieve our high ambitions in the face of hard things. Toughness has long been held as the key to overcoming a challenge and achieving greatness, whether it is on the sports field, at a boardroom, or at the dining room table. Yet, the prevailing model has promoted a mentality based on fear, false bravado, and hiding any sign of weakness. In other words, the old model of toughness has failed us. Steve Magness, a performance scientist who coaches Olympic athletes, rebuilds our broken model of resilience with one grounded in the latest science and psychology. In Do Hard Things, Magness teaches us how we can work with our body – how experiencing discomfort, leaning in, paying attention, and creating space to take thoughtful action can be the true indications of cultivating inner strength. He offers four core pillars to cultivate such resilience:  Pillar 1- Ditch the Façade, Embrace RealityPillar 2- Listen to Your BodyPillar 3- Respond, Instead of React Pillar 4- Transcend Discomfort    Smart and wise all at once, Magness flips the script on what it means to be resilient. Drawing from mindfulness, military case studies, sports psychology, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, he provides a roadmap for navigating life’s challenges and achieving high performance that makes us happier, more successful, and, ultimately, better people.

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
  • Let's Talk About Hard Things
    Let's Talk About Hard Things
    Let's Talk About Hard Things

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    Let's Talk About Hard Things

    byAnna Sale

    From the host of the popular WNYC podcast Death, Sex, & Money, Let’s Talk About Hard Things is “like a good conversation with a friend” (The New Yorker) where “no topic is off-limits when it comes to creating meaningful connection” (Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone). Anna Sale wants you to have that conversation. You know the one. The one that you’ve been avoiding or putting off, maybe for years. The one that you’ve thought “they’ll never understand” or “do I really want to bring that up?” or “it’s not going to go well, so why even try?” Sale is the founder and host of WNYC’s popular, award-winning podcast Death, Sex, & Money or as the New York Times dubbed her “a therapist at happy hour.” She and her guests have direct and thought-provoking conversations, discussing topics that most of us are too squeamish, polite, or nervous to bring up. But Sale argues that we all experience these hard things, and by not talking to one another, we cut ourselves off, leading us to feel isolated and disconnected from people who can help us most. In Let’s Talk About Hard Things, Sale uses the best of what she’s learned from her podcast to reveal that when we dare to talk about hard things, we learn about ourselves, others, and the world that we make together. Diving into five of the most fraught conversation topics—death, sex, money, family, and identity—she moves between memoir, fascinating snapshots of a variety of Americans opening up about their lives, and expert opinions to show why having tough conversations is important and how to do them in a thoughtful and generous way. She uncovers that listening may be the most important part of a tough conversation, that the end goal should be understanding without the pressure of reconciliation, and that there are some things that words can’t fix (and why that’s actually okay).

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential
    Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential
    Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential

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    Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential

    byTiago Forte

    A revolutionary approach to enhancing productivity, creating flow, and vastly increasing your ability to capture, remember, and benefit from the unprecedented amount of information all around us. For the first time in history, we have instantaneous access to the world’s knowledge. There has never been a better time to learn, to contribute, and to improve ourselves. Yet, rather than feeling empowered, we are often left feeling overwhelmed by this constant influx of information. The very knowledge that was supposed to set us free has instead led to the paralyzing stress of believing we’ll never know or remember enough. Now, this eye-opening and accessible guide shows how you can easily create your own personal system for knowledge management, otherwise known as a Second Brain. As a trusted and organized digital repository of your most valued ideas, notes, and creative work synced across all your devices and platforms, a Second Brain gives you the confidence to tackle your most important projects and ambitious goals. Discover the full potential of your ideas and translate what you know into more powerful, more meaningful improvements in your work and life by Building a Second Brain.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Stimulus Wreck: Rebuilding After a Financial Disaster
    Stimulus Wreck: Rebuilding After a Financial Disaster
    Stimulus Wreck: Rebuilding After a Financial Disaster

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    Stimulus Wreck: Rebuilding After a Financial Disaster

    byGaby Dunn

    Understanding money—how to make it, save it, and grow it—has always been fraught for most people, even in the best of times. So what went down when a global pandemic threw a monstrous wrench in the works was sadly-predictable. What was already confusing and stressful became overwhelming and existential, even for someone like Gaby Dunn, who’d spent the past few years researching and reporting on financial literacy for the underserved. In March 2020, as COVID-19 began to bring the world to a stuttering halt, Dunn—author of Bad with Money: The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together and host of the Bad with Money podcast—watched as their income dropped by roughly 50 percent. Suddenly, what had been more of a passion for helping others became a renewed struggle for survival in the midst of economic disaster. What Dunn has learned in the interim takes center stage in this conversational how-to guide on navigating our new reality, including finance hacks not in pursuit of the ever-elusive American dream but, rather, a thoughtful, more inclusive approach to making the most of your money and surviving amidst financial jargon, shame and judgement. From worker advocacy, scam awareness, and positive thinking to earth-friendly practices, bill negotiation, and overlooked assistance programs, Stimulus Wreck serves as a primer on putting more power in your own hands. It’s also an inspiring reference for those who would take advantage of a system that is always taking advantage of you. With immense empathy and enlightening experience, Dunn doles out dozens of helpful ideas for common-sense steps you can take to turn things around and rebuild when all might seem lost—“so that people can afford to take care of themselves and their families and to plan for a future that allows them basic human rights like food, water, health care, shelter, and more.”

