Below, I’ll list some of the most powerful books I’ve read that have had a significant impact on my life.
This page will be updated in real-time if and when my choices change.
10x Rule by Grant Cardone
This book taught me to think big.
One of the main points of the book is that every venture will take 10x the amount of time, money, and effort then you expected.
I’ve always tried to do a lot of businesses at once, but this book helped me realize that it’s best to specialize in a few projects.
This book is not an easy read. Cardone doesn’t hold anything back.
You’ll only find brutal honesty inside, which is what most people need to get their life in order.
Get through this book, and you’ll come out with a powerful mindset for the rest of your life.
How To Be A Capitalist Without Capital
This is a great book for those wanting to learn about how to be more efficient with money.
While there’s a lot of great business information inside, I’d recommend this book to almost anyone who wants to learn more about the power of money.
One of the most interesting things Latka talks about in this book is the idea of crossing businesses to get a sort of 1+1 = 3 effect.
Here’s an example of how I do it with my own businesses.
I run two educational affiliate marketing websites in the scuba diving and cryptocurrency niches.
These websites require a near-endless supply of copy.
In order to help streamline my copy system, I started a content marketing agency known as ContentCobra.
In addition to serving our customers, my team also helps out on the previously mentioned websites.
The Bitcoin Standard
I don’t think anyone should purchase Bitcoin (or any other cryptocurrencies) until this book has been read.
The author Saifedean Ammous does a fantastic job explaining the history of money/currency, and how Bitcoin is the best money we’ve ever discovered.
There’s been plenty of friends of mine that I’ve recommended this book to who have gone on to thank me for pushing them to learn about Bitcoin.
Explaining Bitcoin is not an easy topic, but this book also covers a lot on how Bitcoin works.
I’ll never recommend investing in Bitcoin to anyone who’s uneducated about the currency.
12 Rules for Life
Jordan Peterson is another highly controversial figure. The media does everything they can do blur his message.
I recommend this book to ALL men, and possibly even some younger women that want to get their life on track.
Regardless of your views on Peterson, his goal is to help young men find their purpose.
I’m not sure how anyone can have a problem with that.
But, after all that’s America/Canada in 2019 for you.
The Art Of The Deal
Why do I keep picking the controversial books at the most influential?
Similar to 12 rules, please put whatever thoughts you have on the author behind you.
This book is obviously written by the current president Trump who’s very divisive.
Regardless of your views on Trump’s politics, there are some really valuable business lessons you can take from this book.
One of my favorite things I got from this book is the power of the press, and how to harness it fully.
For example, Trump discusses the cost of taking out an ad in the New York Times for a project he’s working on.
Not only is this extremely costly to do, it will appear as “sponsored” and possibly turn away readers.
By doing something outrageous, or just plain different from everyone else, Trump causes the entire media to talk about him.
Think back to covfefe… or the most recent attempt to acquire Greenland.
I truly think this was intentional. How long has the media been talking about these topics?
Anyway… read the book, and hopefully, you can apply some things to your everyday life.
Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck
As you probably guessed, this book teaches you how to stop giving a fuck.
It’s the furthest thing from politically correct (thank god), and is an intense read.
Which is why I recommend it to people that need to get their life in order.
Here’s what I got out of this book:
Time is limited.
Why waste time giving a fuck about stuff that doesn’t matter?
How To Win Friends And Influence People
I know… this book is on everyone’s list as one of the most influential books they’ve read.
Trust me, it’s there for good reason.
Warren Buffet took Carnegie’s course when he was younger, and claims that it was the best investment he’s ever made.
That’s a pretty significant statement coming from Buffet…
One vital lesson I’ve learned from this book is how powerful simply calling someone by their name is.
People love hearing their own name, and especially love talking about themselves. Do this as much as you can.
At the end of the day, friends are much more useful than enemies.
Even if it will feel REALLY good to prove a point or tear someone a new asshole, it’s not always necessary.
In poker terms, sometimes the most profitable play will be to fold.
Audiobooks, Hardcopies, or e-Readers?
This is a question I get asked somewhat often, and to be honest…
There isn’t really a correct answer.
At the end of the day, whichever way you digest information the best is what you should do.
I know for me, I read the best from hard copies.
I listen to Audiobooks the most by far.
This is because audiobooks allow you to multi-task.
Whether you’re driving, falling asleep, or doing some mindless task on your computer, they allow you to process more information.