Start With Why (Portfolio; First Edition edition, 2009)

A very powerful read. This is a great starting point to your success journey. Really in all that you do there should be an underlying reason for doing what you do.  Many of us can say what we do and how we do it; however, the missing piece is why we do it.  This is a must have guide.  Simon has travelled the world spreading his message.  I have had the honor of hearing him live and he is genuine in work.  He also offers a course with that helps individuals discover their why. This is a MUST READ!

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential (Center Street, 2014)

My mentor, John C. Maxwell delivers again in this book. He provides timeless and invaluable principles that will help you be more intentional about your growth. This book is one that is on my reread list annually. You see, John has been on his growth journey for almost 50 years and he has seen many talented individuals never realize their full potential because they fail to pursue intentional growth. Since reading this book, I have connected with different mentors who continue to challenge my mindset. They also hold me accountable as well. I have developed an intentional plan of growth, and the results for my personal and professional journey has been nothing short of amazing.

Your real education process start after you leave all of the formal education they tell you you need to be successful.  The formal education offered at institutions serve only as the foundation of what is to be a continued process.  Below are a few of the Laws John covers in this amazing book.

  • The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
  • The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
  • The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
  • The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be
  • The Law of Contribution: Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop Others

My favorite one is the Law of the Contribution.  Because I am developing myself, I can now develop others. This process is never complete. If you are about growth and living intentionally this book is a must read.

Winning in FastTime: Harness the Competitive Advantage of Prometheus in Business and Life (Montgomery : Venturist Inc, 2001)

My mentor John Warden delivers practical solutions for winning in our uncertain world. This book provides insight into how one of the most decisive victories in modern history, Operation Desert Storm, occurred.   His work has had a worldwide impact in military, in government, in education, an in business. Vietnam combat pilot, author, Air Force Fighter Wing Commander, credited by Norman Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell as the architect of the Desert Storm Air Campaign, Special Assistant to the Vice President of the United States, Commandant of the Air Force’s Command and Staff College, founder of two successful companies, and consultant to some of the world’s great companies – he has capitalized on his studies and experience to create a unique approach to strategy and success applicable wherever competition exists. He offers an in-residence course to learn about this winning practical approach succeeding in business and life.  This is a MUST READ if you are looking to maintain a competitive edge in the 21st Century.

Business Secrets from the Bible: Spiritual Success Strategies for Financial Abundance (Wiley, 2014)

After reading this book I came away with a new vision of how life should be pursued.  If anybody knows how to teach success principles based on the Bible it is Rabbi Daniel Lapin.  He is authentic and holds no punches in helping you uncover God’s plan for your life.  I have read this book multiple times and it has provided me new nuggets of wisdom on how to apply my talents to help others.  There are many that talk about success however, their strategy is not very clear. Rabbi Lapin has provided a very practical guide that if followed will enhance all of your life’s accounts.  This book has served as a catalyst in shifting my mindset. Many popular beliefs that I held for decades about success and prosperity were shattered. I am now on a definite mission to serve as many individuals as I can. I love people!! If you want a change in your outlook on life this book is a must read.

How to Own Your Own Mind (TarcherPerigee, 2017)

It is the most power weapon ever created, it was given to every individual for free, and sadly many elect not to even use it. I am speaking of the mind.  This book explores how one might control his own way of thinking. It also looks as how to sharpens on thinking by forming alliances with others. This is another golden mine for those who are seeking to grow and be success with life. This book is only for those who want to take action and become success. Napoleon Hill does it again with this book. It is a follow on to his best selling Think and Grow Rich book. He shares the proven formula to success in this work. Another MUST READ!!

How to Win Friends and Influence People (Pocket Books, October 1, 1998)

This is by far the best book I have read on being successful with relationships. I know this is a huge  claim; however, the results do not lie. One of my mentors gave me a copy and I have read it more than a half dozen times to ensure I am practicing the timeless principles to win in my daily interactions with individuals. I continue to experience great relationship success.  I highly recommend this book if you want to be successful with people across all areas of life.

Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters (Center Street, 2017)

Drift through life or Live a life of Intentionality? It’s really up to each of us to make the choice. What do you want to be remembered for? I know this questions sounds a bit morbid in nature. However, the truth is we are all going to die and we must live everyday in a way that makes a positive impact. We must grow.  Growth however, does not occur automatically. It is a very deliberate process.

Everyone deep down wants to make a difference in the world, and “Intentional Living: Choosing a Life that Matters,” is the instruction guide for how to make it happen.

As is typical of John’s writing style, he shares a number of simple but very powerful ideas and actions you can take to get some momentum on your mission like; start small but believe big, search until you find your why, add value to others from your sweet spot, connect with like-minded people, and more.

I also enjoy the stories he tells about how he came to prominence in his field, and it should not be a surprise: He got around people like Norman Vincent Peale, W. Clement Stone, Zig Ziglar, etc. and invested in their books, conferences and other resources. He was (and still is) intentional about his personal growth and development and he encourages you to do the same throughout the book.

Man’s Search For Meaning (Beacon Press, June 1, 2006)

Viktor Frankl’s Man Search for Meaning is a awesome read for anyone that is seeking out their purpose on the planet. He shares many stories from his experiences in concentration camps in Nazi Germany. The insights that he share are priceless and will help you put your life in perspective, I know it did for me.  A man who know his why can go through any hell and persevere. There are some stories about many that died, not by the ovens or gas chambers but due to loss of purpose for living. They lost their why.  This is a powerful concept that can be applied even in our society today. Many of us travel through life empty because we do not understand our true mission with life. Life is asking something from each of us, are you listening.  I know I was taught to get the most out of life. Since reading this book, my perspective on life has changed. I now ask what does life want from me. Why did life bring me here.  A MUST READ!!