The Martian (2011)

The Martian is a very good movie, the book is terrific, and I recommend both to you. Astronaut Mark Watney has been left behind accidentally, on Mars, when his crew thought he died in a hurricane force sandstorm.

He did not die and now has to figure out how to survive, until the next mission from Earth comes back to Mars in four years, on just fifty-days supply of food.

The story is a great metaphor for life, the constant need to overcome obstacles and the will and ingenuity to do so. Someone once said that the two highest forms of intelligence are figuring things out and thinking things up. This story is full of both.

Mark’s greatest challenge is to resist just giving up in the face of apparently insurmountable obstacles. As he observes, “At some point, everything’s going to go south on you….you can either accept that, or you can get to work.”

I think part of what makes this such a great story is our innately human capacity to risk everything to save even one individual. The story of the people back home trying to rescue Mark is equally engaging. Mark and the people persist with humor, courage, and a lot of luck. And they have many setbacks, sound familiar?

I agree and hope you will enjoy it too.

A Complaint Free World

How much of our time and energy do we spend complaining about circumstances and other people? Well, I know every moment I spend doing that is a waste of energy, mine and that of the person who is listening to me.

In his absolutely great book, A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted, Will Bowen shows us how to dramatically lessen the time we spend complaining.

The idea is to go twenty-one days complaint free. That’s a challenge! But boy is it worth it! Will’s method has greatly reduced the amount of time I spend complaining. And that makes my life and the lives of those around me more enjoyable and productive.

Are you ready for more joy in your daily life? Give this short, enjoyable book a try.

Unbroken (Random House, 2010)

Is this one of the best books of courage and resilience ever written? I think so, and it is also a great and entertaining, though hard to take at times, story of survival under the harshest of circumstances. Especially inspiring is the immense transformation in Louie Zamperini after he returns from World War II. Hard to overstate the quality of this book. I also recommend Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. Both are outstanding.

The Last Lecture (Hyperion Books, 2008)

I finally wrote my first book because of reading The Last Lecture. Not only is it an uplifting read, but it is the story of courage and character in face of the perhaps the greatest of adversity. When Randy Pausch said in the book, “Don’t let your music die within you,” I knew I had to quit stalling and write my book. This book will touch you deeply, in a good way, and maybe it will do the same for you that it did for me.

Launch (Morgan James, 2014)

Wow! Jeff Walker is the King of the Launch and he is great in person. I have seen him on-stage twice, but I had no idea how good and valuable his book would be. This is absolutely the way to offer your products to your audience. If you are going to sell anything online, read this book.

Platform: How to Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson, 2012)

When I was preparing to create a website for Referral Upgrade, a friend recommended Platform, and then two other friends recommended it. It’s great! Every page is full of wisdom and experience, not kidding. I knew within a half hour of reading it that I would be writing a blog instead of creating a website. Definitely worth reading and contains virtually indispensable information.

The Millionaire Messenger (Free Press, 2011)

Written by the rock star of internet marketing, this book is a trail map of how to turn your expertise in your area into value for your audience and success for you. Brendon is a master at practicing what he teaches and a masterful teacher as well. Highly recommended.

Stake Your Claim (Harper & Row, 1952)

I love books that can change my state of mind for the better in just a few minutes of reading them. If you like that too, this book is awesome, as is just about anything written by Emmet Fox. The chapters are one to two pages long, and I can easily read this book continuously from cover to cover. It’s that good!

You Can If You Think You Can (Prentice Hall Press, 1986)

Written by the author of The Power of Positive Thinking, about persistence and belief in yourself. I read from this book every day. It’s encouraging, faith filled and has at its core the idea that you can accomplish anything if you put in the work and believe that you can. This is one of my favorite books in any category.

Positive Intelligence (Greenleaf Book Group, 2012)

I am by far more critical of myself than everyone else put together. And so likely are you. This book changes that equation. No, it doesn’t show you how to get other people to criticize you. It shows us how we sabotage our own success and happiness with how we think and  how to silence that saboteur and increase your (PQ) Positive Intelligence to achieve your dreams and increase your happiness. Very well documented by research and case studies to easily apply in as little as 21 days.