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
  • How to Transform a Broken Heart: A Survival Guide for Breakups, Complicated Relationships, and Other Losses
    How to Transform a Broken Heart: A Survival Guide for Breakups, Complicated Relationships, and Other Losses
    How to Transform a Broken Heart: A Survival Guide for Breakups, Complicated Relationships, and Other Losses

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    How to Transform a Broken Heart: A Survival Guide for Breakups, Complicated Relationships, and Other Losses

    byNathalia Molina

    The end of a relationship is always painful, so much so that it’s easy to think you’ll never get over it. You're going to be okay in the long run, but you’re grieving. You might be asking yourself what went wrong, or how the breakup could have been avoided, or how you can fix things. But the real answer to transforming your broken heart is to look inward. In How to Transform a Broken Heart, an audio course from Scribd Coach, writer, psychologist, and suicide prevention specialist Nathalia Molina offers guidance on how to handle a breakup and face your own feelings to come out renewed, as the best version of yourself. Rather the breakup is in a romantic relationship or a family member or friend, Molina aims to help listeners deal with the crisis of a breakup by talking about the concepts of grief and crisis, how to deal with each stage of crisis (conflict and disorder), and how to see the light and use your own means to recognize and rebuild yourself again. She also shares a ten-point guide to summarize the steps of getting over your breakup so you can access them when you sense a crisis, as well as exercises so you can put what you’ve learned into practice right away. It might seem impossible, but there is life after a breakup. Nathalia Molina is here to show you the way.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Momentum: Setting Goals with Clarity, Intention, and Action
    Momentum: Setting Goals with Clarity, Intention, and Action
    Momentum: Setting Goals with Clarity, Intention, and Action

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    Momentum: Setting Goals with Clarity, Intention, and Action

    byAja Marsh

    In this audio course from Scribd Coach, leadership coach and HR leader Aja Marsh shares the power of intentional goal-setting and teaches listeners how to feel empowered to create meaningful goals that inspire action. Aiming to help you cultivate goal-setting as a skill, Marsh explores the role of clarity and intention in goal setting; practicable advice for constructing attainable, challenging goals; how to build a path toward accomplishment; and more. She also offers exercises so you can begin setting your goals like a pro right away. Marsh’s course is compassionate, motivating, and designed to help you build and make the most of momentum. Jump in and level up those goals!

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Ahead of the Curve: Using Consumer Psychology to Meet Your Business Goals
    Ahead of the Curve: Using Consumer Psychology to Meet Your Business Goals
    Ahead of the Curve: Using Consumer Psychology to Meet Your Business Goals

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    Ahead of the Curve: Using Consumer Psychology to Meet Your Business Goals

    byShounak Banerjee

    Psychology is a crucial element of marketing and sales, but burgeoning businesses rarely take the time to truly get to know how their customers think. The thinking goes that such an approach is better left to the “heavy hitters” of the business world — but in reality, there’s nothing stopping you from really getting to know your customers. In Ahead of the Curve, an audio course from Scribd Coach, MarketCurve.org founder and sales expert Shounak Banerjee offers marketers and founders a new, evidence-based perspective on understanding their customers. In the course, Banerjee explains the psychology behind consumer behavior, how understanding customer motivations and desires can increase conversion, how you can secure customers in an e-commerce context, and much more. He also shares exercises along the way so you can put what you’ve learned into practice immediately. The power of consumer psychology is in all of our hands — all we have to do is understand. Ahead of the Curve will help you do just that.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise
    Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise
    Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

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    Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

    byJustin Zorn

    Silence isn’t just the absence of noise. It’s a presence that brings us energy, clarity, and deeper connection. Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz take us on an unlikely journey—from the West Wing of the White House to San Quentin’s death row; from Ivy League brain research laboratories to underground psychedelic circles; from the temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park to the main stage at a heavy metal festival—to explore the meaning of silence and the art of finding it in any situation. Golden reveals how to go beyond the ordinary rules and tools of mindfulness. It’s a field guide for navigating the noise of the modern world—not just the noise in our ears but also on our screens and in our heads. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, business, spirituality, politics, and the arts, Marz and Zorn explore why auditory, informational, and internal silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, ecological sustainability, and vibrant community. With vital lessons for individuals, families, workplaces, and whole societies, Golden is an engaging and unexpected rethinking of the meaning of quiet. Marz and Zorn make the bold and convincing argument that we can repair our world by reclaiming the presence of silence in our lives.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering
    Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering
    Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering

