A common complaint I hear is, “There are too many books out there, and most of them aren’t worth my time!” Hey, I understand. It’s not easy to find new books to read. Fortunately, I took care of all the heavy lifting for you.
Here’s a list of books that have the potential to have a long-term impact on your thoughts and actions to help you get started. Problem-solving, time management, communication, relationships, work-life rhythms, identity, and happiness are the key themes you’ll discover.
I just interviewed Touré and our talk was FIRE!!!! The book was very well written and when I started the first chapter I thought that I had read enough about the "Balance", but I was wrong. This book has been one of my favorite books to read this year. It talks about what a blessing it is to be alone and how to find your soulfulness. It’s a great read!
This book isn't for everyone, but I absolutely love it so far. I'm 3/4 of the way through and it's more like a manual, like a reference book that I have been going back to often. Here's the write-up on Amazon: The brain is our most vital and complex organ. It controls and coordinates our actions, thoughts, and interactions with the world around us. It is the source of personality, of our sense of self, and it shapes every aspect of our human experience.
I just visited Boston and this book was in a lot of stores…so I bought one. I read it to my kids and they loved it. Seventy-five years ago, a family of ducks waddled off the page and into the hearts of readers everywhere. The brilliantly illustrated tale of mallards on the move received the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of the year and has been a favorite of generations of readers.
I just started reading this one and it was recommended by my friend Traci. Here’s a short summary: There is a basic human wisdom that can help solve the world’s problems. It doesn’t belong to any one culture or region or religious tradition—though it can be found in many of them throughout history. It’s what Chögyam Trungpa called the sacred path of the warrior. The sacred warrior conquers the world not through violence or aggression, but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. The warrior discovers the basic goodness of human life and radiates that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others.
I just read this book and I also interviewed this brilliant person. Not only did this guy attend the top universities in the US, but he also is able to explain difficult concepts in an easy manner. The book flows well and gives you a clear picture of just how important having a deep purpose is for any company of any size. This is a great book that will have you take a look at purpose in a new way.
This was recommended by Hugh Jackman the actor. It’s a small book, but it packs a punch and I highly recommend it as well. This one is a pretty powerful speech that was given to a graduating class and I loved reading it. You will probably finish the book in about 10-20 min, but you will definitely gift it to other people. Love this little book.
This rapidly became one of my favorite books. I read this over the weekend and then I just interviewed the author for Success Magazine. His name is Jim McKelvey and he co-created the little device called Square with his friend Jack Dorsey (The creator of Twitter). The story is super interesting and the book dives into a part of entrepreneurship that is rarely talked about. If you are looking to grow your business and get really creative this one will hit the spot.
In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.
This is one book that I'll be recommending the whole year round to real estate agents everywhere. This book is a deep dive into what Barry has learned during his real estate career and the core reason his business is a success today. Barry began his career at the age of 18 and has spanned almost two decades. He currently runs a team in Virginia Beach, VA & he's also The CMO of Better Homes and Gardens NAGR. His real estate teams sold just under 900 units last year and is ranked #9 on the Real Trends to 1,000 teams in America. He is also a full-time Executive at Ylopo with the title of "Head Realtor in Residence" where he trains their customers; assists with product development & platform evangelism for them as well! His passions are his faith: being an ordained minister himself; his wife; and his 3 children.
This is a fun little book that I read on the plane. It’s full of 1-2 page short stories that are inspiring and you can use to inspire yourself or others. It’s great to pick up and read on the go.
I wish I would have read this book earlier in my life. As I’m reading this book I’m seeing a lot of the things about focusing deeply on work I’ve had to discover on my own, this would have helped me find those techniques sooner. The book is very well written and focuses on giving the reader the steps to achieving deep focus. It has some great stories and great research too.
This book is part of the Emotional Intelligence series and this book is compact but extremely awesome. In my mind learning to focus deeply is still the key to producing amazing results in your personal life and business. This is one that you should pick up and read.
