Recommended Reading

Reading has been noted as one of the primary habits of ultra-successful people, with influencers like Warren Buffett reading hundreds of pages each day and Bill Gates consuming numerous books each year.

I’ve made it a habit of continual reading. Whether it be books on this list who I’ve come to love and admire or new books that I’ve gotten a sneak peak, each one will help you grow.

Here are some of the best books I've found to change the way you think and see the world.

On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

One of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century, On Death and Dying grew out of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. In this remarkable book, Dr. Kübler-Ross first explored the now-famous five stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Through sample interviews and conversations, she gives readers a better understanding of how imminent death affects the patient, the professionals who serve that patient, and the patient's family, bringing hope to all who are involved.

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Ten years after the death of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, this commemorative edition of her final book combines practical wisdom, case studies, and the authors’ own experiences and spiritual insight to explain how the process of grieving helps us live with loss. Includes a new introduction and resources section.

Man’s Search for Meaning: Dr. Viktor Frankle

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Man’s Search for Meaning tells the chilling and inspirational story of eminent psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and other concentration camps for three years during the Second World War. Immersed in great suffering and loss, Frankl began to wonder why some of his fellow prisoners were able not only to survive the horrifying conditions, but to grow in the process. Frankl’s conclusion – that the most basic human motivation is the will to meaning – became the basis of his groundbreaking psychological theory, logotherapy. As Nietzsche put it, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
 

The Four Hour Workweek: Timothy Ferriss

Whether you’re an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, The 4-Hour Workweek is the compass for a new and revolutionary world.

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan—there is no need to wait and every reason not to. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, high-end world travel, monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.

You can have it all—really.

The 4-Hour Workweek also includes the sample e-mails, voicemails, and real-life deals (with dollar figures and all) you will need to master the new world of luxury lifestyle design.

Influencer: The Power to Change Anything: Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, and Switzler

An influencer motivates others to change. An influencer replaces bad behaviors with powerful new skills. An influencer makes things happen.

This is what it takes to be an influencer.

Whether you’re a CEO, a parent, or merely a person who wants to make a difference, you probably wish you had more influence with the people in your life. But most of us stop trying to make change happen because we believe it is too difficult, if not impossible. We develop complicated coping strategies when we should be learning the tools and techniques of the world’s most influential people.

Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

The New York Times business bestseller that has transformed organizations and changed the way millions of people communicate. With more than 3 million copies sold, this book—now in its second edition—gives you the tools to prepare for high-stakes conversations, transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue, and make it safe to talk about almost anything. Get unstuck with best practice skills for high-stakes interactions.

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