Self-improvement is an on-going project for me. The following six books have recently left a lasting impression on me.

I've always loved to consume stories. As a child, I was an avid reader. As an adult, I've come an avid listener of audio books. I still sit down and read on occasion, but I seem to find more time to listen.



    Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney by Lee Cockrell

    I'm not going to breakdown all ten for you, but I would encourage you to read or listen to this book. Whether or not you're in a management position with your company, there are valuable lessons and ideas that you can take away to improve your home and work life.


    The Alchemist

    Paul Coelho's book is not a leadership guide, but a story that allows you follow a character on his journey towards his personal legend. In search of a great treasure, the shepherd learns a great deal about the world, other people, and most importantly himself.

    You might be surprised to learn something about yourself while reading it.


    Think and Grow Rich

    If you only read one book from this list, read this one. Though this book was originally published in 1937, it is incredibly relevant, and so many other books that you will read today on success are based on the principles of this book.

    You'll learn Napoleon Hills 13 Steps to Riches, developed after studying visionary millionaires like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Get ready to learn the secrets to their success.


    Lean In

    Sheryl Sandberg wrote this book for women, but I would encourage men to read it as well. She reminds women, that we are often the people who are holding ourselves back. She champions growth and balance, sharing her own stories of success and failures. If you need to be inspired to speak up, read this.


    The 5 Second Rule

    Mel Robbins tells her story of how 5 seconds can change your life. It certainly changed hers. It's all about action, and how to get started. If you find yourself procrastinating, this is your book.


    Start With Why

    Simon Sinek shares his golden circle principle, and illustrates how we often create our goals backwards. We often start with the what, or how. Sinek shows the importance of starting with why.