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Bill Bergeman


12 Life-Changing Books That Were So Good I Read Them More Than Once (usually many times)

In no particular order.

    1. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers.

    An absolute classic book where the title says it all. I read this one periodically to remind myself that most fears can be managed and are far bigger in our own minds than in reality.

    2. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz.

    An entertaining if not dated read on moving through the world with a positive mindset and going after more than you think you are capable.

    3. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts.

    This book serves as my life-vision muse. Read it and you'll risk quitting your job, filling a backpack full of clothes, and traveling the world.

    4. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

    Timeless, rock-solid leadership principles from two incomparable former Navy SEALS.

    5. Re-Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins.

    If you are looking to clarify your life values and master your emotions, then this book is for you.

    6. The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by James Altucher.

    Written in James' unique voice, this book is a great reminder to always have an abundant mindset when it comes to money...and to always have more than one stream of income.

    7. The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss.

    The book that poured rocket fuel on the kindling digital nomad movement. Full of fantasy, facts, and fun, there is no reason to think one cannot pursue some version of the life being sold in this book using Feriss' strategies and tactics - even if some of them are a bit outlandish.

    If nothing else, the most important takeaway from this book is that you should ask yourself how your life could, and perhaps should, look radically different.

    8. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams.

    Another classic book where the title says it all.

    9. So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport.

    A book that always serves as a solid reminder that effectiveness and competency typically come before passion, not the other way around.

    10. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall.

    A remarkable story that helped to ignite my love of mountain ultrarunning. I know just as many non-runners who love this book as runners do; that's how good of a story-teller the author is.

    11. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko.

    An entertaining read that pulls the curtain back and shows what the average millionaire in the U.S. really looks like. It's not what you think.

    12. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

    A solid all-around read about the science behind habit development.

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