Every year I try and keep learning new things and growing as an entrepreneur and a person.

I am constantly reading and trying to figure out how other businesses and successful people do what they do. The goal is to put it into practice in my business and life and make sure each year I’m a little better or a lot better than the year before.

 

Charlie “Tremendous” Jones was a well known speaker and author from Mechanicsburg, PA.  He had a famous quote somewhat adapted from Jim Rohn.

 

Charlie’s saying was  “you are the same person one year from now that you are today except for the books you read and the people you meet.”

I love that quote because it’s a fairly measurable thing. Did I meet new people to help me this year and did I read and learn more this year.

 

In the spirit of Charlie I’ll share with you my top 5 reads of 2015.

 

I always shoot for a book a month and I hit it last year, however I also read several publications, subscribe to about a dozen business magazines and read blogs online. So needless to say, I always have a stack of reading material and in my down time I am always picking up something to read.

 

So my challenge for you in 2016 is always find something to read. You can learn so much and improve your communication skills by reading more

 

Go get er done in 2016 and set a goal of how many books you want to read.

 

I don’t care if the goal is only one book. If that’s one more than you read in 2015 you are better than you were last year.

 

So what’s your goal?

 

Post it in the comments below and I’ll send you a free report on how to be more productive in 2016!

File Jan 08, 11 45 09 PMHere are my top 5 books of 2015 in no particular order

 

1) So Good They Can’t Ignore You

A very interesting read. This book flips the idea of ” do what you love and you will make money” on it’s back and basically says it’s a lie. He has great stories to back it up and ultimately he says get really good at something and you will love it. Then you get paid for it.

2) Customer Service Revolution

This book was recommended to me through a friend and to him from Rory Vaden – author of Take the Stairs (another great read from a few years back). Great book on customer service with some quick and easy tips to improve your view of serving your customers. One cool thing I learned from this book was that every Starbucks employee has the company mission printed on the inside top of their apron. They have to see it every morning when they put it on. Ask your friendly barista next time you’re in Starbucks if the mission statement is on their apron and what it says. They’ll answer. It’s part of the culture and training.

3) NO B.S. Guide To Direct Response Social Media

Authored by Dan Kennedy and my good friend and business accountability partner Kim Walsh-Phillips. This book breaks social media down and makes it easy to see returns via social media. Not likes and fluff but actual dollars. Real examples and strategies you can use and I’m testing several of them right now and seeing low cost per lead numbers. Definitely a must read.

4) Getting Things Done

A classic and I go back and re-read it every few years. It sets the path for a workflow system that optimizes productivity and if you follow it you will be more successful in 2016. A little dry at parts but look for the systems he teaches. Great read

5) The Automatic Customer

This book teaches the concept of continuity income. Every business needs it and most can easily add it on. If you are looking for a new revenue opportunity for 2016 this book shows you how to add it to almost any type of business.

 

 

So what are you going to read in 2016? Get out there and start reading. Remember one book is better than no book!

 

 

Oh, and I almost forgot…My favorite book of the year written by someone you might know or want to get to know….me.

 

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