Read to Lead – Books I read in 2017


I went most of my life trying to read as little as possible. It was not till recently, that I discovered the greatness of reading. These books are all that I have read this past year. A few of them are books that I have read before, but I felt I needed to read them again. One of the books I reread was The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. This book actually started the journey I’m on that turned my life around. The main character, George, could have been written about me. Everything in his life was falling apart: his career, marriage, family, health. He lived a fearful life, always expecting something bad to happen to him. And when you live and think like that, you will make it a self fulfilling prophecy. I actually try to read the Energy Bus at least once a year. It reminds me where I was, and I do not want to go back.

Most of the books that I read, are on the Leadership Reading Challenge from Train to be Clutch. Their work has really been instrumental in me finding my focus. Joshua Medcalf, the founder of T2BC wrote a book earlier this year titled: Pound the Stone. I was lucky enough to be on the book launch team, so I got to read a couple of the advance versions. I loved the final version and would have to say that it was the best book I read all year.

Next, would be the Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon. I was on that book launch team as well. This book really challenged me as I got ready to coach football this past season. I wanted to be the most positive coach I could be after reading it. It taught me I need to be committed to my players and that I should find and live my purpose.

The last book that I would like to briefly recommend is – In a pit with a lion on a snowy day. This is another book that I reread. Whenever I feel fearful of something coming up, I read this book. It reminds me to trust God completely. He is bigger than any lions in your life.

So, here is the list of books I had the privilege of reading this year:

Pound the Stone – Joshua Medcalf

Power of Positive Leadership – Jon Gordon

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day – Mark Batterson

The Energy Bus – Jon Gordon

The Carpenter – Jon Gordon

The Barbarian Way – Erwin McManus

The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day – John C. Maxwell

The Principle Circle – Jamie Gilbert

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

The One Thing – Gary Keller

The 5 Second Rule – Mel Robbins

Become a Life Coach – Mitch Matthews

Christian Coaching – Gary Collins

It’s only thirteen books. I really want to read twice that many in 2018!


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