RRL Book Club

For the last 6 months several of us have been meeting every 2 weeks to discuss a book that we have chosen to read.  We have read some incredible books and will continue to add to this list.  If you have suggestions, leave them in the comments.


Secrets of the Millionaire Mind,  T Harv Ecker

This book is one that absolutely changed my life.  I keep a copy of this in my library and have gone back to it many times.  Rereading it with the group was very helpful and motivated me to make some significant changes, stretch myself financially and continue to follow my plan. 

Relentless, Tim Grover

This book is an in your face look at who you are, where you want to go and why you are either getting there or not.  Tim Grover trained Michael Jordan in his prime and stayed around for 15 years.  He has been the trainer and coach for so many top performers in basketball and learned much from his time with them.  This book is full of lessons, take aways and motivation.  Highly recommended.

The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale

This is an old school but outstanding book that could easily change the lives of just about anyone who reads it.  I highly recommend this book, especially if you are unfamiliar with the Law of Attraction.

The 10x Rule, Grant Cardone

Want to get motivated to live the best life possible?  Want to supercharge your business, your personal life, relationships...anything?  Grant Cardone is a hustler.  He gets after it and shows you how to get after it too.

Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday

Easily one of the best books I have ever read.  Highly recommended to figure out how to understand the role of Ego in your life. 

The Road Less Traveled, M Scott Peck

We got alot out of this one.  In a strange way, it is similar in message to my favorite book on this list...or any list.  "Self-control is the essence of Peck's brand of self-help. He says: "Without discipline we can solve nothing. With only some discipline we can solve only some problems. With total discipline we can solve all problems." A person who has the ability to delay gratification has the key to psychological maturity, whereas impulsiveness is a mental habit that, in denying opportunities to experience pain, creates neuroses. Most large problems we have are the result of not facing up to earlier, smaller problems, of failing to be 'dedicated to the truth'. The great mistake most people make is believing that problems will go away of their own accord.

This lack of responsibility will damage us in other ways. Our culture puts freedom on a pedestal, yet Peck recalls Eric Fromm's book Escape From Freedom, which looked at people's natural willingness to embrace political authoritarianism. It is referenced to support Peck's belief that, when it comes down to it, we shy from real freedom and responsibility."

That is from a book analysis.  I recommend this book is on your list at some point.

Mindset, Carol Dweck

One of the most powerful books ever written.  Dweck analyzes two mindsets; a Fixed mindset and a Growth mindset.  If you are a parent, this is an absolute must read.

Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babbin

Easily my favorite book that I have read in the last 20 years.  I gave this book to everyone in my office and suggested that they read it because Extreme Ownership is the culture of my company.  If I could only suggest one book, THIS IS IT!  I have read it at least 5 times.

The One Thing, Gary Keller

Super powerful and capable of turning anyone's life into a very successful one.  Follow Gary's advice and watch as your goals become reality.  Gary was probably not an Olympic quality athlete, nor could he pass BUDs but his philosophy is comparable to Jocko Willink and Leif Babbin in Extreme Ownership.  This one should definitely go on top of the list.

On Fire, John O’Leary

John was burned on 100% of his body when he was a small boy.  His life was forever changed.  On Fire is a story of his struggle to regain his life, his independence and achieve great things.  I could never do this book justice in a few lines.  JUST READ IT.


Books worth reading

I just finished this one:

With Selection coming up fast, I have been searching out books on mental toughness, mental preparation and mental training.  This was a great one. 

I listened to this one while driving mostly but also on a long row.  It was full of stories from Olympic champions and other athletes that could help any athlete, regardless of level.  I fully intend on getting my kids to listen to this book as well.

With some books, the narrator can enhance or spoil, entirely, the experience for you.  The narrator in this audio did a great job and carried the story nicely.

I think that listening to one or 2 chapters at a time is probably the best way to fully digest the information rather than doing a marathon session.  Tons of great quotes are littered through this book and there are take away lessons for just about anyone; athlete or not.

I particularly liked the section on injuries and setbacks as I am going through one of my own currently.  So many amazing stories were recounted of athletes experiencing serious injury at their peak, but staying mentally strong and coming back 4 years later to win a gold medal.  These athletes used a disadvantage and made it an advantage, which has always been something that I encourage and have experienced in my own life.  Combined with extreme patience, they were able to make their dream a reality.

These stories provide motivation and inspiration to anyone experiencing any kind of obstacles in their lives or striving to reach a goal.

The one big takeaway for me in this book was something that the author went back to continually.  If you can see or admire greatness in someone else, you are only able to do that if you, too, have some of that same trait within yourself.  Interesting...

If you like these kind of books, check this one out.