Favorites of 2018

Favorites of 2018

Hope your 2018 has been great.

Mine had some ups and downs… but I’m really excited for 2019!

In 2 weeks, I’ll share how we plan for our businesses in 2019. Plus my personal goals.

For now, I want to share my favorite things this year. And I want learn from you what you liked most…

Books

Power of Full Engagement: One of my favorite books ever. It’s not about your time, it’s about your energy. I read my favorite books again this year. Why not keep doing what works? The main things discussed in this book are how to maximize your energy and optimize recovery.

Outwitting the Devil. I found this book on a reddit list of the most underrated books you haven’t read. This turned out to be PHENOMENAL. It’s not about manifesting, but solid advice about creating plans, avoiding “drifting”, and achieving your own success.

Rise and Kill First: I’m shocked this book was released. It shares unbelievable stories about Israel secret intelligence and perseverance.

Evicted: One of Bill Gates’ favorite books this year. Surprising insights into the lives of people who were evicted. I make a lot of assumptions about these people. Turns out I was wrong WHY they get evicted.

My new book — Things Rich People Won’t Tell You. I’ve been working hard on this. It’s coming soon, keep an eye on your inbox...

Documentaries

Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling: I found this when reading about Mac Miller. He quoted the show about Gary saying, “Just be Gary!” It’s a bit dark of a documentary, and you may not have heard of Gary as a comedian. I took a lot out of the show, and liked the parts about how he used his work to learn more about himself.

City of Gold: I’ve been a lot in LA this year, and Jonathan Gold is THE food critic of the city. He passed away unfortunately but his insights are very fun to watch.

Pressure Cooker: Tim Ferriss mentioned this one to me in passing. I love movies like this and the chess one where it shows kids achieving despite challenging circumstances.

Articles

Joe Lamont running his $2 billion secret software empire: Click here to read this awesome article. I am not encouraging everything he does, but I appreciate people who are thinking differently.

Music

Mac Miller - Swimming (Spotify link): I cried a lot about Mac this year. I felt like I personally should have helped him in a weird way. This album is insane. Listen to it a few times from beginning to end. His progression as an artist is inspiring, and I’m bummed he couldn’t create more magic in the world.

Meek Mill - Championships (Spotify link): If going to jail would produce albums like this, then I’m off to commit a crime. He came back swinging bigger than ever! The rawness of the tracks and the smoothness of the beats are very impressive.

Self-care items

Neutrogena sunscreen face sticks: I use these everyday. If you care about not looking wrinkly I found these sticks are the easiest way to put lotion / sunblock on my face.

Youtheory collagen: As I’m getting older I want to keep my youthful skin. Ha. Anyways, my friends at AppSumo recommend this, and I “think” it’s working in keeping my skin less wrinkled.

Natural Vitality magnesium: I got my blood tested to see if I was low in anything. I’m low in almost everything, jk. But supposedly most of us are low in magnesium, and it helps put us to sleep. Even if it’s placebo, I enjoy taking it as a positive habit to say it’s bedtime (and this will help you sleep better).

Best items under $50

Mesh Bag: This is very helpful for holding dirty clothes, things that are wet, or for washing my boxing wraps.

Dual Charger:  Very handy when traveling, or at home for slim fitting and able to charge 2 devices at once.

Mattress pad cover: I’ve been traveling a lot, and this is a great hack to make any bed WAY more comfortable for a very low price. Throw on top. Done.

Layla pillows: You spend 30% of your WHOLE life sleeping, why not make it as a great as possible? I’ve tried a lot of pillows and these are my new favorite. H/t Dave Hauser on these.

Phone car holder: Makes life SO much easier when you get a rental car. I gift these to a lot of my friends who hold their phones when they drive.

Auxiliary retractable cables: I LOVE these cables. I carry this in my travel bag, and they come in handy so often in rental cars and rental houses.

What have been your favorite things in 2018?

Leave a comment and I’ll buy 1 person 1 of my favorite items of the year. 😉

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100 responses to “Favorites of 2018”

Mike Doyle
January 18, 2019 at 12:22 pm

Just ordered the Layla pillow.

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David S Hestrin
January 7, 2019 at 2:56 am

Thanks! I will buy some nice things here now thanks to ya Noah! Someday, I will offer you a taco you won't refuse.

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Josh Waggoner
January 3, 2019 at 9:35 am

Great list! Check out Mac Miller's Tiny Desk Concert from NPR.

