- Philosophy – Books that shape the way I live, and think about, my life
- Personal Development – Books that help me improve my day to day life
- Professional Development – Books that help me grow professionally
- Fitness – Books that make me and my teammates better athletes
- Family – Books I read and enjoyed with my kids
But people kept talking about it. So I gave it a chance.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. The content is fantastic and both Leif and Jocko do an amazing job of linking their horrific war stories from Ramadi to everyday life. The lessons in this book are powerful.
Not only do we learn how lucky we have it here, but we also learn how to become better leaders and people.
Jesse Itzler’s previous book, Living With a Seal, is one of my favorite reads. It is equal parts hilarious and motivating. Living with monks, understandably, wasn’t as comedic as living with a Navy SEAL, but I still really liked this book. There are so many great lessons in here. I know I’ll be reading it again soon.
This may be the most underrated book of 2018.
This was a Dan John book recommendation. It surprised me how much I could learn from Winnie the Pooh.
“If we add up all the rewards in our lives, we won’t have very much. But if we add up all the spaces between the rewards, we’ll come up with quite a bit. And if we add up the rewards and the spaces, then we’ll have everything.”
Getting really good at something is a rollercoaster. Sometimes you feel like a natural. Sometimes you feel like a dunce. No book encapsulates this journey quite like Mastery.
The “Mastery Curve” outlined is the perfect representation of what learning a new skill looks like. As much as we wish progress would be linear, that’s never the case. Instead, we see a little progress, a bit of a decline, and then a long plateau before any more signs of progress.
This book is about how to manage those long, boring plateaus. The plateaus where most people quit. Because, as this book will show you, the master is the one who stays on the path, day after day, regardless of boredom or an apparent lack of progress.
This is my new favorite book on habits. The Power of Habit and The Power of Less are great, but this one is fantastic. The lessons are memorable and its advice is actionable. This may be the “blueprint” on how to change your life.
Zig Ziglar spoke highly of this book. I finally listened to the audiobook this year. It’s heavily focused on prayer and the Bible, and I understand that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But I got so much out of this book that I’ve listened to it a few times now.
I’ve been a big Seth Godin fan for years. His message of “getting started before you’re perfect” has helped me immensely.
There’s a lot to love about this book. It’s not about making more money or becoming famous. It’s about learning to understand the stories we tell ourselves and how they affect us.
This book guides us on how we can spread positive messages and help change the world for the better.
If I could make every teenaged athlete read one book, I think this would be it. I placed it under “Professional Development”, though, because I’d do the same with my employees.
This book will make you a better teammate, a harder worker, and a more successful individual. Champions do extra.
It started out slow, but by the end, I got the message. When we focus on the basics and do the little things perfectly, the score will take care of itself.
Combining both strength and endurance training has always intrigued me. I’ve never wanted to be the strongest guy in the world, nor have I ever wanted to be a fast distance runner. I decided long ago that being stronger and faster than most people was a goal worth pursuing.
Endure had me skeptical at first. I’ve come across a lot of books like this and very rarely do they live up to their expectations.
Perhaps I got more out of this one because I went in with more of an open mind. I wasn’t looking for answers this time. Instead, I was looking for the right questions to be asking. In this regard, Endure delivered.
The idea behind this book is simple – get strong and mobile by tapping into our body’s “reset buttons”.
This book will teach you to rock, roll, crawl, breathe, and move your head the way you were born to do. How the author reaches his conclusions is… interesting. But I’ve found a lot of value in the prescribed movements. Crawls and rolls have become a big part of what we do at Conviction Fitness because of it.
The messages in these books are important for kids to hear: If you aren’t good at something, practice it. If you have a problem, deal with it. If you want something, work for it. If someone isn’t nice to you, be nice to them anyways.
… Actually, these are important messages for all of us to hear.
We picked this one up during a visit to the library. I was familiar with the story but had never actually read the book.
Reading it with the kids was an experience I don’t think any of us will forget.
Pretty simple – Jack and his sister Annie come across a Magic Tree House in the forest. The books inside the tree house take them to different times and places where it’s up to them to save the day. These books were a lot of fun to read together.
As I stated above, sometimes a book isn’t what we expected or hoped for. It’s frustrating when that happens. My goal here isn’t to put anyone down. My goal here, again, is to steer you towards books I found enjoyable and useful.
Tools of Titans was good. There was a lot of solid advice, routines, and resources from a lot of very successful people. It felt like many “Titans” had something real to share.
This book, though, was terrible.
The little value provided in Tribe of Mentors was not worth the time invested in reading it. It looks, feels, and reads like the results of a survey.
Listen to the podcast instead.
I really like Brian MacKenzie. I did not like this book.
Athlete biographies are some of my favorite books. So when I saw Tim Tebow’s for $1.00 at a book sale, I jumped on it.
It’s bad. Would it be rude to say I overpaid?
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