I'm always curious about what other people recommend, so here's my list.
We're going to cover 6 areas:
- Online Courses
- Travel Gear
Questions about anything I've listed?
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LAST UPDATED: May 23rd, 2019
BOOKS THAT BELONG IN EVERY PERSONAL LIBRARY
Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder - This is a difficult book to categorize or summarize and that's part of what makes it so good. According to Nassim Taleb, many things in life benefit from chaos, stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil... and actually get stronger and more resilient in the process.
Deep Nutrition - An incredible book that explains why our ancestors thrived on traditional food (and why we should do the same):
- fresh food
- fermented and sprouted foods
- meat cooked on the bone
- organ meats
This book goes on to cover a variety of topics in detail, from disease prevention to increasing the chances of having healthy offspring.
Efficiency: Get Rich Without Giving Up Your Life - This book by Wall Street Playboys covers the Big 3 of Health, Wealth and Relationships.
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies with a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter/gatherer stage, and then developed religion, along with disease and weapons of war.
High Performance Habits - This book isn't about automatic habits like drinking water when you're thirsty or driving your car. It's about the 6 most powerful, deliberate habits that are consistent across high performers... and how they're able to maintain long-term success.
This book helped me understand where I need to improve and inspired me to make immediate changes to my morning routine, daily to do list and weekly review.
If you feel like you should be a lot more successful, but can't figure out why, read "High Performance Habits."
How An Economy Grows and Why It Crashes - This is an amusing, educational book that takes a needlessly complicated topic - economics - and explains economic growth, consumer credit, inflation, trade, savings, risk and more with simple language, storytelling and illustrations.
How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World - Do you feel like you're living life on your own terms? Between the government, society, school, family and friends all trying to tell you what to do with your life, it might seem like you don't have a lot of freedom, but you do.
If you're one of those people who likes to do their own thing, but feels like there's always something holding you back, take a look at "How I Found Freedom." It explains over a dozen "freedom traps," how to avoid them and general guidelines on how to live your life with more freedom.
How to Win Friends and Influence People - A classic for a good reason. This book is a great introduction to have healthy, productive relationships.
It'll show you how to get people to like you, how to persuade people, how to be a leader and more.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion - Classic by Robert Cialdini that explains the 6 universal principles of persuasion, how to use them and how to defend yourself against them.
Man's Search for Meaning - Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir describes his experience and the lessons of living in Nazi death camps.
Frankl argues that we can't avoid suffering, but we can choose how to deal with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with a renewed sense of purpose.
Mastery - All of Robert Greene's books are incredible. What makes "Mastery" special is it explains... in incredible detail... the path to mastering your craft.
Most people today pursue shortcuts and that's one of the reasons they fail. "Mastery" shows exactly what it takes to become world class as whatever path you choose.
If you're the kind of person who never finishes anything... or is always working on a new skill or project and never getting anywhere, you need to read "Mastery."
Maxims - A collection containing over 500 of La Rochefoucauld's maxims on life, like "We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears."
Meditations - Nowadays, more and more people seem confused about life, i.e. how to live a fulfilling life. Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome also struggled with that question and this book follows his thought process (and provides answers).
This book is a popular introduction to Stoicism. Make sure you get the Gregory Hays translation.
Naked Economics - Economics explained in a way anyone can understand.
Principles - A must-read from billionaire Ray Dalio that explains his thought process and the principles that have guided his success.
Psycho Cybernetics - When most people think about mindset, they think about motivation and positive thinking. That's part of it, but having the proper mindset is much more than that and it's critical to making the most of life.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Dr. Yuval Harari uses science and history to explain humanity's creation and evolution.
Skin in The Game - Another Taleb book that's deep and makes you think.
Striking Thoughts - A collection of aphorisms by Bruce Lee.
The 33 Strategies of War - This book is more applicable than the 48 Laws in my opinion.
The Concise 48 Laws of Power - There's no need to read the longer, original version (unless you want to). This version will give you the meat.
The Bed of Procrustes - A book of aphorisms by Nassim Taleb.
The Greatest Salesman in the World - Much more than a sales book.
The Lessons of History - A short book that covers many important lessons. Page for page, one of the most valuable books every written.