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    Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering

    byCameron Hanes

    Bowhunter and ultramarathoner Cameron Hanes narrates his audiobook with guest appearances from Joe Rogan and David Goggins. Listen in to push beyond your physical limits and improve yourself by following Hanes's lifelong philosophies and disciplines. “It’s all mental.” I say this all the time, and it’s true. If you believe you can do it, you can. We all have virtually limitless potential. Our bodies are capable of so much more than what we ask of them. Take off the mental handcuffs, get out there, and start on your way today. What is your passion? You can become better at it. Committing yourself to fitness only fuels your beliefs. You gotta believe to achieve. Cameron Hanes discovered his true passion for bowhunting when he was twenty. Inspired by the physical challenges of stalking elk in the Oregon wilderness—traversing mountainous terrain, braving erratic weather, and evading his quarry’s even more dangerous predators—he began an ever-evolving journey of self-improvement. To become the best bowhunter of wild elk, to the caliber he believed he could be, Cam realized he would need more than archery skills. He would need the stamina and strength that could only come from an athletic training regimen of long-distance running and heavy-weight lifting. And every day for more than thirty years, Cam has put in the work, building miles and muscles, pushing through pain with a single-minded focus on the only goal worth having—besting himself time and again. Part memoir, part motivational manifesto, Endure reveals how Cam—a self-professed average guy—put himself through the paces to live the life of an expert bowhunter, respected writer, and family man. With discipline, sacrifice, resilience, a hard work ethic, and a belief in his own capabilities, Cam not only accomplished his dreams but continues to surpass them. There is no secret to his success except relentless determination and loyal dedication to his own self-worth. If Cam can do it, we all can. Everyone has what it takes to endure adversity so we can rise above average, be the best we can be, and enjoy living life to the fullest. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Do You Know Who I Am?: Battling Imposter Syndrome in Hollywood
    Do You Know Who I Am?: Battling Imposter Syndrome in Hollywood
    Do You Know Who I Am?: Battling Imposter Syndrome in Hollywood

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    Do You Know Who I Am?: Battling Imposter Syndrome in Hollywood

    byJeremy Fall

    Amid the frenzy of flashing cameras and shouting paparazzi at the 2006 Grammy Awards, a dark-haired six-foot-seven teenager emerged from a taxi and strode confidently along the red carpet in a sharp tuxedo. After glad-handing celebrities, mingling easily with music business notables, and duping an unsuspecting usher, young Jeremy Fall slipped casually into his seat next to a major industry power couple. But this brazen gate-crashing stunt was just the first in a succession of increasingly daring “fake it until you make it” self-promotion ploys that would take the success-driven Los Angeles high school student and nightclub doorman from his hardworking single mother’s modest apartment near Skid Row to the height of lifestyle TV fame as a popular celebrity chef-restaurateur. And yet, from his early days managing the velvet rope at hot Hollywood nightclubs like Les Deux while fielding text messages from young celebs like Lindsay Lohan and Ashton Kutcher to later overseeing his wildly popular breakfast-for-dinner joint Nighthawk, Fall was struggling 24-7 with Bob, the nagging inner voice bringing him down. Even as he effortlessly prepared his signature drunken challah French toast on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives after a frantic one-day crash cooking class with his staff, Bob’s endlessly looping “Fraud!” drumbeat pounded in his head. Well-known among the “in” crowd of Hollywood and music industry elites, no matter how much outward success he achieved with a million Instagram followers, Fall was drowning in self-doubt, anxiety, and depression as he battled imposter syndrome, a psychological condition that affects so many others worldwide. At its debilitating zenith, Fall announced on social media that he struggled with mental illness and then deleted his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. When he reappeared online after two months of deep soul searching, he was a changed person, fumbling his way determinedly toward authenticity and truth. In this heartfelt and heartbreaking coming-of-age story, Fall digs deep to share how he evolved from a teenager who was dogged by fear and confusion, into a successful marketing-and-branding campaign entrepreneur and beloved philanthropist in the burgeoning worldwide NFT and Web3 community of digital artists and collectors.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Plays Well with Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships is (Mostly) Wrong
    Plays Well with Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships is (Mostly) Wrong
    Plays Well with Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships is (Mostly) Wrong

