Because it’s the start of the new year I have been asked as of late which books I would recommend. Today we are talking about the foundational books and audio programs that I treasure.
So here’s the deal, first let me say that if you are going to go buy all of these books but then not schedule time in your day/week to read them, don’t worry about which books to read because you will never get there.
If you are going to schedule 30 minutes a day to read or listen to something that expands your brain, then let’s talk about books. Remember too that you can give yourself permission to listen on Audible or a similar platform, you don’t have to physically read the book. If you get enjoyment out of having a paper book in your hands, then do it that way. But the point is to simply get the new perspectives in your brain.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that my reading list is the best on the planet. Everyone has their own opinions so take it for what it’s worth. But I will happily let you know a few books and audio programs that I truly enjoy and recommend. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith. I have recommended this one from my corporate days as it helped me figure out what in the hell I was doing and how to lead a team that used to be my peers.
The One Thing by Gary Keller–all about prioritization, time management, and the like. It’s a good starting point.
Ask Ryan Levesque–how to ask the questions that will help you better serve your customers. Who doesn’t want to know what to ask and how to benefit from the answers, right?
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill–what can I say about this book? It’s all about mindset and understanding how you can accomplish what you put your mind to if you follow a process.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, which is essentially how to make financial decisions that will help you secure wealth because the way we teach it today in society isn’t the successful path.
Just start with those. Those are some good, general books to get you going and they obviously are a variety of topics.
If you want to do some audio programs, you can never go wrong with Tony Robbins. Now he has books too but with Tony, my personal preference is to listen vs. read so I have his BreakThrough app and I listen to programs on it.
I recommend the Ultimate Edge audio program, which is for self-improvement. I also recommend Personal Power, which is a 30-day program around personal success. Last but not least I would recommend Time of Your Life, which goes with Tony’s RPM (Rapid Planning Method) so you can stop creating to-do lists and actually get crap done.
So there you go. Expand your mind, expand yourself, read, listen, consider other perspectives, try the lessons you learn in these books, take what serves you, stop what doesn’t but the point is to grow!