Books I Recommend

I always get asked what my favorite books are. To make it easier, I’ve listed my favorite books. There are many more books that I want to read, but I haven’t read yet, so I can’t add them here yet. These books are in no particular order except for the first book. Plus I share a favorite quote from each book.

Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect

I’m putting this first on purpose because it’s the book that has helped me the most.

I read this book for the first time in late 2010. I was ready to make changes and willing to do whatever it took. This book gave me an idea of what areas of my life I needed to focus on.

Since then I’ve re-read it so many times just to give myself a reminder of the principles of success.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

“So that morning in 1962 I told myself: Let everyone else call your idea crazy . . . just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where “there” is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.”

I stumbled upon this book last year. I didn’t know Phil Knight, the founder of Nike was even writing a book, but when I saw it one day browsing on Amazon, I immediately got it.

I absolutely loved it. It was a book I couldn’t put down. I loved the stories he shared.

I loved learning exactly what he had to do to get this crazy idea of his going. It was far from easy. Even when he was making sales, so many times he could have given up because of problems he encountered. He never did and it’s inspiring.

Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

“Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not.”

This book I had seen so many people that I follow online recommend. Last year I finally read it and loved it.

Elon Musk thinks bigger than most billionaires. He started two companies that seemed impossible to succeed in, electric cars and rockets, but he’s done it. Now when he talks about his big visions, like sending people to Mars, it’s very hard to doubt him.

I enjoyed the biography because I love reading about the behind the scenes of his life and his companies.

The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”

I remember reading this back in 2007 and it made me so much sense to me. I wanted to create a life where I could enjoy it while I was young, while still working. I didn’t want to work hard till I retired, then start to go on vacations and do the things I’ve wanted.

After reading the book, I wanted to have an online business. To me that would give me the freedom to do what I want and when I wanted. The hardest part for me was to get that successful online business going, but this book got me started on that path.

The book is less about working 4 hours a week, which I certainly don’t do nor does the author, but how to create more time to do what you want in life.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

This is a book you will see a lot of people recommend. It’s that good.

When I read this book I remember agreeing with so much of what he was saying. This quote summed me up:

Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”

If that describes you, then read the rest of this book.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”

The book came out in 1937, but what Napoleon Hill wrote about still applies to today. That’s why so many people are still recommending this book.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod

“How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life. Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days—which inevitably create a successful life—in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life. By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.”

One of the best changes I’ve made in my life is to have a morning routine. I never had one before, but if successful and happy people talked so highly about a morning routine, then I wanted to try it for myself.

I’m a big fan of a morning routine. Still have one today.

This is the best book on how to create your own morning routine. Read it, start your own, and see big changes in your life.

I did a podcast interview with Hal back in episode 10. You can listen to that here.

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ Demarco

“Many people want to change their life, but they are not will to change their choices, and ultimately this changes nothing.”

This book is for anyone who aspires to be an entrepreneur and live in the fast lane. That doesn’t mean fast cars and a big house. Here’s the three classes that author MJ Demarco puts people in. Which one do you want to be?

The Sidewalk — living well today at the expense of having more security tomorrow. The Sidewalk’s destination is being poor.
The Slowlane — sacrificing today so that you can be better off in the future (the opposite of the Sidewalk). The Slowlane’s destination is mediocrity.
The Fastlane — working hard today on something that people value so that you can become wealthy in the next 5-10 years.

This book is less on the how to do it, but more on changing your mindset to want to live in the fast lane then choosing that path and taking action.