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    Plays Well with Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships is (Mostly) Wrong

    byEric Barker

    From the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Barking Up the Wrong Tree comes a cure-all for our increasing emotional distance and loneliness—a smart, surprising, and thoroughly entertaining guide to help build better friendships, reignite love, and get closer to others, whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, socially adept or socially anxious. Can you judge a book by its cover?  Is a friend in need truly a friend indeed?  Does love conquer all?  Is no man an island?  In Plays Well With Others, Eric Barker dives into these questions, drawing on science to reveal the truth beyond the conventional wisdom about human relationships. Combining his compelling storytelling and humor, Barker explains what hostage negotiation techniques and marital arguments have in common, how an expert con-man lied his way into a twenty-year professional soccer career, and why those holding views diametrically opposed to our own actually have the potential to become our closest, most trusted friends. Leveraging the best evidence available—free of platitudes or magical thinking—Barker analyzes multiple sides of an issue before rendering his verdict. What he’s uncovered is surprising, counterintuitive, and timely—and will change the way you interact in the world and with those around you just when you need it most. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Be the Love: Seven Ways to Unlock Your Heart and Manifest Happiness
    Be the Love: Seven Ways to Unlock Your Heart and Manifest Happiness
    Be the Love: Seven Ways to Unlock Your Heart and Manifest Happiness

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    Be the Love: Seven Ways to Unlock Your Heart and Manifest Happiness

    bySarah Prout

    This program is read by the author. The bestselling author of Dear Universe, podcast host, and “Manifestation Guru” (Cosmopolitan), shares seven simple and powerful lessons full of practical guidance, soulful exercises, and nuggets of wisdom in Be The Love—your invitation to use the power of your emotions to achieve happiness. Emotional empowerment expert Sarah Prout shares how to Be the Love you believe you deserve, and how to do it by embracing lessons such as overcoming comparison traps, finding freedom in forgiveness, and accepting that making choices is how life happens, but living with your choices is how growth happens. These lessons are illustrated by Prout’s own raw, personal stories that range from humorous to harrowing. By following the seven pieces of advice and trying them out in your own life, you will create radical and magical inner transformation, and inner transformation will lead to outer results—whether that’s within your career, relationships, or something as simple as your own self-confidence as you walk down the street. If you live your life with self-love and self-compassion as your North Star, then you will thrive. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press Essentials.

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  • Now What?: How to Move Forward When We're Divided (About Basically Everything)
    Now What?: How to Move Forward When We're Divided (About Basically Everything)
    Now What?: How to Move Forward When We're Divided (About Basically Everything)

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    Now What?: How to Move Forward When We're Divided (About Basically Everything)

    bySarah Stewart Holland

    From friendships to Facebook to far-off countries, what do we do when our lives seem mired in conflict? How do we find connection when our differences are constantly on display and even exacerbated by algorithms and echo chambers? How do we build a kinder society? If you are tired of the anxiety, frustration, and fear that pervade your connections with other people, both online and in real life, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers want you to know one thing--you are not alone. In this book they will help you understand the powerful connections you have with other people on a personal, community-based, national, and even international level. Then they show you how to - engage your family with a spirit of curiosity - listen closely to the anxieties and fears of your friends - explore shared values within your community - understand your work as a citizen in a diverse country - hold lightly those things that are beyond your control around the world The status quo isn't working. If you long to be a peacemaker and a positive influence in your spheres, Now What? is your door to a future that is characterized by hope, love, and connection despite our differences.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Radical Confidence: 10 No-BS Lessons on Becoming the Hero of Your Own Life
    Radical Confidence: 10 No-BS Lessons on Becoming the Hero of Your Own Life
    Radical Confidence: 10 No-BS Lessons on Becoming the Hero of Your Own Life

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    Radical Confidence: 10 No-BS Lessons on Becoming the Hero of Your Own Life

    byLisa Bilyeu

    An “unfiltered and unafraid” (Marie Forleo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything is Figureoutable) guide to building the kind of confidence it really takes to live the life of your dreams, from Impact Theory cofounder and growth mindset guru Lisa Bilyeu. Author Lisa Bilyeu grew up in London, where she was always told her dreams of Hollywood were a little too big for a girl. Despite her first love of movie-making, Lisa moved to Los Angeles and became a housewife—for eight frikin’ years! How the heck did that happen? Radical Confidence is the “empowering, transformative, and practical” (Jay Shetty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Like A Monk) story of how Lisa unpaused her life to cofound a company that went from zero to a billion dollars in just five years and became the leader in the world of personal development. Transforming herself with a growth mindset, Lisa learned to face her insecurities and inadequacies, embrace new challenges, solve her own problems, tell her negative voice to shut the eff up, and become the hero of her own life by life-hacking her way to feeling confident. Part deeply personal memoir, part guide to life, Radical Confidence “challenges the deep-rooted beliefs that prevent so many of us from knowing or reaching for our dreams” (Dr. Nicole Lepera, New York Times bestselling author of How to Do the Work). Lisa teaches you how to: -Dream big -Boost your confidence -Toughen the F up -And learn how to save yourself Full of insight and practical tools for honest self-assessment, mastering emotions, and staying motivated, Radical Confidence teaches you how to be driven by your insecurities to create the life of your dreams.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be
    Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be
    Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be

