It is theorised as humans we become the average of the 5 people we hang out with the most, so we should probably chose our friends wisely. In addition to this, I think the books we read can have a great influence as well. Since finishing university in 2015, I’ve made it my priority to up-skill myself in areas of life outside of Exercise and Sport Science because that information alone is not going to help me achieve anywhere close to what I want.
Below you will find my top 7 books from 2016. If you like what you find, please like, comment and share this with your friends.
The Way of the Superior Man – David Deida
This book is like the bible for understanding masculine/feminine relationships! I wish I discovered this book 10 years ago because it would have saved me from many sleepless nights. Ever wondered why members of the opposite sex seem to come from another planet and no matter how hard you try you never seem to have the same opinion on anything – this book helps deal with all of that and way more. What’s best about it, it is like a life dictionary – stuck on something, lookup the chapter, and 5 minutes later you have your answer. Brilliant read, kind-a-spiritual, a must have for any man.
The One Thing – Gary Keller
I have quite a few commitments on my plate and I often suffer from analysis paralysis – too much to do in too little time. After reading this easy-digestible number I became instantly better at delineating the important tasks and became more effective. I’ll let you in on a little secret, in 2016 I doubled my income – I think some takeaways from this book really helped me get there. Very easy to read plus some great diagrams to depict the theories within.
The Richest Man in Babylon – George Clason
Probably the oldest piece of material I’ve ever read and also the most gob smacking! For the first decade of my working life I thought I didn’t earn enough worry about saving. “There’s no point saving until you earn over $70K”, I used to say. This book immediately put an end to that. This eloquently written piece force-fed me the lessons I need to learn and quick. This book was the catalyst for me saving $10K in 2016 and fully funding my trip to Europe. I must acknowledge my good friend Diba Agahi for the book recommendation – thank you!
7 Keys to Being a Great Coach – Alistair McCaw
I picked up this book to help me in my performance coaching ‘vocation’ – I call it that because, like Alistair, I coach because I love helping and being of service to others, I’m just lucky enough to get paid doing it. That’s why it’s a vocation and not a job. I honesty think this book is for anyone who is ambitious in life or in the business of business, coaching, leadership and education. Written by a real straight shooter, this book will highlight to you where you are bullshitting not only others but yourself. Rest assured it is comforting to know that if you experience this we are not alone, and it’s probably because you care. So many daily mantras to take away – a must read book!
The Power of Less – Leo Babauta
I read this book because Tim Ferris said so in one of his blogs. It’s a great book and in my opinion not too different in essence from The One Thing. For me, I always think that I need to reduce what I do, or focus on just a few things, finish them, and then move on. This book backed up my thinking. I want to do everything in life, and the consequence of trying to do them all at once is that nothing gets done with any velocity. If you suffer from this human disorder – then this book can offer an enlightening point of view. The other think I like about this book, it offers a great conceptual approach to habit change, and who wants those this time of year… Resolutions anyone?
The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need – Scott Pape
OMG! Scott Pape take a bow… and can the Australia Government please implement his 9 steps to financial freedom into the year 8 life-skills-syllabus! Never have I felt more empowered over my finances after reading this book! I read it in 4 hours I reckon! The Barefoot Investor lays down ‘fiercely independent’ financial advice that is so simple it hurt. My internal state went nuts after reading this – if only I could turn back the clock 10 years. If you have no idea on how to manage your finances, never received financial advice, or have no clue what your financial future is going to look like then do yourself a favour and read this bad-boy.
The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra
I’ve saved the best till last. This is the first book I’ve actually studied – like actually studied front-to-back and back-to-front. I even paraphrased the whole book into my Evernote so I can look it up whenever I have free moment.
Do you have problems in your life? We all do. Have you noticed some people live life with a bit more grace, calmness and finesse than you. Do you rage at a red light, or do you rage at income tax, or do you rage when there is a baby crying on your 13hr flight home? This book can deliver the inner peace you’re after to deal with anything life throws at you. Hell, life might not throw anything at you after you read this book – if you get my drift. It even delivers some parenting advice that I will be passing on. Thank you Deepak for the masterpiece and thank you Alex Kertesz for the recommendation!
There you have it – my favourite books from last year. Have you read any of these? Did they help you? Hit me up and start a conversation.
P.S. I’ve hit the ground running in 2017 on the books front too – Tools of Titans – Tim Ferris and The Daily Stoic – Ryan Holiday are in my possession.
P.S.S. After writing this I’ve started using #jtsbookclub on twitter. Get around it… Yeah or na?