Reading books is one of the best ways to grow. Authors take years to research, write, and edit a book. For $10, you gain valuable insights. If you have the right mindsets and beliefs, you will find the strategies and techniques that lead you to your dreams. The best books change your perspective and mindset. They give you a deeper understanding of the world.
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
This isn’t the typical self-improvement book that’s full of motivational jargon without substance. This book gives you strategies, frameworks, and methods that work. You can apply them to your life right away. The exercises from this book led me to identify and define my dreams and values. I now read my dreams and values every morning. This practice has changed my life. The best praise I can give for this book is that I’ve highlighted more of this book than any other book I’ve read.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Great books change the way you think about yourself or the world around you. They produce a shift in your mindset, beliefs, and values. They cause you to make changes in your actions. This book has had a tremendous impact on my life. It crystalized a feeling I’ve had for a long time. Instead of trying to do it all you should focus on a few meaningful and vital projects and goals.
You should turn down good options so that you can say yes to great options. Set aside time to deliberately determine your priorities and explore all your options. Then eliminate most of those options. Live the life you want instead of the life that others expect you to live. This book is a must read.
Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
This book explains the process of becoming great at any skill or activity. You don’t need a unique ability or innate talent to master a skill. Mastery occurs through deep practice, motivation, and coaching. Deep practice is a struggle at the edge of your comfort zone and ability. It’s targeted practice that consists reaching, falling short, evaluating mistakes, correcting those mistakes, and repeating the cycle.
Motivation provides the energy and fuel that allows you to struggle, practice, and make incremental progress for years as you travel the road to greatness. Coaching is the third piece of the puzzle. Teachers push students to spend most of their practice time on the right activities, motivate students to stay focused and continue pushing forward, and precisely pinpoint where the students need to improve.
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
This book is filled with Oprah’s wisdom, soul, and positivity. It’s an easy and inspiring read. It prompts you to think about how you can become a better person and move closer to expressing your values, desires, and living your passions.
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
This book powerfully shows the value and effectiveness of checklists through many examples in the medical, construction, and aviation fields. It breaks down checklists into 2 categories: read-do and do-confirm. In the first case, you perform tasks as you read the checklist while in the second case you confirm that all the steps were carried out correctly after the task.
The detailed examples in this book motivated me to think about how I can set up processes and systems in my personal and professional life to increase my effectiveness. Implementing checklists and processes for important tasks that are repeated decreases mistakes and improves consistency and quality.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell
Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Yes! Please by Amy Poehler