Podcasts:
The Drive: Peter Attia
Let's Know Things: Colin Wright
Unattended Consequences: Patrick Rothfuss (author of Name of The Wind [my fav series]) + Max Temkin (cards against humanity)

Music:
Saba
The Midnight
HONNE
Jon Bellion

BOOOOKS:
Solve for Happy: Mo Gawdat
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work: Jason Fried + DHH
Almost Everything — Thoughts on Hope: Anne Lamott

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Shaqir Hussyin
December 27, 2018 at 8:14 pm

Apple Airpods - best $150 spent by my wife.

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Jason Kidwell
December 23, 2018 at 7:07 am

Wow! Watching Pressure Cooker movie and instantly more motivated to succeed. Most do not have the opportunities most have!! Terrific suggestion, Tacohead

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Noah Kagan
December 25, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Thanks JK. Glad you enjoyed it amigo 🙂

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Jason Kidwell
December 23, 2018 at 7:00 am

City of Gold documentary is Real Gold

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Melissa T Mosley
December 22, 2018 at 8:48 pm

Great list! That car phone holder would have been a great thing for the person who just crashed into my car to have. Watch the road not your phone!

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Pablo
December 22, 2018 at 7:34 pm

Great book selection Noah! I have a Evernote list of recommended books.

My word for 2019 is PARTICIPATE. Which is yours?

Have a great day Noah!

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aaron pinkham
December 22, 2018 at 1:49 am

Hey Noah,

Cheers for the recommends!

I read hillbilly elegy and evicted one after the other last summer here in NZ.

Both really good, but so bleak:(

The charger looks cool, so simple!

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Shawn
December 21, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Purple Mattress - My wife hates it but it’s improved my sleep 150%. Thats my tip. Thanks for sharing Noah!

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Sveta
December 21, 2018 at 10:30 am

Hey Noah! I really enjoyed the last 4 (?) episodes about your ayahuasca experience. Listening to it was so much fun. 2018 for me was a year of personal discovery, I started to see a therapist and lots of stuff came out during the sessions...and I'm so into subconscious and how much is in there that we don't even know, some deep emotions, behavioral patterns and just the way we live and see the world. My fav books this year: Toxic Parents by Susan Forward, The Drama of the Gifted Child and For Your Own Good by Alice Miller (the last one is particularly powerful as you can see why Hitler became who he was and where all this drama is rooted) and Women who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Thanks again for everything you do and share, hope 2019 will bring new discoveries and experiences! Sveta

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Noah Kagan
December 23, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Sveta

That's awesome you had a lot of growth this year. Thanks for the book suggestions.

I am glad you liked the episodes.

Make 2019 epic 🙂

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Kyle Reed
December 21, 2018 at 8:57 am

Favorite things this year:

Book - The way of the superior man
Great book that is very practical but also thinks in ways I have not heard.

Documentary: More of a series, but Shot in the Dark on Netflix was very fascinating. Tells the story of guys who capture footage of overnight stories in LA for news stations. First episode was capturing and was crazy.

Best item under $50:
-Aeropress (coffee while I am traveling)
-Syba Sonic Headphone Amplifier ($46) run my speakers through it and love having it.

Music:
Bears Den (perfect for working and focus)

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Noah Kagan
December 23, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Thanks for the doc suggest amigo, checking it out!

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Wendy Reese Hartmann
December 21, 2018 at 7:27 am

It’s pretty tough to choose just one but I’d say Eureka Springs, AR. We move here this year and most days are a lot like a cross between Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Ozark and A River Runs Through It. I also fell in love with Crystal Bridges and Walton Family Foundation (tough thing because I still have mixed feelings about WalMart) both have brought invaluable gifts to Northwest Arkansas. Books: Wisdom Walking by Gil Stafford, This Is Marketing by Seth Godin, I Wonder As I Wander by Langston Hughes, and Travels With Charley in Search of America ( this one per Tim Ferris’s and particularly relevant some 60 years later). Music is impossible but huge shout out to WFUV in NYC (I am a meme bee who supports because they have an app and introduce me to amazing music). Stuff: Butcher Box and a fuzzy exercise ball cover from Dreamweavers in Eureka Springs. It adds another dimension for instability on the ball which I use of my office chair but it’s pretty and the texture is sensual and calming- a bonus for upleveling creativity while decreasing stress.

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Bradley
December 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm

Love the book recommendations.

This might be NSFW...but one of my best buys this year was an enema kit from Amazon. It's under $50 and has countless health benefits (just Google it Noah, I dare you!).

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Noah Kagan
December 23, 2018 at 12:06 pm

haha. I hate this suggestion but I kinda like this at the same time.