The Millionaire Fastlane - The Millionaire Fastlane will show you how to evaluate business opportunities and hammers in the difference between making money fast vs. money slow.
This book completely changed the way I see money and it's an important book to read even if you don't run your own business.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion - Explains the difference between Conservatives and Liberals.
Triangle Investing - Another solid book from Wall Street Playboys (I actually prefer it over Efficiency). Covers stocks, real estate and crypto.
Unlimited Memory - Full of effective strategies and tactics to improve your memory.
COPYWRITING AND DIRECT RESPONSE
No B.S. Direct Marketing - Read this first because it'll help you understand the principles that should guide your marketing decisions.
My post highlights some key concepts from the book, but it barely scratches the surface.
Cashvertising - Cashvertising is an excellent reference for online sales and PACKED with useful information.
Crypto Copywriting Secrets - I never see anyone recommend this book by Ben Settle, but Ben does a great job of explaining copywriting in a way anyone can understand.
Great Leads - You must understand leads and you must understand Levels of Awareness and Stages of Sophistication as a Copywriter or Marketer.
"Breakthrough Advertising" gives a much more thorough explanation, but Great Leads has plenty to sink you teeth into.
Freelance Foundations - This is the book I wrote specifically for freelancers at the beginner level.
It's heavy on business principles. It'll also give you plenty of tactical examples use you can to land clients with cold emails and social media.
Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got - This book has like a million ideas use you can to grow your business or a client's business.
Everyone who's serious about marketing should own it.
No B.S. Price Strategy - Dan Kennedy
Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million In No Time Flat - This is an advanced book that'll show you the path to growing a large business. Even if you don't want a big business, it's helpful to understand the different levels.
The Personal MBA - The Personal MBA will give you an excellent overview of business concepts if you're unfamiliar.
Zero to One - Wow. Peter Thiel is one smart mofo.
The way he thinks about business is insightful and refreshing.
A contrarian business book from one of the world's most well-known billionaires.
1984 - George Orwell
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
To Build a Fire - Jack London
FUNNELS AND PERSONAL BRANDING
Dotcom Secrets - Dotcom Secrets is the #1 book on funnels and every online marketer should read it.
Expert Secrets - Experts Secrets is also really good. It'll help you get better at everything from personal branding to storytelling and it's easy to read.
Get Serious - Dr. Brett Osborn is a Neurosurgeon and bodybuilder who covers everything from nutrition to disease prevention to strength training. Read this along with the TOT Bible for a comprehensive understanding of these topics.
The Four Hour Chef - Absolutely phenomenal book by Tim Ferriss that shows you how to cook and shares a powerful process for learning any subject.
The Metabolic Blowtorch Diet - Read this book specifically if you're interested in fat loss.
Fluent Forever - The book (and app of the same name) provide a logical, effective process for language learning.
Kitchen Confidential - Written by Anthony Bourdain, this book showcases his skills as a writer and storyteller.
The Sell - This book by realtor and entrepreneur Fredrik Eklund is incredibly motivating as he takes you inside the world of a top performer.
It doesn't focus that much on teaching sales. It's more about the kind of person you need to be to achieve massive success.
You can read both of these books over and over again. There's so much meat, it'd take a lifetime to internalize all the lessons in these books.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MINDSET
Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder - You want to read this for the 1st half of the book. Arnold's story is inspiring and should drive you to seek greater things in life.
The 50th Law - Robert Greene's most underrated book.
How to Get Rich - How To Get Rich will give you the proper mindset to build wealth.
No B.S. Wealth Attraction in the New Economy - Dan Kennedy
No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs - Another Dan Kennedy favorite.
The War of Art - The War of Art is about Resistance, the gut feeling that prevents you from taking action and how to overcome it.
The One Sentence Persuasion Course - No, it's not a course. It's a book... and it's one of the best I've read for understanding human behavior.
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements - A classic that breaks down group identity, beliefs and behaviors.
How to Have Confidence & Power In Dealing With People - This book is all about the psychology of personal relationships.
Never Eat Alone - I have so many highlights throughout this book. Fantastic.
The Charisma Myth - Can anyone be charismatic or is something you're born with? TCM shows you how to become a charismatic individual.
