As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen – I read this book over and over again, usually about 3 times per year. It’s that good. James Allen uses beautiful phrasing to capture the idea, in a very short book, that we can choose our own thoughts. And that our thoughts create our reality. Written over 100 years ago, this book has changed the lives of millions. Please read.
Cosmos, by Carl Sagan – Carl Sagan is one of my personal heroes, and Cosmos is one of the greats. It’s more than just the fact that we live on a tiny planet, orbiting a very average star, in a remote suburb of a galaxy that is just one of 400 billion other galaxies. Carl Sagan loves this earth and everyone and everything on it. He was once arrested for jumping the fence at a nuclear weapons testing facility and trying to stop it. His humanity shines through on every page and I miss him always. Please read.
Inner Excellence, by Jim Murphy – This book caught me by surprise, and floored me in many ways. Suddenly, I was less focused on winning, and more focused on achieving personal greatness. And you know what? That caused to start winning! This book is a game-changer. Please read.
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl – This book’s reputation almost stands by itself, but for those of you don’t know, Viktor Frankl spent several years between 4 different concentration camps during World War 2. His entire family was killed, all his possessions were taken from him, he was displaced from his home, beaten, and given no hope to survive. This is one of the most important books of all time because what he said was, the last of the human freedoms is something that can’t ever be taken away, and that is the freedom to choose your attitude in any given set of circumstances. Powerful idea. Please read.
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius – This is one of my favorite books of ALL TIME. I return to my notes from this book almost literally every single day of my life. It’s earth-shattering, and it will make you the calmest person in the room, even during the nastiest of storms. When Roman emperors write books, you had damn well better read them. Please read.
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho – Alright, so just because it’s sold millions and millions (and millions) of copies, it doesn’t mean it’s a timeless classic. Not much compares to this, one of my all time favorite books. It’s where a lot of my strength comes from, and I return to my notes from this book CONSTANTLY. Please read.
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – I literally changed my last name after reading this book. It changed my entire life. My favorite line (and I’m butchering it so it’s easier to understand out of context), is: “If everyone realized what a paradise they were living in already, there would be peace on earth the very next day”. I believe that SO strongly, and even more than 100 years later, it doesn’t stop being true. Please read.
The New Psycho-Cybernetic, by Maxwell Maltz – This book also changed my life, and mainly by getting me to focus on my self image. My self image became that of a strict disciplinarian who was absolutely committed to helping people, and along the way achieving my own goals as well. That’s just who I am now, and this book made that change possible. Please read.
The One Thing, by Gary Keller – Ok, so this one doesn’t have much in the way of earth-shattering, perspective-changing, meaning of life stuff, but in some ways it absolutely does. Focus on one thing, and only one thing, and those one things add up. They add up in a huge way, and anyone who has ever achieved any sort of success in business and in life will tell you the same thing. Please read.
The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle – At some points in the book, he’s a little “out there” for my tastes. But that’s ok, and it doesn’t detract from the message. You can live your entire life in the present moment, and trust me, it’s so much happier here! I talk a LOT about being in the present, and this book formed some of my original ideas on the subject. Please read.
The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield – Not too many other books have as much density as this one. These success principles are some of the MAJOR pieces of the puzzle, whatever your particular circumstance looks like. Please read.
The Undefeated Mind, by Dr. Alex Lickerman – This book kind of caught me by surprise as I had never heard of the author before. It just started showing up in lists of recommended books based on what I was already searching for. Boy, were they right. Please read.
This is How, by Augusten Burroughs – Just read the book’s description. It says more than I ever can. This book is one of the first I’ve ever read, and it’s one of the first times that I ever actually hugged a book (Did I actually just admit that on the Internet?). Please read.
Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield – This is another book that I hugged. I’m also a heavyweight boxer, so don’t try making fun of me for that. It’s a phenomenal book and not just artists can benefit from reading it. Everyone who has something inside of them struggling to get out will benefit. The world will benefit. Please read.
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau – If there was one book that I believe everyone should read at least once, one of my absolute top choices would be this one (Did you really think I could pick a favorite book???). You’ve heard this book quoted before, but you have not lived on this EARTH, if you have not read the whole thing. Please Please Please Read.
Willpower, by Roy F. Baumeister – The title is pretty self-explanatory and his research is some of the most widely cited in the entire field of human performance. Believe me, I took a lot of notes on this one. Please read.
BlueHost – This site is hosted by Bluehost and I have absolutely no complaints. They are truly one of the industry leaders and you really can’t go wrong with them.
GoDaddy – This is one of the other top hosting companies out there, and I registered this domain name through them. Excellent to work with, and when you’re building a website too, they offer awesome support.
Jason Ferruggia – This man will revolutionize your results. I won’t talk him up because I really don’t have to; he’s made a huge name for himself already in the fitness industry and is widely regarded as one of the best at what he does. Check this guy out and give his programs a try.