Thanks BM!

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Daniel Zahler
December 20, 2018 at 9:11 pm

Pressure Cooker is great - directed by my friend Jennifer Grausman!

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Noah Kagan
December 23, 2018 at 12:07 pm

So cool DZ. Loved the video.

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Kristin
December 20, 2018 at 8:12 pm

Since I was laid off earlier this year and have yet to secure full time employment, I enjoyed reconnecting with things I already have! I got back trying to learn guitar, broke out my drum set and started messing with that again, learned more about my camera and still working on taking better pictures, and reading free Kindle books...just finished Bitter Brew. My scanner has also been one of my favorite things, for my mom's Christmas present I am digitizing and (somewhat) organizing all the family pictures! I hope you have a great 2019!

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Ryan Mammina
December 20, 2018 at 4:45 pm

Napolean Hill - same guy who wrote Think and Grow Rich - was a notorious scammer. I still like his books though https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-untold-story-of-napoleon-hill-the-greatest-self-he-1789385645

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Noah Kagan
December 23, 2018 at 12:08 pm

I saw that article and maybe he was or wasn't....

BUT you can still learn from peeps and I did a lot through outwitting the devil book.

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Charles Bohannan
December 20, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Thanks Noah for this list. I don't take time to read other people's blogs much but I decided this one was a good investment of time.

My product recommendation of the year is a "Field Notes" notebook. It's basically a tiny, tan-colored softcover notebook that fits into any pocket, ready to capture your passing business ideas, observation and schemes. (Amazon: Field Notes Original Kraft Notebook 3-Pack)

I like Field Notes because I've been traveling the world this year and I decided to ditch the pomp and circumstance of my more serious and much heavier black hardcover Moleskine notebook. HUGE weight and space saver, I tell you.

I've gotten Field Notes wet a few times, kinda stained but not ruined the writing, and thankfully didn't break down the paper. I think there are fancier waterproof options out there but for now I'm pretty happy. There's also a printed 5-in. ruler on the inside back cover that has come in real handy for measuring things abroad when you're fed up with the metric system.

Bonus pairing item: Uni-Ball Jetstream Retractable Ball Point Pens, 0.7mm, Black Ink.

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Lee
December 20, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Mac Miller, Thanks for the recommendation Noah, I entertained guests with this tonight. I enjoyed the gently lulling sounds.it creaps over you, until you find yourself tap you feet and grooving. Cheers have a restful holiday. Lee

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Noah Kagan
December 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Completely! This last album was insane.

It keeps getting better the more times I listen to it.

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Ankesh Kothari
December 20, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Buying the Aseema baby carrier has been the best purchase this year! Looking forward to your book Noah!

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Kelly
December 20, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Power of Full Engagement is a favorite here too!

My 2018 faves include the Insight Timer app (free) where I'm on a 250 day streak of meditating. Works offline too which is great for travel.

Best book was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Most used purchase was a $200 Epson V600 scanner which let me digitize over 4,000 family photos in just a couple months. Great quality and can do 4 or 8 at once, depending on size. Now that everything is digital I'm trying to catch up on the past and albums full of family memories.

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Sean Weas
December 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Sounds kind of pedestrian, but my two favorite things I purchased this year, that really paid off, were Apple AirPods and an Audible subscription.

I walk my dog religiously (at least 3 times a day) and the simplicity of the AirPods in conjunction with my phone + Audible has been incredible.

As some one who aspires to read more, but never seems to find quiet time to read, this was an easy way to 'read' while also keeping up my health and making my pup happier. Triple win.

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Kamber Sokulsky
December 20, 2018 at 11:42 am

Hi Noah. I didn't even know who you are when we met recently in November (in Austin, at a 'sound healing ceremony' at my friend's house. I think you know what I'm talking about.) I liked your energy the moment we met. Strangely, I felt like I have known you a 100 years (but seriously, had NO idea who you are.) After looking you up, I think you are one of the most fascinating people I know. It is (maybe?) bizarre as I have been looking more into utilizing my writing skills and developing those into ways for me to make a different type of living than I have in the past. (For the record, I do NOT believe in coincidences!) and was actually asking for guidance IN the ceremony I speak of. Hmmmmm……? I would love to have that book "Outwitting the Devil". j Pretty sure Santa isn't bringing it, so would be happy if YOU decided to send it! I think I truly need it. I probably need it more than tacos. (and though I live in CO now, I AM from Austin, so we BOTH know what THAT means!) Plus, it was just recently my birthday, so what better reason to send me a book? Plus, I also outran the Devil this last year (cancer) and realized I have so much more to live for in life. I have been a visual artist/ blacksmith/ sculptor for many years now, but am changing the direction of my life. I am going back to writing and need some real solid inspiration! If you are ever in Boulder/Denver area, I won't take you out for tacos, but I WILL make you the best tacos of your life! (I also used to be a personal chef, and MY tacos RULE over everyone elses' in THIS state, anyway). So if that doesn't bribe you.... er… I mean "convince" you that I am to be the "chosen" one, hey, what can I say? Cheers! Kamber P.S. Love your blog! You crack me up!

