i read books. i read a lot of them. every morning over superfoods. i take notes. i use the highlight function on my kindle. i listen to them on audio too. i jot while listening… and the kind of books i read have these little things called action steps. usually i do the action steps. if it don’t, it because i get so hungry for knowledge that i just want to read the dang thing.
but not this year.
this year, i’ll be slowing down. not just to take notes, but to actually take time to do the action steps. my mantra for this year would have it no other way : narrow+deep.
so here i go. i’m diving in. and let’s see what kind of jasmine emerges on the other side. i’ll be updating throughout the year. you’ll have dates and times and reflections and quotes. and if you’ve read/are reading one of these, drop a comment. #booketlistbuddies
The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
“Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.” The story of the go-giver is, by far, the most intuitive book I’ve read on ‘sales.’ That word had a really icky connotation for me; this book freed me of that, as my soul resonated with these authors (or should I say mentors).
The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster by Darren Hardy
The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes
who run the world? #girls
You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
“(On the hang ups that people have about money) I’m going to give you the top 3. Money is the root of all evil. People really think it’s an evil, dirty, bad thing. They think they’ll have to do something they hate to make money. They’ll have to work themselves to the bone doing stuff they hate. The biggest one is that they don’t think they’re allowed to make money. They haven’t given themselves permission to make money. You can tell people how to invest and how to work with money, but if they haven’t gotten over the part of yourself that isn’t allowing yourself to go for it, it’s such a loaded topic…to go out and say “I’m gonna make a ton of money,” people will look at you funny. It’s not okay in our society.”
Jen wrote one of the foundational personal growth books we use in our fitness community, You Are a Badass, and this follow up is going to be pivotal in mastering a mindset of wealth. If you want to get over pure BS like that quote above, then go grab this book. I listened on Audible all the way through first. Now I’ll listen again, completing the questions and action steps at the end of each chapter. It’s kind of like that whole-part-whole method we’re all taught in music school.
Get Over Your Damn Self by Romi Neustadt
GIRL CODE by Cara Alwill Leyra
“You will evolve. Not everyone will get it. Evolve anyway.” + “They don’t serve champagne at pity parties.” This is the guidebook for female entrepreneurs in an industry driven by females. Cara is my guru for all things woman. She’s the best friend you want in your corner, or in this case your mind. When shit gets real, something she’s said will pop up bringing clarity when there was none.
Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski
I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz “Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love” I still haven’t finished this book, which is kind of ridiculous because it’s incredibly short. I will say that the four agreements all step from this first one. It’s a lot about congruence : are your thoughts congruent with you words + are your words congruent with your actions?
connection to your intuition
May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
This, in a nutshell, is what “self-improvement” is really about: prioritizing better values, choosing better things to give a fuck about. Because when you give better fucks, you get better problems.
Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience. Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame.
This book is hilarious, bold-faced truth. It’s based on the premise of deciding which fucks to give in your life, because at the end all we have is legacy. There are mindfucks on all sorts scattered throughout, that’s going to make you think about things that you’ve probably never thought. I recommend on Audible, because omg it’s laugh-out-loud funny when you hear it live!
The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
Adventures for your Soul by Shannon Kaiser
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte
Thank you Econonmy by Gary Vaynerchuk
Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferris
Full Disclosure. I started to read this book, got through a bit of it, and then stopped. It’s basically an anthology of cool people and the cool shit they do, so I figured I can use it as a reference text. I’m of the mindset that we shouldn’t have to suffer through books we don’t want to read. If we need the information, then someone else has written about it in a voice we might prefer. I moved on.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
START by Jon Acuff
Mastering Influence by Tony Robbins
Creating Lasting Change by Tony Robbins
I LOVED this program. It’s a gateway into understanding Neurolinguistic Programming (fancy term for a process that helps people get over their own bullshit). As a coach I am SO effing interested in this I can hardly stand it. If you are a mentor in any kind of capacity, this will give you knowledge on psychology to actually help your people long-term. It’s one that I will do again and again because “repetition is the mother of skill.”
From left to right… milk + honey by Rupi Kaur, Stripped by Cara Alwill Leyba, whiskey words & a shovel I by r.h.Sin