Tristan's Book Recommendations

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.

Happy Reading! 

- Tristan

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Will

Will Smith

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.

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Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark

Jonathan Stutzman

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!

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Clarity & Connection

Yung Pueblo

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.

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The Way of Zen

Alan Watts

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.

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The High 5 Habit

Mel Robbins

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!

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Human-Centered Communication: A Business Case Against Digital Pollution

Ethan Beute and Stephen Pacinelli

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.

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How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Katy Milkman

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.

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Courage Is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave

Ryan Holiday

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.

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To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee

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.

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Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It's Everyone's Business

Julie Battilana

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.

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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

Jim Collins

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!

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Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

Oliver Burkeman

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.

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Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Jim Collins

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!

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Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

Matthieu Ricard

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.

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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Daniel H. Pink

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.

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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills

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!

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Wellbeing at Work

Jim Clifton

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.

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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Ryan Holiday

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.

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It's the Manager: Gallup finds the quality of managers and team leaders is the single biggest factor in your organization's long-term success

Jim Clifton

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.

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The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months

Brian P. Moran

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.

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The 80/20 Principle, Third Edition: The Secret to Achieving More with Less

Richard Koch

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.

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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Lisa Feldman Barrett

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.

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SELL LIKE CRAZY: How to Get As Many Clients, Customers and Sales As You Can Possibly Handle

Sabri Suby

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).

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High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way

Brendon Burchard

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!

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A Year of Positive Thinking for Teens: Daily Motivation to Beat Stress, Inspire Happiness, and Achieve Your Goals (A Year of Daily Reflections)

Katie Hurley LCSW

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.

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Charlotte's Web

E. B. White

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.

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Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon

Colin Bryar

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...

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The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships

Susan McPherson

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.

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Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live

Nicholas A. Christakis

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.

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Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

Adam M. Grant Ph.D.

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”.

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Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power

T. D. Jakes

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.

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Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

Adam Grant

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.”

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Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork

Dan Sullivan

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.

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Big Money Energy

Ryan Serhant

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.

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Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Converting Your Online Visitors into Lifelong Customers

Russell Brunson

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.

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The Four Hour Work Week

Timothy Ferriss

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!

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As a Man Thinketh

James Allen

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!

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How To Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie

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.

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The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health--and How We Must Adapt

Sinan Aral

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!

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7 ½ Lessons about the Brain

Prof. Lisa Feldman Barrett Ph.D

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.

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Tales of the Unexpected

Roald Dahl

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.

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Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek

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!

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The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias: How To Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams

Pamela Fuller

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!

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Marketing Made Simple: A Step-by-Step StoryBrand Guide for Any Business

Donald Miller

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”.

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Personality Isn't Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story

Benjamin P. Hardy

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!

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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Adam Grant

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

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The Path: Accelerating Your Journey to Financial Freedom

Tony Robbins

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.

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The Magic of Thinking Big

David J. Schwartz

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!

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Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Atul Gawande

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.

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Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

Jay Shetty

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.

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How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers

David M. Rubenstein

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.

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Harvard Business Review Leader's Handbook: Make an Impact, Inspire Your Organization, and Get to the Next Level

Ron Ashkenas

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.

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Little Black Book of Connections

Jeffrey Gitomer

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!

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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results

Gary Keller

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!

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Man's Search For Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

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.

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Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen

Dan Heath

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!

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Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say--and What You Don't

L. David Marquet

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.

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The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Ryan Holiday

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.

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You

Hans Rosling

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

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The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set

C. S. Lewis

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.

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Whiplash: How To Survive Our Faster Future

Joi Ito and Jeff Howe

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.

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This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See

Seth Godin

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!

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Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

Vivek H. Murthy

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.

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Acting with Power: Why We Are More Powerful Than We Believe

Deborah Gruenfeld

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.

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The Future Is Faster Than You Think

Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

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".

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Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Dan Ariely

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!

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Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life

Jim Kwik

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!

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The Vision-Driven Leader: 10 Questions to Focus Your Efforts, Energize Your Team, and Scale Your Business

Michael Hyatt

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!

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The Success Principles(TM) - 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Jack Canfield

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.

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The E-Myth Real Estate Agent: Why Most Real Estate Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

Michael E Gerber

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!"

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Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up

Jerry Colonna

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

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Economics 101: From Consumer Behavior to Competitive Markets

Alfred Mill

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.

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What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence

Stephen A. Schwarzman

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".

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Davin Allen

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!

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My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired by Benjamin Spall

Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander

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.

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Successful Aging

Daniel J. Levitin

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.

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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Phil Knight

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!

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All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success

Wayne Baker

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!

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"F"-It-Less: 18 F-Words to Reframe and Repurpose Your Life

Shaun Rawls

"F"-It-Less: 18 F-Words to Reframe and Repurpose Your Life by Shaun Rawls. I get many books sent to me before they're released and this one was one of the great ones that I just got. Although it doesn't come out until May 5, 2020, I highly recommend this book. Shaun goes through his journey as a business owner and shares his lessons in life. He shares with us 18 words that begin with the letter "F", from Fractured to Forgiveness. He gets personal about his failures and his struggles, which makes the book more authentic. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "The most successful people I've ever known talk a lot more about how often they've failed, what they did wrong, and the challenges they faced, overcame, and learned from than they ever do about their successes an the things they did right." Pre-Order it if you get a chance.

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Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Jim Collins

Built To Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. I mentioned this book in last week's A Brilliant Tribe Newsletter and it prompted me to pick it up again and re-read it. Built To Last is the second part of Good To Great. In the book, we read about the famous BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals), and the Genius of the AND. Like the previous book, Built to Last compares great companies to good ones during specific eras in history, asking, What systematically distinguishes the great from the average? If you don't feel like diving into this classic I also found this great summary of the book. If you're building a business I highly recommend this book!

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Little Red Book of Selling

Jeffrey Gitomer

The Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer - September 25, 2004. This is the 3rd time I'm reading this book. I love the simplicity of the book. You can open up the book to almost any page and that page will have some great information that will inspire you to do better in business. This book isn't going to supply you with a revelation of amazing new techniques to help your business massively grow, but what you do find is common sense. It's a very small and short book and worth the read to get re-inspired!

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You're Not Listening

Kate Murphy

I believe listening is the key to relationships and for growth in any field. I came across this book by accident on Instagram and I ordered it after reading the summary. I’m a couple of chapters away from wrapping up and I highly recommend it. From curiosity, assumptions, and listening to your inner voice this is a must-read for those of us that want to better ourselves and those around us. The book is called, "You’re Not Listening" by Kate Murphy.

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Stillness is the Key

Ryan Holiday

Don’t pick up this book unless you have time to read it carefully. It’s one of those books that will have you reflecting on your life and how you can improve it by being more present. The one quote I love, so far, from this book is by Seneca, "You may be sure that you are at peace with yourself…When no noise reaches you, when no word shakes you out of yourself, whether it be flattery or a threat, or merely an empty sound buzzing about you with unmeaning sin." Book Title, "Stillness Is The Key"

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Indistractable

Nir Eyal

I’m wrapping up the book "Indistractable" by Nir Eyal, and it’s one of the best books of 2019. According to research, the ability to stay focused affords a competitive advantage at work and in one's personal life. To achieve this, instead of suggesting the oft-repeated digital detox, Eyal explains the psychology of distraction and teaches readers how to work with their mind to get it back on track. He gives readers tips for better behavioral design through time management and living the life they really want through limiting, instead of eliminating major technological distractions.

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