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david kelly
December 20, 2018 at 11:10 am

Hi, all! A few of you have asked about how to get Noah's new book. We’ve closed pre-orders, but we'll let you know when it’s available again... 🙂

-David at Team Dork

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Jake Bernstein
December 20, 2018 at 11:08 am

Your new book sounds interesting. Any place I can find more details?

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Solomon
December 20, 2018 at 11:04 am

Burning Patchouli and orange essential oil. A spiritualist recommended it. It helps me with confidence. Especially, when I'm focused on hitting a goal.

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Jason Levi
December 20, 2018 at 10:44 am

Good stuff, Noah! I'm going to make my own list to share on social for my friends but here's a sample, no links cause that feels spammy but everything's on amazon (duh)

Therapeutica cervical pillow - $95- I almost had neck surgery because of pain/bulging discs last year and I think this pillow had a lot to do with my recovery enough to skip the scalpel. It's funky looking, expensive, and takes a while to get used to but pain is gone and I've never slept better.

That collagen looks like a hair gel container, are you sure you're not eating hair gel again? I second the importance of putting sunscreen on your face every day, I use an Aveeno lotion with it every day (it rubs the lotion on its skin...)

Playstation VR / Aim controller / Firewall: Zero hour: about $280 all together but you can find everything used for less. I know putting a game on a list is trivial but if I'm making a list of things that make me consistently go "woahhhh" this VR stuff is AMAZING, and the hardware is ALMOST good. I think the next gen of this gear is going to be insane and have practical uses outside of gaming.

Magnetic car vent-mount for phone-- absolute life saver in rentals as you mentioned

Book: Tony Robbins --Unshakable - It's also a "things rich white people won't tell you about your retirement account." Things like for every 1% of fees you pay reduces your retirement savings by a DECADE.

Book: Scott Adams --How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big -- It's about the process and what you learned while failing that's important. And combining skill sets. I didn't dig the last 1/3 of the book where he plays nutritionist but you can always skip that.
Scott's writing style is SO good and easy to read, I breezed through this because I couldn't put it down.

Now I'm gonna make the rest of my list to share with my friends on social- great idea. Take care bro!

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Noah Kagan
December 25, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Great to see your name amigo. Pick 1 of the items amigo and I’ll order it for you 🙂

Happy Holidays!

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Kris
December 20, 2018 at 10:43 am

Hey Noah, I bought Atomic Habits on the back of your recommendations. Glad I did, it’s a real life changer! Still amazed how it didn’t make the book list ? Happy New Year buddy!

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david kelly
December 20, 2018 at 10:31 am

What's up, Philip! Pre-orders are now closed. Hang tight, they’ll open again. 😉 -David at Team Dork.

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GG
December 20, 2018 at 10:27 am

Glad you caught on to Evicted. One powerful story after another on the housing mess for lower income people.

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Anonymous
December 20, 2018 at 10:06 am

Wow ... I also bought a Down mattress topper and pillows (Parachute). They have been amazing and helped me sleep so much better! I bought a phone holder too and started keeping the phone in Drive Mode to eliminate distractions.

My Favorite Things of 2018

1. Philz Coffee - Silken Splendor, found this at my local grocery store and immediately declared it the best cup of coffee I have ever had. https://www.philzcoffee.com/our-story

2. Switched from Android back to Apple to take back some privacy ... also started using a handful of alternative paid cloud services that use end-to-end encryption to keep data safe and secure. I'm starting to get used to using Duck Duck Go ...

3. Dosist Pens - Voted by Time Magazine as one of the Top 25 Inventions. I'm a light weight when it comes to smoking weed and honestly do not like to get "high". However, "micro dosing" is something I have gotten behind ... these pens give a measured amount of your chosen blend. "Calm", is almost all CBD with just a touch of THC. It will slow you down and help you focus without the side effect of being intoxicated. "Relief" will help you go to sleep on those nights that your mind just won't stop going full speed. https://dosist.com

Looking forward to your new book!

