Last year I made it a goal to read more and it for sure was one of the goals I knocked out of the park. one thing I learned, is reading has a much bigger impact on my thoughts and actions than I previously realized. A lot of what I read was in what many would call the self -help genre and that is pretty much where I have immersed myself the last few years. he Bible would be about the only one). Some of the books I read came as gifts some came through web searches and some came through Saturday strolls through the thrift store. Some are hard to put down and some are hard to get through. I am writing this post to share some of the books that made the biggest impact on me in 2016. Many of us have hectic schedules and at first thought you may say to yourself, I don’t have time to read. I mean the house isn’t quiet enough, there’s always something going on, there’s just not enough time in the day. I’m here to tell you no matter what you have going on there’s plenty of time for reading. Search for and identify daily habits that amount to a waste of time and replace them with reading. For me, First thing in the morning and right before bed work great. I also keep whatever I’m reading with me in case a get a moment to read during lunch or other times throughout the day. If you are a current reader I don’t mean to preach to the choir. These are some of my 2017″Gotta Reads” I hope they inspire you like they’ve inspired me.
Parenting Tip: We many times teach our kids the importance of doing certain things without showing them the importance through our own actions. I have been guilty of this so many times. If we are going to tell our children reading is important they should see and know us to be regular readers. Don’t let reading be seen as a punishment make sure the kids enjoy it and understand it to be necessary. The impact this will have on their life is priceless (I take that back it literally could be the difference in college cost coming for your pockets and a scholarship).
The Success Principles(TM) – 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield
The success Principles by Jack Canfield is a book that I received as a gift several years ago. Receiving this book was pivotal for me. Although, it didn’t work like magic, it open my eyes to the world of possibilities and it caused me to think about success and personal development in a way that i never had before. I have read this book twice now and I will probably read it several more times in the future. It’s one of those books you can grab something new from every time you read it. It’s also one of those books whose principles can be used as a compass for getting where you want to be. When I feel like I am losing focus as it pertains to my goals I find myself picking this book up and within days I am refocused. No matter how crazy it feels or sounds follow the instructions and watch what happens. I promise you will be amazed at the shift your heart mind and actions will take.
Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God Paperback by Bob Kauflin
Worship Matters was a book given to me by the Minister of Music at the church I attend. When I started this book I really didn’t know what to expect but it truly changed the way I approach worship. I sing in the choir at church and have enjoyed singing since I was a child. Worship matters is a book that I would recommend to anyone seeking to take your worship to a higher level. It goes much deeper than sights and sounds, It gets to the heart of the matter.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
This book was hands down the most eye opening book for me in 2016. Michelle Alexander so eloquently and methodically breaks down the veil that has been placed over justice in our country. If you want to truly understand problems of the justice system and the underlying root of the problems. This is a book that can’t be overlooked. I would recommend this book to any and every one living in the United States of America during these tumultuous times. If you are passionate about seeing a change in the justice system and you find it hard to explain and piece together how it’s broken when discussing injustice in your day to day living this is the book for you. If you get tired of hearing people talk about Civil Rights and injustice in a country you feel has completely escaped the grip of bigotry and racism and you just don’t understand this book is also for you. I like to say, if you don’t understand after reading this book you really don’t want to understand. If you want to be aware and a catylyst for change as it pertains to criminal justice reform you have got to read this one. I would also recommend that you put this book in the hands of the young people in your life as well. The knowledge contained in it is just that powerful.
The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John
The power of broke caught my attention while doing a little research on Daymond John. His story is truly amazing and is a testament to the fact that hard work, perseverance, and an unrelenting grind brings about the accomplishment of goals and the fulfillment of dreams. In this book the stories of several successful entrepreneurs are highlighted and the one thing they all have in common is Having their backs against the wall. They all went for broke. Everyone of them came to a point where they had to make the decision to cower and give up or double down on their dreams. As you will find out Being Broke can be a powerful motivator for those that refuse to make it a way of life. This book was like a major dose of encouragement for me and I recall many of its stories when I second guess my vision. If you are on a mission to accomplish the great things you have dreamed about this is a book you should definitely read. Many times it’s easy to daydream and fantasize about all the great things we want out of life but we seldom think about the hard times that are likely to surely come on the way. The Power of Broke can definitely serve to let you know many have been where you are before, refuse to tap out and power through even if no one else sees or believes.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferris
After the first couple of chapters of this book I was left with one word, Wow! Timothy Ferris makes some amazing moves. Although, I haven’t been able to make the leaps he made just yet this book made me excited about the possibilities. It’s the type of book that put me on edge in a good way. I mean you really have to read this one with caution. I had to tell my wife if I come home tomorrow with a food trailer don’t kill me just be ready to go along for the ride. This book is full of tips and info that will get you closer to living the life the title speaks of. If you want to see a real example of taking life by the balls and going at it with all you’ve got definitely pick tis book up and keep it close for reference.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
Creativity Inc. was great from start to finish I read this book nonstop after starting it. From lunch breaks to every single moment of stillness I got while attending Science Olympiad with my son. It is a trove of invaluable information. If you have the need to be a better manager this is a book you have to read. This book gives an inside look at the founding of Pixar Animation and how it grew from a division of Lucas Films to being owned by Steve Jobs to being owned by Disney. Need I say more? It’s the kind of book you really should keep around. I am seriously gonna start it again after I fish this post. I had never heard of Ed Catmull before reading this book but the wisdom that he has when it comes to creative management and just management in general is evident in every single page.
All of these books added to me as a person and as a professional and I believe 100% they can and will do the same for you. If you have made it this for. Thank You
Til Next Time