I love books! I am always reading something so I thought I would share my top most influential books. These books come from a wide range of interests and topics. They are books that helped shape me into the person I am today. And I am always looking forward to expanding what I know.
End of Average, by Todd Rose –
This book makes me question everything. I see life in a new way, allowing individuality and a jagged profile to come to the front. If you only have time for one book, it is this one. It will reshape how you look at the world.
Crucial Conversations, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler –
I read this book about 10 years ago as I was struggling to adjust to the Midwest and a new corporate culture. It gave me real, practical advice on how to have conversations with the end in mind. It allowed me to go from trying to “tell them” to making sure that the conversation created the results that I wanted.
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills-
This is a deeply personal and thought-provoking book. For me it is my Four Commandments for Living. It expanded my self-responsibility to how I show up in the world every day.
Be Impeccable With Your Word
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Don’t Make Assumptions
Aways Do Your Best
Your Brain At Work, by David Rock –
This changed the way I run my day. It is filled with practical advice on how to best optimize your brain for maximum results. I now start my day prioritizing my tasks using a mind map. Read the book to find out how this maximizes productivity.
Drive, by Daniel Pink –
I am always interested in why people do the things they do. Drive breaks it down to help break the myths of motivation. It also gives really practical solutions to motivate yourself and others. Hint: Money isn’t always it!
The First 90 Days, by Michale D. Watkins –
When getting a new job, it is hard to know where to start. There is so much you want to do and change. The First 90 Days is a great blueprint for how to start your job out right. It will stop you from making mistakes and that is worth a ton.
What to Do When It Is Your Turn, by Seth Godin –
I pull this book off of my bookshelf often. When I am feeling fearful or sluggish about going forward, this book offers powerful information. It is also one of my favorite books to give to others. I actually order this book in bulk and keep extras on hand.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffers –
Getting stuck and not knowing how to move forward? That is fear talking. We all have fear, but to move forward one needs to bust through fear. We need to practice beating our fear every day, and this book gives great advice on moving forward even when you don’t know what to do next.
Influencer by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Dave Maxfield, and Al Switzler-
Okay! This seriously has to be the worst name of a book ever! But get over that, because it is full of outstanding ideas. My personal favorite is, of course, looking for a successful deviant.
The Soul of Money, Lynne Twist –
This changed my relationship with money for the better. It brings a deep understanding to our attitudes about money, and empowers individuals to heal their relationship with money. This allows for more flow—don’t forget money is currency, which comes from the word current. It needs to flow or it gets stagnant.