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Check here often to learn what I’ve read this year or am reading now, or visit my Complete Reading List to see a complete list of the books I’ve reviewed!

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2016

Currently Reading

The-Motivation-Manifesto-Brendon-BurchardThe Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard

Updated 09/05/16

Brendon Burchard never fails to amaze me with his ability to explain theories in a way which just makes sense.

I’ve been reading personal development and business development books and magazines since I began my first small business in 2015, however The Motivation Manifesto gets right down to the foundation of what motivates us to get off our butts and act or continue sitting there doing nothing.

In the spirit of other Brendon Burchard teachings I felt the need to purchase a second (physical) copy of The Motivation Manifesto because I’m making a concerted effort to have no screen time at least an hour before bed. (Want to sleep better? You wouldn’t believe how this one simple change in behavior has significantly changed my quality of sleep!)

Pick up your copy HERE.

Awaken-the-Giant-Within-Tony-RobbinsAwaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Updated 09/05/16

I had been sitting on this book for 4+ years before the release of “I Am Not Your Guru” on Netflix this past summer. Once I saw the film, however, I knew I had to get the book out and start reading.

Unfortunately I’m already reading several other books so I’ve decided to wait to continue reading this great book until I’ve completed a couple of the shorter books I’m reading so I may give it my undivided attention.

I will come back and add more when I pick it back up again.

**Note: I had listened to Tony’s audio programs prior to “I Am Not Your Guru”, and despite the foul mouth (which surprised me!) in the film, Tony’s books and audio programs are edited and without the cussing.

Pick up your copy HERE.

Launch-Jeff-WalkerLaunch by Jeff Walker

Updated 9/5/2016

I’ve switched from reading mostly e-books to now reading mostly physical copies of books, and unfortunately Launch has taken a backseat for the time being.

While I love the stories of people who have succeeded, I’m about a quarter of the way in and am ready to get to the “Secret Formula” as stamped so boldly on the cover. I’m sure there are components of Walker’s launch strategy which I can use in my business as well as in strategies I create for clients, however I recently unsubscribed from his list as the emails just got to be too much.

Get your copy HERE.

No-B.S.-Sales-Success-in-the-New-Economy-Dan-KennedyNo B.S. Sales Success in the New Economy by Dan Kennedy

Updated 9/5/2016

I’ve switched from reading mostly e-books to now reading mostly physical copies of books, and unfortunately No B.S. Sales Success has taken a backseat for the time being.

The biggest takeaway I’ve had so far is understanding the value of my time. Dan talks about how he flies in a private jet in order to save two days of lost time while travelling commercially, and I used this insight to start thinking about activities I can save time on. As a result, I’m outsourcing more (not exactly what Kennedy talks about) so I can do more, including work around the house seeing as I work out of my home office.

Get your copy HERE.

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Lifes-Golden-Ticket-Brendon-BurchardLife’s Golden Ticket by Brendon Burchard

My apologies, however I’m concerned that summarizing this book would take away the immense value I guarantee any person will have upon reading the book themselves. What I will say, however, is that I picked up this book at 4pm on a Friday afternoon, put off picking up my children from daycare as long as I possibly could because I didn’t want to put it down, and had the book finished by 9:30pm.

Although Life’s Golden Ticket is fiction, it is truly a soul-searching book which now has me evaluating and re-evaluating where I want my life journey to take me.

Get your copy HERE.

The-Desire-Map-Danielle-LaPorteThe Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

A dear friend gave me a gift card to Danielle LaPorte’s website, and now I’m almost embarrassed to share that prior to receiving the card I had little to no knowledge of her.

Not only am I now a fan, but also an affiliate. (Hey, just being honest.)

The Desire Map changed the way I had been treating my business for the better part of its existence. I no longer operate out of a desire for money, however I have shifted my focus to be on my core desires and focus words.

My words, in case you’re wondering, are:
• Peaceful
• Enlightened
• Relaxed
• Purposeful
• Brilliant

I have yet to complete my workbook, however I definitely recommend picking up at least one copy of the workbook so you can fill it out on an annual basis.

Get your copy here.

