I love reading.

Books are a great way to learn from experts and grow yourself to become the person you know you can and want to be. Below are a few of my favorites that I have read and reviewed from time to time.

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.
~ Harry S. Truman

  • Go forth and read!

The Icarus Deception – Seth Godin


Isn’t it interesting that we never say, “I am a broken arm’ or‘I am cancer’? We understand that these are things that happen to us, they are not who we are.

And yet we say, “I am afraid,’ and ‘I am a failure.’  Of course afraid isn’t who we are; afraid is something that happened to us. Failure is an event, not a person.

The only thing that’s clearly true is this: “You are an artist.”

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Zero Regrets – Apolo Ohno

zero-regretsIt’s a philosophy not just about sport, but about life. School, business, academics, love – anything and everything. It’s complicated and yet not. You have to figure out who it is you want to be. No what you want to be – who. There has to be a vision, a dream, a plan. Then you chase that with everything you’ve got.

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Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

mans search for meaning

Learning from a Nazi concentration camp survivor on how to find purpose and joy in the midst of pure and absolute Hell on earth was enlightening, to say the least.

Purpose and willpower go hand in hand. The ability to constrain your options for something greater than this moment comes from having a meaningful purpose.

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Getting Things Done – David Allen


For a long time, I lived in the chaos I thought everyone lived under and stopped dreaming and setting goals. The stress was just not worth it. The only redeeming thing from that season of my life is the amount of trees I rescued from death by not making copious amounts of lists.

One day I figured it out, or more accurately, I finally read a book and did what it said.

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15 Laws of Growth – John Maxwell

15-lawsYou have to know yourself to grow yourself.

Understanding the best and worst parts of yourself helps you to know what works, doesn’t work, and what you want to change so you can become more effective.

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