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Tatiana
December 20, 2018 at 9:53 am

My favorite thing this year was my son coming out of the hospital completely healthy, after spending 40 days there fighting a serious disease...

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AshC
December 20, 2018 at 9:30 am

I am intrigued by the dual charger.. neat!

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Daddy
December 20, 2018 at 9:26 am

The movie Bohemian Rhapsody

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Joy Curry
December 20, 2018 at 9:21 am

Love the movie trailers..added them to my movie list. A few of the books are also must reads. thanks for sharing! Your shares are infrequent but worth reading. I desire to receive a gift from you! 🙂 For real.

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Miranda
December 20, 2018 at 9:16 am

Hey, the stuff you recommend are really cool, some things I never thought about but make so much sense. My favorite on the list are the mattress pad cover (ingenious, brilliant), dual charger (really, whyever not?) Books, movies and music I'll be checking them out.

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Jack Morrissette
December 20, 2018 at 9:15 am

I love how diverse this list is! Mac Miller to Jonathon Gold and beyond. Hence the reason why this is one of the very few email list I stay subscribed too as you always offer content that is anything but predictable!

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Paul
December 20, 2018 at 9:11 am

I really like the book recommendations. If I can make on e back it is: https://www.amazon.com/Mossad-Greatest-Missions-Israeli-Service/dp/0062123416/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1545318562&sr=8-1&keywords=massad It might cover some of the same ground as Rise And Kill First.

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Greg
December 20, 2018 at 9:11 am

Glad you put Mac's album on there. If you haven't already check out his "Spotify Singles" he recorded over the summer. It's just him and a piano, really beautifully done.

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todd averyhart
December 20, 2018 at 9:02 am

Greetings! 2018 was a blur. Onward and Upward. Here are a few favorites for me in 2018 in no particular order:
Food:
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings. I know, I know I'm late. Better than never.
Heinens Chicken Noodle Soup. If you are ever in Cleveland Ohio (be nice) go by the local grocery chain and pick up a container. Not certain if crack is an ingredient but I am addicted.
Self Help:
Meditation. In my personal quest to be my best friend, this oldie but goodie brings another level of peace and calm.
Music:
Park Legend by Salazar Skurlock. Skurlock a.k.a. Big B is an underground veteran in the music game. His new release of fan favorites gave me life. While I have always been a fan, the latest project reminded me of why I fell in love with hip hop. Pittsburgh, Texas, I salute you!
Health:
Protandim Nrf2 Supplements. Heard of oxidative stress? Well this little gem works from within your body to help fight free radicals and protect against oxidative stress. Only supplement known to reduce cellular stress by an average of 40% in 30 days.
Relaxation:
LICK: A Very Adult Coloring Book. The title pretty much sums it up. Coloring has always been therapeutic for me yet this is a different level. I was gifted by a friend and enjoy so much I've purchased an additional 10 as stocking stuffers. The author actually used real models and turned them into illustrations. Doooope.
I could go on but don't want to be labeled a "comment hog." Blessings to All. Hugs!

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Lain
December 20, 2018 at 9:01 am

Bombas running socks! I saw them advertised in my Facebook feed forever. They are a little pricey, so I was not sure… But several friends told me they love them. When I read that they had a washer guarantee, I was hooked! If one of your socks gets lost in the laundry, they will send you a new pair!

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Todd Denen
December 20, 2018 at 9:00 am

Going to watch Pressure Cooker tonight.... The new book, Things Rich People Won’t Tell You, sounds great too, Thanks!

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Lenny Gale
December 20, 2018 at 8:57 am

Klean Kanteen water bottle.

Great with the lid on. Better with the lid off (for chugging).

Classic 27 oz is the one you want and all you need.

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Alicia Bostic
December 20, 2018 at 8:55 am

That magnesium stuff is no joke. I love it. My favorite purchase this year was the Alexa echo thing. I bought at least 10 and gifted them. She controls all my lights and plugs now. It’s great.

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Jordan
December 20, 2018 at 8:52 am

Hey Noah! I love this list and you. Can you provide more details about how to preorder your book?

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Solo
December 20, 2018 at 8:50 am

Cool list, I really can't wait to see how you plan for the year. I love you Noah...

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Shane Wilson
December 20, 2018 at 8:50 am

My God is faithful. Keep up the good work and thanks for all you do!

