Welcome to my resources page
On this page you’ll find various resources I have used or developed on my journey that I think may be of value to you. Enjoy!
Life Design Worksheets
Use these free worksheets to begin designing your own life! I periodically do trainings on how to use these and other Life Design tools.
- 3 Ps Tracker
(for developing personal & professional mission statements and defining physical, personal, and professional KPIs)
- Life Design Foundations Exercise
(for documenting SMART goals & Action Plans in each area of life)
- Life Design Funeral List Exercise
(for rating and organizing personal relationships)
- Life Design Professional Life Tracker
(for tracking Professional KPIs)
- ENTRE Day Tracker
(for use with Nightly Assessment & Planning (NAP) sessions – make multiple copies)
Some books in various categories that have helped shaped the ideas I write about.
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
One of the first “heavy” books I read on economics that is surprisingly accessible for the layperson. This book was a major building block for me in understanding how the world really works and feeling confident forming opinions about how to improve it.
Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order by Ray Dalio
A book that confirmed (and gave loads of data to support) my feelings about where America is headed and what can be done about it. This book is a must read for anyone that cares about America and wants to be a part of restoring it to strength and health. I don’t know if Ray will ever read any of my books but this book tells me that if he did he’d agree with my general positions.
Human Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig Von Mises
Widely considered the most signifiant work by economist Ludwig Von Mises, one of the foremost economists from the Austrian School. Mises often conjoined his work in classical economics with the philosophical discipline of praxeology, which studies the purposes behind human behavior.
Competition and Entrepreneurship by Israel Kirzner
In C&E, Kirzner builds on the work of previous Austrian School economists and disputes many assumptions of traditional economics which he believes incorrectly reduces the economy to mere mathematics and formulas and ignores the importance of human behavior. He also focuses on the essential contribution entrepreneurs make to both culture and the larger economy. This book is a big part of my belief that entrepreneurship is the medicine the world economy needs.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
One of the most tactical personal finance books ever written by one of the most relevant “money gurus” out there. Instead of scrimping and saving pennies, this book focuses on a strategic 6 week plan to change your psychology, habits, investments and total relationship with money.
The 5th Option by Walter Young & Peter Bielagus
A great book that takes a fresh look at one of the most tragically misunderstood concepts in society that keeps millions of people stuck in the broken system – retirement. If you aren’t on track to retire with an impenetrable fortress of security (many millions of dollars and lots of free cash flow) I strongly recommend this book. And I also recommend it even if you are.
You Are A Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
A solid, common sense take in engaging, easy-to-read style on overcoming the all-too-common limiting beliefs and habits that keep people stuck in antiquated and unproductive mindsets around money. The money game has changed dramatically in the last few decades and this book will help you get your head into the game the way it is currently played.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
The book that started as the brochure for a board game to teach kids about money and became the first shot in a revolution. The “Purple Storm” as the Rich Dad series of books was known took over bookstores in the late 90s and early 2000s and inspired more entrepreneurs and real estate investors than perhaps any book ever. A must read for anyone that wants to break out of the traditional system.
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
One of the most personally impactful books I ever read. I read it over a decade ago and it firmly planted the idea of mission-centered entrepreneurship in my mind. It spawned the timeless line “people don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it” and launched the career of Simon Sinek, one of the most impactful business thought leaders in modern times.
Influence by Robert Cialdini
I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions… why wait until a particular date to do a thing you should have been doing all along, right? But in 2017 I was itching to climb up a level professionally and recognized there was no more essential skill to improve than my ability to persuade others, so on Jan 1, 2017 I resolved to read this book 6 times in 3 months, which I did. I wanted the 6 principles of persuasion this book explores not just in my mind, but in my bones. It worked, and my persuasion skills improved, but unexpectedly so did my discipline, drive, and grit. After a few reads I realized I wasn’t just improving at persuading others, I was using these principles to persuade myself to do what I knew I needed to do to get what I said I wanted. In 3 months of obsessing this book changed my life.
Possibly the best written book ever on how to make really compelling offers that get people to buy your stuff. If you’re in a “sell yourself” business (selling your services, time, knowledge, etc.) this book is a must-have.
