Are you looking for a good New Year’s Resolution?  

I have one for you!! Watch Less TV, Read More Books.

About 3 years ago started reading one book each month. I like to listen to audio books on my way to and from the office with Audible  (Link). A great book can help teach you how to live a better life, find happiness, understand the past, prepare for the future, succeed, manage relationships and get more done.  

If you know of a great book that you think I should add to my below list, feel free to send me a link.

May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations on your life.

Brian’s 2020 must-read book list…

12 Pillars of Success – by Jim Rohn Free AudioBook (LINK). You can also pick up a free copy in my office. 

  • David Marzich gave me this book about 3 years ago and it changed my life.  

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success. – by Amy Morin (LINK).

  • Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself
  • Don’t give away your power
  • Don’t shy away from change
  • Don’t focus on things you can’t control
  • Don’t worry about pleasing everyone
  • Don’t fear taking calculated risks
  • Don’t dwell on the past
  • Don’t make the same mistakes over and over
  • Don’t resent other people’s success
  • Don’t give up after the first failure
  • Don’t fear alone time
  • Don’t feel the world owes you anything
  • Don’t expect immediate results

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Hardcover. – by Ben Horowitz (LINK).

  • “Hard things are hard because there are no easy answers or recipes. They are hard because your emotions are at odds with your logic. They are hard because you don’t know the answer and you cannot ask for help without showing weakness.” 
  • “No matter who you are, you need two kinds of friends in your life. The first kind is one you can call when something good happens, and you need someone who will be excited for you. Not a fake excitement veiling envy, but a real excitement. You need someone who will actually be more excited for you than he would be if it had happened to him. The second kind of friend is somebody you can call when things go horribly wrong—when your life is on the line and you only have one phone call.” 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t– by Jim Collins (LINK).

  • The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice.

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries (LINK).

  • “The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else.” 
  • “We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want.” 

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies – by Jim Collins (LINK).

  • “Comfort is not the objective in a visionary company. Indeed, visionary companies install powerful mechanisms to create /dis/comfort–to obliterate complacency–and thereby stimulate change and improvement /before/ the external world demands it.” 

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business – by Gino Wickman (LINK).

  • “Clarify your vision and you will make better decisions about people, processes, finances, strategies, and customers.” 

Ego Is the Enemy – by Ryan Holiday (LINK).

  • “Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive.” 
  • “Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of—that’s the metric to measure yourself against. Your standards are. Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves.” 

Other interesting reads:

  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice – by Bill Browder (LINK).
  • Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly – by Anthony Bourdain (LINK). 
  • Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator – by Ryan Holiday (LINK).
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – by Ashlee Vance (LINK). 

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