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    Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be

    byTunde Oyeneyin

    From Tunde Oyeneyin, the massively popular Peloton instructor, fitness star, and founder of SPEAK, comes an empowering, inspiring book that shows how she transformed grief, setbacks, and flaws into growth, self-confidence, and triumph—for fans of Shonda Rhimes, Brene Brown, and Glennon Doyle. On any given day, thousands of devoted people clip into their bikes and have their lives changed by Tunde Oyeneyin. From her platform in a Peloton studio, she encourages riders with her trademark blend of positivity, empathy, and motivational “Tunde-isms,” to push themselves to their limits both on and off the bike. Now, fans and readers everywhere can learn about her personal journey, and discover how they too can “live a life of purpose, on purpose” with Speak, a memoir-manifesto-guide to life inspired by her immensely popular Instagram Live series of the same name. Taking us through each step of the SPEAK acronym—Surrender, Power, Empathy, Authenticity, and Knowledge—Oyeneyin shares the lessons she has learned about loss, love, body image, and how she has successfully created an intentional, joyful life for herself, offering an accessible blueprint for anyone looking to make a positive change in their lives.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Courage and Crucibles: Leadership in Challenging Times
    Courage and Crucibles: Leadership in Challenging Times
    Courage and Crucibles: Leadership in Challenging Times

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    Courage and Crucibles: Leadership in Challenging Times

    byPierre Quinn

    There comes a time for every leader when they need to step up and navigate challenging situations. But what many people don’t realize is that these challenging times are precisely when your skills will grow. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily make it easier — we need to learn to leverage the power of difficult situations to help us become more courageous, successful leaders. In Courage and Crucibles: Leadership in Challenging Times, an audio course from Scribd Coach, leadership coach, speaker, and author Pierre Quinn explains how to do just that. In the course, Quinn explains how to leverage the power of the “crucible,” or challenging period; what opportunities and insights our crucibles reveal to us; and practical steps you can take to become a more courageous leader. He also shares exercises along the way to help you put what you’ve learned into practice. It takes courage to lead others through challenging times. Quinn’s insights will help you find that courage.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • The Four Keys to Sustainable Success
    The Four Keys to Sustainable Success
    The Four Keys to Sustainable Success

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    The Four Keys to Sustainable Success

    byPatricia Grabarek PhD

    We all have goals, and they’re important to us. Why, then, is it often so difficult to actually accomplish the things we set out to do? One possible explanation: The way we go about setting goals and accomplishing them simply isn’t sustainable, and it’s too hard to stick to the path to achievement we’ve laid out for ourselves. A new framework is needed. That’s exactly what Patricia Grabarek, Ph.D., and Katina Sawyer, Ph.D., offer in The Four Keys to Sustainable Success, an audio course from Scribd Coach. Using the concept of psychological capital to support their ideas, Grabarek and Katina explain the four resources we can use to improve our performance and accomplish our goals: hope, self-efficacy, optimism, and resilience. Using this framework, Grabarek and Sawyer outline practical techniques you can use to begin setting sustainable goals right away. If you’ve ever faced burnout, or if you just want to boost your chances of success, you’re sure to find valuable insights in The Four Keys to Sustainable Success.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • The unBalanced Life: 10 Principles for a More Balanced Life
    The unBalanced Life: 10 Principles for a More Balanced Life
    The unBalanced Life: 10 Principles for a More Balanced Life

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    The unBalanced Life: 10 Principles for a More Balanced Life

    byPierre Quinn

    If there’s one thing many of us are likely missing in our daily lives, it’s balance. With so many obligations and goals and responsibilities, it’s easy to feel like we need to regain control of our lives. But how can we find this balance and maintain it? In The unBalanced Life, leadership coach, speaker, and author Pierre Quinn explains how you can find that balance. Beginning with the understanding that balance looks like different things at different stages of our lives, Pierre explores ten principles for a balanced life, including how to set internal guideposts for your goals; identifying your beliefs, values, and attitudes; making the right choices; empowering yourself; and more. He also shares exercises along the way so you can begin putting what you’ve learned into practice. It may not feel like it, but a more balanced life is in your reach. Pierre Quinn will explain just how to grasp it.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working
    I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working
    I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working