I'm re-reading this one again. I know that the 3-second rule for capturing people on social media is now down to 1.8 seconds, but this book is extremely relevant when it comes to creating solid content to stop the scroll on social media and video in general. If you haven't read this one please pick it up.
My friend Candice Cullen got this book for me over the weekend and I’m about ⅓ finished and I really like it. I've heard nothing but great things about this one, so I can't wait to finish it up, who doesn't like Matthew McConaughey... Alright, Alright!
My friend Steve Pacinelli recommended this one to me and I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to read it. I’m almost done with it and it’s an amazing book. This is the real "secret": The chance of success goes up when you think, plan, consistently execute the right things, and worry about the possibility of loss.
I picked this up a little bit ago, but I’m finally diving into it. This book is a collection of da Vinci's intricately detailed artistic, and intellectual pursuits, and highlights the classic pieces of art he produced in connection with his writings.
This book has over 34,000 reviews on Amazon and I really love the insight the book gives you on the idea of power. It uses a lot of examples of leaders in history and how they used power to their advantage. I’m rereading it now, and it’s a big book so I’m finding a few things that I didn’t catch the first time around.
A friend sent this to me and I’m surprisingly enjoying this book. I find Coco to be a brilliant woman and a visionary. The book is concise and is broken into chapters that you can read sporadically. Pick this one up.
This amazing book has been about for a few years now and it has won awards and has been on multiple bestseller lists. I picked it up this weekend at Barnes and Nobles and my daughter and I are reading it together. It’s very very good! Highly recommend this one. This one has a lovable story with lessons along the way.
This book has made so many waves over the years. I read it a few years back and I'm re-reading it now because I was reading an article by Charlie Munger that brought this book up again. This is considered to be one of the greatest books ever written when it comes to sales and understanding the psychology of selling and buying. Read it!
I remember when I first picked up the book back in 1992 and I couldn’t stop reading it. I was in Highschool and I couldn’t put it down. I’m rereading it now as I watch the new show on Amazon just to spot the differences. It’s a big book so if you’re going to read it get ready to take your time with it.
I just picked this book up at Costco and my kids were telling me about Philipp’s amazing Youtube Channel that has 17 Million followers. So far this book is an eye-opener. I recommend it, but only if you are into learning more about how the human body works.
This book has been everywhere. I've been seeing it on social media, TV, Podcasts, and everywhere else. I' only 1/5 of the way through and it's really engaging. Will Smith does a great job captivating the reader with stories and lessons from his personal life. So far I really have enjoyed reading the book.
I got this book for my son and he absolutely loves it! I think I've read it 20 times already and it's super fun and entertaining. He loves it and keeps on referencing parts of the book. If you have any small kids or someone you think would love this then this is the one you want to get!
I'm only on the first chapter of this book, but one of my emotionally smart friends recommended this one to me so I had to pick it up. So far it starts off excellent. Here's a short description: In Clarity & Connection, Yung Pueblo describes how intense emotions accumulate in our subconscious and condition us to act and react in certain ways. In his characteristically spare, poetic style, he guides readers through the excavation and release of the past that is required for growth.
If you’ve never read any of Alan Watt's books you’re in for a surprise. This is my first one and I picked it because I read a quote on Instagram that was attributed to him. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity. Watts saw Zen as “one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world,” and in The Way of Zen, he gives this gift to readers everywhere.
This is such a simple, but powerful book. It’s easy to read and it applies to changing your personal life. Mel Robbins is a world-renowned author and this book hits the mark as a great pick me up. The difference with this one is that it has research to back it up. Good book so far!
Human Centered Communication. I just wrapped this one up which is written by my two friends and I highly recommend this one. We’re spending more time than ever in virtual environments. That will only increase, as will the amount of noise we encounter there. The seemingly endless series of unwelcome digital distractions range from frustrating to dangerous. As individuals and businesses, we not only spend time and energy managing this digital pollution, we often create it. At risk are relationships and revenue.
