Whatever you’re reading, move these books to the top of the stack. I’ve read these as part of my personal growth plan. I highly recommend you read ’em:
1. Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Daniel Lapin
I first heard about Daniel Lapin on the EntreLeadership podcast. His interview there was one of the most significant business and leadership interviews I’ve ever heard. As a rabbi, Lapin expounds on the Jewish perspective of money, how they interpret it in context of the Bible, and what it represents in serving humanity. Full of stories and object lessons, this book completely changed my perspective on money. And yes, the Jews know a thing or two about money. Jews make up only 2% of the population, but account for 40% of billionaires. Might learn something here.
2. Quitter, Jon Acuff
Jon Acuff is the founder of the popular blog Stuff Christians Like. It’s nice that he’s gone beyond that because he is a brilliant writer. This book is about the tension that so many people have between working their day job and living their dream job. I’m a little late to the party on this one; it was released in 2011 and he’s already got another book out called Start. But the message is timeless and hit me right where I’m at. I read the entire book in just a few days. It’s short and to the point, and Acuff’s writing is very conversational. It was like having a friend or coach speaking to me.
3. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John Maxwell
Long hailed as a leadership guru, I’ve never much connected with John Maxwell’s books. MIght be because I read his leadership books before I even led anything (duh). But this book is a keeper. Maxwell’s hunger and passion for personal growth is contagious, and he writes in a very approachable manner. The story is that Maxwell was thinking about this topic one night while reflecting on his life, got up, and had the 15 laws written out by the next day. This is wisdom from a guy who has been tenacious about growth for decades. It’s chock full of great insight, quotes, and under-your-skin action item questions.
I’m looking forward to sharing more of what I’ve been reading each month. For now, these books are a great place to start!
Question: Have any books you recommend? Share ’em below!
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