Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.
This book is EXTREME. Jocko and Leif are retired and highly decorated Navy SEAL commanders who fought in the Iraq war under Task Unit Bruiser in the Battle of Ramadi. This book dives into how Jocko and Leif lead the SEAL team through hardships, victories and losses using accountability in leadership. During each chapter, they recount a situation or mission they had endured and the lessons learned that translate into how to be a better leader in your business or organization. Chapter titles include, “Decentralized Command”, “Leading Up the Chain” and “Cover and Move”, each with a story and practical application on how to lead in business, life and family. Extreme Ownership is about how to be a highly-trusted leader who doesn’t point fingers at anyone else but themselves. It’s about looking at a situation from a different perspective; one that is not your own and therefore seeing the clear path to victory.
Jocko shares examples of discipline and how that makes good leaders great. If you follow Jocko in Instagram or Twitter you will see every morning he posts a picture of his watch at about 4:30am. He wakes up before his enemy every day and learned that waking up before others gives you the advantage, gives you time to study tactics, workout or read. Today, even though he is not in combat he kept this discipline with him. He believes if you wake up when your alarm goes off instead of choosing to lay there and stay in bed, you’ve won for the day and it makes all the difference in the rest of your choices for the remainder of the day.
This book is a solid choice for anyone who is looking to get ahead in life; for those who want to instill discipline and accountability into their careers to make them stronger leaders. Check out his Podcast for more motivation. He gives it to you like it is, in darkness, fear and how to shut off your minds self-sabotage.
The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphby Ryan Holiday.
Do you seem to always have things getting in the way of your future, your success or your happiness? This book is about turning those roadblocks in our lives to the clear path forward. Ryan takes on a philosophical approach to success and happiness, focusing on three principles; perception, action and will — Ryan accounts stories from figures such as Amelia Earhart, Laura Ingles Wilder, Steve Jobs and Barack Obama as examples of each of these disciplines. Perception is about how do we handle everyday struggles? We’ve all heard the adage, “You can’t control what happens to you; you can control how you react to it”. It’s all about setting your attitude and not allowing our woes in life to be our story. He illustrates this in a beautiful way that gives you a sense of peace and gratitude all while motivating you get past your shit and find happiness.
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No Excuses!: The Power of Self Discipline by Brian Tracy
This is one of the first books I read when deciding I wanted to do more with my life. What excuses did I have that were holding me back? What could I do every day to change my habits and be successful as I knew I could be? This book changed my mindset and helped me think — wow, I can do this!
Brian Tracy focuses on 5 main ideas:
1. Living on Someday Isle — do the hard thing NOW to make your life easier later
2. Thinking vs. Acting — paralysis by analysis I like to call it, stop overthinking and just do it
3. Finding your Purpose — write down what you are passionate about, make goals and get after them
4. Turn off the TV — or for today’s modern world — stop streaming for five seconds and take action on something, anything
5. Blaming and Negative Emotions — we’ve all heard it, now put it into practice, how we react to situations make all the difference, decide on your attitude.
This book is great for getting out of a funk, changing your life and taking actions towards greatness!
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
I listened to this book in one sitting; a 5 hours road trip on 1.50x speed in Audible. I COULD NOT GET ENOUGH. I found myself pulling over on the side of the road on several occasions writing down ah-ha moments or ideas I had from her words of intense, real, raw advice. Jen Sincero tells it like it is, with swearing, real world examples of how she changed her life and started to make millions and it is funny as hell. This book is for anyone not fond of personal development or personal help books but is looking for just the right words to change their life. She changes the way you think about yourself, your successes, your failure and how to get the hell out of the hole you in. With chapters like “Your Brain is a Bitch” to “Fear is For Suckers” she takes you through exercise to diagnose your self-limiting beliefs to ultimately “Change your story, change your life”.
Some seriously motivating quotes from the book:
“It’s about respecting yourself, instead of catering to your insecure need to be liked”
“Your faith in The Universe must be stronger than your fear of not getting what you want”
“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
“There’s nothing as unstoppable as a freight train full of fuck-yeah.”
“So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable.”
“When you are consistently in a state of gratitude, and aware of all the awesomeness that already exists, it, among many other things, makes it much easier for you to believe that there’s more awesomeness where that came from, and that this yet-to-be-manifested awesomeness is also available to you. You’ve received awesomeness before, so of course, you can receive awesomeness again. This is how gratitude strengthens your faith. And having strong faith is a major key in transforming your life.”
I’m not kidding, this might be the most important book you read all year or ever.
Amanda, Co-Founder of Kinsey Academy