The Five Most Important Books I’ve Ever Read

This time last year, I created a series of posts recapping one of the five most important books I’ve ever read: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Do you ever read a book after it’s sat on your shelf for a long time and/or twenty people have recommended it and then go “Oh. Yeah…” ? That was the case with this book. In the midst of a binge on books that could TECHNICALLY be considered “self-help,” I received a literary kick to the head.

Last week, I had the chance to recommend a few books to people in need. With these books in mind, it seemed an official list was in order. Below are the top 5 most life-changing books I’ve ever read.

5. Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, recommended by Jason Head
4. When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron, a serendipitous find at Half Price Books
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, recommended by a close friend
2. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, recommended by Armando Ortega
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People recommended by Nick Hammond

These are the books that influence my daily decisions and to which I turn for inspiration, strength and/or an expedient realignment.

Now that I’ve shared mine, tell me:

Which books have rocked your world?

Fistpumping for Efficiency

This is a follow-up to the first post on Four Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss, which can be found [here].

As I drove through the mountains between Fort Apache and Phoenix for the first half of this audiobook, I literally did a fist pump as the narrator described my own principles back to me. I also wondered if he wasn’t a long lost brother?

Then, everyone warned me that Timothy Ferriss is an #$*hole. In real life and in writing. I laughed. Of COURSE someone I admire for being straight-forward and decisive is generally perceived as a jerk. Continue reading “Fistpumping for Efficiency”

Are you a Purple Cow?

Purple Cow is another instant Seth Godin classic.

The book discusses the importance of making your product or service remarkable. It reads like the series of thought-provoking blog entries it likely emerged from. (Find Seth Godin’s blog here)

Being remarkable has been on my mind lately. As a blogger working on multiple projects, I have to ask myself: Do I want this blog to be popular? What steps do I need to take? Can I really make this special to stand out from all the 5+ million blogs currently being published?

Continue reading “Are you a Purple Cow?”