Favorite and Featured Books


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Top 10 Books I Enjoyed Reading in 2013

1. 48 days to the work you love.” Great for anyone looking for a career/job change. Dan Miller also does a weekly podcast. Different perspective on job hunting. (Book #1)

2.  “Fight less, Love more: 5-Minute Conversations to Change Your Relationship without Blowing Up or Giving In.” I’m adding this to my marriage readiness program of recommended reading. One take-away is the “5 Vital Habits” (to tame rudeness). 1. Greetings: Hello/Good-bye. 2. Say, “good morning.” 3. Say, “Good night.” 4. “I love you for (fill in the blank). 5. A daily compliment/appreciation. It is a New Year and a good time to be aware of practicing good habits that build strong relationships. (Book #2)

3. “Tribes: We need you to lead us.” Highlights: One person w/ a consistent vision can change the status quo. Leaders are not just at the top, they are on the streets where the action is. Leaders can ignite a micro movement and then be propelled by the people who choose to follow it. The two factors needed to make a tribe: shared interest and a way to communicate. *Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.* (Book #15)

4. “The Noticer”: An easy read about the value of perspective. Highlights: A true friend holds you to higher standards; Worry and fear are a misuse of creative imagination. Worry focuses on the wrong things; Seeds of depression cannot take root in a grateful heart; Forgiveness is about the past. Trust and respect are about the future; Become a person others want to be around, others are a source of opportunities and encouragement. **In desperate times (crisis), folks need perspective. Perspective brings calm. Calm leads to clear thinking. Clear thinking yields new ideas.** (Book #30)

5. “Luxury of Less.” Minimize your demands to maximize your life. There are five key areas: Health, Wealth, Relationships, Experiences, and The Void. 30-Day Challenges (10) are given to jump start simplifying your life (e.g. Drink only water, eliminate processed foods, start your own business). Highlights: Wealth= Never worrying about basic necessities; Starting Own Business= find the cross-section of what you love and what people would pay you for; You can create informational websites if you don’t want to create a product or blog (*note to self*); Everyday, work toward improving what you’re doing and affecting more people (*great life mantra*); Relationships = spending time with people who don’t contribute to your growth leads to stagnation and regression; Make friends with yourself so you’ll never be alone; Have deeper conversations with less people; Don’t grow relationships with superficial limitations. (Book #32)

6.  “The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business” – We make deliberate choices and then go on auto-pilot because that is how the brain saves energy. Loop of: cue – routine – reward. Highlights: Pregnant women and new parents are the cash cow of retail… “There is almost no more profitable, product-hungry, price insensitive groups in existence.” Life change (new baby) increases new habits (vulnerability to persuasion). Translation: marketers have new parents by the balls. (Book #34)

7.  “Start”: The starting line is the only one you control. Decide not to be average, be awesome. Awesome is a journey through 5 lands: Learning, Editing, Mastering, Harvesting, and Guiding. I’ve realized that I started to do some editing by focusing on what I love and removing what no longer belongs (purging!). Paying attention to the things that bring joy and excitement. (Book#35)

8.“Platform: Get noticed in a noisy world”; Bursting into actively using social media to build a platform is overwhelming. I started this book months ago and stopped. All the advice implied I actually needed take action. When I signed up to blog, I returned to this book. Great for beginner bloggers. Advice of how to avoid rookie mistakes and be consistent in branding. Building a platform takes time, strategy, and courage to be fully exposed. Great resources. TIPS for Blogging: Figure out a theme/purpose. Write quality content. Be consistent with frequency. Comment on other blogs. Guest post to create exposure. The next step is Twitter…oye! My first step: Start Blog. Theme: Wisdom of life lessons served in bite-sized pieces for busy people.  (Book #37)

9.  “Living the 80/20 Way” (follow-up book from The 80/20 Principle). Highlights: Create habits that have payoffs (i.e. exercise gives me more energy in the morning). We use technology to do everything faster. But in racing against the clock, all we do is stress ourselves out; Stop pretending to be interested in things that bore you; The modern world overloads us. We keep trying to keep up with so many things. We make zillions of little decisions; Becoming different requires editing, subtraction, focus. We become dissimilar by focusing on our distinctive and authentic parts; Happiness requires active participation in things we value; Edit our lives. Cut out unsatisfying meetings, travel, relationships. If something’s not going anywhere, stop; Let’s dump the many things in life that absorb our energy but give almost nothing back; Be stingy and economical with your energy. (Book #44)

10.  “10-10-10 Rule” Make decisions with some perspective. Look at what will be the impact in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years. Sometimes the guilt of disappointment in 10 minutes, will not matter in 10 months. Other times a small decision over time will have a greater impact in 10 years that we may not have seen. Good tool for anyone who wrestles with guilt, indecision, or worry. (Book #112)


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