How To Change. Award-winning Wharton Professor and Choiceology podcast host Katy Milkman has devoted her career to the study of behavior change. In this ground-breaking book, Milkman reveals a proven path that can take you from where you are to where you want to be, with a foreword from psychologist Angela Duckworth, the best-selling author of Grit.
Courage Is Calling. This is Ryan Holiday’s newest book. It came out last week and I started reading it over the weekend and it’s GOOD! In Courage Is Calling, Ryan Holiday breaks down the elements of fear, an expression of cowardice, the elements of courage, an expression of bravery, and lastly, the elements of heroism, an expression of valor.
To Kill A Mockingbird. I read this earlier in my life and I’m rereading it with my wife and daughter. If you haven’t read this one it might be a great time to pick up the book and read it. The story starts off soft and then packs a punch towards the end. It’s very relevant for the world we live in today.
Power For All. I just interviewed one of the two authors of this book yesterday and wow I was super surprised at how good this book has been so far. I never thought of why any of us should dig deeper into what POWER is and why we should understand it better, but this book puts it in perfect view for all of its readers. This one is good everyone, pick this one up.
Good To Great. A recent classic that many of you have read or at least have heard of. Although this book came out after “Built To Last” Jim Collins says it’s more like a prequel to “Built To Last”. The book centers around going from a good company to a great company, by identifying the key principles necessary to do that. I’m rereading it now for the second time and it’s just as good!
Four Thousand Weeks, Time Management For Mortals. This book takes a different approach to time management and without ruining the book for you it’s a worthwhile approach. I’m just about done with this book because I interview the author today and I have a whole bunch of questions for him. His interview will be out in the next few weeks on the podcast. Get the book, it just came out.
Built To Last. If you haven’t read this classic yet it’s time to pick it up. With the world changing faster than ever before I picked up this book to reread it because this book lays out a solid foundation for anyone who wants to build a stronger company that will outlive you. If you’re looking for an amazing book that has a lot of research then this is the one!
Happiness. This book is about 15 years old and I just came across it through a book club I belong to. So far I really like it a lot! Here’s the gist: Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, Western philosophy, Buddhist beliefs, scientific research, and personal experience, Ricard weaves an inspirational and forward-looking account of how we can begin to rethink our realities in a fast-moving modern world. With its revelatory lessons and exercises, Happiness is an eloquent and stimulating guide to a happier life.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. This one was a great surprise because I had no idea what to expect. I found this one at Barnes and Nobles and I like the concept of the book based on the cover and I think Daniel Pink rocks. The book expanded on the idea that WHEN things are done or WHEN they happen are even more important than we think. Very interesting book and I just wrapped this one up today.
The Four Agreements. I’m actually reading this one with the family. My 10-year-old son is reading this one out loud and he’s having fun doing it. I’m going to read the Fifth Agreement next. The books are short, easy to read, and are an amazing reminder that the quality of life we live depends on what words we use and our perception of it. Read this one!
Wellbeing At Work. I am about to wrap up this book. It came out a few weeks ago and it’s very well researched. The ideas behind this book can really help out companies that are attempting to grow right now, the ideas that are focused on in this book will make a difference in any organization if applied to the organization. I took a lot of notes on this one.
The Obstacle Is The Way. I recently started re-reading this because I was given the leather-bound version of it. If you haven’t picked this book up I highly recommend it. It’s a very quick read that is full of ancient advice from some of the greatest stoic philosophers in time that you can apply to your life now.
It’s The Manager. I got to interview Jim Harter last week and he left an amazing impression on me. This guy is an absolute machine when it comes to data and research. I’m almost finished with this book and it’s really explaining why it’s so important for the manager and the leader to be in constant communication with the people they lead. A really, really good book, and his new book is absolutely great too, but it applies more towards bigger companies that are building up.
