Hey there, dream maker, goal crusher, life impactor…
Changing the world can require “all we’ve got” a lot of the time… and sometimes/all of the time, you need a little fuel to keep going.
I recharge with books, podcasts, and movies that inspire, motivate, and enlighten my journey… and these are some of my favorites.
Share one of your favorites in the blog and you can win. Between now and New Year’s Day, I’ll give away TEN $25 Amazon Gift Cards randomly to commenters.
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- How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets
- By: Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lochhead, Kevin Maney
I got this suggestion from Russell Brunson as a book he was reading to “open his mind” to what’s possible. This is a guy who built a $100-million-dollar company in less than three years. The authors dive deep into what makes companies super successful and go beyond just “great.” Worth listening to during your planning stages of the year.
- A Mind Technology for Living Your Life Without Limits
- By: Maxwell Maltz, Dan Kennedy
- Narrated by: Maxwell Maltz, Dan Kennedy
- Series: Nightingale-Conant: Mind-Tech
Before attending a one-day workshop with my early mentor Dan Kennedy this year, he suggested we re-read this book. I’m glad I did. It not only walks you through re-training your brain to accomplish great feats, but is the most masterful persuasive story telling I’ve ever heard. (Dan reads this one too… love when the author reads their own works.) Great stuff here.
- Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend
- By: Andy Stanley
This book is a must for not just anyone involved in church, but if you put on events of any kind. Andy Stanley is the founder of Northpoint Church that has grown to tens of thousands and just keeps going. Serving on the leadership team in NJ, we studied under Andy Stanley and now that I live in Georgia, we attend his church… and it is the real deal. The way they ensure new people feel welcome and not overwhelmed is not an accident… it is brilliant. Amazing book.
- Design Your Business to Run Itself
- By: Mike Michalowicz
Another great book by one of my favorite authors. “Clockwork” dives deep into time management and getting your life back if you find yourself stretched too thin. Nuggets of wisdom on how to let go, get more done, and grow your business all at the same time. Michalowicz is one of my favorite narrators on audible because he adds little nuggets throughout that don’t appear in the print book.
- Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
- By: Neil Strauss
Warning… this book is crude, vulgar, and explicit. It is, however, an incredible book on marketing as it tells the story of how information marketing took off in the pick-up artist world and gives insights into how to use these same tactics for good instead of evil. If you aren’t easily offended, it’s a must read/listen while kid-free.
- Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
- By: Rachel Hollis
Breakthrough Best Seller that started a movement and ensured a sell-out of her events and planner. It’s an engaging and entertaining self-help book for those who aren’t big self-help people. I enjoyed it so much I got my small group to do a study on it. Check this one out for the lessons, the story telling, and marketing mastery.
- Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
- By: Donald Miller
I had this book for a while but dove back in recently as we were working on our messaging for Powerful Professionals and the Kim Walsh Phillips brand. So much goodness here about making more messaging effective for your target market and not focused on you. If you haven’t done this one yet, I would make it a priority to dive in.
- By: Anthony Robbins
- Narrated by: Anthony Robbins
- Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
Less than two hours long, this book is a quick boost of motivation and mindset while showcasing how you can use an audio book as a gateway to your other programs. Worth the listen.
Here are a few podcasts and movies that inspired me this year…
Marketing Secrets with Russell Brunson. His episodes are usually only 10-15 minutes long but they always pack a big punch of marketing goodness. My recent favorite was a series he did on coaching one of his members live on the call – “My Conversation with the Friendly Giant.” (Part One is from November 21.)
I loved this show even before Andrew Warner became one of my good friends. Incredible stories from amazing entrepreneurs.
Regardless of whether or not you have a pound to lose, Corrine Crabtree is incredible for quick bursts of effective mindset shifts. (I’m not alone as she has over 1300 review on iTunes.) She does curse a lot so if that bothers you, she isn’t for you. But if you can get past that… check this out.
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A few of my favorites for business, motivation, and inspiration…
The Greatest Showman
Loosely based on PT Barnum, an inspiring story of overcoming the naysayers, haters, and people you weren’t created to serve. Loved the music, dance, and costumes too.
Took some of my senior staff to see this a few years ago and embarrassingly cried ugly tears in the theater. They were good tears and so worth it. If you are a dreamer and working hard to make those dreams come true, this is sooooo good.
Tony Robbins, I Am Not Your Guru
This is deep and impactful… but warning you really, really, really have to watch the whole thing in one sitting. If you stop halfway it will leave you in the wrong spot. Motivational and inspiring, not just as a viewer but to see how many people we can serve.