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    I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working

    byShauna Niequist

    Read by the author with an audio-exclusive interview of Shauna about her family's move to New York. When everything we've been clinging to falls apart, how do we know what to keep and what to let go of? I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet, now a New York Times bestseller, is a clear-eyed look at where we go from here--and how we can transform our lives along the way. Just after her fortieth birthday, author Shauna Niequist found herself in a season of chaos, change, and loss unlike anything she'd ever faced. She discovered that many of the beliefs and practices that she usually turned to were no longer serving her. After trying--and failing--to pull herself back up using the same old strategies and systems, she realized she required new ones: courage, curiosity, and compassion. She discovered the way through was more about questions than answers, more about forgiveness than force, more about tenderness than trying hard. In I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet, Niequist chronicles her journey--from her life-changing move from the Midwest to Manhattan to the power of unlearning what is no longer helpful and accepting the unknowns that come with midlife, heartbreak, and chronic pain. With her characteristic candor and grace, Niequist writes about her experience learning how to: Discover new ways of living when the old ways stop working Embrace the challenges and delights of releasing our expectations for how we thought our lives would look Trust God's goodness in a deeper, more profound way Follow Niequist as she endeavors to understand grief, to reshape her faith, and to practice courage when it feels impossible. Praise for I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet: "Gentle. Loving. This tender book asks us to listen to our pain, lean into our discomfort, and trust that we can be lifted back on our feet by God and each other." --Kate C. Bowler, New York Times bestselling author of No Cure for Being Human "This book is a masterpiece. It is a journey and an invitation and a joy and a heartbreak and all the things you need to read to be reminded that hope can still be found." --Annie F. Downs, New York Times bestselling author of That Sounds Fun

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security: Tips from the Practical One in Your Squad
    The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security: Tips from the Practical One in Your Squad
    The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security: Tips from the Practical One in Your Squad

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    The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security: Tips from the Practical One in Your Squad

    byCathy Pedrayes

    Prepare yourself for whatever life throws your way with these essential safety and security hacks you need to know to keep you and your family safe, from TikTok’s Mom Friend, Cathy Pedrayes. Have you ever wished that you kept a first-aid kit in the car or berated yourself for not keeping a pair of flip-flops in your purse at all times? Ever wondered when it’s okay to geo-tag a social media post or when it’s best to lie to strangers? Just need some tips on how to feel safer and more prepared in today’s digital world? Well, Cathy Pedrayes has you covered. Known as the Mom Friend of TikTok, Cathy posts practical, everyday safety and security tips that everyone should know and incorporate into their routine. The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security offers a shortcut to a lifetime of tips and hacks Cathy has learned from experience as well as her consultations with personal security experts. You will find quick guides on: -Securing your home -Building a first-aid kit -Items to take with you on the go -Things to always pack when going on vacation -How to read the red flags in everyday situations -How to protect yourself online -And more! Practical and personable, The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security is a quick guide to all the safety tips you wish someone had told you sooner so you can be better prepared for whatever life throws your way.

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
  • You're Cute When You're Mad: Simple Steps for Confronting Sexism
    You're Cute When You're Mad: Simple Steps for Confronting Sexism
    You're Cute When You're Mad: Simple Steps for Confronting Sexism

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    You're Cute When You're Mad: Simple Steps for Confronting Sexism

    byCeleste Headlee

    As she admits in the first salvo of her enlightening new guide to battling gender discrimination, award-winning author and radio journalist Celeste Headlee is herself … a sexist. But aren’t we all? Indeed we are, no matter the strength of our convictions otherwise, and herein lies the crux of Headlee’s examination of inherent—and often unconscious—cultural biases: Whether we can admit it or not, we all bring instinctive and learned prejudices to our interactions and conversations, to the detriment of everyone. Fortunately, Headlee presents a thoughtful, practical, and cogent manual on becoming aware of, and reversing, the sometimes subtle sexism with which we all struggle, actively or not. With the same empathetic and circumspect approach seen in her 2017 book We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter, Headlee lays out the fundamentals of creating allies, rather than alienating those who may simply be playing prescribed cultural roles. But deprogramming people without making them defensive (and dismissive) is easier said than done. The culprit? “Benevolent sexism.” As Headlee writes, this pervasive daily frustration for at least half the population is “hard to address because people often fail to recognize so-called friendly sexism as harmful.” To combat this, the author walks us through an often surprising and always illuminating three-step process, drawing on human psychology and refreshing common sense. In the end, we’re rewarded with a compelling take on one of our most insidious problems—and, happily, a way to bring people together in these divided times.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me: Discover the Magic of Friendship, Family, Courage, and Love in Your Life
    Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me: Discover the Magic of Friendship, Family, Courage, and Love in Your Life
    Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me: Discover the Magic of Friendship, Family, Courage, and Love in Your Life

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    Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me: Discover the Magic of Friendship, Family, Courage, and Love in Your Life

    byJill Kolongowski

    The books will always be a part of you. Now, revisit old Hogwarts haunts. Reconnect with favorite characters. And learn far more than the correct pronunciation of “Wingardium Leviosa.” With Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me, you’ll discover how the universal themes and lessons of the series apply to your Muggle life, including: Drawing strength from friends Learning from mentors and heroes Challenging conventional ideas Overcoming obstacles and setbacks Trusting yourself when others don’t The author uses a combination of literary criticism and personal essays to explore issues that everyone faces, from courage and fear to the importance of girl power and the complexity of relationships.

