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!

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Reading Now

Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

DECEMBER 1, 2019 – I was determined to get my “am reading” list down to just one book, however I was on a roll working and didn’t want to listen to podcasts…

So, I did what any book nerd would do. I took a look at my Audible library, compared it to books on my shelf, and picked the first that I had in both locations.

I’m three chapters in and am already fascinated by the research that goes into successful conversations and interactions. While I realize we/I will always need to be mindful of behaving morally and with integrity, it’s interesting to see how we can frame our conversations to make conversions and, er, getting what we want, easier.

First person to test this on: My husband. 🙂

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YouTube Decoded

NOVEMBER 29, 2019 – Nothing has become more clear in Q3 and Q4 of this year than the fact that in order to truly make the impact I desire to make, I NEED to be more visible.

This is NOT that I want to be more visible. This is I NEED to be more visible.

So, when I was at a recent event and saw my friend Marc Guberti handing out signed copies of YouTube Decoded, I knew I had to have one.

I’ve only scratched the surface of the first chapter, however I look forward to learning from Marc, and using what I learn to help me make a bigger impact through my videos.

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Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

DECEMBER 2018 – I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve started reading Awaken the Giant Within and have never finished.

Let’s just say… Too many.

But on Christmas Eve, 2018, I decided to restart the book and finish it by the end of the year… And I will do it!

I’m still in Chapter 1 – Decisions: The Pathway to Power, and Tony Robbins writes right there, “Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result, and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility.”

Let me just be totally honest and tell you that I’ve started reading this book again due to some… dissatisfaction in my life. I refuse to go through another year with the same results, and have decided — and committed — to change. I’m hoping this book will fuel my motivation, dedication, and in the end, the results I achieve, by engraining in me the habits and mindset I need to continually push forward and take action.

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Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

DECEMBER 1, 2019 – I started reading Profit First over the summer and instantly had “aha” moments.

Oh my goodness. This dude is talking about me!”

For example, I was the entrepreneur who, for so many years, was trying to do too much things just because I could. Note: Just because you *can* do something doesn’t mean you should. Example: I know how to design websites, however I’m not interested in doing heavy duty coding. Therefore, offering websites as a service sometimes requires the added expense of website developers to carry out the intended design.

I would have to imagine that I stopped reading the book where a lot of people stop, but it was not for the same reason. The assessment blew my mind, however with so much to go in the book, I didn’t intend to stop. Life, however, has a way of interrupting progress through pages.

I, like many entrepreneurs, fell into the trap of believing any/all funds that came in were available to spend. Did I set aside money for taxes, profits or to pay myself? Nope, nope and nope. Therefore, my owner’s comp numbers have been abysmal (at best) and my operating expenses through the roof. (To give you an idea, at my “Real Revenue” rate, my OPEX should be 30%. My actual OPEX for the past 12 months is 68%. Not good.

Coincidentally, tomorrow morning I need to go to the bank to take advantage of their notary services. While I’m there, I’ll be looking into opening my other accounts. (If you haven’t read the book, you don’t know what I’m talking about. Do yourself a big ol’ favor and read this book. NOW!)

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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

NOVEMBER 30, 2019 – I started reading The Power of Now in March 2019 and purposefully read it slow.

Why?

Because it’s taking time for me to step out of time-based living and into the “Now.” As of the day I finished reading it, I have two teenagers, twin four-year olds, a six year old and a disabled husband who is going through his own physical and emotional struggles. Being and staying in the Now feels at many times impossible, however I realize that surrendering to what is IS necessary to enlightenment, consciousness and true awakening.

On a side note, it’s been fun for me to try to share the lessons I’m learning with my husband, who doesn’t really “get” this type of thinking. I tried to explain how to step out of our thoughts and watch them, and it was if I was speaking an ancient, hidden, language. 🙂

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Next Level Thinking by Joel Osteen

NOVEMBER 29, 2019 – June 2019 was a particularly rough month for me, spurred by a client who maliciously lied about me, and another, long-term client, who, in full-knowledge of the truth, sided with the liar in order to avoid internet slander.

