A Few Of My Favorite Books

Here’s a list of a few of my favorite books in no particular order. Now, if you’ve listened to my Podcast you know that I’m a big fan of audio-books. I still read physical books but I’ve finally reached the point where I listen to more books than I read. So if you are interested in giving the audio version of any of the below books a try, here’s a Free Audio Book from Audible! If you want more information on the book or want to buy it, just use my affiliate links by clicking on the picture of the book or the Buy from Amazon button below the picture. I hope you get as much growth out of these books as I did!

 

 

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You 

by John C. Maxwell

Growth! You can’t read this book and not grow. I had to read it several times during my John Maxwell Team certification process and I learned something new each time. You’ll learn the 21 Laws and you’ll likely realize how important leadership is in all areas of our lives. When I lead a mastermind group with this book, the group members report experiencing significant growth in just a few short weeks.

 

 

Think and Grow Rich: The Original 

by Napoleon Hill

The author of this book spent 25 years interviewing and researching the wealthiest people on the planet in order to write this book. Once you read this book, you’ll quickly realize that a LOT of the current personal development books, strategies, tools and concepts were likely highly influenced by this book. Quite simply, reading this book changed my life. I believe it can do the same for you.

 

 

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business 

by Charles Duhigg

I’ve learned that our day to day actions often dictate how successful we are in achieving our goals. From there, it doesn’t take long to realize that most of our daily actions are actually the result of habits rather than carefully considered conscious decisions. This book dives into why and how we create our habits and more importantly, how to create new habits to replace our bad habits.

 

 

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

by Simon Sinek

Leadership goes hand in hand with inspiration and influence. This book gets to the root of how and why people are inspired. The examples in the book make it easy to see how so many of us get the equation backward or never truly consider the true equation. Personally, I was reminded just how easy it is to know your why and still communicate the wrong message to those you lead.

 

 

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently  

by John C. Maxwell

This is another John Maxwell book that I love to use for mastermind groups. We’ve all been communicating our whole lives so many people assume that they are good at it. Unfortunately, experience alone doesn’t equal expertise. If you want to learn how to a more effective communicator, this book is a must. And like many John Maxwell books, by the time you get done, you’ll have identified at least a few areas you can work on to continue your personal development.

 

 

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

by Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller is excellent at walking people through a rational argument for believing in God without the typical “because I said so” attitude of too many in Christianity. I honestly believe that asking questions about your faith shouldn’t be taboo. Honest and truthful answers from a caring and understanding person can actually help strengthen faith… even if some of the answers are “I don’t know.” I recommend this book to both Christians and skeptics of Christianity.

 

 

Outwitting the Devil: The Secrets to Freedom and Success 

by Napoleon Hill

I really liked this book. It’s a bit different as it is written as a dialogue between the author and the Devil. As a result, it feels kind of like reading a fiction novel that is also a personal development tool. Originally written as the follow-up book to Think and Grow Rich, the topics addressed in the book were so taboo and controversial at the time that it was just published a few years ago. If you’ve had any issues implementing the strategies in Think and Grow Rich (or reaching any of your goals for that matter), this book can help you confront and address whatever is holding you back.

 

 

The Dip: The Little Book That Teaches You When To Quit (And When To Stick)

by Seth Godin

If you plan to reach your big gigantic goals, realize that there will be some obstacles along the way. This really short book by Seth Godin teaches you how to determine if you should push through the obstacle or quit. In the long run, knowing the difference can save you valuable time, money and energy. All resources that are better devoted to the stick-worthy goals in your life.

 

 

33 Keys to Law School Success: How to Excel In and After Law School 

by Dale Richardson, Esq.

Uhmmm, you didn’t expect me to have a list of my favorite books and not include my own did you?! Lol! This is the book I wish I had before I went to law school. Law school is full of people who are stressed, panicky and focused on all the wrong things. Knowing and focusing on just a few of these keys can be the difference between 3 years of dread, hate and pain versus enjoying a challenging yet rewarding experience and setting yourself up for future success.

 

 

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life

by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

This is a book I’ve recommended to friends who find themselves sacrificing their own well-being for the well-being of others. Too many people who are service minded end up taking care of everyone but themselves. But neglecting to take care of yourself eventually reduces your ability to serve others. If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation (*yup, I’m raising my hand), this book might help.

 

 

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley 

by Malcolm X

I read this book in High School and it quickly became my favorite book. It is the book that helped me internalize the need for continual growth, the desire to remain open-minded, and the hope that I’m courageous enough to change my mind and beliefs when the truth dictates. This autobiography is a reminder that, regardless of our circumstances, it is never too late for any of us to change if we’re brave enough to take the journey.