Must Reads for Success

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These are must reads books regardless of the industry you are in!

Imagine: How Creativity Works,

Jonah Leher, My favorite book of the year, a fascinating and easily digestible wealth of information on how our brains work and why. It made my Bahamian vacation the most introspective vacation ever. Buy: Hard Copy. Audiobook.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, Tony Hsieh, A godsend during a sequence of cancelled and delayed flights resulting in a 24 hour trip to Hawaii, Tony offers raw insight into the highs and lows of the entrepreneurial journey, and sets a profound example of how to treat people, customers and employees alike.  Buy: Hard Copy. Audiobook. Ebook.


Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Jonah Leher, Uncommon insight into the science of human genius, the next frontier is the mind,  Buy: Hard Copy. Audiobook. Ebook.


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption– Laura Hillenbrand, A page turning adventure that puts everything into perspective, explores the limits of the human spirit and made me even more grateful for our nation’s military past and present. Buy: Hard Copy. Audiobook. Ebook.

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,
Brad Stone, fascinating insight into the possibilities of the internet multiplied by passion and persistence. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.

Linchpin: Are you Indispensable?, Seth Godin, An intense wake up call for those entering today’s economy. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.

The Icarus Deception: how high will you fly? , Seth Godin, A quick but powerful read. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.

War of Art, Steven Pressfield, Another quick, but powerful read, a staple for writers. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.

David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, The logic and science behind why we love the underdog and how to apply it to new problems. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.

Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell, Offers a new perspective on the importance of understanding those that stand out from the crowd. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.

What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell, learn to shift paradigms and more importantly realize which are most dominant. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook.Ebook.

The Wright Brothers, David McCullough, So much more than two brothers who ran a bicycle shop, a real world example of entrepreneurial grit and sacrifice in the pursuit of a vision. David McCullough made me feel as if Wilbur and Orville were family, providing an intimate picture of their hopes, dreams, failures and successes.  Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.


Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek, The title says it all. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches, Dave Ramsey, Could be viewed as a practical guide to applying the ideas and principles of other books on this list, a staple for those managing teams. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.


Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, Frank Partnoy, Possibly the most undervalued skill in today’s ‘always on’ economy, patience, and the ability to know how and when to act, from the baseball field to the boardroom. The neuroscience behind how to master the human tendency for immediate satisfaction. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.


How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie, timeless wisdom. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.


Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond: Deepak Malhotra, Max Bazerman, An easily digestible guide to negotiation from garage sale bargaining to multimillion dollar acquisitions. Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.


The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career, Jack and Suzy Welch, a quick read or listen.  Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.

Favorites I read at least once a year.

Man’s Search For Meaning, Viktor Frankl, Stands for itself, every line forces a deep reflection and gratitude for life and liberty.  Buy: Hard Copy . Audiobook. Ebook.

The Secret, Rhonda Bryne, A new gem of wisdom with each read.  Buy: Hard Copy . AudiobookEbook.


Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill, A classic for good reasons and worth repeating.  Buy: Hard Copy . AudiobookEbook.


Outwitting the Devil, Napolean Hill, Possibly better than ‘Think and Grow Rich’.  Buy: Hard Copy . AudiobookEbook.

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