Lazar Angelov – Don’t let this guy make you feel bad about yourself…but he’s a monster. Just look at him. And he knows what he’s talking about too, which is what you really want in a personal trainer. Online programs available.
Frank Medrano – I watch this guy perform these crazy feats in the gym, and I forget to breathe. He’s a vegan, but he sure as hell doesn’t look like one. Check him out for yourself, and I think you’ll find some amazing stuff to try.
Four Hour Body – This book is one of those iconic fitness classics that everyone should own. Rapid fat loss, rapid strength gains, much better sleep quality, higher energy levels, reduced risk of disease, increase cardiovascular capability…it’s all here. And more.
Jay Cutler – One of my personal discipline role models, anyone interested in fitness can learn a thing or two from Jay Cutler. He’s just unstoppable in pro bodybuilding, and his dedication is unreal. This is his personal site.
Engineering the Alpha – This is one of my favorite fitness books, and it speaks to men everywhere in a style you almost won’t find anywhere else. This is the fitness book for guys who have been disappointed by fitness books in the past. These guys are for real.
Expert Boxing – All my boxers out there! There are some phenomenal boxing resources online and this is one of them. You want to listen to your trainers, but you also want to always be studying your craft. Get educated with Expert Boxing.
Mighty Fighter – Giving you even more options with respect to boxing advice online, here is Mighty Fighter. Definitely worth a look, and you will find some challenges to overcome if you look around. This site WILL help you improve.
YouTube – Yes, YouTube. Get on there and look up great fighters and their most impressive techniques! This is FREE and you can study all the great ones at your own pace. Sitting down to dinner? Turn off the TV and study some fighters in your weight class. Even though I outweigh him by like 50lbs, I watch so many Floyd Mayweather defensive highlights videos it’s insane. And my boxing has benefited from the practice.[/text_block]
Digital Marketer – It seems like these guys just exploded onto to the scene, but they are changing everything. I owe a lot to these guys, and their marketing insights have been invaluable. If you have an idea, a product, a MESSAGE…use Digital Marketer to help you reach an audience.
Leadpages – If you want gorgeous landing pages to brighten up your amateur-looking website, you’re going to want to do business with Leadpages. You can pay someone hundreds and hundreds of dollars for the same thing, or you can do it with their help, have it look great AND be responsive as hell, and teach yourself self-sufficiency in marketing. Leadpages is for real.[/text_block]
John Maxwell – I’ve read a large number of his books, and I can say for sure that he is one of the great leadership thinkers of our time. Let John Maxwell develop you as a leader and you will go far in this life. I promise you that.
Michael Hyatt – I’m a huge fan of Michael Hyatt, and his integrity just leaps off the page. His site has so much available for aspiring leaders, and he crafts his message in a way that makes it seem accessible to everyone willing to dig in and give leadership an honest effort.
Robin Sharma – He’s from the same city as me, but he’s WAY ahead of me in leadership ability. At least for now! Robin Sharma is one of the easiest people to connect with, and his genuine caring for his readers, clients, and indeed everyone he impacts is inspiring beyond words. You’ll want to see what Robin can do for you and your life.[/text_block]
Art of Non-Conformity – Chris Guillebeau represents almost everything that I believe. Life is too huge for you to possible hate it, there are people all around you doing amazing things, and you can be part of it. Or you can go off and do your own thing. The point is, the choice is yours and it always has been. Let Chris push you to your edge!
Brain Pickings – Maria Popova has read even more books than I have. And that, my friends, is saying something. She is quite possibly one of the smartest, kindest, wisest people I know, and we have never met. I bet if I were ten years older, I might have a chance with her…oh well. Visit her site and be inspired!
Four Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss is famous the world over for doing things his own way. He’s an entrepreneur, investor, author, and EXPERT in lifestyle design. He gets clear on what he wants to be about, and then he hacks away at his vision until it becomes reality. Let him show you how.
Nerd Fitness – Who says nerds can’t be jacked? The guy behind Nerd Fitness is making so many things possible for so many people that you owe it to yourself to check it out. You don’t have to be a nerd to work out like one.
Pick the Brain – Amazing self improvement website. Practical, actionable lifestyle advice, wise words, engaging writing and multimedia style…you might spend more time there than on Godlike Discipline!
Project Life Mastery – Stefan Pylarinos (is that how you spell it?) is…killing it. The guy has made so much money online that it’s actually stupid, and he’s accomplished some pretty sweet goals along the way. Now, he’s helping other people do the same. His site is worth checking out.
Zen Habits – Stop me before I say too many good things about Leo Babauta and his blog, Zen Habits. You know what, I’m going to live his message and keep it simple. Go there. Learn his secrets. Simplify your life.[/text_block]