One recommendation for your reading list for 2014 is the book, Working With Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. In his book, Goleman explains why Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is twice as important for success than IQ. Unlike IQ, which remains pretty static throughout your life, EQ can be improved. That's the good news. By learning about the 25 Emotional intelligence competencies, you cans easily assess your areas of strengths and weaknesses, set out a plan to improve in those areas, and watch as your success, both personally and professionally, increases.
If you're looking for a key to getting ahead in life, and getting out of a rut, this is definitely one of them. Let me know if you agree.