The 12 Week Year. This was recommended to me by a few people in a Facebook group I belong to and I'm halfway done with this one. This book helps you rethink your goals and helps you break them down into smaller actionable steps. It uses some of what I'll be talking about today in the Life and Business Management Masterclass I'm teaching.
The 80/20 Principle. This is an older book, but a classic. The 80/20 Principle shows how we can achieve much more with much less effort, time, and resources, simply by identifying and focusing our efforts on the 20 percent that really counts. Although the 80/20 principle has long influenced today's business world, author Richard Koch reveals how the principle works and shows how we can use it in a systematic and practical way to vastly increase our effectiveness, and improve our careers and our companies.
How Emotions Are Made. The science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology. Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose research overturns the long-standing belief that emotions are automatic, universal, and hardwired in different brain regions. Instead, Barrett shows, we construct each instance of emotion through a unique interplay of brain, body, and culture.
Sell Like Crazy. I came across this one by accident and so far I have to say that I’m impressed by the book. I’m not done yet, but it has substance. Some items that it includes: 1. How to write Google or Facebook ads that practically FORCE your prospects to click them and buy! 2. His breakthrough approach to generating itchy-to-buy leads in droves that create an avalanche of sales. It's like nothing you've ever seen before, and instantly positions you as a trusted authority 3. Where to find large new “starving crowds” of prospects who spend like sailors on leave (even when the economy is hurting and you’re far more expensive than the competition).
High Performance Habits. I’ve been reading this book again and wow, I forgot how awesome the book is. Brendan outlines the habits we need to work on to live a more fulfilled life at home and at work. It’s a powerful book and I’ve already taken a ton of notes on this one. Read it!
A Year of Positive Thinking for Teens. I got this for my 14-year-old daughter. I want her to read a short excerpt every morning along with the rest of her checklist to get started in the right direction. She’s had it for 2 weeks now and she is enjoying it.
Charlotte's Web. Reading this one with my 10 year old son and I forgot how great the story is. He is enjoying it and has a lot of questions. Very great book and I still recommend it. I watched the cartoon when I was younger, but I was really young when I first read the book so it was great reading it again with my son.
Working Backwards. I’m really impressed with this book so far. One of the authors worked directly with Jeff Bezos and they were really close and the other author was a crucial player in the core growth of Amazon. The book dissects how Amazon grew during its massive growth stage and how it set the groundwork for greatness. This is a must-read...
The Lost Art Of Connecting. I’m interviewing this author and amazing connector on Thursday for “Brilliant Thoughts” a Success Podcast. I just started this book and I’m very impressed. This is the core outline of the book. As a “serial connector” and communications expert, Susan McPherson has a lifetime of experience building genuine connections in and out of work. Her methodology is broken down into three simple steps: Gather: Instead of waiting for the perfect networking opportunity to come to you, think outside the box and create your own opportunity. Host your own dinner party, join a local meet-up group or volunteer at your neighborhood food pantry. Ask: Instead of leading with our own rehearsed elevator pitches asking for help, ask to help, opening the door to share resources, experience, contacts, and perspectives that add diversity to your own vision. Do: Turn new connections into meaningful relationships by taking these newly formed relationships deeper. Follow through on the promises you made and keep in touch.
Apollo’s Arrow. I just picked this up over the weekend and I started reading it yesterday. So far I’m intrigued and I like it. The beginning of the book is setting a good tone for the rest of the book. Some great facts and some great research. The book focuses on times of plague and how our society will change and has changed because of the CoronaVirus.
Give and Take. I somehow missed this book that Adam Grant wrote. I accidentally found it earlier this year when I was scanning books on Amazon and wow do I love this one! Simply put, this book dives deep into “today’s dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others”.
Crushing. I’m interviewing TD Jakes and his daughter Sarah Jakes this Thursday for the new Success Magazine Podcast and I am diving deeper into their world to come with relevant questions and thoughts. This is a great book, it’s my first time reading any of his books so it was a great surprise.
