In addition to transportation, I have keen interest in personal, professional, and leadership development. Charlie “Tremendous” Jones once said, “You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet.” With that in mind, here is a list of some of the best books I have read in the past few years that have had a profound impact on me:
Business and Finance
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. This book gave me the courage to start this blog. But it’s not just for people interested blogging. It’s for anyone who has an idea and wants to spread the word.
- EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey. If you read only one book on being a better leader in your business, make sure it is this one. The book should be required reading for any business major (or CEO, for that matter). As the subtitle says, the book is “20 years of practical business wisdom from the trenches.”
- Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money by Daniel Lapin. The saying isn’t: Money is the root of all evil. It is: The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Rabbi Lappin helps us understand that doing business with someone is not a one-sided transaction. It is a two-way street that is beneficial to both parties.
- 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal by Dan Miller. You might think this book is just for people that want to quit their current job and find something new. But it is much more than that. You can also take some of the principles that Dan outlines and apply them to your current job.
- The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey. You can’t prosper financially if you are swimming in debt. It just isn’t possible. This book can be best summed up by Proverbs 22:7 – The borrower is slave to the lender. And that statement is the absolute truth whether you are a person of faith or not. If you want to (as Dave says) “change your family tree” then get this book.
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins. Another book that should be required reading for anyone in business.
- The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All by Michael Useem. This book is a series of true-life accounts of some great leadership successes and some absolute failures. From the amazing account of Gene Krantz and Apollo 13 to Wagner Dodge and the Mann-Gulch fire debacle, this book is a great read.
- The People Code: It’s All About Your Innate Motive by Taylor Hartman. Want to learn more about how different people communicate? Dr. Hartman breaks it down for you. Learn how to identify what style other people communicate with. But more importantly, he explains how you need to communicate with people that are not the same style as you.
- Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters Jon Acuff is an amazing young writer. I absolutely love his wit and sense of humor. This book is great for helping you escape from the road to average and get on the pathway to awesome.
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
In addition to books, I regularly listen to podcasts on leadership and personal development. All of my recommendations can be found in iTunes:
- EntreLeadership with Chris Hogan
- This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt
- The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast with Andy Stanley
- 48 Days with Dan Miller
- Chris Locurto Podcast with Chris Locurto