Finest of Friends, Maxwell

The finest of friends must sometimes be stern sentinels, who will insist that we become what we have power to become” – Neal A. Maxwell

I was cleaning out some boxes this weekend and came across this 3×5 card with this quote. I am reminded of my best friend from high school, we still keep in touch. I am reminded of college friends and several others I have met along the way. Men and women that have and will call me when I forget my place. They hold me accountable to our shared standards and the ones that I hold for myself. These friends also continue to build me up and encourage me to improve; to continue the quest of personal improvement.

True, it isn’t something that everyone undertakes and can seem to be a daunting task. I would say that those first few weeks and sometimes months it can seem like it. That is why it is so important to focus on the future and have your goals set and firmly placed in your minds eye.

Jim Rohn says, “That you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” So, who are your sentinels? Who do you spend time with? What books (audio, paper, or electronic) are you reading? What lectures or workshops are you attending? Who do you follow on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter? What are the people at work you are spending time with?

These are all things that have an effect or impact on us. These quotes that I write about have been my companions for a very long time … some for over 20 years. They each have had the desired affect on me that I wanted them to have. Pick your friends and influences, be mindful of who you associate with, and above that read non-ficton business and personal development books!

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Self Education


This is not a complete list, just ones that I have read and feel confident that I can recommend.

  1. The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone
  2. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  3. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
  4. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  5. Be Obsessed or Be Average – Grant Cardone
  6. The Big Short – Micheal Lewis
  7. Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
  8. Building Your Network Marketing Business – Jim Rohn
  9. Close That Sale! – Brian Tracy
  10. The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
  11. The Creature from Jekyll Island – G. Edward Griffin
  12. Crush it! – Gary Vaynerchuk
  13. Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
  14. The Difference Maker – John C. Maxwell
  15. Do the Work – Steven Pressfield
  16. Economics in One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt
  17. Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki
  18. The Education of Millionaires – Michael Ellsberg
  19. The Fountainhead – Any Rand
  20. The Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield
  21. Go Pro – Eric Worre
  22. The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
  23. How to Get and Stay Motivated – Grant Cardone
  24. JumpStart Your Priorities – John C. Maxwell
  25. Let of Bang – Patrick Von Horne & Jason Riley
  26. Living Forward- Michael Hyatt
  27. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
  28. The Millionaire Booklet – Grant Cardone
  29. The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
  30. The New Case for Gold – James Rickards
  31. On the Wealth of Nations: Books That Changed the World – P.J. O’Rourke
  32. Quantum Leaps – Gloria Mayfield Banks
  33. The Real Book of Real Estate: Real Experts. Real Stories. Real Life. – Robert Kiyosaki
  34. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  35. The Richest Man in Babylon – George Samuel Clason
  36. The Road to Ruin – James Rickards
  37. Rock Bottom to Rock Star – Ryan Blair
  38. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
  39. Self-Reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  40. Sell or be Sold – Grant Cardone
  41. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  42. The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuk
  43. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  44. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
  45. Unlocked – T.D. Jakes
  46. Where Have All the Leaders Gone – Lee Iacocca
  47. Who Built That – Michelle Malkin
  48. 21 Great Ways to Manage Your Time and Double Your Productivity – Brian Tracy


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Rohn, Goals

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” – Jim Rohn

This quote it great because it quickly gets to the point. If you have goals then you must exercise sufficient discipline to accomplish those goals. If you want to get healthier, save money, learn a new skill, everything worth getting requires some level of discipline. As a young man, I participated in Boy Scouts and it is there I learned to work towards a goal. I learned to plan and work for what I wanted. That one skill has served me over and over again. From job skills to being a better father, discipline has been a guiding principle of my life.

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