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Top Three Books I Read in 2022 and One Takeaway from Each

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One good thing about our company's return to office strategy in 2022 is that my audiobook consumption increased after a 2+ year hiatus because of the pandemic. My daily commute is rather lengthy, but before you groan about how horrible it must be to spend so much time in a car, remember I'm an introvert and bask in time spent by myself. Driving a car is very cathartic for me, and I take advantage of my 2+ hour daily commute by listening to podcasts and audiobooks. As such, I listened to nine books in 2022, and here are my favorite three and the one takeaway from each.

First up, Someday is Today - 22 Simple, Actionable Ways to Propel Your Creative Life by Matthew Dicks. I stumbled upon Matthew Dicks while searching for books on storytelling, and I'm much wiser not. The main takeaway from Someday is Today is to focus on the actionable steps that can help make dreams a reality, showing how even small actions can compound into major accomplishments. And not to mention Matthews's radical approach to squeezing every minute out of the day will leave you inspired and questioning what things are stealing your time daily.

Second up, Storyworthy - Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling by Matthew Dicks. In this highly engaging book, Matthew outlines the four elements of a story (characters, setting, context, and climax). He provides practical examples to get you up and running with storytelling. One of the biggest takeaways from this book is always striving to find the universal truth in a story and that all great stories come down to a five-second moment in a person's life. Don't believe me? Read the book to understand how this is even possible but to provide a hint; the five seconds is a moment when something fundamentally changes in the character's life forever.

The last book on the list is The End of Ice - Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail. This one hit me in the gut. Reading about the numerous scientists and communities on the front lines of climate change was eye-opening. The main takeaway from this book is that climate change is far more severe than most realize, and we need to take drastic measures to protect our planet for future generations. We must become aware of the changes and actively work to find solutions to prevent an irreversible disruption of our planet's climate.

And that's it; those are the top three books from 2022. If you have read these books, or feel compelled to read them, hit me up, and I'd love to discuss them with you.

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