I was on vacation a few weeks ago visiting my best friend Rebel. I ended up being sick the entire time and gave her the virus I’d picked up; misery loving company and all. Despite my discomfort, I still implemented my BRAAVE morning routine almost every day, albeit a much lighter version, except the days I had a fever. [The R is for reading, and I listened to an Audible book while I did my E, exercise.]
I’ve listened to over 60 books on Audible since subscribing in 2014, and many of the books I’ve listened to multiple times. I find that each time I listen I get something new out of the material because I’m at a different place in my development. Embodiment of the statement, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
Now that I have some historical data to review, I’ve discovered themes. When I first started listening, I bombarded my brain with material about belief, positive psychology, and behavior change.
Then I loaded up on business books; your typical how to’s from entrepreneurs and founders who’ve fallen down and kept getting up. After a dozen and half or so of this genre, I realized they were all repeating roughly the same message; the nuts and bolts and operational structure of a successful business. The authors would side-swipe the topic of psychology and managing relationships, but barely a chapter was dedicated to this immense topic.
So off I went into the world of books about relationships. Here is where the nuance of communication in all its forms, or lack thereof, became the focus of my study.
I’ve now circled back to psychology, sprinkled in some neuroscience, and added some sales and influence titles.
Here are a few of my favorites with a sentence about why. The outlier of course must be the book I wrote, Own Your Greatness. It’s my manifesto; why I’m here, and how I’ve learned to help people by helping myself first.
The Power of Consistency, Weldon Long – This is a true rags to riches story, narrated by the author. Long was a 3-time convicted felon who shares his journey from the penitentiary to the penthouse by making better choices consistently.
The New Psycho-Cybernetics, Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Dan Kennedy – A powerful tutorial on how changing your belief about yourself and the power of your mind can change your life in profound ways.
The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber – Gerber uses a storytelling narrative to explain the three roles every small business owner tries to fill, how this approach keeps you small, and how to approach it differently so you can scale.
Traction, Gino Wickman – An easy-to-follow operations manual for the growing small business.
The Power of Vulnerability, Brene Brown – In a class by itself, this book is my self-care bible. It’s made me a better coach, business owner, friend, and overall human. This is only available as an audio recording.
Pitch Anything, Oren Klaff – One of the most unique approaches to sales, employing all the best psychological methods to close deals in a highly skilled fashion. Artistic in its sophistication.
Relationship Breakthroughs, Cloe Madanes and Tony Robbins – Insightful discussion about the six basic human needs; how they motivate our decisions and behavior and the affect those choices have on our relationships.
10% Happier, Dan Harris – Laugh-out-loud funny yet illuminating story written by an acclaimed journalist and news anchor about his decades long discovery to live a happier life.
Wherever your summer vacation takes you, I hope you grab a copy or have a listen to one or two of these books and discover something new you can implement upon your return.