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know. This book just came out and I just started reading this one. It’s to the point and makes you take a step back to analyze the way you see intelligence. “We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process.”
Who Not How. This is one of those books you're going to love! Making this shift involves retraining your brain to stop limiting your potential based on what you solely can do and instead focus on the nearly infinite and endless connections between yourself and other people as well as the limitless transformation possible through those connections.
Big Money Energy. The last book that Ryan Serhant wrote was really great. It was informative and the stories that he brought in were right on point. This one isn’t too far behind. It’s got some great stories and focuses a lot on the mindset that you need to curate to make it in the world of sales. It’s a fun read and it’s a quick read.
Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Converting Your Online Visitors into Lifelong Customers. This is my second book that i’m reading by Russell Brunson and I’m impressed. The simplicity of the approach seems so easy, and I’m excited to put this into practice. This is definitely one book I recommend.
The Four Hour Work Week. I picked this book up again to go over some processes that Tim Ferris outlines well in the book. If you haven’t read this book yet then you’re missing out on an amazing book that will help you scale and grow your business. Make time to read this one!
It’s been about 4 years since I last read this one so I’m giving it another read. It’s one of my favorite books ever because it was the first book that opened up my eyes to true leverage. Amazing book. "Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint".
As A Man Thinketh. I heard this book was amazing but I’ve never had a chance to read it. I just picked this up yesterday and I can’t believe it was written over 100 years ago. If you have a chance to read this I highly recommend it. Before any self help book was created this seems to be where most got inspiration from!
How To Win Friends and Influence People. I do my best to read this book at least every 3-4 years. This is the week I’m re-reading this now. This book is a great reminder of what we should all be doing at the most basic level when interacting with people. If you’ve read it it’s time to re read it and if you haven’t you are in for a timeless treat.
The Hype Machine. This book was recommended to me by my friend Saul Klein and wow… I love this book. It draws on 2 decades of research that the author uses to help support his views on social media. Much of what he talks about we’ve accomplished through the communities I’ve built so it goes hand and in hand with what I live on a daily basis. If you want to get a handle on what social media really is and how to use it to your advantage then this is the book for you!
7 ½ Lessons about the Brain. I’m always stacking books to read about the brain and this one is about 100 pages and WOW! This packs a punch! The topics in this book are very interesting. They will help you understand how your brain works and how much our understanding of the brain has improved in recent years. So, read it, and read it soon, because in a few years, more advancements will be made, and Dr. Barrett will need to write a new book.
Tales of the Unexpected. I belong to a book club that sprung this book on me. At first, I was surprised that it was a nonfiction book, but as I read the reviews and started reading a few stories I dug in a little deeper. The stories here are not very long and you will love them if you were ever a fan of Tales Of The Unexpected TV show or shows like Twilight Zone.
Start With Why. You’ve probably heard of this book and it’s certainly not my first time reading this one. I’m reading it again for the third time and I’m ramping up my mind for the beginning of 2021. If you want to hunker down and remind yourself why you are doing what you do then this is the book to read now. Every time I’ve read this book I find some great new insights. This is a classic!
The Leader’s Guide To Unconscious Bias. Do you want a book that opens your eyes to how truly opinionated you are? A book that dives deep into your biases and shows you how wired we are with our own ignorance? This is a must-read for all leadership! This book gives applicable advice that you can use quickly. You will highlight this book a lot and go back to it and re-read excerpts from it! Buy it, use it, and quote it!
Marketing Made Simple. This book was recommended by a CEO of a great tech company that I spoke with 2 weeks ago. It’s got some great reviews and it was released earlier this year. The author gives us a “five-part checklist that helps marketing professionals and business owners apply the StoryBrand messaging framework across key customer touchpoints to effectively develop, strengthen, and communicate their brand’s story to the marketplace”.
