Reading is an important part of Centric’s culture – we’ve found that learning from the experiences of others is one of the best ways to be inspired. Good books and insightful lessons are shared frequently within the Centric walls – whether that be through team emails, via Twitter or in personal conversations. So, we thought we’d take a moment and bottle up some of the great reads that have impacted our own lives and thought processes. Below are 13 books recommended from Centric’s leaders. Take a look and enjoy! And let us know if you have comments on these books or others to recommend. We’d love to hear from you.

Book #2: Read “Unbroken” and feel like a king 

By: Mike Brannan, National Practice Leader – Technology Solutions Services


Image - Unbroken_Mike BrannanLaura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken” is simply an amazing non-fiction book about an incredible person – Louie Zamperini. Through Hillenbrand’s interviews and talented prose, you learn Louie’s story of becoming a pilot in the U.S. Air Force during WWII, his unfortunate crash at sea, and the ensuing adventures and misadventures that result from the crash. I don’t want to spoil the story, so I won’t go into any details here – but what he goes through and survives are simply beyond comprehension for those of us living the good life in the USA in 2014. And the end of the book includes a wonderful “put a bow on it” surprise redemptive ending.

So what’s with the crown in my photo, what’s the “feel like a king” title and why do I think this book is so great?  Because everything in life is relative. How you feel about yourself, your situation, your family life, your career – it’s all relative. Compare yourself to someone in a worse condition and you feel great. Compare yourself to someone in a much better condition and you feel grumbly. When I read Hillenbrand’s story of Zamperini’s misadventures I am reminded of the cruel turns life deals select people. And I am inspired by how he keeps going. I am reminded that the way I live, relative to Louie and many others, I’m a king.

Read this book. No kidding.

How you feel about yourself, your situation, your family, your career – it’s all relative…I am reminded that the way I live, relative to Louie and many others, I’m a king.

Find the complete list of the 13 Centric must reads here.