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Yes, I’m plugging my own books!
They are not really going to help you work smarter, but you’ll learn how to get out of debt and push yourself out of your comfort zone!
How To Get Out Of Debt Living Paycheck to Paycheck: 9 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. My #1 Bestseller book that even if you don’t have debt but want to get ahead financially, the 9 step budgeting system will get you there. This book has now been sold into 10+ different countries and four continents.
37 Days of Different: A Guide to Break Out of Your Boring Routine and Start Changing Your Life. This book will challenge you but in a fun, eye-opening way. Available both as Kindle and paperback.
Get More Done
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. The principles in this book have revolutionized people’s lives and is a must read. It can be a bit heavy at times but if you can learn the principles you will make leaps in both your personal life and business life.
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. Great book on how to stay productive and get stuff done. Brian Tracy is a no-nonsense author and speaker that will motivate you to go do great things.
No Excuses by Brian Tracy. If you use excuses as to why you are not where you want to be you need to read this book and get your rear kicked a little.
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller. One of my favorite books showing you how to focus on the right things and therefore push forward projects and more much faster than if you didn’t focus on one thing at a time.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown. Another favorite book of mine providing you with great tools and resources on how to focus on what is truly essential in life so you can live an amazing life.
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. Darren is the publisher of the magazine Success and has a lot of wisdom. He talks about what you do today affects you not only today but long-term. A must read.
Think Outside the Box
No More Dreaded Mondays by Dan Miller. This book will make you re-think the traditional career path and realize your own potential and calling. If you want to be in charge of your own day and path this book is for you. This book change lives every day! This book changed mine.
48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller. If you are looking for work or want to change your current job position this book will teach you how to write a resume, how to interview and how to find the work you love. Anyone looking for work must read this book! Plus it also has some great ideas for starting a business!
E-Myth by Michael Gerber. This is a must read if you own a business. Most small business owners have never taken the time to create their vision, business plan and organizational chart (org chart), leading them to work around the clock going nowhere.
The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch. 80% of your revenue/results come from 20% of your products/services and effort. Unfortunately most operate the opposite making for much longer workdays. This book teaches you how to focus on what is moving you forward.
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz. Of course you run your business profit first, right? I did, or so I thought. Always having calculated revenue goals based on profit needed I didn’t feel a need to read this book when I first heard of it. Luckily I decided to because it’s a MUST READ for anyone with a business. This book changes the game and if this was mandatory reading for those starting a business more would stay in business and most of all thrive!
Good to Great by Jim Collins. The author did extensive research to figure out why some companies succeed and why some are not. If you either work for a company or have a company that is not thriving this is the book for you.
Abundance by Peter Diamandis. After you read this book you’ll see not only the world differently but it’s like looking into the future, giving you the edge to be ahead of the game. We no longer live in an analog world but a digital and if you’re not looking ahead you may be out of business before you’ve even gotten started. A follow up read to Abundance is his latest book BOLD, which takes things even further. Two books that will help you survive the digital era.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. The strategies that Dale Carnegie lays out in the book are remarkably simple yet often overlooked by most. A great read for those that struggle with making friends both in business and in life.
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone. So much wisdom in here and a huge motivation booster that will help you realize you need to up your efforts if you are to be seen in today’s noisy world. You can no longer just start a business and hope customers will come, you need to go out and get them.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. If you think you need money and a fancy business plan to start a business, think again. In today’s world you can start one for zero dollars if you want to. Chris lays out how to start a business step-by-step in super simple language that will you have up and running in no time!
Get Your Money Mindset in Shape
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This old classic is a book that if you are ready for it, will open your mind to learn how your mind is more powerful than you think when it comes to money and success.
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley. This book opens up your eyes to realize that those that look rich are often broke and vice versa. A great book teaching you the core concepts on how people actually become rich, how they think and what they do to get there. A must read classic.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker. We each have a financial blueprint that is behind our thought process about money and that has a much bigger influence on your financial life than you think. That blueprint was created by your parents, family and surroundings and if you are not where you want to be in life this book could hold the key to your success.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Robert grew up with two dads, one was his own and one was his friends dad. He learned two different concepts about money from each, and has since gone on to become a very successful person, teaching the two concepts and how rich people think and make their fortunes.
Get Your Mind in Shape
Mindset by Carol Dweck. This book will open you up to how two very distinct mindsets are affecting not only your life but you will understand people around you much better. Carol shows how a fixed mindset works vs. a growth mindset. This book will knock your socks off. One of my most recommended books!
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Why do we do what we do? Because we are creatures of habit. Charles shows us how to understand a habit to how to change it. This is a fantastic book! And full of great, easy-to-apply action steps that are not overwhelming at all. He has done an amazing job breaking down complicated topics into ones that even a first grader can understand.
