My All-Time, Ultimate Reading List

I love books. I eat books. And often people ask me to share what I’m reading. This is just a collection of the business books I’m reading.

Here is my 50+ Ultimate Book Recommendations, the kind of books I recommend to most anyone interested in reading epic wisdom.

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  • The 6 Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden — I wish I had started reading this book when I was a teenager, and read it every year afterward. Foundational, impactful, truth.
  • Life Reimagined: Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty — As I turned 40 this year (April 2016), it’s helped me understand some of the emotions and thoughts going through my mind about what I’ve been thinking of as Halftime (Midlife). Epic advice backed by solid research for navigating the U-shaped happiness that happens around this vital period of life.
  • The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor — One of the top all-time life-changing books I’ve ever read. It could be titled 100+ ways to scientifically increase your happiness. It has not changed my life, but enhanced it in so many ways. We’ve bought this book in hardcopy for each of our team members I love it so much.
  • Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No by Cloud and Townsend – establish good boundaries in your relationships and free yourself to be happy
  • Depression for Dummies — I love the Dummies book series (and was an author of one) and naturally I bought this during my divorce in 2010 after being diagnosed as having low-grade depression [post here]
  • Divorce for Dummies — bought this during my divorce in 2010 [post here]
  • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do — so good. I did my talk at WordCamp Denver 2015 on mental health before reading this, but this will be my reference manual.
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom — as his mentor dies from a terminal illness, Albom recounts the lessons he imparts
  • Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath
  • Awakening the Heroes Within by Carol S. Pearson — completely fascinating and helpful book as I’ve been thinking through and asessing my entire life


  • 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman — my wife and I use this every day to love each other in our languages of love. It’s been so inredibly impactful that we have given it as a gift for other couples. Take the free online assessment here, and the book is more reference.


  • The Pregnancy Countdown Book — Contrary to my typical advice, I highly suggest the print version for this. My wife bought this for us when we got pregnant with our first child. We would read this every night together, crying, laughing, with joy about our little baby forming in her belly. We give this as gifts to friends who get pregnant now.


Here are some links to other book resources of mine: