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Arianna Huffington, of Huffington Post fame, knows a thing or two about thriving. This isn’t to say she learned the easy way.

No, not at all. Rather, she learned how to thrive as a leader because she ran headfirst into burnout and health problems. All caused by an improper workload.

In Thrive: The Third Metric To Redefining Success And Creating A Life Of Well-Being, Wisdom, And Wonder, Huffington shares what she believes will help you thrive in leadership and in life.

Learn to thrive as a young leader

What’s Good About Thrive?

There’s a lot of good content in the book Thrive. Huffington experienced a life-threatening condition all because she didn’t know how to balance life with work.

That’s why Thrive was written. Huffington wants everyone to know that you don’t have to crash and burn because of work. Rather, you can thrive.

Early on in Thrive, Huffington shares an excellent anecdote from her mother:

Be a moment makerCarlos Whitaker, the worship leader for Andy Stanley’s Buckhead Church in Atlanta, recently released his first book. The premise is very promising. You can live your life or it will live you. The choice is up to you.

Carlos sees our lives as a series of choices. We have the ability to choose to make a moment in our lives or to pass it by.

In Moment Maker, we see Carlos live out his choice to help people make moments. We see his family birthday tradition, how he made a transgender feel love and special, or how he had to rescue a beautiful moment of releasing pet butterflies with his children.

Moment Maker is full of moments that stand out as special. Moments that will touch you and show you simple ways you can leave an impression on the lives of the people you lead and do life with.

I don’t know about you but I cringe every time I hear the word boundaries. As a leader, I always thought boundaries prevented me from doing what needed to be done. Boundaries felt like a cage, restrictive and something that held me back.

However, as I read through Dr. Henry Cloud’s new book Boundaries For Leaders, I realized I’ve been wrong. Leaders need boundaries. The key is learning how to define the boundaries.

Cover image for Boundaries For Leaders by Dr. Henry Cloud

Boundaries For Leaders Cover

Dr. Cloud is probably best known for the book Boundaries, that he co-authored with John Townsend. In Boundaries, Cloud and Townsend shared how everyone needs to have certain boundaries:

Physical Boundaries

Emotional Boundaries

Mental Boundaries

Spiritual Boundaries

The boundaries discussed in that book are fantastic and make a valid case for why we need them. However, they weren’t written in a way that directly related to leaders. This is where Boundaries For Leaders come into play.

Yesterday the world ran on formulas – on all things black and white with tried-and-true wisdom. Today things run on dreams and are covered in gray and fueled by passion. But as it turns out, formulas don’t work well without feeling, and dreams don’t come true without dedication. Enter Wisdom Meets Passion, offering proof that when generations – and their beliefs – come together, something incredible can happen.

Wisdom Meets Passion

That’s the synopsis of Dan Miller and Jared Angaza’s new book Wisdom Meets Passion. It’s their combined effort to show the world that you can’t live your life with only wisdom or passion. You must combine both of them and live a life full of wisdom and passion.

My Expectations:

I’ve been a huge fan of Dan’s. His book 48 Days To The Work You Love helped me launch this blog and move forward in new and unexpected ways. My eyes were open to new avenues of revenue and work.

Jason Jaggard made a big promise on the cover of his new book Spark. That promise was “Transform your world, one small risk at a time.”Spark

I looked at that statement and gave it a puzzled look. “How can you change the world with one small risk at a time?”

Turns out it’s much like the way you can change your life with one small step at a time.

If you’re consistently taking small risks, they add up to big results. And Jason gives examples he’s seen in his own life and in those that have been in “spark groups.”

A spark group is a group of individuals that get together to challenge and encourage each other to take small risks and build to big risks.

It’s effective. It’s encouraging. It’s available to you.