The consequences of their actions put me, my family and my business into a full-fledged tailspin, from which I thankfully not only recovered from but came out stronger as a result of.

Why do I share all this?

Because I had help through the hard times.

Joel Osteen’s Next Level Thinking helped me push through the struggle, and realize that living and working with integrity isn’t just “nice” but also essential to being an honorable Christian, business owner and human.

The book also reminded me that I am a child of God. He knows what misfortunes I will face, before I face them, and He also knows the good which will come from each misfortune.

Believe me when I say my life has changed — for the better x’s 1000 — from this situation!

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The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren

NOVEMBER 29, 2019 – This is another one of those books that I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I started reading and never finished, especially considering all that I’ve gained from reading it.

Although I intended to read The Purpose Driven Life in the first 42 days of the year, I was, as you can see, delayed. Every delay, however, was with great purpose.

I always read the current day’s chapter on exactly the day I needed to read it. Even just in the last two days — which I will not disclose the subject of — the subject matter couldn’t have been more relevant if God had planned it Himself.

Oh, wait! He DID plan it himself!

I’m ready to pursue my purpose, 100%, and look to God for all direction.

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Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

NOVEMBER 27, 2019 – Writing “This book has made a profound impact on me and the way I live my life would be a HUGE understatement.

For example, the BRAVING Inventory is now written across my laptop, just above my keyboard. I want to live into each of the words each and every day. (Pssst. The words are good. The explanation is better. Read it in the book NOW!)

On a more serious note, however, this book was the spark which made me wonder this year, “What does next level Kim do that I’m not doing now?” The question started with BRAVING and has only gained steam since. 

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Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

AUGUST 2019 – Rachel Hollis gave me soooo much to think about in this book. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but here’s a couple points that really struck me:

  1. The implication of phrases like “mompreneur”, “girlboss”, “ladypreneur”, etc.
  2. Rachel’s 10-10-1 plan has rocked my world.
  3. How confidence starts from within, and, yes, *may* be impacted by how we look.
  4. The importance of delegation — I can’t wait to hire a housekeeper someday!

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

JUNE 2019 – In the midst of an extremely turbulent week, I picked up this book to get away from my stresses and business. In it, I found understanding and bliss in the turbulent winds which have been surrounding me.

I’ve heard about this book for years, but as with every other book and/or passage I read, I know now that THIS was when I was supposed to read it. I know each persons’ journey through the pages will differ, so I will not share any more than — when you hear with your heart that it’s time to read The Alchemist, read it. Many, if not all, of your questions will be answered.

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Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

MARCH 2019 – For such a skinny little book, this one packs a big punch! I didn’t know what to expect, however Eckhart Tolle delivers “Mmmmmm” moments in every paragraph.

Note: This book is best read in little bite sized pieces. Savor it like a delicious meal, and let it take time to sink in.

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Spirit Driven Success by Dani Johnson

MARCH 2019 – WOWZA!!! This book completely changed the beliefs I held in regards to being a Christian business owner. If you’re struggling to take your business or life to the next level, this book is a must-read!

A few impactful thoughts from the book…

  1. I need to work for my clients as though I’m working for God. By doing my best for my clients, I’ll be able to make more, and thus tithe more.
  2. My way of doing things hasn’t been working because I haven’t been going to God. God has a plan for me, and when I keep trying to do things my way, HE will continually push-back.
  3. Struggles refine me and make me stronger. I am continually being refined to make me a better version of… me!
  4. It is my responsibility to get and put myself out there to serve the world in the way God intended. By playing small, I am not pursuing my purpose to the best of my ability.

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You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

JANUARY 2019 – Holy moley, I don’t even know what to say about this book except…  You have to read it if you’re dealing with any kind of money mindset issues.

Jen Sincero has an amazing ability to pull readers in and write to them as if they were friends. She cuts through all the bullshit and gives practical advice in a way that’s easy to understand. At the same time, you’re getting hot and uncomfortable because you realize you can do more than you are now.