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Matthew Baya
December 20, 2018 at 8:42 am

Thought of another thing that's made a big difference in my life this past year, but it's a website not an item. http://privacy.com/ Lets you make custom virtual credit cards that lock to a single vendor, can have spending limits set or can be set to only work once. No fees charged, it just works. I have it set to txt me whenever a card is used. Can't believe major credit card companies don't offer this type of service after all the recent hacks.

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Deanna
December 20, 2018 at 8:41 am

Love the book recommendations! Long drive today to Canada for Christmas! Downloading a couple of them now 🙂 Hope you enjoy your holidays!

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Michael
December 20, 2018 at 8:39 am

Noah is one of my most favorite people that I have never met.

If you surround yourself with positive, helpful, aspirational people all the wonderful possibilities of life do come true.

This is a great Best Of list, I know because some of the items I already have/use and I can vouch that they will make an immediate improvement to your life.

I have unsubscribed from 95% of my mailing lists in the past few months, but Noah's List and the Sumo list will stay forever, because even just seeing Noah's name in the From Header in the Inbox makes me smile and puts me in a positive can-do mindset to get the results I want out of my life.

Here's to an "Happy and Unlimited New Year 2019" to Noah, his team, and all the follow commenters on this page!

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Matthew Baya
December 20, 2018 at 8:28 am

Magnetic Key Holder – https://www.amazon.com/Magnetic-Savvy-Home-Keychain-Installation/dp/B01IU5EKAW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1525972987&sr=8-2&keywords=light+switch+key+magnet - These are really just screws that fit in your existing lightswitch screw holes, but the heads are super magnetic and strong enough to hold large key chains. We bought these kind of on a whim but we use them everyday. Super cheap yet super useful.

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Daren
December 20, 2018 at 8:10 am

Someone else mentioned something similar.... Freedom.to (no affiliation) is a customizable website blocker for my desktop that I use and love. Oh and Puesto in San Diego has amazing tacos.

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Jay Papasan
December 20, 2018 at 8:07 am

Good list, Noah. Checking out Evicted and the pillows. Time for a bedding upgrade. Holler if you want advanced feedback on your book.

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Lukas
December 20, 2018 at 8:06 am

My favorite item of the year is actually free. It is called the sun. Especially in the morning. Makes every supplement unnecessary and gives me inspiration, good thoughts and energy 🙂

And my second favorite thing I actually bought is deuterium depleted water. After years of fatigue it really charged up my cells and actually makes me feel (and maybe look) younger.

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Jon
December 20, 2018 at 7:58 am

My favorite item of the year is also related to travel. I picked it up at the airport in Krakow. It's a memory foam seat cushion which is perfect for airplanes and trains. It makes a huge difference and it's easy to attach to the outside of my carry-on or "personal item" so I don't feel the wrath of the stickler gate agents. You can condense it in size and it always bounces back because it's made of memory foam.

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Taco Cat
December 20, 2018 at 7:50 am

Your new book sounds interesting. This interview gives hints of that ultra rich lifestyle as it relates to health and financial services.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=CnM-gTP9JzM

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bhavesh
December 20, 2018 at 7:48 am

Reg Dual Charger - Try the 4 USB Port direct plug in adaptors....

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Sakani D'Angeles
December 20, 2018 at 7:38 am

Thanks Noah!

That book about the power of full engagement sounds interesting. 2018 was distracting and 2019 seems as if it is going to be even more so.

I recently added a facebook, vk, and youtube recommendation blocker... Wow... It feels like I ended a relationship that was slowly wearing me out!

Excited to end this year with less distractions.

The spoils go to the focused yes!?

Sakani D'Angeles

P.S. Henry's Puffy Tacos... 🙂 Best Tacos south of Austin in San Antonio.

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Lucy
December 20, 2018 at 7:18 am

So many things to try or read, where to begin? I think I’ll start with the pillows so I can sleep on it!

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Ericka Bates
December 20, 2018 at 7:15 am

Hey Noah!
This post just helped me find another Napoleon Hill book, which I've already looked up on YouTube. I sometimes listen to books first before I buy them. Thanks Noah and may you enjoy your entire
New Year!

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Ann Zaprazny
December 20, 2018 at 7:06 am

Sweet list - thank you for sharing.
I would say my favorite thing for 2018 is I finally bought an apple pencil and a note pad ap - no more real note books for me . Much easier to keep client notes, etc

Wishing you all the best for the new year.

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Ahmarr
December 20, 2018 at 7:06 am

The 2017 13 in MacBook Pro has been my favorite thing of 2018. I purchased it in March and have been obsessed with it ever since!!

