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Level-Up Your Real-World Know-How


Renew your reading list with titles that inspire positive change.

Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal and new developments. In video games it’s called leveling up.

These recommended reads will have you taking the first step on your proverbial journey of a thousand miles to keep reaching toward the next level of lifelong learning.

As gamers say, GLHF (good luck, have fun).

Recommended Reads

Broke Millennial Takes on Investing: A Beginner’s Guide to Leveling Up Your Money by Erin Lowry
This is an easy read full of useful information that will inform you without putting you to sleep. Lowry also wrote Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together.

Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
The author, a videogame designer with a Ph.D., tells how to harness the engaging nature of games to solve real world problems.

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
Goggins is an ultramarathoner, triathlete, motivational speaker, retired Navy SEAL and the current world record holder for the most pull-ups done in 24 hours (4,030). His book describes the challenges he has overcome and his 40% Rule, which says most of us only tap into 40% of our capabilities.

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