Dr. Dan’s Top Ten Books List

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I love guiding people to write a meaningful personal life story. The process is simple, but not easy. What resources are available and where do you find them? I review 2-3 relevant books each month to save you time and energy and use these recommendations to grow, make a difference, and live a life that matters. All of these books are on audio ready to turn your commute or workout into a self-improvement adventure! To get great tips on living a life that matters and updates on my recommended reading list, GET My Free Guide and access to the Wisdom for the Week blog by clicking above.



The E-Myth Revisited: Whether you are just starting or already have a small business, this is a must read. I restructured my whole business as a result of reading this book. I think the audio, read by the author, is better than the book because Michael’s exuberance really drives home the ideas.





Platform: Want to get through all the confusion about your website and how to promote yourself? This is the best guideline I’ve found for a clear and concise step-by-step process to establish a business presence otherwise known as your platform.






  • The Element: Did you know – 1) Richard Branson is dyslexic and dropped out of school at the age of 16? 2) Julia Child published Mastering the Art of French Cooking at nearly 50? & 3) Matt Groening, the creator of the Simpsons, was told as a young person that he needed to pursue a real career because he was always drawing cartoons? The Element is filled with hope giving stories that pursuing your passion will drive you to do great things, get paid for it, and have fun in the process!






Change Anything: Did you know change is not a result of will power as much as it is having a great plan? Joseph Grenny and his colleagues used valid and reliable research to develop the best step-by-step guide I’ve read to bringing about realistic and long lasting change. 






Mindset: Having a growth mindset is a critical component of becoming the person you were destined to be. I based a lot of my PhD dissertation concepts on Dr. Carol Dweck’s years of valid and reliable research. An added benefit is Dr. Dweck’s writing is easy to understand and can be applied to everyday life.






Flourish: An intriguing book written by the father of positive psychology Martin E. P. Seligman. Dr. Seligman shifts the “old school” psychology of dwelling on problems to focusing on what a person is doing right. Hope is given to those who have had an onslaught of psychological challenges either personally or with those they care about.






Predictably Irrational: Think you understand and are making good choices because of your knowledge, wisdom, and sound judgment? Think again because Dan Ariely’s research reveals how illogical our choices are. The positive side of this is becoming aware of how decisions are emotionally rooted. Once acknowledging this, steps can be taken to base important decisions more on fact than emotion. 





Daring Greatly: If you want to make those hidden hangups go away that you can’t quite figure out how to deal with, this is a great book. Brene has done extensive research on shame and vulnerability and how these are the source of a lot of dysfunctional thinking that occurs in our minds. Filled with easy to understand examples and explanations of the research, Brene makes this a very informative, yet enjoyable read.  




The Now Habit: Talk about major breakthroughs for this procrastinator (ME)! Highly recommended to dig deep and understand that procrastination is only a symptom that is fed by things such as fear, self-criticism, and perfectionism. Once these “hidden” goblins are revealed, amazing changes for the good can take place!






The 5 Love Languages: Want to take relationships to the next level? Discover which of these most communicate love to you: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, or physical touch. A must read!





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