Over the years I have spent 1000's of hours reading, writing, re-reading, working on myself, and taking notes. Some books were worthwhile, and many not. I'm often asked what books (and videos) I've found most helpful. So, I thought it would be a benefit if I provided a list of books that made the cut for each category necessary to bring your life to the next level.

I will add more to the list as I continue to read, write, and grow.


I also recommend bookmarking this page for your reference and convenience.

Disclosure: Please understand that many links on this page are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to purchase one of the products below. Please understand that everything below was chosen because I have read them myself and find them beneficial to the self development. But make sure you make your own judgment before purchasing.


"The Grand Inquisitor" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"If" by Rudyard Kipling

"The Man in the Glass" by Dale Wimbrow

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost

"Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost

"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

"Invictus" by William Ernest Henley

"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas

"All the World's a Stage" by William Shakespeare

"The Ladder of St. Augustine" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"O Captain! My Captain" by Walt Whitman

"Don't Quit"

"The Will to Win" by Berton Braley

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