Personality Isn’t Permanent. I just started this book over the weekend and it’s an easy and great read. I picked it up because Seth Recommended, "This is a generous, empowering, and purposeful book. If you're ready, it will help you unlock a future that you may have been brainwashed into believing wasn't possible. Worth sharing a copy with someone you care about." —Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing. This is a classic look on goals and character, with a twist that we can all apply to our lives quickly! It’s a powerful and simple book!
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. I just started reading this book over the weekend and I love this book so far. It’s engaging from the get-go. The stories so far bring you and are lessons that are used to develop you into becoming a better version of yourself! The one review about the book is what got me to pick this one up, “Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world.” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
The Path: Accelerating Your Journey to Financial Freedom. This one book that I pre-ordered and I just started reading it on Saturday. It’s good, very good. It’s a little slow in getting into the actual path, but once it does it delivers the goods. I’m halfway through it and it doesn’t disappoint. Pick this up if you’re looking to dive deeper into financial freedom.
The Magic Of Thinking Big. With over 4000 reviews on Amazon and most of them being 5 stars or more this one is a classic! I hadn’t heard about this book until a Silicon Valley executive told me to read it. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction—but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. This is a great book to read to get you back into a great mental groove! Don’t miss this one!
A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance. My friend Travis Thom recommended this one and I’m on chapter 3 so far. I love the stories and the premise of the book. The message that Atul wants to get across is that of three items: Diligence, Do It Right, and Ingenuity. He tells us that these three things not only push him to be a better doctor, but can also push us to be better in our business.
Think Like A Monk. I just got this book 1 week ago and I’m just about finished and it’s a very inspiring and powerful book. Shetty gives us real life experiences of his time being a monk. He draws on examples to show us how our mind is capable of much more than we know. “Combining ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. He transforms abstract lessons into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve relationships, and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can—and should—think like a monk”. Definitely one to pick up and read this year.
How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers. I’m ⅓ through this book. It's a great book so far. I highly recommend this book. I can see how I can come back to it at a later time to go over the insight from some of these amazing leaders.
The Harvard Business Review Leader's Handbook. This isn’t for everyone, but many of you would do great reading this. It’s an easy read and hits on some amazing points that we all need to listen too. One of the many topics that they hit on is the fact that we need to bring people closer together instead of being the dividing factor.
Little Black Book of Connections. This is a quick read, but it’s profound for your business. The book focuses solely on building strong and deep relationships. One line I love from the book is, “The more you do for them, the more you do for you.” Such a true statement and a very great book to strengthen your relationships! Get it!
The One Thing. If you haven’t read this book it’s time you pick it up and read it. This is the perfect time to dive in and take the lessons from this book and apply it to your life and business. There are so many different parts of this book that are very valuable and one of the first things I applied to my life after reading it a few years back was the task list solution. The task list example alone was a big aha for me, the fact that the authors separated the list into “Should Do” and “Could Do”. I just reread this book over the weekend and I still love it!
Man’s Search For Meaning. According to many book critics, this is considered to be one of the greatest books of all time. I re-read this book over the last few days because I remember one thing that made this book so different from the rest. In the book, we go through Frankl’s struggles during WWII in a concentration camp. At the heart of Frankl’s theory of logotherapy (from the Greek word for “meaning”) is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but rather the discovery and pursuit of what the individual finds meaningful. This is an impactful read and I highly recommend it.
Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen. I started this book a couple of weeks ago, but got set back and I’m excited to wrap this up in a few days. This is a very powerful book and I have taken a lot of notes because the whole book revolves around solving problems for our business. The stories an the practically of the book make it a must read and a book that you will come back to for sure!
Leadership Is Language. This book comes highly recommended and I can’t wait to get into the middle of it. I’m only halfway through the book, but it’s great and it focuses on the power of the hidden power of language. Former US Navy captain L. David Marquet offers a radical playbook to empower your people and put your team on a path to continuous improvement. The framework will help you achieve the right balance between deliberation and action, and take bold risks without endangering your mission.