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
  • How to Notice and Name Emotions
    How to Notice and Name Emotions
    How to Notice and Name Emotions

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    How to Notice and Name Emotions

    byEmma McAdam

    We all experience intense emotions at one point in our lives or another — it’s only human. But when it comes to managing and regulating our emotions, there’s no handbook for how to handle difficult emotions when they sneak up on you. We might try a short-term solution in the moment, but this doesn’t equip us to deal with these emotions in the future. How can we better regulate our emotions, for the long haul? In How to Notice and Name Emotions, an audio course from Scribd Coach, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Emma McAdam explains how you can notice and name your emotions, process the difficult ones, and prevent them from building up in a harmful way. Drawing from her background as a therapist, she explains all different areas of emotion processing: what it is and how you can create positive goals for yourself; the importance of naming emotions without judgment; how to appreciate the function of our emotions; vital skills for processing emotions; and more. She also shares exercises along the way to help you put what you’ve learned into practice. There is no handbook for managing emotions — but How to Notice and Name Emotions will put you on a solid path.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World
    The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World
    The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World

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    The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World

    byDavid Robson

    “As David Robson makes plain in this compelling book, the way we think about the world can profoundly shape how we navigate it. Based in science and packed with smart advice, The Expectation Effect will expand your mind—and maybe even extend your life.” —Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human A journey through the cutting-edge science of how our mindset shapes every facet of our lives, revealing how your brain holds the keys to unlocking a better you What you believe can make it so. You’ve heard of the placebo effect and how sugar pills can accelerate healing. But did you know that sham heart surgeries often work just as well as placing real stents? Or that people who think they’re particularly prone to cardiovascular disease are four times as likely to die from cardiac arrest? Such is the power and deadly importance of the expectation effect—how what we think will happen changes what does happen. Melding neuroscience with narrative, science journalist David Robson takes readers on a deep dive into the many life zones the expectation effect permeates. We see how people who believe stress is beneficial become more creative when placed under strain. We see how associating aging with wisdom can add seven plus years to your life. People say seeing is believing but, over and over, Robson proves that the converse is truer: believing is seeing. The Expectation Effect is not woo-woo. You cannot think your way into a pile of money or out of a cancer diagnosis. But just because magical thinking is nonsense doesn’t mean rational magic doesn’t exist. Pointing to accepted psychology and objective physiology, Robson gives us the practical takeaways we need to improve our fitness, productivity, intelligence, and happiness. Any reader who wants to take their fate into their own hands need only pick up this book. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • One Degree of Connection: Networking Your Network
    One Degree of Connection: Networking Your Network
    One Degree of Connection: Networking Your Network

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    One Degree of Connection: Networking Your Network

    byLaura Mignott

    People often talk about networking in a negative light — they feel that it’s not genuine, or that it’s just using people to get ahead. Nothing could be further from the truth: Networking is only effective if you set out to make genuine connections; its power comes from the fact that you’ll reach people who can transform your work. In short, it’s all about people. In One Degree of Connection, an audio course from Scribd Coach, CEO, lecturer, and storyteller Laura Mignott explains her approach to networking, and how you can form meaningful connections and relationships by honing skills you already possess. In the course, she explains how to “network your network” to get the most from networking, how to ask for what you want, how to discover and honor your value, how to identify your “X-factor,” and much more. She also shares exercises along the way to help you apply what you’ve learned right away. You don’t have to shudder at the thought of networking — you’ve already got what it takes to do it well. One Degree of Connection can help you hone and apply those dormant skills.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Master of Information: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Resisting Misinformation
    Master of Information: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Resisting Misinformation
    Master of Information: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Resisting Misinformation

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    Master of Information: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Resisting Misinformation

    byMeredith Butts

    In this age, media is all around us, and many of us spend much of our time throughout the day getting exposure to some sort of media. All of us are “consumers of information,” meaning information has become a commodity. As a result, only people with access to resources are able to get quality information; the rest of us are left to fend for ourselves. In a world where good information is hard to come by and misinformation supported by certain agendas is nearly impossible to escape, how can we be sure that we’re learning good information and effectively resisting the bad? In Master of Information: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Resisting Misinformation, an audio course from Scribd Coach, library and information scientist/media literacy advocate Meredith Butts explains how you can wield critical thinking skills, proper research, and existing resources to avoid falling prey to misinformation and improve your media diet. In the course, Butts offers an overview of the current media landscape and the importance of media literacy, explains how to conduct research like a pro, and shares how to evaluate any source for hidden bias and misinformation. She also shares exercises along the way so you can begin putting what you’ve learned into practice. Whether you’re a long-time media enthusiast or this is your first introduction to media literacy, there are new, essential insights in Master of Information for all listeners that will help improve your relationship with media. Dive in and become a master of resisting misinformation!

