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Transform Your 2022: Get 22 Powerful Ideas from the Books Everyone is Reading

Many are making 2022 the year they read more. Here’s what they’re reading, and how Blinkist can help you keep up.
by Vanessa Gibbs | Jan 7 2022

“Read more” is a popular New Year’s resolution for a reason. Reading is not only a relaxing hobby: it can help us learn about new topics, broaden our horizons, and become an expert in almost anything. But, as with many New Year’s resolutions, reading more can be difficult to achieve.

It’s not just finding time to read that’s difficult, though. Deciding which books to read is also hard. You want to read books you’re interested in and books to help you in your career and personal life. And that’s not to mention the books everyone else is always recommending and those that everyone in the office seems to have read.

How can you access all of the knowledge in books like these? Enter Blinkist. Blinkist is an app that shares powerful ideas from nonfiction books in 15-minute explainers. You can read or listen to these explainers, and there are 5,000 titles to choose from across 27 categories like mindfulness, entrepreneurship, and personal development.

Want to get a head start on 2022? Here are the books that are bound to be on everyone’s “to read” list, and the most powerful ideas from each.

Productivity

  1. The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma: ever wondered how the most productive people set their days up for success? Sharma’s book shares the secret of using the 20/20/20 formula in your morning routine—20 minutes to move, 20 minutes to reflect, 20 minutes to grow.
  2. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss: top performers often work smarter, not harder, by starting their workdays with their highest priority task, not by checking email.
  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey: make a personal mission statement—a list of your values and goals—and use this to guide your decision making and long-term life planning.
  4. Less Doing, More Living by Ari Meisel: batch tasks to stay focused, such as answering emails in one time slot instead of as they come in.
  5. The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment by Elizabeth Grace Saunders: let go of perfectionism and instead set realistic goals you can actually achieve.

Personal Finance

  1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki: learn what financially savvy people do from Kiyosaki’s book. One tip he shares is to look at property as a liability—not an asset—and invest in stocks, bonds, and income-generating real estate instead.
  2. The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel: look at broad patterns not specific cases—for example, focus on wealthy people in general, not billionaires, to find out what they did to succeed.

Relationships & Anthropology

  1. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie: get people to agree with small, easy statements and be in an affirmative mood, then slowly introduce the bigger ideas you want to get them to agree to.
  2. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: if you stretched your arms out and the distance between your hands was the history of the Earth, you’d need a microscope to see the space taken up by humans.

“What it does is it reads all those humongous educational books for people like me who haven’t got time to read them, like Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. I wanted to read it, but I knew it would take me two years.”
— Francesca Hayward, Ballerina and Actress.

Personal Development

  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson: practice the Buddhist idea of letting go of your identity. This will help you take greater risks—like changing careers.
  2. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin: instead of resenting others’ success, look for ways you can collaborate with them and grow together.
  3. Beyond Order by Jordan B. Peterson: take on responsibilities at work and in your community to gain gratification, meaning, and status.
  4. Get Smart! by Brian Tracy: if possible, wait 72 hours before making a big decision. The slow-thinking part of your brain—instead of the reactive part—may come up with the best ideas.
  5. The Power of Intention by Wayne W. Dyer: why do some people seem to achieve every goal they set themselves? Dyer’s book advises visualizing yourself having already reached your goals. This will make it much easier to actually achieve them.

Psychology

  1. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman: get the brain power of the smartest person you know. Kahneman says when working on a difficult problem—like a statistical problem—you can make your brain sharper by exposing it to information that has been presented in a confusing way—like a hard-to-read font.
  2. Think Again by Adam Grant: when trying to persuade someone to do something, giving them just one great reason to do it is more effective than giving them several reasons.
  3. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman: if you want to come across as more empathic, mirror people’s body language.
  4. Mindsight by Daniel Siegel: call a timeout on difficult conversations with your partner if you notice you’re becoming reactive. Come back to it when you’ve cooled off and you’re more receptive.
  5. How to Decide by Annie Duke: when making a big decision, write down all the possible outcomes—good and bad—and rate how likely each one is to actually happen.
“Blinkist has helped me read more — period. I love that I can get the key learnings from 10+ books a week, and immediately implement them in my own life.”
– Hitha Palepu, entrepreneur and author

Habit Building

  1. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson: achieve your dreams by writing them down, looking at them everyday, and making small steps towards them.
  2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: crises at work are often the best time to implement changes and new behaviors among staff.
  3. Atomic Habits by James Clear: millions have transformed their days, and lives, habit by habit with this book. Clear says to attach immediate gratification to habits to make them stick, like transferring $50 into a savings account named “Trip to Europe” every time you skip eating out.

A Book Explained in 15 Minutes

Want more insights from these books and thousands of others? Blinkist shares powerful ideas from nonfiction books in 15 minutes. The 5,000-book library is always growing, too, as the team adds 40 new titles a month.

Choose from titles on everything from entrepreneurship to parenting, nutrition to politics.

“With Blinkist, I am able to read ten books a week – something I’ve never been able to do before. This helps a lot, because I want to maximize my learning in order to develop”
– Jonas, 7Mind

Don’t just take our word for it though. Blinkist is an award-winning app that’s loved by 20 million users around the world. It has a 4.8-star rating in the App Store, and it even has some big names among its fans like Google, Apple, and The New York Times.

Want to get powerful ideas from 2022’s biggest books? Download Blinkist to get started.

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