In the past couple of months several books from different domains have been passing through my hands and through my e-devices. Without further ado, here’s the list:
l. Brian Tracy – Maximum Achievement
Brian has been my top mentor over the past three years. Last month, in March 2014, I got a chance to meet him when he held a seminar in Romania. It was one of the most important days of my life. I got a chance to shake his hand and he signed a copy of this book. It was an intense moment. Here’s a shot from back then.
2. Brendon Buchard – Millionaire Messenger
This is #2 on my list because it’s the second most important book that I’ve read in the past few months. Brendon made me realize that I don’t have any excuse for not succeeding in life. He talks about so many different ways of making money through knowledge and expertise. Really, there has never been a better time (in terms of loads of opportunities) to make it big, as Trump would like to say.
The Internet gives you so much power to be good at something that the only prerequisite you need to have is an appropriate mindset and a good internet connection. You just have to move your ass out of the comfort zone and start building expertise on something.
Out of the many ways on how to make money through knowledge, he talks about: writing books, creating online seminars, offering consulting, creating membership websites, doing Skype consulting, creating audio books, creating online courses, doing affiliate marketing and many other strategies. Again, the basic idea behind all of them is to become very good at something.
3. Dr. Jack Kruse – Epi-Paleo Rx
I’ve started reading this book in February. Jack Kruse is simply brilliant. I believe he’s an extremely smart guy who opened my mind and my eyes with regards to a lot of stuff that I was doing wrong with my nutrition. If it weren’t for Jack Kruse, I would not now know so many things about Cold Thermogenesis and how it can boost one’s health and eliminate hunger.
This is definitely a must read, but it can become quite difficult to grasp due to the moderately to high technical language.
4. Grant Cardone – The 10x Rule
This book extensively focuses on the fact that one must take massive and intelligent action to get to the results that they always wanted. Grant advocates that one has to do 10 times more than they think it is necessary to achieve something. For example, after finishing writing this post I should share it on as many Facebook groups as possible so that it will have a higher visibility.
I should also Tweet about it at least dozen times a day. Most of the people would only post on 2-3 groups and tweet about it only once. Grant perfectly explains why it is counterproductive to do so.
5. Catherine Kaputa – Breakthrough Branding
It was very difficult and discouraging for me to read this book up until a particular point. Maybe my attention or my level of understanding was not appropriate when I was reading it.
The first 80 pages were challenging and I was thinking of letting it go. It would have been the 2nd book that I’ve stopped reading.
However, something interesting happened and the author began talking more in my language somewhere at page 80. The book started becoming very interesting and catchy and in a matter of 3-4 days 1 got it finished.
The major point of discussion behind the book is personal branding. The second half of the book describes and exposes modern ways of growing your personal brand. I highly recommend it.
6. Doug McGuff – Body by Science
This book totally shifted my perception on exercising. Inevitably, many of us follow the general dogma and spend (or waste) precious amounts of time working out. Doug shows us how counterproductive that can be. Even though most of you think that workout should be done everyday for 30 to 120 minutes, that could not be farther from the truth.
Science shows us how exercising once per week at a highly intensive level for up to 15 minutes is enough to promote muscle growth and to trigger a response that is more beneficial than the one that you get by doing aerobic training for prolonged periods of time.
This is a life-changing book and I know that I will keep coming back to it as an important point of reference. In fact, I’ve been writing about various concepts from this book in my upcoming Ketone Power.
7. Richard Branson – Like a Virgin: Secrets they won’t teach you in Business School
I won’t go into too much detail with this title. You know Branson. So the title and the book should speak for themselves.
8. Gary Vaynerchuk – The Thank You Economy
Here’s a more detailed review I did on this book. l plan on reading his latest title Jab Jab Jab Right Hook. I really like this guy and I love the way he uses bad language.
9. Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers
It’s amazing how some people can have a very complex thinking. I find Gladwell one of the biggest thinkers of our times (aside Ray Kurzweil) and I enjoyed his book mostly because of the part in which he talks about the richest. I wrote a blog post on this a few months ago.
10. Guyton and Hall – Textbook of Medical Physiology
This has been my companion for a couple of months now. I really enjoy learning from this textbook due to the level of detail in which data is presented and also due to the fact that there is a lot of graphical representations for many of the concepts. This is where I learned about lipid metabolism, liver function and the amazing life of polar bears.
I’m still learning from this textbook and I have a feeling that it will be my companion for years to come because it has 1000+ pages and because my learning style is not linear.
11. James Allen – As a man thinket
This is one of the most important books on personal development which most of the people have not heard of. It is the precursor of both Dale Carnegie and Napoleon Hill. Allen really got me all fired up while and after reading the book. One can see that his ideas are original. Here’s an annotation that I made:
“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”
12. Steven Kotler – The rise of Superman
l started reading this book mostly because it approaches flow, a concept that I’ve written about here.
13. Eric Westman, Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek – A New Atkins for a New You
I’ve recently started reading it. The combination of the three authors makes it practically “a low-carb porn reading”.
14. Michael Gazzaniga – Who’s in charge?
This is an audio book that I finished listening to a couple of weeks ago. It makes you wonder whether it is you or your brain that commands your life. I would tag this book as mind opener.
These would be the most important books that I’ve been reading and listening to lately. Besides, I’ve also re-read and re-listened to the most influential titles for me so far. These are:
Dale Carnegie – How to win friends
Napoleon Hill – Think and grow rich
Dr. Joe Dispenza – Evolve your brain
Daniel Goleman – Emotional Intelligence
Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek – The Art and science of Low-Carbohydrate Living
Gary Taubes – Why we get fat
Tony Robbins – Awaken the Giant Within
Joe Navarro – What Every Body is Saying
Kelly McGonigal – The Willpower Instinct
Brian Tracy – The Science of Self-Confidence
And the most significant one that I read was the one that I’m about to release. If you’ve read some of these titles or if you plan on doing that, please share your thoughts or questions in either of the comment sections. Oh, and if you have a good book to recommend, I’d love to hear about it!
L.E.: See other book reviews that I did here, here, and here.