Books

Books I’ve Read

Leaders are readers.  A brief description of the book so you can decide if it’s relevant for you.  I’ll continue to update  this list as I continue to read. 

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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – by Steven Pressfield 

This book changed my entire perspective. Its short description of “Resistance” and playbook for defeating it will uncover an enemy you never knew you had. This is a book I try to read every year as it applies just a little differently each time I dig in.

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The Art of Possibility – by Rosamund Stone Zander

You will never look at possibility the same way again. Understanding how to look at different situations with possibility rather than a limited mindset keeps opportunity open. The audiobook is especially enchanting as it incorporates the Philharmonic Orchestra into the text.

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Ego is the Enemy – by Ryan Holiday

This is short, sweet, and a kick to the gut. Ego is something that is often overlooked as something only Gordon Gekko deals with. Truth is we all deal with Ego as Ego is in every single one of us. If we don’t think it’s there, Ego has done its job. I’ll be reading this one again, and will most likely purchase a few more Ryan Holiday books as I like his style and conviction.

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – by Charles Duhigg

Any work that has to do with the inner workings of our brain without being a medical journey, I am interested in. Aspiring to understand the root cause of why people do what they do I was intrigued by the stories and application that came of of this text. I think its remarkable to understand how you can reprogram yourself when you have a habit you’ve been wanting to change. I think its revolutionary to find a loop and set of instructions on how to change thing for a group of people and influence their decisions. With great power comes great responsibility.

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Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win – by Jocko Willink

War is a reflection of life, just amplified. I always have immense respect for leaders in our armed forces who share their wisdom with us. Jocko does an amazing job boiling down a concept to principles we can all apply to all our lives. I lead differently know that if something goes wrong, I’ll be the one to say “It was under my leadership, therefore, its my fault.” Apply extreme ownership in your life and it will change the way you lead.

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The Meaning of Marriage – by Tim Killer

My marriage is extremely important to me. An investment in marriage does not seem to be important today as it’s almost expected to end badly. Tim does a great job laying out the groundwork and purpose behind marriage to set you and your spouse up well. If you know the purpose behind something, you can actually put daily actions together to pursue it. If you want to have a good marriage and pursue your spouse well, start here.

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The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance – by Josh Waitzkin

This is one I need to read again. This is a glimpse into a child prodigy’s brain to understand what he understand about learning. Not just sticking with what he grew up excelling Josh talks about going from chess to martial arts and the principles he used to excel in a sport that has close to no Western presence at the top. If I could absorb and apply this book, I would.

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Disciplined Dreaming – by Josh Linkner

This is a quick read that tackles a real issue, creativity. I firmly believe that creativity will be THE crucial differentiator for meaningful work in the future. It’s also the key to success today. Josh walks through some really great examples of ways to spark creativity and walks through a process to go from 0-1 that anyone can follow.

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Secrets of closing the sale- by Zig Ziglar

Whether you like it or not, everyone is in sales. In every conversation, you are either selling or being sold to. Wouldn’t you like to know all the secrets behind getting people to say yes?

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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think – by Peter H. Diamandis

Imagine a world with endless resources. A world where you didn’t have to worry about world hunger, impoverished nations, and global warming. Peter argues that world is on the horizon and it’s not as bleak as CNN would have you believe it is. This is a high level book that will inspire you to believe in humanity as solution developers and big thinkers. We may just be capable of more than you think.

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Alexander Hamilton – by Ron Chernow

Understanding the present by looking to the past is a worthwhile endeavor. This work is heavy on the details and provides an enjoyable escape as you learn about the unlikely rise of one of this country’s early leaders. I appreciated reading this, even if it took me three months to get through it.

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The Startup of You – by Reid Hoffman

An introduction into a new way of thinking about the workforce and managing your career. There are really easy to follow action items at the end of each chapter that make this book very easy to apply. I wrote each of the chapter action items down and put them in a list to work through in my own time.

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Debt: The first 5000 years – by David Graeber

Remember the 99% marches on wall street, this is the guy that help orchestrate all that. I loved taking an anthropological view of money and finance. Biggest take away is that it’s all invented anyway so we should figure out a way to make finance work for us, not the other way around. I was inspired to start thinking about ways we can facilitate money management to the masses and help keep people out of financial dire straits.

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Eleven Minutes – by Paulo Coelho

A story about the life of a prostitute as told be an amazing author. Not my favorite piece by Paulo Coelho but certainly one that exposed me to the emotional side of a world I know nothing about. As always, the story is intriguing and its a quick read.

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Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs – by Don Tapscott

This book was written in 2000 and doesn’t do a great job of describing the business webs. After reading it, I’m not even too sure what business webs are. The best thing about this book is it was the first book I read in 2016 that started my pursuit of reading. As bad as this book is, I’ll be grateful that it was my first step on a long journey.

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