Originally published on LinkedIn

Thank you to everybody for the tremendous support after my article earlier this week, “It Took Me Nearly 40 Years to Figure Out What I Want to Do with My Life.” Not only the comments, but some of the heartfelt messages I received and conversations already started. Without a doubt, my own self-awareness and self-discovery was jumpstarted by a series of amazing books. This week, I received a great treat from Michaela Alexis and Scott Stratten, and it serves as a perfect lead-in to present my recommended reading list to the many who have asked following my post last week.

To start, here is Michaela and Scott’s box of books:

… on career and work mindset:

. . . on entrepreneurship:

  • Effectual Entrepreneurship by Stuart Read, Saras Sarasvathy, Nick Dew, Robert Wiltbank. Saras was my professor at Darden for Starting New Ventures and this book taught me a bit about how entrepreneurs think differently. Fellow Darden-grad Adam Healey summed it up very well in this article, “How Expert Entrepreneurs Think.”
  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller – Most real estate agents, especially the Keller Williams crew, know this book well. For me, it was the first time I saw an effective entrepreneurial model for real estate agents laid out so effectively.
  • Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

… on leadership:

  • Start With Why by Simon Sinek
  • Army Doctrine Reference Publication ADRP 6-22 (FM 6-22) – While an official Army field manual, this is actually a great read and lays out a foundation for how to lead that I’ve never seen matched in any other book.
  • Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute – This is a must read if you find yourself blaming your leaders, co-workers, company, or institution for why you are unhappy, unprompted, or feeling unappreciated (maybe it’s you?).
  • Switch by Chip and Dan Heath – One of the best books I’ve read on how to influence change.

… on how to change your mindset on life, relationships, meditation, money, vulnerability, and shame

I’d love to hear your feedback on any of these books that you’ve already read or if you read them this year. Also, please throw your best suggestions and why in the comments section, and I’ll likely add them to my personal reading list for the year.