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Emmett
December 20, 2018 at 7:00 am

That phone holder for the car looks awesome. Would be nice for when I want to listen to the podcast while driving to work.

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George
December 20, 2018 at 6:58 am

Favorite book/Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss. Negotiated a $6000 savings the following week.

Favorite movie/A Star Is Born/I know, I know, super Hollywood but super solid

Favorite moment/November 16th 1pm, we adopted 4 kids from Guatemala after an almost 3 year wait.

Favorite new blogger/Entrepreneur/Bryan Harris @ Videofruit.com/ Everything he writes and teaches is SOLID/10,000 Subscribers course.

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Gemma Regalado
December 20, 2018 at 6:58 am

Those phone holders that slip onto the air vents are so great, but I swear I've bought my husband about 5 this year because he always leaves them in the rental cars ?. My favourite things of 2018 have been the book "Radical Acceptance" by Tara Brach, my new pooch, and hypnotherapy

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Bridget Smith
December 20, 2018 at 6:55 am

Thanks for sharing. Your book list will now be my new book list because I have never heard of any of them but the way you describe them sounds amazing. I love reading. Also love your documentary selections, I will look into those as well. The bed cover and pillow is a nice touch and sounds like makings of some cool gifts. I agree with the car phone case holder, I have one but recently waiting on a silicone one that you can stick and remove from anything that I saw on Instagram that way I won’t have to worry about my phone getting hot from the heat during this cold winter and I don’t like the ones that permanently stick to your dash board.

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jane benigno
December 20, 2018 at 6:55 am

Love your list!!! Love your posts. Especially the sunscreen and books and MAC. All the best. ???

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Pierre
December 20, 2018 at 6:52 am

My favorite thing this year is a power pack. I have the Anker PowerCore 26800, which is a bigboy. They have smaller ones too.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JIWQPMW/

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Jay Wolfe
December 20, 2018 at 6:49 am

Foursigmatic mushroom coffee blend. Top notch! By way of T.F.

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Trey
December 20, 2018 at 6:39 am

Feel like I don't hear from you as much anymore, man. Makes me sad.

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Jan
December 20, 2018 at 6:38 am

Ha. I actually have The Power Of Full Engagement in my shopping tray right now. Glad that my guess was on track.
And thanks for the tip on Outwiting The Devil. Must read.

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Gaël
December 20, 2018 at 6:30 am

Favorite thing for me in 2018 has been to spend more time with my kids thanks to my online business. Very grateful for this and recommend anyone looking for freedom to start their own business in 2019 if not done already. You can do this!!!

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Shannon
December 20, 2018 at 6:27 am

My favourite thing has to be that I'm starting to love myself more and believe that I'm more than enough!

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Adam Ketchum
December 20, 2018 at 6:21 am

I <3 this list! I will definitely be checking out some of the products, especially the Napoleon Hill book.

Have a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and especially a Happy Festivus!

Peace,
Adam

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Robin
December 20, 2018 at 6:19 am

Thanks a lot for the list Noah !
Here are my two favorite books of 2018 :
- David Goggins biography « can’t hurt me » : it made me cry multiple times because I never have seen so much open vulnerability. It made me also realize that I’m not hard enough on myself when it comes to training and that being « good » at business is no excuse for not performing in the other areas of my life.
- the power of outrageous marketing by Joe Vitale because I love old school marketing books and Joe has old examples and stories that nobody else uses.

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Scott Brills
December 20, 2018 at 6:19 am

Another year, gone!? Dang...

Thanks for the list homie -- added to the ol' Amazon wishlist!

Here's to an awesome 2019~

From Tanzania,
Scott

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Jane
December 20, 2018 at 6:15 am

Outwitting the devil sounds interesting, I’ll have to look this one up- it’s a new one for me! Thank you

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Tracy Weaver
December 20, 2018 at 6:08 am

Thanks Noah, always a good nugget in your posts. As I get older the daily list of recommended supplements seems to expand along with my prostate. I struggled to get them all done daily until I got a simple organizer. I prefer the kind that separates into daily holders, especially for travel. XINHOME Pill Organizer Box Weekly Case– Cute Travel Medication Reminder Daily AM PM, Day Night 7 Compartments-Includes Black Leather PU Carrying Case https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y55LDZJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Qu4gCbHEM3BMH

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Todd
December 20, 2018 at 6:07 am

Dude
Thanks for great truly usable list instead of some Oprah kinda crap

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Dejan
December 20, 2018 at 5:59 am

Books:
?Can't Hurt Me - David Goggins - the anti-self help book about a guy who went from 300lbs slab of depression into the toughest MF

?12 Rules for Life - Despite the controversy and cheesy book title, dr. Jordan Peterson rose to fame because his message resonates to so many. There's a lot of common-sense delivered just in time when common sense is lacking. Audiobook is read by the author

?Atomic Habits - James Clear's book is great and full of practical knowledge that can be easily applied.