The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonical. I ran out of a highlighter reading this book! Every page you go: Whoa! I need to highlight that. The book is filled with so much awesomeness you cannot believe you haven’t had anyone in your life telling you about this amazing book yet.
The Power of Neuroplasticity by Shad Helmstetter. This book will revolutionize your life and how you think about it. Dr. Helmstetter talks about how we have been programmed throughout our lives and how we can, going forward, change the programming and therefore change our lives.
What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter. This book will help you understand how you have been programmed by others and how to change that by changing the way you talk to yourself. If you want to succeed in whatever endeavor you set out to achieve, read this book! You become what you think about and changing your language to setting you up for success is key.
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza. By far the BEST book on how to reprogram your brain. This book, after you read the others will give you that last piece to the puzzle of how to change not only your habits but how you can change yourself both mentally and physically going forward. This is a game-changer!
Secrets to Success
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Most successful people have a strict morning routine that sets the tone for the day. Millions of people have now dived into Hal’s version called SAVERS as their way of starting each day. This book will inspire you to want to fly out of bed in the morning.
See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar. This book will get both your mindset and motivation on track for success. I recommend the audio version of this book (only way I’ve “read” it) as Zig’s classic southern drawl and humor makes the message even more powerful. Late Zig Ziglar will motivate you to take action and create a life that will take you to the top.
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. If the name sounds familiar that’s because Jack Canfield is behind the wildly successful Chicken Soup for the Soul books. This book contains principles that will forever, if you follow them, take you from an average life to a life of success allowing you to live your life the way it was meant to be lived. In other words, fully and completely. A must read.
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. We were not born to think small. Opposite, we were all born with unlimited potential that somehow goes to the waste side as life gets busy. The book will give you permission to once again dream and provides great information on how to take action and how to think BIG.
Sales (Learn How to Sell the Right Way)
Learn how to sell, close the deals and much more by one of the BEST sales trainers in the world, Grant Cardone, who today not only has one of the best sales training programs out there but also trains people in money mindset, career and real estate. He has created almost a billion dollar company using the principles he teach.
Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar. One of the best comprehensive books (in my opinion) on how to sell the right way. The book is filled with so many great tips this is a book you will need to read every so often so you can continue to implement all the various sales techniques and ideas listed in the book.
The Sales Bible by Jeffrey Gitomer. Although the book is written mostly for those that do sales to businesses the book holds value for anyone that is in sales. Oh, wait! That is all of you. No matter what your profession is you are always selling something, an idea, a concept, your preferred way or a product. This book is on my top 3 of best sales books ever written.
Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port. If you are a service professional this is the book for you. Michael Port is a well known Think Big coach and shows you how you can create a never ending stream of clients. The book not only covers the “sales and prospecting” part of getting clients but also dives into marketing, social media, creating a website and more.
Launch by Jeff Walker. Jeff walks you through how to do a product launch online. He is known for helping people create insanely successful product launches and his book is a fantastic resource.
DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson. Russell is known as the go-to person for marketing funnels and shares his secret to how to successfully run a website online that convert to sales.
Platform by Michael Hyatt. If you have anything to say or sell online this is a must read to learn how to create your own platform. Filled with great tips. My advice: you cannot implement everything you learn in the book. Pick something and get started.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuck. Gary knows social media marketing like no other and this book breaks down how to treat each social media platform for optimal success. It’s a fun, easy-to-read book you can put into action right away.
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Create Your Online Freedom Business
Jeremy Frandsen and Jason Van Orden are the smarts behind Internet Business Mastery. They are behind greats like Pat Flynn, Jamie Tardy and other very successful online entrepreneurs. If you want to start your online freedom business they are the ones to learn from. I have personally gone through their Academy program and highly recommend it plus their online mastermind group is incredible. What I love about their program is that they speak a language that is easy to understand and they are not trying to overwhelm you with stuff you don’t need to learn. And they are the real deal, true teachers at heart with a passion to help people start an online business.
The Fire Path by Kate Erickson, the other half of Entrepreneur on Fire (John Lee Dumas), takes you through how to start your own online business, successfully. The way she explains things are refreshing. Instead of using language that flies right over your head she uses examples and stories that makes you have a-ha moments. No more wondering what an avatar is, how to build your platform or how to discover your niche.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. The title can be a bit misrepresentative but the book basically shows you how to create a business that generate passive income and how to outsource everything so that you can work a lot less, often even as little as 4 hours a week. Awesome book filled with great tips.
The Suitcase Entrepreneur by Natalie Sission. Natalie actually lives out of a suitcase traveling the world running her multi-million dollar business fully online. The book is jam packed with great information and tips that shows you how to create a freedom business just like her.
Great apps for productivity
There are so many apps and programs for productivity but this list contains the most common ones. Download my free PDF.
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