Personal growth is one of the core values here at NordPass. For us, it’s crucial that we strive to continually grow, improve, and expand our capabilities as individuals as well as an organizational unit. We strongly believe that such a mindset is what allows us to never run out of ideas when it comes to NordPass.
Naturally, books are where we turn for inspiration, guidance, and new ideas. At NordPass, we have the Best Book Club, which turned out to be a great and informal way to foster personal and professional development, improve communication, and enhance employee engagement within the organization.
Compiled below is a list of books that the friendly folks at NordPass love and look forward to sharing with you. We’re confident that you will find something in the list to read, love, and spur personal and professional growth.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Gediminas, our head of product, is one avid reader. Or, to be more precise, an avid listener as he’s more drawn to audiobooks, mostly for their convenience and flexibility.
When asked to share his recommendation with our blog readers, Gediminas chose Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. The book focuses on a disciplined pursuit of less, playing on the old idea that less is more. For Gediminas, the book is an invaluable resource for purposely reducing waste in life and shifting the focus to what really matters.
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
Geraldas, our head of business and channel, is also a lover of audiobooks as he can be slightly more productive with his time, especially during easy runs or a walk. However, Geraldas notes that if there’s time, very few things can beat a print copy of Lord of the Rings.
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins is his pick – an exposé on the strength of the mind. What Geraldas found special about this book is that it makes one understand that hardship will always be there but what defines you is how you get through it and come out holding your head up high. The human mind is capable of so much, and this book helps you understand that we can achieve more than we think we can if we work for it, Geraldas adds.
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
Pavlo Mikhailidi, one of our software engineers, sees books as one of the most unique and crucial inventions in human history. He believes that books allow humans to store information outside their own head and transfer it to the next generation. Pavlo is mostly interested in astronomy, brain evolution, programing, and physics.
So, it is not at all surprising that he recommends Cosmos by Carl Sagan. As Pavlo puts it, it is a romance about Sagan’s love for science and our universe. He adds that Cosmos might be one of the easier books to start with for anyone interested in astronomy and science.
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
One of our product owners, Anele, is more of a historical fiction lover. For her, the genre provides a unique combination of entertainment and education since it is an opportunity to lose yourself in a world gone hundreds of years ago.
It comes as no surprise that Anele recommends a classic — The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. She adds that the book is the perfect example of magical realism — a genre about life with magic elements. One has to read it in order to understand how astonishing life is.
The Shack by William P. Young
Ema is our talent attraction partner, and she loves old-school print books. Her interests in genres include philosophy, history, and spirituality.
For her recommendation, Ema chose The Shack by William P. Young, a thrilling emotional narrative. Ema notes that this is the book for anyone who’s been hurt, felt unquenchable anger and despair, and didn’t know how to get out of this vicious circle — the book teaches why it is important to understand the concept of forgiveness and how that understanding can help one move forward.
Leaving time by Jodi Picoult
Andrew, our iOS developer, likes books where the plot twists and turns in the most unexpected ways. Otherwise, he loves re-reading his favorite books because those books have the special quality of bringing back memories.
Andrew’s recommendation: Leaving time by Jodi Picoult – a story of a teen searching for her missing mother, which contains a mixture of characters, stories and subplots that are sure to grip any reader. Andrew also notes that the book's ending is not what one would expect, but we’re not going to spoil it for you.
We would love to hear from you. What books have transformed your way of thinking and helped you grow personally or professionally?