What I Read...

...and whether you should too.

The Writing Career

How To Make A Living With Your Writing: Books, Blogging and More – Joanna Penn 5 Stars!
Joanna is a beast in the best way. Concise and well-written, read her stuff and listen to her podcast.

Becoming a Writer – Dorothea Brande 4 stars
Good ideas: Create a “habitat” for writing—Find a wordless stimulus for writing/”light state of hypnosis” (long walks, sitting on park benches, gardening…)—Journal to understand your writing style—If conscious is intellect, unconscious is creative—Honesty is the source of originality

Secrets of the Six-Figure Author: Mastering the Inner Game of Writing, Publishing and Marketing Books (Volume 1) Tom Corson-Knowles 3.5 stars
Early read, a skimmer, a bit platitude-heavy, worth it more for beginner’s motivation than getting to six figures.

Why Authors Fail: 17 Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make That Sabotage Their Success (And How To Fix Them) – Derek C. Doepker 4 stars
Early read, a skimmer, but a useful look at the business side of things and 17 big mistakes to avoid.

Writing Habit Mastery: How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer’s Block – S.J. Scott 4.5 Stars
Read at the very beginning of my career, it’s a great wham-bam look at common pitfalls and things you can do to promote a writer’s mindset. Reading it evokes the sense of listening to a super enthusiastic guy giving a presentation at a conference or something.

Secrets of Six Figure Authors: The 10 Most Important Kindle Publishing Action Tasks for Self Published Authors (Be a Kindle Bestseller Book 2) – Eric Michael 3.5 stars
Another early read. More of a skimmer, but legitimate seed-planting on how a great income from Kindle success isn’t impossible.

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) – Jeff Goins 5 Stars!
Jeff was a huge inspiration early on (along with his podcast). Every aspiring writer should read this.

Finance Management

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! – Robert Kiyosaki 5 Stars!
Yes, the veracity of his storytelling is questionable, but the ideas are sound. This is a book more on how to think about money—even if you think you know what you’re doing, this is a must-read.

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century– Joseph R. Dominguez 3.5 Stars if you’re good with money, 5 Stars if not
Very beginner mindset-level content on money. Read this if you’re terrible with it.

MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom – Tony Robbins 5 Stars!
Seriously. Read. A bit skim-worthy in the first half by dear ol’ Tony, but the 8 interviews w/ the world’s best investors are KEY.
 

Creative & Entrepreneurial Living

The Magic of Thinking Big– David J. Schwartz 5 Stars!
I was lucky to read this early in my career, but read it any time. Good ideas: It is self-deprecation that holds us back—You are not innately a success or failure. Success boils down to habits, behaviors, and thought processes. These things can be taught—All confidence is acquired, developed. No one is born with confidence—You can’t act devoted for very long without feeling devoted—Basic truth: to do anything we must first believe it can be done.

The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs – Kevin Johnson 5 Stars!
A departure from my normal reads, but worth it. Lots of good thinking and actionable techniques. Quick read, but the big points stick.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert 5 Stars!
Devoured. She’s an amazing example of a writer with a VOICE. Good ideas: Treat your creativity like you’re having an affair with it—Perfectionism is just a version of fear—Onward ever, backward never—Complaining scares away inspiration—Move toward your sense of wonder—Ego gets wounded, the soul just does its thing—The outcome *cannot* matter

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Tim Ferriss 5 Stars
Yes, the title sucks, but this book is not what you think. You must read if you want to live any sort of lifestyle that departs fro mthe norm. (and his podcast is a MUST listen)

Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy – Andrew Newberg, Mark Robert Waldman 5 Stars
One of those Forever-Change-My-Life (FCML) books. About effective communication (not woo-woo, science-based), physiological effects of negative thinking (we need three positives to restore ourselves chemically after a negative), and much more amazingness.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown 4 Stars
A skimmer for me. Probably a better read for how to minimize when the corporate or social media world has taken over your life, but worthwhile for whomever. Favorite quote? “The ability to choose cannot be taken away or even given away—it can only be forgotten.

 

Psychology

Dark Side of the Light Chasers – Debbie Ford 5 Stars–One of my favorite books on dealing with the things that hold you back

Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl 5 Stars–Everybody needs to read this yesterday

Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious – Timothy D. Wilson 5 Stars–A surprisingly digestible look into the interplay of our unconscious and conscious minds

Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer 5 Stars–You know you need to be familiar with the Tao Te Ching, and our boy Wayne is an amazing relator of things.

 

Travel

Travel: The Ultimate Budget Travel Guide on How to Travel the World with Less Than $30 A Day While Exploring Amazing Places on Earth! – Shea Hendricks 4 Stars

If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It Isn’t Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World – Kristine K. Stevens 3 Stars

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