In 2015 I read 135 books. In 2014 78 books. Successful people consume alot of relevevant-beneficial information. These are the Books that prepare you for the top, but also shine light on the common pitfalls on your way to getting there. Some are historical. Some are new. Some are classics. Some are fiction. But all are enlightening, inspirational, and empowering.
These are the books that every man must have in his library of information. This list will be updated regularly so check back on a regular basis.
1. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen
This is truly a book I would recommend to anyone…and the only reason I would recommend a book is if it’s had a significant impact on my life in practical ways…and this book has done just that. This was one of the very first self-help books that I read. I read it at the age of 16 and it resulted in me losing 80lbs! It instantly made me more consciously aware of my decisions and how the seemingly insignificant choices we make can alter our life dramatically. This book jump-started my personal transformation. The principles in this book made me hundreds of thousands of dollars.
2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A current bestseller, you’ve probably seen Coates’ interview on “The Daily Show” (amazing). An absolutely necessary book about what it’s like to be black in America. Coates was inspired in part by the tragic death of one of his close friends at the hands of the police. When Toni Morrison says something is “required reading,” you don’t question it. Read it!
3. The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John D. Mann
A modern short story/fable for the modern day Entrepreneur. The main character is introduced to 5 different business owners who are “Go-Givers,” with a lesson to be learned in each meeting. These 5 lessons are summed up as “The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success.” The Go Giver is an easy read, and quite compelling, I actually loved the book so much that I read the entire book over the course of 3 days.
4. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
This is the title I immediately and robotically recite anytime someone is looking for a book recommendation. By far the most infuriating book I’ve read, but vital for anyone that’s looking to understand why the #BlackLivesMatter movement exists. Why Black people are angry. And why the black father is absent in most Black homes (done so intentionally via the system of White Supremacy). It’s an unrelenting and exhaustively researched book into our system of mass incarceration, which Alexander compares to the Jim Crow laws that justified and enforced segregation in the first half of the twentieth century. If after reading this book you’re still unconvinced that there is systemic abuse and oppression toward Black people, I suggest you check yourself into the mental ward.
5. Love Unlimited: Insights on Life and Love by Barry White
Born into the tough streets of South Central Los Angeles to a single mother, Barry ran with the “oldest, baddest, and most envied” gang and was hooked on fighting, drinking, and stealing when he wound up in Juvenile Hall at age sixteen. While behind bars, he had a life-shaking epiphany that changed the direction of his life. From that moment on Barry vowed to get and stay on a straight, hardworking path and fulfill his dream of making music. He dropped out of school and literally walked to Hollywood to make his fortune. This is definitely one of the books that leveled up my life.
6. Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence
Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence has been honored with two first place national book awards, has spent 77 weeks in the TOP 10 on the Amazon.com Best Sellers List, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon.com. In this enlightening prose, Dr. Bohdi Sanders covers 30 essential traits that will change your life. This is a guidebook to living life to the fullest, with the character that defines the true human being. This book will Level Up your life within the first few chapters. I certify this book as required reading for all Men (Alpha Males & Alpha Preneurs).
7. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
This book was recommended to me by one of my mentors and when I began reading it, it completely blew my socks off. If I could only take 15 books with me to a deserted island, this book would be one of the 15. This book is so beneficial that it is on both my MAN-datory Reading list and Listening list! And for the 5$ audio CD, thats literally a steal. This book should be made mandatory in college. Crucial Conversations is filled with practical advice you can start using today. Not only that, its not what you get from it that matters, its what the wisdom can save you from losing.
8. Real Men Dont Play by Bobby Glanton Smith
A book that I read while in college. It was recommended to me by a college professor who was a real stand-up guy himself, so when he said that I ought to read it, then I immediately took the recoMENdation seriously. Real Men Don’t Play is a side-by-side walk with Bobby Glanton Smith (Who I have met and hung out with personally) through a lifetime of meeting, studying and chronicling men that continue to represent the best practices of manhood. Along this journey you will discover men that are famous and infamous; professionals and blue collar. The men profiled in this book have incredible tales of accomplishment that will motivate, inspire, and provide wisdom for you to become the Man you were meant to be.