Book Recommendations: Note: I buy all of my books used on Amazon, Used- Very Good or Used- Like New because it’s so much cheaper. Am considering buying a Kindle or an iPad to have my books on me at all times. Please reach out to me if you have any opinion on the matter, I’m in the market.
The Core Four: Can be read by anyone at any age and impact their life immediately. These books turn originally non-readers like myself into avid readers.
- The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday: This book was too short. Unreal amount of great stories of great leaders and innovators overcame their challenges that start off each chapter. This philosophy book is a guide of how to live your life. The book is Bible worthy of how to deal with challenges we face in our daily lives.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo: I’ve reread two books in my life, this is one of them. This book is about a shepherd boy chasing dreams. If you want to feel something and feel alive again, pick this puppy up. My buddy I gave this to wrote four full pages of his favorite quotes. The book is unbelievable and full of wisdom every page. Over 65 million copies sold by 2014.
- Think and Grow Rich: The 21st Century Edition Workbook by Napoleon Hill: This book didn’t just shake my core, it shaped my core. It turned me from a lost 18 year old kid into a goal-striving man. “Think and Grow Rich” taught me to believe in myself, what self-awareness is, the power of the mind, and the excruciating importance of working to improve myself. Widely considered greatest self-help book/book on success in history. 100 million copies sold by 2015 (Strongly suggest the 21st century edition which proves timelessness of the advice)
- How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie: Do you want to know how people operate and what makes them tick? This book teaches you how to carry yourself, how to make people like you, and win over others to your way of thinking. Understand others and changing our life and the world around us possible.
Psychology and People Smarts Books: Books to be a person that has their life together.
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Dr. Brené Brown. Watch her TED talk here and you’ll probably buy her book.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson. Read if you care too much about what others think of you.
- Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Expanded by Dr. Maxwell Maltz. Read to have a positive self-image and peace of mind.
- The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz. Read to master the small important things.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Series) by Dr. Richard Carlson. Read if “little” things are consuming your life.
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. Read if you are in a dark or happy time in your life. Get ready to be mind-blown and to rethink how you think/your mindset on everything.
- How To Be A 3% Man, Winning The Heart Of The Woman Of Your Dreams by Corey Wayne. If you’re a dude and like chicks, read this book. Pretty revolutionary read on how women operate, what makes them tick, and how to deal with them.
Business/Creator Books: Books if you have the balls to be a creator.
- Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel. An absolute manifesto on creating things that never existed before. Fascinating philosophy/outlook on the future.
- Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out by Marc Ecko. If you create art in any form: music, writing, art, dance, or etc. this is your bible. Authenticity>conformity.
- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin. The secret of leadership is simple: “do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there.” The world is waiting for leaders, pick up the torch, and be one.
Biographies: I salute those that dare greatly.
- Alexander the Great by Phillip Freeman. The guys a legend, one of the boldest human beings to live.
- Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson. “Screw it, let’s do it.” his credo is contagious and has caused him to change the world. Hint: Virgin Airlines, Virgin Airlines, Virgin Records, Virgin etc…, MTV “Cribs.” Yeah, that guy.
Fiction Books: Bring yourself a glass of ice water and a towel because these books will make you sweat you’re so fired up.
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. If you were to ask me who’s my hero, I would answer Howard Roark, the main protagonist in this book. If you want to take on the world, read this. Mark Cuban’s yacht is named after this book.
- Magnificent Obsession (Classic Reprint) by Lloyd C. Douglas. I read this 330 page book in one day(10 pages a day is normally an accomplishment). A story of redemption and life’s meaning.
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. This book could have ended at three different parts it was so good and complete. This is the epitome of an epic. Who is John Galt? You tell me man.