Conflict is War

All conflict is war. War causes suffering or growth, often both. If the battle is against those internal or external demons that stop you from fulfilling your potential and you still overcome them – you will find strength and growth. Every other form of war brings suffering.

2018 Top Books (Booklist)

1642

That is how many hours the average American wastes every year watching TV. Imagine that.

68 Straight Days!

Turn your trash into treasure.

We have some crazy shocking stats about waste and garbage and uselessness.

Here we go: the average American spends WAY TOO MUCH TIME on social media and TV in a year –

  • 608 hours wasted on social media
  • 1642 hours wasted on TV

What?! That’s 2250 hours a year spent on mostly worthless activity. Imagine if those hours were spent reading…How many books could you read?

Well, let’s figure this out:

The average American reads 200–400 words per minute.

So at 300 wpm the average person could read a typical non-fiction book (50k words) in about 3 hrs.

Let’s say you cut your TV time in half (keep your blessed social media) and you now have 821 hours freed up. In 821 hours you could finish 273 books! Nice. It makes my 100+ seem like I didn’t even try.

When you stop wasting time by reading a bit more, you turn your trash into a treasure trove of knowledge.

What could you learn from 273 books?

Even if you just read 12 books a year, your entire world could change.

If you are ready to change your life, start by reading something new.

Getting to the next level always requires a new form of sacrifice.

When it comes to education and enlightenment the sacrifice is always worth it.

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” — Jim Rohn

Whenever I am lost, I read. It helps me get centered. It helps me know where I am so I can determine how to get to where I am going.

There are a million reasons to read. Books create and inspire new thought.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King

Read to open your mind and inspire to ideas. Read to learn.

Read so you can help others.

Read so you can perform better.

Reading helps you build self-esteem, confidence, and courage.

Reading helps reduce anxiety.

Just start. 1 book is enough.

You do not need to read 100 books a year. I probably read too much.

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” — Mortimer J. Adler

I need to follow this better, I need to read deeper and more slowly.

Yet, the ideas that have come to me, the inspiration, the knowledge, and the connection are my treasures. They are profound to me and I am thankful for every word.

The best of the best in 2018.

Every year I share a Top 10 book list. Since I am choosy about what I read and I read over a 100 books a year (109 in 2018), these are the ones I consider the best of the best. These might not be the most popular, or even new, but they are always new to me. These are the books that impacted me and caused me to think in new ways. They helped me overcome problems, helped me help others, or helped do things better. These books have given me tremendous insights. Hopefully, they can help you too.

Here are the TOP 10 non-fiction books that impacted me the most in 2018:

…. Ok, I couldn’t narrow over 100 books to just 10, too many were so powerful and insightful, here are the TOP 30. Cutting to only this many still hurt.

(Author last name alphabetical order. If you want to know the order I would suggest reading them in…? Send me a message on LinkedIn)

1. Big Potential by Shawn Achor

2. Sales Ex-Machina by Victor Antonio, James Glenn-Anderson

3. Choose Well by The Arbinger Institute

4. EQ Applied by Justin Bariso

5. Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Eric Barker

6. The Trusted Executive by John Blakey

7. Helping People Win at Work by Ken Blanchard, Gary Ridge

8. Objections by Jeb Blount

9. Dare To Lead by Brene Brown

10. The Go-Giver Influencer by Bob Burg, John David Mann

11. Measure What Matters by John Doerr

12. The Enchiridion & Discourses by Epictetus

13. The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

14. A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros

15. Eat Their Lunch By Anthony Iannarino

16. GAP Selling by Keenan

17. The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly

18. The Courage To Be Disliked by Fumitake Koga, Ichiro Kishimi

19. Selling From The Heart by Larry Levine

20. Being Happy by Andrew Matthews

21. 12 Rules of Life by Jordan Peterson

22. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

23. Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

24. The Book of Mistakes by Skip Pritchard

25. Sales Leadership by Keith Rosen

26. YouMap by Kristin A. Sherry

27. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

28. Applied Empathy by Michael Ventura

29. Edgy Conversations by Dan Waldschmidt

30. The Shift by Kimberly White

You know you need to read more. So do it.

When you read your mind speaks and you teach yourself while learning from others. You discover what is available and how to connect your potential with the possibilities of a larger world.

Reading helps you develop needed skills both professionally and personally. You can find greater meaning by connecting with the stories of others.

When you read you connect ideas and experiences. Your mind improves, your life improves, and you will feel a greater sense of meaning and purpose.

Take some time to read more. You will become a better version of yourself if you read more great books.

You are stronger than you know. You are more capable than you think.

You are needed. You can help others and create a lasting impact. Keep going.

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(Author last name alphabetical order. If you want to know the order I would suggest reading them in…? Send me a message on LinkedIn)