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.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Tools of Titans is the latest groundbreaking book from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Four-Hour Workweek (a book that changed my perspective on time forever). For the last two years, Tim has interviewed nearly two hundred world-class performers for his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs, professional athletes, and thought leaders.

Even if you have been following Tim’s podcast like me, I strongly recommend getting this book. Tools of Titans packages all the tools, tactics, and wisdom from these world-class performers and distills them in an easy format for immediate application. The book is not meant to be read like a normal book, it’s more like a vetted field manual that you should come back and reference frequently.

Powerful quote: “You don’t “succeed” because you have no weaknesses; you succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing habits around them.” – Tim Ferriss

The amount of actionable details found here is shocking. Now, buy this book and learn something.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

More than 3/4 of the world suffers from declining workplace happiness.  The basic premise of this book is that “Skills Trump Passion” and “Follow Your Passion” is terrible advice. I’ve always been curious about what makes a compelling career and this book answered a lot of my questions. If you’re like me and want to find work you love, read this book.

A job is a way to pay the bills, a career is a path toward increasingly better work, and a calling is work that’s an important part of your life and a vital part of your identity.

Here is one of my favorite ideas from the book — an idea that I’ll return to regularly. In order to create compelling careers we need to adopt a “craftsman mindset” rather than a “passion mindset” that is suggested by the mainstream.

“The first is the craftsman mindset, which focuses on what you can offer the world. The second is the passion mindset, which instead focuses on what the world can offer you.” 

Build skills, become awesome at what you do, collect “career capital“, and let the passion follow.

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

I’m highly recommending that more people read this book faithfully. By now, you know I’m big on life philosophy. Stoicism is a ridiculous tool for living and is now what I like to refer to as my personal operating system.

Essentially, stoicism is The Discipline of Perception (how we see and perceive the world), The Discipline of Action (the decisions and actions we take), and the Discipline of Will (how we deal with the things that cannot change).

Stoicism is about having mental clarity, being effective, and having the perspective to deal with anything the world throws at you.