Not sure if most of you know this but I have little bit of a nerdy side. I never learned to meditate, so the only way I can slow down my racing mind (and sit down for longer than 10 minutes at a time) is by reading. The next few blog post will be devoted to my favorite books from 2013 with a quick explanation and a few quotes…

Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain-Ryan Blair

In an effort to sum up every self-help book out there into 10 key points Ryan Blair writes this below………

1. Work your ass off
2. Don’t give up, ever
3. When faced with defeat, rise to your feet!-Dr. Dre
4. Keep angling until you find your angle, then play your angle.
5. Sacrifice
6. You’ll survive, no matter how bad it is-it isn’t as bad as it could be
7. Shake off your mistakes, but try not to repeat them.
8. Be grateful-most people don’t even have a dream
9. Remember that you are not safe. Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.-Will Rogers
10. Go big, have fun. If not, you either quit, die unhappy, or have a midlife crisis and blow your success.

Making things complicated gives us a reason to fail. It’s not that complicated. It’s not easy. Your excuses are not going to help you take the next step to reaching your goals.

The One thing-Gary Keller

“What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

Obsessive focus is required to reach any goal. In a world with 5 million small problems, 20 million emails, and 50 million social media alerts it’s hard to stay focused. This book was probably my favorite of the year. You don’t have to do everything. Would you rather be average at a million things or great at one? Have you seen a marathon runner become a great powerlifter? Was Michael Jordan a great baseball player?

Talent is overrated-Geoff Colvin

Great book and the quote below is one I read often…

“If it seems a bit depressing that the most important thing you can do to improve performance is no fun, take consolation in this fact: It must be so. If the activities that lead to greatness were easy and fun, then everyone would do them and they would not distinguish the best from the rest. The reality that deliberate practice is hard can even be seen as good news. It means that most people won’t do it. So your willingness to do it will distinguish you all the more.”

Does Tiger become a great golfer if he didn’t start playing the second he was born? Maybe hitting baseballs until his hands bled had something to do with Ted Williams success? Some great examples in this book. Talent is highly overrated in my opinion. You have to be passionate to put in the 10,000 hours it will take to become good (not great). Another great read below…….