High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way

High Performance as defined in this book is: succeeding beyond standard norms, consistently over the long term. This book is pure gold and recommended for anyone trying to reach peak performance in business, career, and life. Brendon is widely considered the world’s leading high performance coach (according to both Success Magazine and Oprah.com). The habits in this book are precise, actionable, repeatable, scalable, and sustainable.

Brendon breaks high performance down into 6 habits and refers to them as the HP6:

  1. Clarity – Who you are, what you do, how you interact, where you’re going.
  2. Energy – maintain focus, effort, & well being, stay on your A game.
  3. Necessity – Success is your duty, responsibility, and moral obligation.
  4. Productivity – minimize any and all distractions.
  5. Influence – Getting people to believe in and support your ambitions.
  6. Courage – Express your ideas, take bold action, face uncertainty.

In addition to reading the book, I also recommend watching/listening to this interview with Brendon & Lewis Howes on The School of Greatness Podcast.

The Five Minute Foreman: Mastering the People Side of Construction

It doesn’t matter if you’re like me and have a career in the construction industry, this book applies to all businesses and leadership positions. If you are in the construction industry, you will find this book especially impactful as its opened my eyes to how valuable construction leaders are. Highly recommend for all readers pursuing leadership roles.

As Construction Leaders, “We don’t build buildings. We build the people who build the buildings.”

Expect Greatness: Living A Life Of Excellence

I had the opportunity to interview the author of this book, John Hawkins on NITCH Radio. This book is written to serve as guide that you can always come back to and reference. All of the chapters are stand alone chapters that cover a principle on greatness and living a life of excellence. “Greatness is not something that happens by accident. Rather, it’s accomplished through the successful completion of a series of goals, steps, and objectives over time.” This is recommended reading.

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.”