I set the goal to read 50 books in 2015. It’s a lofty goal but I am on my way. I have been asked for a rundown of my list so far…so here we go!
Here is a quick update of the books I have gotten through so far!
Start by Jon Acuff: Great book to start off the new year! I like Jon’s style and it’s a great motivator if you want to get yourself going! Love the line “Punch Fear in the Face!” (Side note: Since I wrote this I saw Jon speak…awesome. If you get a chance you should see him! He has a new book called Do Over!)
Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf: Not a bad read. Ties bible lessons to science on happiness and productivity.
The Self Made Billionaire Effect by John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen: Not bad but probably my least favorite so far this year.
Transform by Jeff Haden: Really liked this one. Lots of Jeff’s best stuff in one place. Great book to read one chapter per day. Jeff was also nice enough to spend some time on my web show!
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz: Love this one! Several times I felt like he was following me around! 🙂 Highly recommend this one for anyone who has a business. This has really changed the way we account in ours. Mike was also a great guest on Delivering Marketing Joy!
What To Do When It’s Your Turn by Seth Godin: Really good reminder that it’s always our turn to step up and make a difference. Quick read…great one to share!
Scaling Up by Verne Harnish: This was a good one but I should not have gotten it on audio. This would have been better as an actual book. Great things to make me think…but would have gotten more out of it if I could see the references.
Pumpkin Plan: by Mike Michalowicz. This is another great book for those trying to figure out how to grow your business. “The riches are in the niches.” I really like Mike’s books. Recommend for sure!
Mastering Monday: by John Beckett. This is a good reminder that Monday does not stink if your work (and your life) have a purpose.
New Rules of Sales and Service: by David Meerman Scott. If you are not a believer that you can make a huge difference in your business by “giving first,” read this one. He lays out a great case for being a content leader.
The Automatic Customer: by John Warrillow. This is another game changer for me this year. This one opened my mind that nearly any business can be a “subscription business.” I am getting ready to launch a new business and the idea came from this book! Love it.
Duct Tape Selling: by John Jantsch. The beginning of this and New Rules were similar. But I liked that the 2nd half dug into the “how” a little more. Good one.
Invisible Selling Machine: by Ryan Deiss. It’s a quick read for sure. But if you want to become a real pro in email marketing, this has some weight. I use Infusionsoft and I am going through this book to make sure I am setting sequences better.
Train Your Brain For Success: by Roger Seip. Love the tips in here on how to read faster and remember more. Once you get through that, good tips on being more successful in life.
SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice The Work in Half the Time: by Jeff Sutherland. Scrum is a concept created in software development. If you are getting ready to create a new company or launch a new project, this is a great read first!
Awesomely Simple: by John Spence. So many times in business, we over think. We over analyze. In reality, business success is simple. This book highlights the down and dirty truth about success in business.
The Undefeated Mind: by Alex Lickerman. If you are struggling with any issues in life, this book is a great resource to show you how to be resilient. Dark at times…but shows real life examples on how to overcome.
The Power of Money: Several Speakers. I thought this was a book but was actually a compilation of teachers. There are always nuggets of wisdom in any book (and this one had them) but it was not what I expected.
Mastermind Dinners: Jayson Gaignard. This one was definitely short and sweet. Jason takes networking to the next level by curating Mastermind Dinners. Interesting concept for sure.
Nail It Then Scale It: by Nathan Furr and Paul Ahlstrom. Real similarities to the Scrum concept. The book says the way we create businesses is broken. I enjoyed this one. It’s on my mind as I ready to launch a new project.
It Takes More Than A Big Smile, A Good Idea and a Twitter Account: by Wes Schaeffer. This has some real nuggets. It’s a compilation of blog posts from Wes. Great for sales professionals and sales managers.
So that’s where we are at this point! New recommendations welcome!