The Daily Drucker: 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done

A collection of ideas from Peter Drucker, a highly respect business strategist and thinker. I enjoy books like this because the content is extremely practical. At the end of each entry is an action point describing how you can put each idea into use.

Themes: Management, entrepreneurship, leadership, decision making, the workforce, and philosophy.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

What is an Essentialist?

“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.”

“Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”  ~Greg McKeown

This book really resonated with me, and I will defintely incorporate many of these principles into my work and personal life.

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

I’ve been following Mark’s blog for years and is one of my favorite writers online today. Mark approaches self-improvement from a completely different angle than most and thinks in a very stoic way that I resonate with. His new book is the best I’ve read in 2017. To me, Stoicism has always been the art knowing what to–and what not to–give a fuck about. That’s what Mark’s book is about. He’s as painfully honest as he is outrageously funny. I find his honesty to be refreshing and fulfilling. When everyone else out there is trying to sell you some cheap, perfect, feel-good theory advice… Mark delivers the honest, practical, real world advice that you need to hear. 

It’s a book about moving lightly despite your heavy burdens, resting easier with your greatest fears, laughing at your tears as you cry them. This book will not teach you how to gain or achieve, but rather how to lose and let go. It will teach you to give fewer fucks.

First, Break All The Rules: What The World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

A friend of mine who owns a successful real-estate company texted me the other day and told me to get this book ASAP. Management is an intangible skill so it can be hard to clearly define sometimes. This book does a great job of breaking management down into what great managers “Do” and “Don’t do.” So far it is the best book I’ve found on the subject.

“A manager must be able to do four activities extremely well: select a person, set expectations, motivate the person, and develop the person. These four activities are the manager’s most important responsibilities. You might have all the vision, charisma, and intelligence in the world, but if you cannot perform these four activities well, you will never excel as a manager.”

The Lombardi Rules: 26 Lessons From The World’s Greatest Coach

The average person has a “good enough” mentality. That will not take you to elite levels of success. Coach Lombardi says you should always strive for perfection. You may never execute perfectly but the expectation has to be perfection. That’s the only way to maintain an elite level of excellence in everything you do. You’ll find a lot more great thoughts on leadership in this book.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

This book is all about leadership in the work place. The chapter on the 4 happiness chemicals in our brain (Endorphins, Dopamine, Serotonin, & Oxytocin) is worth buying the book alone. Here’s the biggest leadership lesson I took away:

The role of the leader is not to bark commands and be completely accountable for the success or failure of the mission. It is a leader’s job instead to take responsibility for the success of each member of his crew. It is the leader’s job to ensure that they are well trained and feel confident to perform their duties.

To give them responsibility and hold them accountable to advance the mission. If the captain provides direction and protection, the crew will do what needs to be done to advance the mission.

The Law of Attraction Success Planner

This is the planner I use to plan my days, weeks, months, and years. I write in it daily and don’t go anywhere without it. Most of us plan for our next vacation. But for some strange reason, it never occurs to us to plan our lives.

I’m a believer in writing down your goals daily and this is the book I use to do it. This is also the planner where I publish my daily Power List – the list of 1-2 critical tasks I need to accomplish in order to chalk the day up as a “Win” and move forward.

I’m sharing this resource with you for an important reason. If you’re not actively planning your life, you will naturally start drifting through life.

Consequences of Drifting: Confusion, Expense, Lost Opportunity, Pain, Regret.