Recommended Books

When it comes to reading about personal growth and development there is quite a library out there. Sifting through what to keep on your desk at all times, read all the way through (perhaps more than once), or just skim can be a challenge. The following are just a few of the books that I think you should consider taking a look at. Obviously this list will always be a work in progress and if you have a recommendation yourself, please share. Only books I have actually read are currently on this list.

Personal Growth

  • Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)
  • Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl)
  • The Law of Success (Napoleon Hill)
  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth (John C. Maxwell)
  • How to win friends and influence people (Dale Carnegie)
  • 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (John C. Maxwell)
  • Good to Great (Jim Collins)
  • As a Man Thinketh (James Allen)
  • The Road Less Traveled (M. Scott Peck)
  • Lead for God’s Sake (Todd Gongwer)
  • The Book of 5 Rings (Miyamoto Musashi)
  • Failing Forward (John C. Maxwell)
  • Becoming a Person of Influence (John C. Maxwell)
  • The One Thing (Gary Keller)
  • Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)

Seth Godin (he deserves his own section)

  • What to do when it’s your turn, and it is always your turn
  • The Dip
  • Linchpin
  • Tribes
  • Poke the Box
  • Tribes


  • The 4-hour Work Week (Tim Ferriss)
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki)
  • The Millionaire Next Door (Thomas J. Stanley)

Exercise and Nutrition

  • The 4-hour Body (Tim Ferriss)
  • Supple Leopard (Kelly Starrett)
  • Spartan Fit! (Joe De Sena)
  • Curable (Travis Christofferson)

Children / Teens

  • Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda (Lauren Alderfer)
  • The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)
  • The Story of Ferdinand (Munro Leaf)


  • Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss)
  • Players First (John Calipari)
  • Open Your Eyes (Jake Olson and McKay Christensen)
  • Whatever It Takes (Mark Herzlich)
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (Mark Manson)
  • What Color Is Your Parachute (Richard Bolles)
  • Extreme Ownership (Jocko Wilink and Leif Babin)
  • Manhood (Terry Crews)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo)
  • Bitcoin Billionaires (Ben Mezrich)
  • When (Daniel Pink)
  • Range (David Epstein)
  • Talking to Strangers (Malcom Gladwell)