A Few Of My Favorite Things

Do you ever wonder what your favorite bloggers enjoy? What hobbies, sports, toys, or books?

I wonder this often and thought I’d answer this question for you guys today.

So what are a few of my favorite things? Read on to find out.

Stormtropper with a happy tag

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This is going to be an eclectic list, broken down by categories. So, here they are.

My Favorite Blogs

Michael Hyatt: Intentional Leadership – Michael is a top-notch leader and authority on platform building.

Brad Lonenick – He’s the head honcho of the Catalyst Leadership Conference. A man you should be following.

Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn – There’s no one better when it comes to helping you build a passive income stream than Pat.

Art Of Non-Comformity – If you’re looking at non-conformity, this site is for you. Chris shares excellent insights into living a life less than normal.

A Chance To Win Open By Craig Gross

I’m excited to see Craig Gross releasing his new book Open. In Open, you’ll discover why honest, forgiving, caring, consistent, and respectful dialogue within a group dynamic strengths the whole group.

Take the quiz below to find out how Open you really are. Once you’ve taken the quiz, continue reading to discover how you can win a free autographed copy of the book.

Alright, here it is, your chance to win a copy of this great book. What do you need to do?

1. Share this post via Twitter.

2. Leave a comment answering why being Open is important to you.

I’ll randomly choose a winner on August 30th and announce the winner in the monthly blog recap post.

6 Books Leaders Should Read By The End Of The Year

I find myself reading quite a bit these days. I’m trying to find a balance between fiction and non-fiction titles but have found myself still leaning heavily towards non-fiction books. This probably has to do with my desire to continue to grow as a leader. I hope you have the same desire.

If you have the desire to continue learning, I’ve put together a great list of 6 books every leader should read by the end of the year. Each of these books have a special place in my leadership journey. I hope they’ll find a place in yours as well.

Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – In Quiet (Book review), Susan teaches us why introverts are important. You’ll discover the secret power of introverts and the ways introverts can improve your organization.

Leadership Resource: NeuYear Calendar

As a leader, your life is probably pretty busy. You’ve got meetings multiple times a week, conferences, and outside activities.

Keeping track of this can be difficult. I know it has been for me.

NeuYear Calendar

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a great leadership resource I’ve discovered called the NeuYear Calendar. The calendar retails for $30 but NeuYear was kind enough to provide me with a special discount code to save you 30%. Read to the end of the post to discover how you can claim this exclusive discount.

What I Like About The NeuYear Calendar

The NeuYear calendar is laid out so you can see the whole year at a glance. This makes planning easier as you can see your whole year as you’re writing in key dates and times. There’s no having to flip through a paged calendar and backtrack to insure you’re not duplicating events over multiple months.

5 Book Recommendations For The Rest Of 2012

There’s a saying: “Not all readers are leaders but all leaders are readers.”

That can take the form of a physical book, an eBook, an audio book, or various other ways of consuming the information. The important thing is you’re reading.

Books on a Table

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I’ve done quite a bit myself this year. I’m over my goal of 24 books for the year and continuing strong.

Through these 24 books, I obtained great ideas, new insights, and created new thought patterns.

All from picking up a book.

Today, I’d like to share with you what I feel are 5 books you should read before the end of the year.

    1. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey – Dave shares years of insight into how he does business.  He gives you the nitty gritty on how you can build a successful business. All while staying out of debt. One of the best leadership books I’ve picked up all year.