Stuff under $50:
? Gabi Coffee Dripper — it replaced the Aeropress as my morning routine coffee. This plastic contraption extracts the most flavor out of your beans (not those beans you perv)

? Ridge Wallet - the minimalist wallet that finally replaced my butt-check tumor bulge from the standard ones.

? Knee Sleeves - I just love squats when I have too much on my mind. The Reh Band 5mms are always in the gym bag.

? Slow Cooker - for some reason you could never buy a slow cooker in Europe. Finally, I found it in Aldi and got it. It's perfect waking up with warm cinnamon oatmeal smell which you can pair it up with Gabi coffee.

To sum up, I've coasted much of the first part of the year and get serious at the second. I spend over $4000 for online courses (which is a lot coming from a country where $1200/m is an average salary).
I've written 5 growth studies (3 of them were topping on Growthhackers weekly) and I started longboarding for passion. I always wanted to skate but coming from super rural area I never had the chance.
In the last 60 days, I skated in 4 different countries and 3 different continents (Canada, Croatia, United Emirates, Slovenia).

Good year, excited to increase the momentum in 2019.

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Dozie Anyaegbunam
December 20, 2018 at 5:47 am

Hi Noah, I actually wrote an article about my favorite lessons in 2018. 2018 was a great year for me in terms of growth. See link here; https://link.medium.com/LlS29rSHNS

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Peter Mack
December 20, 2018 at 5:39 am

Thanks for the list - the Napoleon Hill recommendation was surprising. I thought that there was no unreleased material.

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Keith Steen
December 20, 2018 at 5:32 am

Noah, love the podcasts. The keep me interested and laughing, which is good! Keep up the good work.

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George Chalikiopoulos
December 20, 2018 at 5:24 am

Damn you sexy beast. Your newsletter came 4days too late as I have already ordered my books for Xmas and 3 of them are from your previous list..

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Tom
December 20, 2018 at 5:24 am

Love the mesh bag! It's gotta be the most underrated item on the list haha!

Also, the city of gold documentar sounds cool too! Definitely gotta try that!

Thanks mate and happy new year!

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Hoo
December 20, 2018 at 5:23 am

Nice post. I might do one myself. Did you forget to link the details for your next book? Or was that a joke or something?

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Peppa from peppagush.com
December 20, 2018 at 5:22 am

Blue light blocking glasses for those of us who sit in front of a computer for 12 hours! from Amazon 18 dollars, yaaay plus one looks like a really cool snowboarder lol Hahaha happy holidays everyone!

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Mark
December 20, 2018 at 5:21 am

I have missed your YouTube videos this year. I learnt so much in 2017

My best thing of 2018 was discovering Kingsumo !! love that

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Karen
December 20, 2018 at 5:15 am

Fav item this year is a wine cooler stick. It's not that common in retail stores and makes a practical gift for wine drinkers. The person I gave it to loved it!

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Charlie Riley
December 20, 2018 at 5:10 am

Love the idea of gifting a phone holder for those who hold their phone while driving. Practical and helpful for everyone on the road.

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Chris Rasmussen
December 20, 2018 at 1:56 am

Hey Noah! Brand new to your site. Looks great. Here are some of my favorite things of 2018.

- Monopoly Deal card game. Same fun in less time. We gave it to our daughter for her birthday. I enjoy playing it with her.

- The documentary “Living in the Age of Airplanes” ?? Filmed on every continent. Gorgeous cinematography. I love aviation, natural beauty and cinematography. Highly recommended. Watch all the extra features too.

- Dubb video software app and Hike SEO software via AppSumo. Amazing value on these cool tools.

- Sketcher slip-on shoes that I wear in the house. Love keeping my feet warm in style during the cold months.

Thanks for the wisdom and perspective you’re sharing here, Noah. I look forward to learning from your experiences.

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JF Bouchard
December 20, 2018 at 9:55 am

Hi Noah,

Really interesting book selection. I'm definitely adding The Power Of Full Engagement and Outwitting The Devil to my reading selection of 2019.

On my end, I think that the most significant read I had this year was "The Power Of Starting Something Stupid" by Richi Norton.

Chances are you read it already as it is fairly old but in my case a good motivational read nevertheless.

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