The Daily Stoic. This week I found myself going back to some ancient wisdom. I’ve had this book for about a year and I love going to it in the mornings to read the daily message. This book includes 366 readings, one for each day and they are about half a page each. It’s a great way to start your morning or to end your evening. I highly recommend this one.
Factfulness: 10 Reasons We’re Wrong About The World. I don’t know how I missed this book when it came out, but I finally ordered it. One of my friends told me about it and the reviews about the book are amazing. I’m chapter one, so I can’t tell you much about it except that really like it so far. One review that was good, “One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates
Chronicles of Narnia Box Set. I usually include a book about business or a book that inspires you to be better, but this time I thought I would throw a curveball. I just started reading the Chronicles of Narnia with my family. We are taking turns reading every night and we are about to wrap up book one from the set. These books are a super easy read and if you have kids I highly recommend that you read them together. My 9-year-old is loving it and my 13-year-old was not happy when we started and got into it really quickly.
Whiplash: How To Survive Our Faster Future. This is a very fluid book to read. Easy to follow and broken down into simple chapters. The fact that the book was published in 2016 is amazing because it fits perfectly into the world that we’re currently in! This book will give you the steps you need to put into place to take on the world that we live in and for the immediate future.
This is Marketing. I read this book about a year ago and I picked up this weekend to re read it. It’s a fast read, but there is so much packed into this little book and you will probably have to re read it over and over again. The wisdom of Seth Godin when it comes to marketing is really inspiring. If you haven’t picked this book up it’s time to do it!
Together. This one is powerful. Vivek was the 19th surgeon general of the US and in this book he talks about the human connection and loneliness. Vivek goes over the 3 dimensions of loneliness and togetherness and then he dives into how tech is making some of us even lonelier. I haven’t gotten to the end of the book, but I know it will cover how to connect with the world and the actions to take so that we can help those people around us and how to help ourselves. It’s a great book so far.
Acting with Power. This is a fairly new book. It’s about 45 days old. I started reading this a few days ago and I can’t put it down. Gruenfeld’s book reexamines our preconceptions about power: what it means to have and to use it. She frames power as “how much you are needed” and as the “part you play in someone else’s story.” This is a powerful and empowering message. More relevant and necessary than ever before.
The Future Is Faster Than You Think. I’m literally on page 20 as I type this up right now, so it’s too early to tell whether or not I will really like this book. I can tell you that I’ve had 3 people that I respect recommend this book to me over the course of 7 days so I’m excited to finish it up. One great review I read that I’m looking forward to is, "A fantastic guidebook for leaders, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and anyone who wants to understand the massive changes ahead".
Predictably Irrational. This book was recommended by my friend and A Brilliant Tribe reader, Cheryllyne Vaz. I’ve already gifted this to 3 people since I started reading this. This book does a great job explaining how we make decisions and how irrational we can be without even knowing we are being irrational. This book has depth and has some really great research behind it. I highly recommend this book because it dives deep into human behavior and will make you aware of some things you’ve probably been doing for years without even knowing you why you were doing them. Pick this one up!
Limitless. I’ve been waiting for this book a few months now and it’s not a disappointment! I’m only about ⅓ of the way through, but this book is insanely good. Jim Kwik goes deep into how the brain works and how we function as humans. He also outlines the things we need to be doing now to retain more knowledge and information. At the heart of Limitless lies a life-changing secret: when you learn how to learn, you can break free of limiting beliefs, achieve new levels of success, and lead a truly exceptional life. This book is not theory. It's a practical, easy, and proven blueprint that shows you exactly what to do to unleash your own limitless powers!
The Vision Driven Leader. I’ve read 3 of Michael Hyatt’s books and this one is the best one he’s written so far. His focus is on helping the reader create a vision by identifying what motivates us, drives us, and inspires us. There are many stories he brings up and these stories serve as lessons for us to learn from. Companies like Apple, Zappos, Sears, Montgomery Ward, Jawbone, and a lot more that serve as great examples!
