These are some of my favorite books that have taught me to be a better Dad, a better person, and more valuable to my company. I recommend all of these books…
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“Be Prepared” – Gary Greenberg & Jeannie Hayden
If you are expecting your first child and are a soon to be brand new Dad, buy this book. It is an easy and entertaining read, but really has a lot of useful and practical information. And it is downright funny. I received it as a gift, and have given it as a gift multiple times. The pictures are great, and the authors do a fantastic job of explaining what to do in difficult situations, how your relationships with almost everyone in your family will change, and ultimately, how to be prepared.
“To Sell is Human” – Dan Pink
This has quickly become my newest, favorite “selling” book. Dan Pink analyzes (and backs up with numbers), the history of sales and presents a newer, more realistic view on the industry today. As someone who has spent 10+ years in various sales roles, and has read most of the popular books on the topic – this book completely opened my eyes to a fresh way of approaching your customers and understanding the psychology behind buying. Must read for anyone in sales and even more important for those running your own businesses.
“Start With Why” – Simon Sinek
From an established authority on leadership, and an author whose mission is, “to inspire people to do the things that inspire them”, this book is a game changer when it comes to looking at why any business, individual, or company SHOULD choose to do what they do. This book inspired me to come up with the idea that ALL Dads have the ability to use the skills of being a father, to simplify the complicated, and accomplish anything.
“Freakonomics” – Steven D Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
I have read this book at least 5 times and picked up something new and interesting every time. These economists force you to look at and question everyday issues, topics, and concerns from a completely different angle. I have not only followed them into their other books, but also their Podcast, which I listen to regularly. I can not count how many time I have applied the principles (or at least the questions posed) in my professional career.
“Money – Master The Game” – Tony Robbins
I have now heard 3 interviews with Tony Robbins promoting this book, and I continue to be impressed with the stats and facts Tony speaks about. He was able to interview (in-depth and at length) the upper elite of investors on simplifying the process of money management – with the goal of providing a broken down process of asset allocation, compound interest, and the true facts about mutual funds and the fees they charge, and more importantly, why you should avoid them. As a Dad, trying to plan for not only my future, but my children’s future, I continue to study the subject of money, and how the goal is to get your money to work for you, not the other way around.
UPDATE: I have finished this book and it truly is a great guide to managing money. It is a long and in-depth book, and will take anyone some time to digest all Tony has put into it, but there are plenty of lessons and some easily actionable advice to help you along the way. I highly recommend this book – no matter your experience or level of comfort with the concept of money management.