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When I crave new lessons, new wisdom and motivation, I go straight to my bookshelf. There is always a quote that speaks to where I am in that moment. I always pull a lesson from the text. It fills my cup, it gives my brain a break from the screen, and it makes me stronger. In a society where knowledge is power and confidence comes from comfort, reading should always be something you put time aside for. Here are some of my absolute favorite reads. They speak to my mom brain, my wife life, and my passion as an entrepreneur and leader. I linked them for easy access, because #amazonprime.


In no specific order, here are the books I read when I started out that I still go back to.


1. Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your  LIfe, Work, and Team with Positive Energy 

Jon Gordon

“If you are complaining you can't be thinking about or creating what you do want.”

2. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secret to Success, One Relationship at a Time

Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz

“Your network is your destiny, a reality backed up by many studies in the newly emergent fields of social networking and social contagion theory. We are the people we interact with.”




3. Pour Your Heart Into It

Howard Schultz

“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.”

4. The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life

Shawn Achor

“When we are happy—when our mindset and mood are positive—we are smarter, more motivated, and thus more successful. Happiness is the center, and success revolves around it.”

5. Taking Life Head On! (The Hal Elrod Story): HOw To Love The Life You Life YOu Have While You Create The Life of Your Dreams 

Hal Elrod

“Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams. Don't think you have to choose one over the other.”

6. My Cape is at the Cleaners: Choosing Happy Over Perfect

Wendy Elover

"...my life was not now more would it ever be a perfectly balanced symphony. Instead, my life was one big, long, never-ending juggling act."

7. You Can't take a Duck to Eagle School: And other Simple Truths about Leadership

Mac Anderson

“For many years, Darrel Royal was the football coach for the University of Texas at Austin. They always had great teams and winning records. Sometimes, however, when they won a close game, a sportswriter would suggest that while the Longhorns were skilled, they had been lucky on that day. Hearing it one time too often, Coach Royal finally said, “Luck is partly the residue of design, the simple act of being prepared for luck when it arrives.” And there is something else to luck, Royal said—luck follows speed. Move, and luck finds you. Move quickly, and it finds you more often.”

8. The Power of Positive Leadership

Jon Gordon

“Don't focus on the numbers. Trust the process. When you keep doing things the right way, eventually the numbers will rise, the wins will come, and the outcome will happen.”


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