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My Rocket Fuel: My Favorite Books

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(This page is still a work in progress)

Finding the right business tools to launch your own business is important, but so is feeding your brain.

I’ll admit. Reading books was never my thing. Because I read all day, every day for my line of work (as well as my personal studies), cozying up on the couch with a nice book was not my idea of relaxation.

So, I decided to look at it from a different perspective.

We reap what we sow and, if you’re sowing a whole lotta’ Netflix, you’re going to be reaping a polluted brain and wasted time. When I choose to read, I do it with an objective in mind. Every time I finish reading a book, I need to have learned at least one new thing from it. I’m looking for things that I can apply to my business, or use to improve my day-today life.

This is my growing list of books that have done that for me. I’ll regularly be updating it as I discover new books. I won’t be adding every book I’ve read, because not all of them will be worthwhile.

I hope you find these books to be as inspirational for you as well.

Business books

These books have helped me build and grow my online business. Entrepreneurial biographies, tools, strategies, and more can be found in this library.

Rework – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

If you can get past the cliches and dramatics, there’s a lot of value to be found in Rework.

Jason & David are the founders of 37Signals, and share how they grew a tiny startup into a… decent-sized business. This isn’t the story of another Facebook or Netflix, and that’s exactly how these guys wanted it.

Creativity books

These are books that have given me creative inspiration, something I have always struggled with. (even though I am, indeed, left-handed)

Originals – Adam Grant

Adam Grant has quickly become one of my favorite authors. He has the incredible ability to take complex ideas and translate them into simple language.

Originals will give you a new perspective on what originality really means, and how you can champion your original ideas to others.

Miscellaneous books

These are books that don’t belong in any particular category, I just enjoyed them for various reasons. They’ll probably consist of sports-related books, mainly.

One Night Only – Ken Reid

From the beer league to the minor league, hockey players from coast to coast often say they’d give anything to play just one game in the NHL. One Night Only brings you the stories of 39 men who lived the dream ― only to see it fade away almost as quickly as it arrived. Ken Reid talks to players who had one game, and one game only, in the National Hockey League ― including the most famous single-gamer of them all: the coach himself, Don Cherry.

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