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Reading a book can change your life…immediately.
Dozens of books have made an impact on mine. I’ve literally read more than two thousand titles; most of them have helped me in some way.
I’m often asked for personal book recommendations. Today I’ll share 5 books that can help you develop Black Belt Mindset. These are books that (provided you’re willing to strap on your belt and get to work) can change your life immediately.
Of course I’m going to unabashedly recommend you read THINK Like a BLACK BELT. Not just because it’s my book, which would be reason enough for me to recommend it- but because in THINK I give you the process that changed my life.
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But today is not about promoting my book. I want to share with you some of the books that changed my life for the better. Today I’m featuring 5 titles that have become an essential part of my personal library. I’ve picked those that are most dog-eared, highlighted and worn…because I refer to them most often.
I don’t loan books (very often) so don’t ask. I don’t loan books for two reasons: a) I need them for ready reference and b) they too often never come back!
Anyway, I’ll provide the links so you can get your own copy of any of these great titles. These are in no particular order, but there are some criteria:
- You can use the information/advice immediately
- There are no promises of results – YOU must do the work
- They contain truth, not fluff
- They’re available online (so you don’t make excuses between now and the bookstore)
- I know the authors (of most of these titles) and I can personally vouch for the quality of their work
“Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life “ by Larry Winget…
I was first introduced to the erasable personal development advice of Larry Winget when, during a particularly crappy time in my life, I spotted “Shut Up…” on the shelf at Borders. I picked up the book and thumbed through it and came across this statement:
“If your life sucks, it’s because you suck.”
Thanks Larry, like I needed to hear that! Actually- that’s exactly what I needed to hear. I don’t want to ruin the suspense, but in Larry’s explanation of that statement I knew I would never read “The Secret” again.
A couple of years after reading “Shut Up…” I had published my first book and was working on my second. I reached out to Larry and asked him to be on my podcast. Since that time, Larry has become a friend and one of my most valuable mentors. He is now helping me develop my speaking business to the next level…
…a book can introduce you to some amazing people! (You may even meet some of them!)
Life is hard work. People who are willing to work hard have a shot. Lazy people suck- stay away from them and don’t be one. If you are lazy…knock it off!
Larry Winget rubs your face in reality. If you’re ready to strap on your belt and get to work, “Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life” is for you.
I have two titles for you here. The first is “People Buy Brands, Not Companies” by Dr. John Tantillo. You can read this book while taking a long bath. You’ll refer to this book for the rest of your career.
I know this book works because the advice Dr. Tantillo shares in “People Buy Brands…” transformed me from a struggling unknown commodity to appearances on national radio and television and recognition around the world.
Because as Tantillo hammers home- your brand is your primary point of contact with the world and the people who will do business with you. The marketing universe is crowded and noisy. Unless you have a clear, concise brand presence you’re just part of the noise.
In this short, powerful book, Dr. Tantillo walks you through the process of identifying, creating and promoting your brand.
Again I can recommend this book personally, because I’ve come to know Dr. Tantillo personally. He’s become a dear friend and one of the most valuable members of my marketing and branding team. I can tell you his advice works because it works for me every single day.
You can also listen to Dr. Tantillo weekly on “BrandTalk” on WVOX, New York.
I did not read “Becoming a Category of One” until I met the author, Joe Calloway. I met Joe at a speaker’s workshop he hosted with Larry Winget. Before the workshop, Joe sent a copy of “Becoming a Category of One” to each of us who had registered…but I have to admit I didn’t read it until after the event.
Within minutes of meeting Joe I knew I would be reading his book. A major part of Joe’s advice to us centered on how to “transcend commodity and defy comparison.” That is how to create differentiation in an age where anyone with an idea and an internet connection can get in the game.
It’s not enough to have a good idea. It’s not enough to be good or even great at what you do. You’ve got to separate yourself from the competition and that’s what Joe teaches in “Becoming a Category of One.”
It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to compete in the job market or if you’re running a business. Unless you’re willing to be exceptional and promote yourself in a way that defines your unique position in the market you’re not going to get anywhere.
“Becoming a Category of One” gives you a method backed by real-world examples to help you create and promote your unique market identity.
It’s a pleasure to sound like a broken record and say that I’m using Joe’s advice every single day…and it works. Like the other authors I’ve recommended here, he’s become a friend and cherished advisor.
RELATIONSHIPS & PERSONAL FINANCE:
And yes- the two go together. Or- you could look at it from another angle and say that your relationship will end up in serious trouble if you and your partner are not singing in harmony when it comes to finance.
Dr. Jackie Black is one of America’s most effective relationship experts. “Couples and Money” is her definitive guide to dealing with the most corrosive issue in any relationship- money!
Dr. Jackie’s advice is comprehensive, focused and effective. Personal finance is not rocket science- we just tend to make it so. Or, even worse, we ignore it until it becomes a real issue. Just follow the advice in this book and you’ll be OK!
Times are still tough and they’re likely to be that way for awhile. You may be experiencing tough times financially, but that shouldn’t threaten your relationship. Dr. Jackie will teach you how to handle your shared finances in a way that strengthens your relationship rather than destroying it!
Again I’m happy to share a personal recommendation. I met Dr. Jackie when she responded to an article I had written. Since then she’s become a dear friend, trusted advisor and a collaborator…
…look for “LOVE Like a BLACK BOOK” coming soon!
Power is a product of motivation and discipline applied over time. If you want to create a more powerful and effective life, you’ve got to learn how best to utilize your most precious resource: Time.
“First Things First” is the only book I’m recommending today by an author I don’t know personally. I fully intended to meet Stephen Covey; I’ve read his books and applied his advice for years. Unfortunately, the world lost one of it’s greatest contemporary teachers and philosophers this year when Stephen Covey died from injuries he sustained in a biking accident.
One of the great power of books is that we can, in a real and profound way, still meet and share time with people who are no longer with us in person.
Whenever I hear of anyone struggling with time, I recommend “First Things First.” It is, in fact, the only book on time management I ever recommend. It changed my life forever and it can change yours.
Covey simply describes a value centered method that takes all the mystery out of prioritizing and planning how to spend the time you have every day, month and year of your life. His simple “quadrants” for organizing priorities will change the way you look at organizing, utilizing and valuing your time forever.
I could recommend dozens of other books today, but I vowed not to exceed 1,500 words and I’m at 1,469 right now! (I may go a little over!)
If you enjoy these titles, let me know and I’ll do another list soon. Meanwhile, remember the immortal words of Charlie “Tremendous” Jones:
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
You may be able to get out and meet any of these great people today…but in 30 seconds you can order a book!
The political season rages on…an lot’s of people are raging about it! We continue to offer Jim’s solutions to contentious political debate…
It seems like a long time since I made this short video on how to conduct respectful conversations in the office. I’ve become a bit more erasable since this was done, but you may still find this useful!
And you can download this PDF poster for your office bulletin board: The 5 AssUmptions!
If you’d like to host our THINK Like a BLACK BELT for Respect & Civility in the Workplace program at your business, college or university call 800-786-8502 for booking information.
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