Good Reads

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.

Leadership Development

Personal Development

General Interest


In addition to books, I regularly listen to podcasts on leadership and personal development.  All of my recommendations can be found in iTunes:

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