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
The difference between copying someone else and creating something new… is everything. That singular act, creating something that didn’t exist before, going from “zero to one”, is the defining human act and something we can all be inspired to do, and this book is a good place to start.
Personal Development & Psychology
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This is the bestselling personal development book of all time for a reason. In my hundreds of interviews on my podcast it has been referenced more than any other by some of the most successful people in the world. It’s practically the book that invented the modern personal development movement. No entrepreneurial library is complete without it.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
The first 7 months of 2022 leading up to the launch oof my book I was checking the non-fiction bestsellers list every week to “keep an eye on the competition”. Week after week one book not only topped that list but dominated it, consistently selling many times more copies than the #2 book. That book was Atomic Habits, widely regarded as perhaps the best book ever written on realistic behavior change.
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
ATGW is one of the only personal development books by a non-clinician my therapist ever recommended. Tony is the PD OG for a reason and this book captures his core philosophies in one (large) volume. I debated whether too include this or his equally popular Unlimited Power but elected to go with ATGW because 1. I read it first so it had a bigger impact on me, and 2. it’s written a little less academically and more casually.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
In high school a friend of mine who was captain of the football team and the archetypal “Big Man on Campus” told me about a book he found on his Dad’s bookshelf that helped him understand the game of popularity. And so was my introduction to this personal development classic that sits alongside Think and Grow Rich as one of the founding works of the genre. This book had a huge impact on me in my late teens and I can point to several early life wins that wouldn’t have happened without it.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
How do habits work? How do we break their control on us and get control over them? Can we discard altogether habits that don’t serve us and install new ones that do? This book not only answered these questions for me but helped me recreate my life, one daily action at a time. This is the book that launched me on my quest to reduce the number of decisions I have to make by habituating as many right behaviors as possible. I would not be where I am if I had not read this book.
Philosophy, History, & Culture
Republic by Plato
The book that helped me understand why I had been so miserable in school and how a better functioning education system (and society) might look. Of course, it is thousands of years old and some of its particulars would need updating to apply today but in terms of exploring the principles on which a just and healthy society might be (re)founded this is as good as it gets.
48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
A classic “you can’t handle the truth” book… currently banned in several US prisons for being too good at helping people acquire and leverage power within whatever environment they find themselves. Many people criticize it for its “cynical” view of humanity but to criticize this book is to criticize all of us who read it. Whether it’s so we can win the game, change the game, or opt out of the game altogether, there is no denying the value of understanding how the game of power works.
12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
This is one of my favorite all around sources of wisdom from one of my favorite sages. Peterson is not everyone’s cup of tea, and he is often criticized for the implications of what he says, but what I love about him is the sense I get that he is telling the truth, HIS truth. His truth may not be for everyone, but in my opinion no one’s truth should be for everyone (or really even anyone else, for that matter). In a world where most people tailor so they can be better liked I’d rather simply hear what people really think when they speak (or write), especially when such thoughts are complex, profound, and deeply informed like this book.
Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
Ever wondered what all the fuss is about philosophy? This book philosophizes on philosophy itself and explores just how far we can go with it. If you to stretch your mind so that more complex thinking becomes more natural this is a great book and also gives you a foundation for metaphysics and epistemology.
Classics in Chinese Philosophy: from Mo Tzu to Mao Tse Tung by Wade Baskin
A collection of many of the core writings from over 2500 years of Chinese philosophical tradition. If you’re interested in non-Western perspectives on all things essentially human, this 700+ page volume is a place to start… and keep you going a long while.
The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell
A seminal work from one of the great 20th century philosophers that explores the unhappiness oof modern life. While written in the 1930s it feels no less relevant today and in many ways is even more relevant than more recent critiques since it focuses more on fundamental aspects of modernity over than the latest trends or fashionable ideas.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Hailed by numerous CEOs and world leaders as their single favorite book, this incredible work documents the private thoughts of Marcus Aurelius, the last of the “5 Good Emperors” of Rome and at the time of the writing the most powerful man in the world. If you wonder who you would have to become to achieve your most audacious goals and dreams this book gives some insight.
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