Read with Kim

I’m an avid reader, and make it a point to read from a hard copy book every night before I go to bed. Visit here to find out what I’m reading now, as well as what I’ve read in years past!

Reading Now

Ask. by Ryan Levesque

OCTOBER 2018 – Ask. is another of those books that I have heard plenty about over the past few years but took my time to getting around to reading it.

I wish I hadn’t!

I’m not yet finished, but it’s been a fast read because I LOVE how Ryan included his story. I sped right through the story and am now in the meat of the strategy. And, when it comes to the strategy, I’ve picked up little bits of The Ask Method over the past couple years, but didn’t really understand how all the pieces go together. Now, I’m excited to put the pieces together for me and my clients!

Click here to get your copy of Ask.!

The Charge by Brendon Burchard

OCTOBER 2018 – Before he renamed it to The Brendon Show, Brendon’s podcast was named The Charged Life. Together with some online training I found (also his), Brendon saved my life in 2016.

The years since have been an upward climb, sometimes extremely steep, but crucial. I’ve learned to sleep again. I’ve reintroduced water to my daily beverage intake. And I’ve learned to say “No” or “Goodbye” to opportunities which don’t serve me.

While I have just begun reading The Charge, I have no doubt that reading this book will help me during my next stage of my up the mountain climb.

Click here to get your copy of The Charge!

80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall

AUGUST 2018 – I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Perry Marshall for episode 450 of the Positive Productivity Podcast. Saying the conversation was amazing and impactful would be an understatement. (Listen HERE) As we dug more and more in to how the 80/20 rule is active in all areas of our life I realized two things:

  1. I had immediate changes to make in my business.
  2. I needed to read the book.

Every time I pick the book up I’m amazed by yet another “Aha!” which illustrates how the 80/20 is relevant in my life — and it spans FAR outside my business!

Click here to get your copy of 80/20 Sales and Marketing!

Completed in 2018

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

OCTOBER 2018 – I wish I could go back five years ago and smack the earlier, entrepreneurial version of myself in the head… With this book. Seriously, how did I JUST finish reading it?!?!

I’ve been in business nearly six years and 95% of that time has been spent in the “technician” role. I’m surprised my business and I survived that long!

If you haven’t yet read The E-Myth and are an entrepreneur, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not picking it up — and reading it — ASAP!

Click here to get your copy of The E-Myth Revisited!

Lingo by Jeffrey Shaw

AUGUST 2018 – Communicating as myself, authentically, transparently, and in a way where I am unafraid of expressing how I truly am, has taken me years to… become comfortable with. In LINGO, Jeffrey Shaw aims to help entrepreneurs speak in the voice their prospective clients need and want to hear in order to become loyal clients, customers and brand advocates.

LINGO had me repeatedly saying, “Whoa!” to myself and thinking about the messages I was accidentally sharing with (the wrong) prospects. From indicating I was targeting the scarcity-mode clients by ending my prices with 97, choosing the wrong font, or so many other blunders in between, I have already begun rebranding/evaluating my entire business to see what needs to change.

Click here to get your copy of Lingo!

Worthy by Nancy Levin

AUGUST 2018 – A dear friend recommended Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth to me in 2016, and I purchased it immediately. I’m kicking myself in the butt for having taken so long to start reading it!

I never realized how much my money mindset was struggling. Although only halfway through the book, I’ve already started making shifts — spending-wise and mentally — so that financial success leaps up in 2018. For example, I never realized how money tended to burn a hole in my pocket. If it was in my account, I felt as though I needed to spend it before someone else did. This is NOT a healthy way to live — financially or mentally — and I’m excited to already be seeing growth in savings just by leaving that insecurity in my past.

Pick up your copy of Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth HERE!

High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard

MARCH 18, 2018 – I can’t say that I have ever read a book before and thought, “Wow. This was written for me!” all the way through as I have hear. I repeatedly felt as though Brendon was focusing on what I am doing, am trying to do, and the mistakes I have made in the past to help me create a higher performing version of myself.

Please note: In my interpretation – and I believe in Brendon’s as well – ‘High Performance’ doesn’t mean we necessarily make more money. It means that we are happier, healthier versions of ourselves while we are doing what we consider to be our life’s work.

All the way up to the last page I needed my pen AND highlighter handy, as I was constantly adding notes in the margin, “DUH!” messages (to myself for missing some obvious keys) and making note of quotes I can use later on social media. And Brendon’s weekly review practice?

Yea. I’m starting that tonight!

Get your copy of High Performance Habits HERE.

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Reading The Big Leap provided a constant stream of “Aha!” moments. In his book, Gay discusses all the ways we hold ourselves from reaching the next level of success.

Worrying (unnecessarily) – I’ve done it… Many times.
Playing the Blame Game – Yup, I’ve done this too.

And there were so many more ways, and stories of clients Gay has worked with who were holding themselves back as well. I had to share a few of the stories with my husband, because I’ve even seen him hold his own success and happiness back. I realize we can often be scared of the possibility of LOSING something great, however how will we know what it feels like — or give ourselves the chance to enjoy it — if we prevent ourselves from getting there in the first place?

Get your copy HERE. You won’t be disappointed!

Completed in 2017

Think Better, Live Better by Joel Osteen

Although I was raised Catholic, I didn’t become what I consider to be a true Christian until I was 31. In 2009, a year before finding Christ, however, I was introduced to the Law of Attraction, which I still believe strongly in today. In Think Better, Live Better, Osteen does a fabulous job showing me how I can combine my Christianity with my LOA beliefs to live a richer, fuller life.

Please note: Richer, to me, never simply means financially richer. I strongly believe we can live a rich and prosperous life when we have deep, meaningful relationships, a strong passion for what we do, and when we have peace in our lives.

In speaking with other Christians about Joel Osteen, I am often surprised to hear non-appreciative comments about how he preaches the prosperity Bible. I don’t agree with this in the negative way it is often said, and this book provides evidence as to why I, a Christian entrepreneur, shouldn’t hold myself back from reaching my true potential.

God put the thoughts we have in to our heads. He made us the way we are, and He made us that way for a reason. I truly believe it is our responsibility to do something with the gifts God bestowed upon us, and if we become rich in the process, GREAT!

Get your copy HERE.