Fuel Your Curiosity

Regardless of how many miles you’ve put into your career, there’s always more to learn. Here is a list of books that I recommend that you consider reading. I’ve provided links that take you directly to Amazon.com where you can obtain more details about any of these resources.


Be Your Own Brand: Achieve More of What You Want by Being More of Who You Are, Karl D. Speak and David McNally


The Brand Mapping Strategy: Design, Build, and Accelerate Your Brand, Karen Leland



The Physics of Brand, Aaron Keller, Renee Marino, Dan Wallace

Career/Life Strategies

Art and Fear. Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking, David Bayles and Ted Orland



Born for This, Chris Guillebeau



Choose Yourself, James Altucher



Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans



Drive, Daniel H. Pink



Essentialism, Greg McKeown



   Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job, Moe Carrick and Cammie Dunaway



Flow: The Psychology of Optimal ExperienceMihaly Csikszentmihalyi



Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success, Adam Grant



How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life, Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.



How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method, G. Polya



Lean In: Women, Work and The Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg



Life Reimagined. Discovering Your New Life Possibilities, Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber



Mastery, Robert Greene



Reinventing You, Dorie Clark



The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman



The Magic of Thinking Big, David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.



The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals, Keith Ellis


The Motivation Manifesto, Brendon Burchard



The Power of Purpose, Richard Leider



The Purpose Effect, Dan Pontefract



Strength Finders 2.0, Tom Rath



  Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill



Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman



The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell



The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self, Alex Lickerman, M.D.


It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be, Paul Arden



Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson

Customer Service

Hey, I’m the Customer: Front Line Tips for Providing Superior Customer Service, Ron Willingham


Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups

 The Art of the Start 2.0, Guy Kawasaki



Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, Ashlee Vance



The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, Eric Ries


Traction, Gino Wickman

Future Trends

Foresight 20/20, Jack Uldrich



Future Shock, Alvin Toffler



Future Smart. Managing the Game-Changing Trends That Will Transform Your World, James Canton



The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Share our Future, Kevin Kelly



Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines, Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby



The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Ray Kurzweil



Thank You for Being Late, Thomas L. Friedman



Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What Doesn’t, and What’s Next, Cecily Sommers



Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, Job Ito and Jeff Howe


Healthy Living

Younger Next Year, Chris Crowley

Innovation, Originality

Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want, Curtis R. Carlson and William W. Wilmot



Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant



The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen



Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner



The Pursuit of Wow!, Tom Peters



What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures, Malcolm Gladwell



Words Without Music, Philip Glass


The Trust Edge, David Horsager



Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters, Anthony Than





Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing, Lee Odden


The Content Strategy Toolkit: Methods, Guidelines and Templates for Getting Content Right, Meghan Casey



The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, David Weinberger



Superconsumers: A Simple, Speedy, and Sustainable Path to Superior GrowthEddie Yoon

Mindfulness, Zen

Fear, Thich Nhat Hanh



The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh




The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance, Josh Waitzkin


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, Robert Pirsig

Sales, Networking

Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts into Sales, Bob Burg


Fanatical Prospecting, Jeb Blount



Go-Givers Sell More, Bob Burg and John David Mann



Never Eat Alone (and other secrets to success, one relationship at a time), Keith Ferrazzi


The Greatest Salesman in the World, Og Mandino



The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success, Wayne Breitbarth



The Referral Engine, John Jantsch



The Social Media Sales Revolution, Landy Chase and Kevin Knebl



To Sell is Human, Daniel H. Pink



Three Steps to Yes: The Gentle Art of Getting Your Way, Gene Bedell