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. 21 Great Ways to Manage Your Time and Double Your Productivity – Brian Tracy
  3. The 21st Century Case for Gold – George Gilder
  4. The 8000$ Phone Call – Jayden Pudney
  5. Anthem – Ayn Rand
  6. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  7. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
  8. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  9. Be Obsessed or Be Average – Grant Cardone
  10. The Big Short – Micheal Lewis
  11. Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
  12. Building Your Network Marketing Business – Jim Rohn
  13. Close That Sale! – Brian Tracy
  14. The Closer’s Survival Guide – Grant Cardone
  15. The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
  16. The Creature from Jekyll Island – G. Edward Griffin
  17. Crush it! – Gary Vaynerchuk
  18. Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
  19. The Difference Maker – John C. Maxwell
  20. Do the Work – Steven Pressfield
  21. Economics in One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt
  22. Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki
  23. The Education of Millionaires – Michael Ellsberg
  24. The Fountainhead – Any Rand
  25. The Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield
  26. Go Pro – Eric Worre
  27. The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
  28. How to Get and Stay Motivated – Grant Cardone
  29. How to Make People Like You – Nicholas Boothman
  30. Ice Breakers! – Tom Big Al Schreiter
  31. JumpStart Your Priorities – John C. Maxwell
  32. Just a Thought – James Gurick
  33. Just Keep Breathing – Jimmy Bluff
  34. Let of Bang – Patrick Von Horne & Jason Riley
  35. Living Forward- Michael Hyatt
  36. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
  37. The Millionaire Booklet – Grant Cardone
  38. The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
  39. The New Case for Gold – James Rickards
  40. The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday
  41. On Combat – Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen
  42. On Killing – Dave Grossman
  43. On the Wealth of Nations: Books That Changed the World – P.J. O’Rourke
  44. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  45. Quantum Leaps – Gloria Mayfield Banks
  46. The Real Book of Real Estate: Real Experts. Real Stories. Real Life. – Robert Kiyosaki
  47. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  48. The Richest Man in Babylon – George Samuel Clason
  49. The Road to Ruin – James Rickards
  50. Rock Bottom to Rock Star – Ryan Blair
  51. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
  52. Self-Reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  53. Sell or be Sold – Grant Cardone
  54. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  55. Take the Stairs – Rory Vaden
  56. The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuk
  57. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  58. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
  59. Unlocked – T.D. Jakes
  60. Where Have All the Leaders Gone – Lee Iacocca
  61. Who Built That – Michelle Malkin
  62. The Virtue of Selfishness – Ayn Rand
  63. You are a Bad Ass – Jen Sincere


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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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