The-Fire-Starter-Sessions-Danielle-LaPorteThe Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

I read The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte first, and in conversations with quite a few others who have read her books find that most read this book first. And I see why.

The Fire Starter Sessions tells more of Danielle’s story and would have given me more substance on which to build my personal foundations on.

As in The Desire Map, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the focus on putting your passions and purpose before the desire for money, and no matter what your spiritual background, you will be able to connect with this book. (I say this because Danielle does frequently mention the higher power(s) you may worship or otherwise have in your life.)

Get your copy HERE.

Rework-Jason-Fried-David-Heinmeier-HanssonRework by Jason Fried and David Heinmeier Hansson

I heard so many people mention this book while listening to podcasts that I thought I better read it. I almost stopped reading way too early thinking the content was for people much earlier in the business-building process than I’m at, however I’m happy I continued reading.

I LOVE these quotes…

“Before you sing the ‘Not enough blues,’ see how far you can get with what you have.”

“Cut your ambition in half. You;re better off with a kick-ass half than a half-assed whole.”

“Getting to great starts by chopping out anything that’s merely good.”

“Is there an easier way? What could you be doing instead? Don’t throw good time after bad work.”

“Even if you wind up losing, it’s better to go down fighting for what you believe instead of just imitating others.”

“When you’re high on inspiration, you can get two weeks of work done in 24 hours.”

I wish I had read the book earlier. Jealousy of peers, the inclination to do everything myself, and the desire to have more (and more and more) would have been squelched much earlier if I had heard their reasoning when I started the business rather than now.

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The-Miracle-Morning-Hal-ElrodThe Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

I must share that I had only been introduced to Hal Elrod 30 days prior to purchasing the book. I had already been marathon listening to Brendon Burchard (his classes and his podcast), when a client sent me a YouTube video of Hal at a speaking engagement.

I heard his story and knew I needed more.

This book is truly mind-blowing, as is his community which you can join on Facebook. (Get the book so you know where to go!) I will admit I’ve been struggling with the first step of The Miracle Morning, which is simply getting out of bed.

Why?

My alarm is right next to my bed so I don’t wake the rest of the house, and often I fall captive to the snooze button. It won’t be easy to go through the rest of the steps with my littles running around my feet and interrupting my thoughts so until I find a solution which jolts me straight out of bed I’ll have to make due.

Pick up your copy HERE.

platform-get-noticed-in-a-noisy-world-michael-hyattPlatform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt

I had been listening to Michael’s podcast, “This is Your Life,” for some time before reading this book, and was constantly thinking, “I should buy that!” I was thrilled when I later found it on Audible.com, however I kept putting off listening because I was (cough cough, am) up to my eyeballs in backlogged podcast episodes to listen to.

Faced with a Saturday with only my littles and a messy house, I hooked my laptop up to the TV and started listening while cleaning. The book actually became counter-productive with my cleaning because I had to keep stopping (cleaning) to take note of quotes and tips to implement into my business.

While I did know a good portion about the Twitter section, I was surprised to hear Michael say that we should aim to post more frequent blog articles between 400-500 words in length. Depending on who I’m listening to, I often hear to post less frequently with longer articles, however this (the longer article) practice has actually drastically hurt my blogging frequency as I have no idea when to write 1600-2500 word articles about.

Thanks to Michael, I’ll be implementing a practice this upcoming week of posting articles three days a week. I also learned a lot about book publishing and speaking, so if you’re interested in any of the above I strongly recommend reading this book… NOW!

Get your copy HERE.

No-B.S.-Wealth-Attraction-in-the-New-Economy-Dan-KennedyNo B.S. Wealth Attraction in the New Economy by Dan Kennedy

One of the biggest “Aha!” moments I had in this book was the realization that I can’t decide for my prospects whether or not they can afford my services.

That decision is theirs, and only theirs.

The example given was a door-to-door fire protection salesman who decided not to pitch to a family after he saw the condition of their home. Kennedy asks something along the lines of, “So what if next week you read in the paper that their house burnt down, and you made the decision they were unable to afford your services?”

Remember, just because somebody lives modestly or their furniture and finishes aren’t brand new doesn’t mean they don’t have millions in a bank account somewhere.

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