Reading on a consistent basis is one of our 2018 goals. So, we thought we’d start cataloging the business books we read here each month for both accountability and in case others are looking for book recommendations.
We’ll update this post at the end of every month with what we’ve been reading. At the end of the first quarter, we’ll start a list of our top-5 favorite books of 2018.
We’re ALWAYS looking for recommendations. If you have one, let us know in the comments or send us a message.
January Reading List
1. Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff
This was a good book to start the year with! If you excel at starting projects but have trouble finishing, this is the book for you. And it might just be Jon Acuff’s most humorous book yet.
One of my favorite parts was his encouragement to “cut your goal in half.” I suffer from thinking I can get more done in a given amount of time than is actually reasonable, so this encouragement was especially liberating.
Do Over is still my favorite Jon Acuff book (and one of my favorite business/career books of all time).
Recommendation: 🏁 Get it! Also, I think this would be a good book to get on Audible since Acuff narrates it.
2. The Power of the Other by Dr. Henry Cloud
Some of the research presented in the book is super interesting. For instance, did you know that “… the highest performers get almost a six-to-one ratio of positive to negative feedback…”? But think about if you are a “solo-preneur” or work as part of a small team. It’s probably harder to get that positive feedback, which is why it’s super important to surround yourself with good people and be a part of a community. Fascinating.
I will say that some of the chapters felt long and I thought the information could have been condensed. In hindsight, I wish I had listened to this book instead of picking up the hard copy.
Recommendation: 😐 The research is interesting, but I felt things dragged-on in places. This would have been a great book to listen to on drives.
Have recommendations for February? Let us know in the comments…
3. Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt
Great combination of research and practical advice. The real value is in completing—not just reading—his 5 step plan for having your best year ever. I’ve (Davey) bought his Full Focus Planner, which helps implement what’s learned in the book. Excited to report back.
It’s too early to tell whether this will result in our best year ever, but it’s off to a promising start.
Side note: Krista and I have also recently completed the life-planning program outlined in another one of Michael Hyatt’s books Living Forward (w/ Daniel Harkavy). It was a fun and insightful exercise to plan our lives together! We did the activities solo and then compared notes.
Recommendation: 🚀 Get the book and follow the 5-step plan.
4. The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy
Shoutout to Jordan Demos for the recommendation. The Compound Effect will change the way you view pennies, minutes, and other small decisions you make in your life. As mentioned in the book, “Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = Radical Difference.”
After reading this book I tracked how I spend each minute in a workday… the results were eye-opening.
Recommendation: 💸 Easy read with plenty of practical advice.
5. Building a Story Brand: Clarify Your Message so Customers will Listen by Donald Miller
As a former high school english teacher, it was interesting to hear Donald Miller talk about story and business. While storytelling in branding has almost become a cliche, Donald Miller’s book is FULL of practical advice and demonstrates the power of telling a story.
My only regret is listening to the book on Audible because I wish had a hard-copy to take notes in (with that said, Donald Miller does a great job of reading the book).
Recommendation: 📖 Get the hard-copy of the book. You’ll have notes-on-notes of practical advice to implement in your own brand.
6. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink
This book was the perfect complement to Finish, Your Best Year Ever, and The Compound Effect—especially as we reorganized what we wanted our workday to look like. When allowed us to put together an ideal workday that works with our biology instead of against it.
Recommendation: 🤯 The research is fascinating and there is plenty of practical advice. This is my new favorite Daniel Pink book.