Continuous learning is important to me. A part of my learning comes from reading and listening to books and then attempting to implement one or more things I learn from each.

I find myself mentioning some of the things I have learned as I talk to and mentor others. I thought it would be an interesting exercise to name the top 25 books that have influenced me and then share that list with you. It was difficult reducing the list to 25 because many great books had to be left out.

The following are the top 25 books that have helped change me (in alphabetical order):

  1. 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done
    by Peter Bregman
  2. Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content
    by Mark Levy
  3. Aligned Thinking: Make Every Moment Count
    by Jim Steffen
  4. Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication
    by Andy Stanley
  5. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    by Daniel H. Pink
  6. The Dynamics of Effective Listening
    by Tony Alessandra
  7. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
    by Brian Tracy
  8. Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want
    by Peter Bregman
  9. I Was Broke. Now I’m Not.
    by Joseph Sangl
  10. Life on the Wire: Avoid Burnout and Succeed in Work and Life
    by Todd Duncan
  11. The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People
    by John Ortberg
  12. Living the Dream: Uncover the Plan. Fulfill Your Purpose.
    by Daniel Floyd
  13. Mastery
    by George Leonard
  14. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
    by Hal Elrod
  15. NIV Leadership Bible: Leading by the Book
    by Zondevon
  16. Overwhelmed: Winning the War against Worry
    by Perry Noble
  17. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
    by Charles Duhigg
  18. The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?
    by Rick Warren
  19. The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath
    by Mark Buchanan
  20. Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God
    by Gary Thomas
  21. Singletasking: Get More Done – One Thing at a Time
    by Devora Zack
  22. Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
    by Shawn Stevenson
  23. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
    by Simon Sinek
  24. Storyline Finding Your Subplot in God’s Story
    by Donald Miller
  25. Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision
    by Andy Stanley

This list may change over time as I continue to learn.