Must Reads

In no particular order...

1.  Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
From the bestselling author of Inner Strength, Unlimited Power, and MONEY Master the Game, Anthony Robbins, a leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life. There is something in this book for everyone.

The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, Anthony Robbins teaches the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.
Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

This book is filled with tips, tricks and concepts that have revolutionized people's lives. And, it could revolutionize yours. Even if you don't ditch your day job, there is a ton of info in here that you can apply to your everyday life now.

3.  Multipliers by Liz Wiseman. A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers, Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders.

Once you start reading this book, you will see the Multipliers and Diminishers you have worked with over the years. You will experience some aha moments.  And, if you use it you can be way more effective at home, at work and in the community.

4.  Blink by Malcom Gladwell. This book revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? 

Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing"-filtering the very few factors that matter the most from an overwhelming number of variables.

5.  Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. A riveting account of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. And a 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.

6.  Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
The advice that dads traditionally give is so commonplace, it seems almost clich├ęd: Go to school and do well. Save your money. Work hard, and financial reward will follow.

What would you say upon learning that dear ol' Dad was dead wrong?

Robert Kiyosaki suggests that perhaps you shouldn't have taken Dad's advice, encouraging a new look at an old financial mind-set. The subtitle of Rich Dad, Poor Dad says it all: "What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money — That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!" Contending that the wealthy have learned to make money work for them, rather than toiling for the almighty dollar, Kiyosaki reveals the secrets to success — his way.

A millionaire himself, Kiyosaki's own experience plays a part in his controversial financial guidebooks. His philosophy — including the assertion that a high income does not a wealthy person make — forms the cornerstone of his remarkable books, and his message is clear: "Take responsibility for your finances or take orders all your life. You're either a master of money or a slave to it." 

7.  You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. A refreshingly entertaining how-to guide by bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero.  She serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you've never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

Entertainment, inspiration and motivation all in one book.

8.  Life Strategies by Dr. Phillip C. McGraw. 
McGraw claims that people in dire situations have serious problems, including denial and choosing initial assumptions without testing them for accuracy. To create a life strategy that works, McGraw lays out his ten "Life Laws." Each chapter begins with one of the life laws: e.g., get real; you create your own experience; people do what works; and life is managed, not cured. He concludes with a wrap-up of a seven-step strategy, working toward set goals.

Dr. Phil can be a bit in your face.  But, life can be that way.  And, some of his advice just what is needed to get you moving and dealing with it.

9.  Mindset by Carol Dweck. A Stanford University psychologist, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. 

People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed.

It doesn't matter who you are the concept of this book can help you. If you are a parent, teacher, coach or manager this is a must to fostering accomplishment in those you lead and teach.

10.  The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet. The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. 

Darren Hardy presents a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress, and achieve any desire. If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you want.

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