Recommended Books for Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is a core value here at Ashton College. We believe in the importance of continual development and pursuing knowledge throughout your career. Our passion for education is entrenched in our personal interests and our leisure time, so it should come as no surprise that we love reading! To support the continual pursuit of knowledge, we connected with members of our educational community and curated a list of recommended books for you.

We invite you to explore our list of recommendations from faculty, alumni, students and staff members. We hope these titles will inspire, educate, surprise, delight and challenge you as you continue along the path of lifelong learning.

Books about Financing and Personal Wealth
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason 
  • Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins
Books about Immigration

If you are looking for inspiration and insight on immigration matters, we recommend exploring these powerful, intimate memoirs from diverse voices around the world.

  • The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande 
  • Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child by Elva Treviño Hart 
  • In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero 
Books about Education
  • You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child’s Natural Development from Birth to Age Six by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

Whether you are an education assistant or a parent, You Are Your Child’s First Teacher is a wonderful and informative book about child development. Through her clear and concise writing, Rahima Baldwin Dancy addresses everything “from language and cognitive development to appropriate toys and nourishing… artistic abilities.”

Books about Starting Your Own Business
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Look no further than The Lean Startup for an excellent resource on how to create a successful business. The book addresses how to operate your business efficiently and introduces key entrepreneurial principles such as validated learning, innovative accounting and the continual process of building, measuring and learning along the way.

Books about Human Services 
  • Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy by Rinku Sen 
  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson 
  • Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Dr. Barry M. Prizant
Books about Healthcare 
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Do you love philosophical questions about health and life? Then you will love When Breath Becomes Air. The book is a profoundly moving and exquisite memoir about a young neurosurgeon grappling with his terminal cancer diagnosis. Throughout the memoir, Kalanithi attempts to answer the question of what makes a life worth living. Whether your work in healthcare or simply have a curiosity about the meaning of life, this is a fantastic read.

Books to Inspire Lifelong Learning
  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Through witty dialogue, The Tao of Pooh teaches us to be receptive to new ideas and experiences, but not to be burdened by them. The book is a powerful allegory about the Eastern belief of Taoism and it cleverly incorporates the characters of Winnie the Pooh. Pessimistic Eeyore illustrate cynics and constant complainers, alongside uptight Rabbit with his obsession over rules and order.

Expanding Horizons 

There are so many benefits to reading, regardless of your career path or interests. Educating yourself outside of your typical industry can help expand your thinking and enrich your life. Having a broader scope can also increase your critical thinking skills and help you tackle unexpected hurdles in any work environment. What does this look like in practice? Biologists can read about financing in order to expand their thinking. Counsellors can study anthropology in order to shift understanding and inspire new thought patterns. The idea may sound radical, but there is plenty of evidence to support it. In aarticle for Harvard Business Review, author John Coleman describes how “broad reading habits are often a defining characteristic of our greatest leaders and can catalyze insight, innovation, empathy, and personal effectiveness.” Overall, crossing genres and stepping outside your comfort zone encourages ingenuity and novelty.

Conclusion 

A love of reading does wonders for lifelong learning and continuing your education. What books are you currently reading? Or, what books do you wish you had more time to read? We would love to hear about your experiences and recommendations. We are continually updating and expanding our recommended reading lists, so be sure to check back regularly for more updates. 

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