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • How to Host a Viking Funeral: The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be
    How to Host a Viking Funeral: The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be
    How to Host a Viking Funeral: The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be

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    How to Host a Viking Funeral: The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be

    byKyle Scheele

    An inspiring speaker and artist asked 20,000 people around the world to share the regrets they wanted him to burn in a mock Viking ship.  This is the story of what he learned about letting go of the pain of the past and embracing the future with hope. Turning 30, artist and speaker Kyle Scheele wanted to do something unusual to mark this milestone. Instead of a birthday bash, he decided to hold a funeral to memorialize the decade of his life that was ending. Building a 16-foot Viking ship out of cardboard, he invited friends to help him set it on fire—a symbolic farewell to his 20s and all the grief, regret, and mistakes that accompanied those years.  When video of his Viking funeral went viral, it encouraged many others to let go of past hurts as well. Moved by the response he received, Kyle planned a second funeral (this time with a 30-foot cardboard Viking ship) and asked people to share the things they carried—the bad choices, disappointments, heartaches, and negative thinking that they wanted to lay to rest. He received more than 20,000 responses from around the world—stories both heartbreaking and hilarious, painful and inspiring.  In this entertaining and wise book, Kyle reflects on what he discovered about freeing ourselves from the pain of the past, interweaving anecdotes from those who participated with the story of his own journey of renewal. “This story involves multiple Viking funerals, thousands of square feet of cardboard, and enough hot glue to supply your mother-in-law's craft night for the rest of time,” he writes. “But it also involves regret, self-doubt, insecurity, and ultimately, redemption. So buckle up. It's about to get bumpy.” How to Host a Viking Funeral is the story of letting go of the people we used to be, but no longer want to be. It’s about renewal; where there was once regret there is now blank space—an opportunity for a fresh start.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Dad on Pills: Fatherhood and Mental Illness
    Dad on Pills: Fatherhood and Mental Illness
    Dad on Pills: Fatherhood and Mental Illness

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    Dad on Pills: Fatherhood and Mental Illness

    byChris Gethard

    Laughing not to cry isn’t just a survival mechanism for Chris Gethard; it’s his default mode. As one of the untold millions who suffer from terrifyingly unpredictable brain chemistry—and the need to rein it in by pharmacological means—the celebrated comedian knows what it’s like to struggle with mental illness. He also knows mental health disorders can be inherited, a fact that, unfortunately, didn’t help things much when he became a father. A poignant and hilarious meditation on the wild ride that is a life medicated, Dad on Pills chronicles the perpetual wrestling match of parenthood and partnership while refusing to shy away from the terrible loneliness at the bottom of “having a brain that doesn’t always work so good.” From the comic absurdity and unexpected dread of a birthing class to the sometimes fraught—for this father, at least—utterances of his toddler son, this tragicomic memoir explores Gethard’s own upbringing, as well as his mental illness and its repercussions. “I spend so much time as a parent quietly praying,” writes Gethard. “Praying that my son, my child, this beautiful boy with his big goofy grin, doesn’t feel this thing I have felt so often in my life. The depression, the manic moments, the dangerous instincts.” But something magical happens along the way: Gethard devises a plan for always being a good and loving father no matter what vicissitudes of biochemistry his kid experiences. Resonating with honesty and vulnerability, shining much-needed light on the very real affliction of mental illness, Dad on Pills is striking in how it challenges us to be ever more humane and understanding while also constantly sucker-punching us with much hard-earned humor.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Enter the Zone: Three Steps for Accessing Peak Performance
    Enter the Zone: Three Steps for Accessing Peak Performance
    Enter the Zone: Three Steps for Accessing Peak Performance

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    Enter the Zone: Three Steps for Accessing Peak Performance

    byJari Roomer

    Flow is defined as a psychological and physiological state of peak performance. It’s the point where you feel and perform at your best; you can think of it as being “in the zone” or “hyperfocused.” You may remember a time when you’ve been so immersed in something that nothing else seemed to be on your mind, where you become one with the project. High-level athletes, artists, and creatives experience this valuable feeling often. But studies indicate that about 95% of the time, most people are operating at a lower level of performance. How can we change that and tap into the power of flow? In his Scribd Coach audio course, Enter the Zone, personal growth expert Jari Roomer explains how you can access the flow state when you need it. In the course, he explains the science behind flow, what happens to your brain in a flow state, and his three-step “3C Method” for accessing flow. He also shares exercises so you can begin applying what you’ve learned right away. What if you could get into “the zone” whenever you wanted? It’s more possible than you think — dive into Enter the Zone and learn how.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
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