Sound fun, in a crazy way?

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The One Thing by Gary Keller

JANUARY 2019 – I have no idea how long this book has been out for, however I can’t believe I just now read it — in two days! I’ve realized for some time that I need to be better about prioritizing what I’m working on, however I never looked at the big picture. Like, the really big picture. I never thought about starting with my five year goal and working my way backwards. And I never thought about how, in order to go big, I need to go really small. WHOA.

I now have a “My ONE Thing” note on my computer which I’m updating weekly. The document is helping my track my actions and the associated metrics so I know what’s working and what’s not.

If you’re frustrated with your progress and are ready to take your business to the next level, get this book!

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80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall

JANUARY 2019 – In August 2018 I 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 picked the book up I was amazed by yet another “Aha!” which illustrated how the 80/20 is relevant in my life. I continue to be amazed by how the 80/20 rule is applicable in every situation and area of life! I don’t want to give away the substance of the book, so do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today!

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Ask. by Ryan Levesque

JANUARY 2019 – Ask. is another of those books that I heard plenty about over the past few years but took my time to getting around to reading.

I wish I hadn’t!

I have to be honest… The beginning was a really fast read because I loved Ryan’s story telling ability. Moving into the strategy, however, it was a little bit dryer and more difficult to digest. I struggled my way through the strategy, partially because of my own stubbornness, and because I didn’t see how I could learn anything I didn’t already know.

A know-it-all-attitude should never accompany you on a book reading journey.

Right through the last few pages I was getting new ideas and strategies that I am excited to try for both me and my clients. Segmentation is imperative in any marketing funnel, however Levesque takes segmentation to a whole new level.

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You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

DECEMBER 2018 – This absolutely amazing book had been screaming at me from every “Must-Read” book list for years before I finally purchased it in early 2018. One night, in early December, I looked over at my “To Be Read” shelf, and it screamed at me one last time.

The next day, I texted to my good friend, “I was crying and laughing in bed last night and it wasn’t due to sex!” Jen spoke to me through every word, page and chapter of this book, and she spoke with the exact words I needed to hear.

I know we read books when we need to read them, and I know now that there was a reason I waited so long to read it. However, if this book has been calling you to read it, don’t ignore the call!

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The Charge by Brendon Burchard

 

DECEMBER 2018 – Before he renamed it The Brendon Show, Brendon’s podcast was named The Charged Life. His podcast, combined with some of his online training saved my life in 2016.

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

The Charge took what I had already learned from Brendon to the next level. More specifically, I expanded my awareness in the areas of control, competence, congruence, caring, connection, change, challenge, creative expression, contribution and consciousness. I am so excited about what I learned that I wrote those ten words on my laptop’s keyboard — in permanent ink! 

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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!

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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 teaches entrepreneurs to speak in the voice their prospective clients need and want to hear.

LINGO had me repeatedly saying, “Whoa!” and thinking about the messages I was sharing with (the wrong) prospects. Between indicating I was targeting scarcity-mode clients with the wrong pricing model, to choosing the wrong font, my communication was steering me in the wrong direction. Since reading the book, I have been rebranding and evaluating my entire business to see what needs to change.

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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 taking so long to read it!

I never realized how much my money mindset was struggling. Halfway through the book I started making shifts — spending-wise and mentally — to improve financial success. 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 was excited to see growth just by leaving that insecurity behind.

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 – Before this book, I had never read a book before and thought, “Wow. This was written for me!” all the way through. Reading High Performance Habits, however, I repeatedly felt as though Brendon was focusing on me. Brendon addressed 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 necessarily mean 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.

I needed my pen AND highlighter handy all the way to the end, as I was constantly adding notes in the margin. In addition, I’ve decorated my copy with “DUH!” messages (to myself for missing some obvious keys) and by highlighting quotes I can use later on social media.

And as for Brendon’s weekly review practice? I’m starting that tonight!

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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!

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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!

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