Recent Reads

Growing up I was always a bookworm but as I’ve gotten older, especially after grad school, I’ve been reading less. This year I decided to challenge myself to read more books. I wanted to make an effort to read books that would have an impact on me, provide value, and help me figure out where I’m going. Here are all of the books I’ve read (or am still reading) so far, there were some hits and some misses.

Recent Reads

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

This book really resonated with me. The authors write about how you should pick one main task that’s going to get you to your long-term goal and make that your daily priority. This made me think about drilling down into my long-term goal to figure out what the one thing is that I need to do today to get to that goal. Instead of trying to do five different things every day, that may or may not get me to my end goal, I now focus on the one thing I need to do to get to my long-term goal. This one thing I do that day has to help me get to my one month goal. My one month goal has to help me reach my yearly goal. This yearly goal has to help me get to my five-year goal. I found this book for free though the Amazon Prime lending library. If you have Amazon Prime you might want to check and see if it’s still available to borrow for free. I highly encourage you to read this book.

Rich20Something: Ditch Your Average Job, Start an Epic Business, and Score the Life You Want

This book was by far my favorite and the one that resonated with me the most partially because it was written by someone close in age to me and partially because of what Daniel DiPiazza (the author) discusses. Daniel made me realize just how much I want to be an entrepreneur. Daniel also made me realize that my idea/product doesn’t have to be brand new. I just need to find the something to make my product/idea stand out. I can’t wait to apply some of the concepts and ideas that Daniel discusses in his book. The concepts in the book can be useful to anyone at any age who wants to start a business and I’d definitely encourage you to read it. If you only read one of these books this is the one I’d recommend!

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

This book was good but honestly I can’t remember everything that was discussed in the book. I do remember having a few “ah-ha” moments while reading it because it made me realize things about myself. A few months have passed since finishing it and there’s not much else I can recall about the book.

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable

I’m currently still reading this book and have been trying to finish it for quite some time. I just can’t get into it, unlike Rich20Something or The One Thing both of which I couldn’t put down. I’m not sure if it’s the way the Tim Grover writes or if the concepts just aren’t appealing to me. Tim Grover trained elite athletes, like Micheal Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade, and talks about his experiences training them throughout the book. I’m not a basketball fan so the stories he shares don’t mean much to me. I’m about halfway through the book and am going to continue trying to finish it.

What books have you read recently? Is there a book(s) that I should put on my list?

Until next time!

-M

2 thoughts on “Recent Reads

  1. Great list! I’m going to look into The One Thing. You might also want to check out Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success by Angela Duckworth. It focuses on research that finds that someone’s “grit” or ability to persevere is a higher indicator of potential success than raw talent.

    Also, there’s always the public library if you cant find a book through Amazon Prime’s library. 😉 They even have e-books sometimes.

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