The Success Principles. This book by Jack Canfield is a classic! You will go back to this book often because it’s like a manual. It goes over creating a strong mindset, goal-setting, creating affirmations, taking action and how to grow. It’s a complete book on how to succeed! If you haven’t read it it’s time to pick it up.
The E-Myth Real Estate Agent. Of course, I'd be reading this right now since I have Michael this Friday for an interview. He wrote this book with my friend Brad Korn, a fabulous real estate agent out of the midwest. The book goes over the fundamentals of running your business and gives you the steps to grow it like a true business, starting with the statement that he makes, 'Every Business Is A Family Business!"
Reboot By Jerry Colona. Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed—molding them into highly accomplished individuals—yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being. Now, this venture capitalist turned executive coach shares his unusual yet highly effective blend of Buddhism, Jungian therapy, and entrepreneurial straight talk to help leaders overcome their own psychological traumas. Reboot is a journey of radical self-inquiry, helping you to reset your life by sorting through the emotional baggage that is holding you back professionally, and even more important, in your relationships
Economics 101. I'm not an economist by trade, I graduated with a history degree and then went to law school, so I'm taking this time to learn about economics and brush up on the basics. A lot of the terms are simplified and the basis of economy is covered very well in this simple book. I highly recommend this one.
What it Take: Lesson in the Pursuit of Excellence Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms. It's a great book to pick up and read because it's inspiring and it's also series of thoughtful reflections derived from the author’s extraordinary life, which has already left its mark on the worlds of finance, politics, and education and made each the better for it. I'm not done reading it, but so far it's up there "Shoe Dog" and "Ride Of A Lifetime".
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity This has been on my list to read for years. I finally got to it over the last few days. I started reading it in the past, just never finished it. This time I just wrapped it up over the weekend! This book will give you clarity and be a driving force to getting things done! I highly suggest you read this book and apply the simple steps to your life. You will get more done and you will release a lot of stress at the same time! This book will give you immense clarity. Enjoy!
My Morning Routine by Benjamin Spall. I just started reading this over the weekend and It's a quick read. It's broken down into small sections and each section covers a few different people. For me, there were two areas that stood out. 1. Evening Routines - What stood out here was that most people find pleasure in winding down and getting mentally ready for the next day. 2. Self Care - Most people share the commonality of being tranquil in the morning and getting into a groove. This book is a book you can use throughout the year where you can randomly open it up and read any page, each page gives you good insight.
Successful Aging By Daniel Levitin. This might be the best book I read in 2020, but it's only February, definitely one of the thickest too. I’m not sure I will finish this on in 1 week or less. The research done for this book is amazing. The title of the book should really be, "Everything you need to know about life, and how to make sure you live the most amazing life ever!" Because it’s that good. Daniel Levitin goes over how the brain develops and grows as we get older. The choices we make daily, from sleeping, dieting, to exercise will determine the quality of your brain and life much more than you think. Daniel also goes over how to live longer, how to be smarter, and how to enhance our quality of life right now. It’s a powerful book.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. This week I'm traveling and when I fly I love listening to audiobooks. I started reading this book at home and then shifted to the audible version of it after. The book has over 5000 "5" star reviews on Amazon! Yes, it's that good. This story is about the creator of Nike, his ups and downs and how he broke through. It's a powerful story that motivates the reader...It's a must-read!
All You Have to Do is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success by Wayne Baker. One of the biggest challenges we have as a human race is the inability to ask for what we want. "Studies show that asking for help makes us better and less frustrated at our jobs. It helps us find new opportunities and new talent. It unlocks new ideas and solutions and enhances team performance. And it helps us get the things we need outside the workplace as well. And yet, we rarely give ourselves permission to ask. Luckily, the research shows that asking—and getting—what we need is much easier than we tend to think. Here, Wayne Baker shares a set of strategies—used at companies like Google, GM, and IDEO—that individuals, teams, and leaders can use to make asking for help a personal and organizational habit". I'm not finished reading this one yet, but it's very good!