Tom’s never ending list of book greatness!
As this grows I will add little tidbits. This first group is printed books from the studio library. I have been told that I should start ‘de-booking’, but I can’t do it. Reading these books, the listed and the not listed has helped me so much in the growth of not only our brand, but it has enhanced my knowledge, opened the ‘adjacent-possibles’ fully and made me a better talk show host, speaker, father husband and person. You can start anytime, anywhere, I did later in life and look at us now! With over 100 books on my Kindle and 400 printed (I have read most but not all) there is a lot of suggestions. I would hate to admit I bought a bad book, because there are no bad books, only some that inspire me more than others.
There is no preference to order, except of course the very first must read which is-
Think and Grow Rich-Napoleon Hill, of course this classic is a go to favorite, and if you have not read this one then get going.
Extreme Winning-Pat Williams, a new book by Pat, loaded with great thoughts, got me totally pumped up!
The Success Principles– Jack Canfield, Loaded with great ideas and tips I read this one early on after finishing grad school in 2009. It is dynamite!
Malcolm Gladwell– no titles, read them all because they are not only great reads but full of interesting ideas. I give total credit to my buddy Vennie Gore for this one, Malcolm is the best, period!
Good to Great– Jim Collins, even though the studied companies in this book sometimes slipped after the publishing it does not matter. What does matter are the principles that Jim shares, they stand the test of time and that is what matters most.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business- Charles Duhigg, A great book to understand the principles of habits, this book will help anyone trying to begin a journey of great habits and derail the bad ones. Great book!
Leadership Excellence– Pat Williams, I had the extreme pleasure to interview Pat a couple of times, and he is a stud. 19 children, well that says it all about Pat.
The Everything Store;The Age of Amazon– Brad Stone, when my new book as of October 2015 is finished it will be dedicated to Mr. Jeff Bezos. His creating of Amazon as a business is undisputedly one of the top ranking business creations ever. The book is bad ass and I loved it.
What’s Next– Kerry Hannon, Kerry has become one of our favorite guests on the talk show because she is awesome and smart and cool as hell. If you need any primer on work and transition than Kerry has written it.
Eleven Rings– Phil Jackson, I love great coaches, admire winners and really loved the whole story, enough said.
Wooden, a Lifetime of Observations-John Wooden, I did have a chance to Meet Coach Wooden when I lived in California, he was the kindest, nicest person I ever met. I cried when I heard he died, he truly was a legend.
The Wellness Revolution– Paul Zane Pilzer, probably one of the most influential books I read early on in my wellness career, totally opened my eyes to the potentials.
Your Erroneous Zone– Dr. Wayne Dyer, his first and I think best, this book launched his career. To hear the story of how he went out and sold it is remarkable, awesome!
The Answer- John Assaraf, this book is absolutely a must read if you need a primer on the ‘law of attraction’ and then some.
Why Our Health Matters– Dr. Andrew Weil, another must read, Dr. Weil is a badass and I would love to interview him sometime.
The China Study– T. Colin Campbell, another classic, a little science heavy so get ready because it brings the empirical lumber for sure.
The World is Flat– Thomas Friedman, ever wonder why the Internet is what it is, well read this and you will find out. A must read.
Live Long, Die Short– Dr. Roger Landry, do as the title says and you got it made. I did interview Roger and you should listen to the podcast, he kills it!
The Obstacle is the Way– Ryan Holiday, when all else fails, keep working at it. A short read and dynamite.
The Talent Code– Daniel Coyle, this book was another early read for me, and I did interview Dan, you cannot go wrong with this one, talent, well read it.
The Good Gut– Drs. Justin Sonnenburg and Erica Sonnenburg, this is a revolutionary book, if you wonder why diet is so important from the perspective of a microbe, and you should, then read it.
Where Good Ideas Come From– Steven Johnson, absolutely loved this one so much I may read it again. I picked up the ‘Adjacent Possible’ term from here and damn proud to admit it!
Humans are Underrated– Geoff Colvin, when you wonder how to get ahead in the 21st century give this one a shot, it rocks, and I could not put it down, it’s that great!
Man’s Search for Meaning– Victor E. Frankl, get ready for heavy lifting, and get ready to be inspired. This is another must read for sure.
The Brain That Changes Itself- Dr. Norman Doidge, another early read for me and outstanding. It is deep so bring your scuba tank.
The Road Less Traveled– M. Scott Peck, another classic, don’t be shy!
Steve Jobs- Walter Isaacson, Great would not be fair, truly and thoroughly badass!
Being Mortal– Dr. Atul Gwande, This one is a toughie because dealing with end of life issues is not the most favorite color in the coloring book, however, do it and you won’t be dissapointed.
Life Reimaged– Richard Lieder, Great book on transition, great guy too!
Eat, Move, Sleep- Tom Rath, Do this and live longer, better, and improve your wellbeing,
Awaken the Giant Within– Anthony Robbins, another classic, its heavy duty, but so is life.
Love Medicine and Miracles-Dr. Bernie Siegel, if cancer is touching your life read this for sure. Great man, great interview, fab book!
Dr Gay Hendricks shares so many great tips, love this book and his philosophies on ‘Upper Level Limits’ and ‘Time’