A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….
During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.
I want to share them with you. (Click to tweet and share with others)
I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.
My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
- Begin with the end in mind
- Relationships are like a bank account, you make deposits and withdrawals
- Sharpening the saw, keep learning and improving your brain
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois Frankel
- Don’t let men shorten your name at the office
- Don’t mother people at the office or you’ll be treated like a mother
Paradox of Choice – Barry Schwartz
- At restaurants, close the menu after you find the 1 dish that you like
- Choices can be evil. Being satisfied with things will make you so much happier than always going for the maximum.
Influence by Robert Cialdini
- People can be influenced in their behaviors by many different tactics
Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
- This book has so many frigging tips I can’t even start. Get it.
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr
- It’s not about how much time you have in your day but how you allocate you energy
- You need to allocate time for yourself to recharge
- Spend time with people that give you more energy
Your Brain at Work by David Rock
- Different ways to organize and prioritize your day to maximize productivity
Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan
- Jealousy is a societal creation and great ways to be aware of why it happens
Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
- Nothing is coincidence
- Fate is what you make of it. ie. go create your own luck
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
- Only the unique get remembered
Permission Marketing by Seth Godin
- No one wants your annoying ass marketing. Get their permission and deliver more than what they expect.
Setting the Table – Danny Meyer
- Create an experience that is like nothing else
- Be authentic to yourself
- Treating the customers exceptionally is the differentiator in business
The Score Will Take Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
- Focusing on doing the right processes and the outcome will take care of itself
- Keep your lockers / desks clean and it’ll reflect in other parts of your life
Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink
- Great hacks on ways to reduce calories instead of just trying new diet fads
- Hide the food you don’t want to eat
- Put out the portions of food you want instead of just eating from the bag
- Using science / data to make decisions / impacts on our eating habits instead of opinions
The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
- Be conscious / present when you are interacting in life
- Spend time with the people that are honest and make your life better
Women who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood
- Love yourself first and you can be loved
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
- Healthy selfishness is a great thing.
These books reflect a full life, not just business.