Siobhán Murray, author of The Burnout Solution was very kind this week to answer my questions and give us her book recommendations! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Siobhan's book The Burnout Solution:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
I love The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. Gary breaks down how to avoid distractions in a simple easy format of using ’The One Thing’ formula. Whenever I feel I’m spiralling into overwhelm with too many projects on my plate I refer back to this book to refocus. There are so many learnings in this book but the one I embrace the most is ‘Go small. Don’t focus on being busy; focus on being productive. Allow what matters most to drive your day.’ There are so many smart thinking books out now but I’m always drawn back to the ones that are simple and to the point.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
As a lover of bringing thoughts and actions back to basics in order to grow I recently re-read Mindset by Dr. Carol. S. Dweck. Originally published in 2006 it explores how we approach our personal and professional goals with either a growth or fixed mindset and how with the right mindset we can achieved much more than we think we can. I would rate this a 5* and recommend it time and and time again for anyone struggling to understand mindset and how moving from a fixed to growth mindset can teach not just us but children too how our mindset can have such a powerful impact on our lives.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Without a doubt my favourite childhood book is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I grew up an only child and spent a huge amount of time losing myself in the world books but the book that stands out for me, the one where I can remember feeling like I was in the pages of the book and accompanying Bilbo Baggins on his travels is The Hobbit. It’s still one of my favourite books and even though I have a newer version of it on my bookshelf I still have my original copy which stays safely in my room away from the kids!
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I’m much more a book reader, the feel of the paper in my hands, the design and colours of the cover. Having said that I do own a kindle and when I’m travelling I will always have it with me as I read a lot and don’t always have the capacity to carry numerous books with me, I also only recently found out that their are some authors that are only published on kindle and if I didn’t have my kindle I wouldn’t have stumbled upon them.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
You could drop me off at a mainstream bookshop around the world and collect me a few hours later and I be very happy however I have two favourite small independent bookshops. The first is local, The Village Bookshop in Terenure, Dublin, it sells not just newly published books but second-hand and out-of-print books too, my second favourite is a bookshop called The Bookshop in San Pedro, Spain and is run by Alicia (from Dublin) and Derek and sells English speaking books which is a godsend when you’ve run out of holiday books and have nothing new to read for the rest of the holiday!
Image Copyrights: Gill (The Burnout Solution), John Murray Press (The One Thing), Little, Brown Book Group (Mindset), HarperCollins Publishers (The Hobbit)