Pitch Anything - A modern sales book that explains the psychology and a process for selling.
Straight-Line Leadership - My favorite sales book.
Understanding Comics - This book is incredible from a visual perspective. Also highly informative. A very deep book that will teach you a lot.
BONUS: Books For Men
The Testosterone Optimization Therapy Bible - This is an incredibly important book for men's health. Buy it, read it and use it as a reference.
Anatomy of Female Power - The thesis behind this book is that we seem to live in a patriarchal society that's actually matriarchal at its roots.
The Rational Male - It's no secret that bad relationships have ruined many men. This book (and the blog by the same name) is an eye-opener that will change the way you see relationships... forever, and prepare you for what's ahead.
Make sure you check out the follow up books too:
Read his books along with The Warrior Ethos by Steven Pressfield.
The Way of the Superior Man - A classic with a New Age twist.
I don't spend a lot of time listening to podcasts. What I like to do is scan the titles and pick the ones that seem the most useful.
MFCEO Project with Andy Frisella
FYI - These courses may or may not be open for enrollment depending on the time of year.
6 Figure Promotions by Tej Dosa
I love this course. Whenever anyone asks me if I know a good copywriting course, I always recommend 6FP.
The real value is how Tej explains his thought process and how you can copy it to create Big Ideas.
Plus he has an entire 2nd course called Client Conversion Secrets inside 6FP that shows you how to build a client business.
>>> Click here to read my review
Content 2 Cash by Jake from Nomadic Hustle
Jake's a digital nomad and affiliate marketer who's figured out how to make a solid living online purely through content.
>>> Check out our interview
Charm Offensive by John Buchan
A template pack for all the 'asks' you have to make as a freelancer, agency owner or other b2b professional.
Ecom Secret Sauce by Kobe Gatsby and The Du Lab
Kobe and Du are two of the brightest young guys on Twitter when it comes to e-commerce and branding.
Their course covers everything from branding to Instagram traffic.
>>> Check out our interview
Sovereign U is part course, part online education platform.
It's being created by Jose Rosado and Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes to help you build the skills you need to succeed online.
You'll also find a 2-hour interview with me and many other successful online entrepreneurs.
>>> Click here for details
Pro Niche Site (PNS) by Kyle Trouble
PNS is the course I've been using to build my niche sites.
Kyle takes you through the entire process, step-by-step, and he's an excellent mentor too.
You'll also find me in the Facebook and Slack groups for the course.
>>> Click here for more info
The Copywriting Mentorship Program by Lukas Resheske
This is the Rolls-Royce of copywriting programs in my opinion.
Super valuable and you can get the first version of the course on Lukas' website completely free (he also has a new version that's a paid mentorship).
Here's everything I use daily.
I also take 500mg of Metformin every morning with my black coffee and again before bed, but you need to get a prescription in the U.S. (or get it over-the-counter somewhere like Latin America).
Multi-vitamin - Athlete Vitamin
What's great about Athlete Vitamin is it's an all-in-one supplement with effective dosages of Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Magnesium and Zinc, so you don't need to take separate pills for everything, plus this is an easy-to-drink powder (OK so the magnesium dosage is a little low and you might want to take extra - see my recommendation below).
If you'd love a multi-vitamin that eliminates the need for separate vitamins, check out Athlete Vitamin.
I take one scoop of AV at night before bed.
CBD Oil - Sabaidee
CBD oil is one of those supplements I was pretty skeptical about. I'm a big fan of magnesium oil and epsom salt baths, so CBD seemed a little redundant.
Well I tried it... and it worked. I went into a deep sleep and could feel more rested the next morning.
If you suffer from chronic pain, high blood pressure, inflammation or poor sleep, CBD oil might help you.
I take a few drops under my tongue a few hours before bed.
Collagen - True Nutrition
I take collagen for joint pain in my elbows, which I feel in certain exercises (especially dumbbell presses and lat pulldowns).
Collagen can also be useful for soft tissue damage and healthy skin.
I like to mix it with water, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and a few drops of hot sauce (like Cholula), then heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to make myself a hot cup of bone broth.
If you suffer from joint pain or want healthier, glowing skin, try collagen.
Try 10 grams daily.
Creatine - Bulk Supplements
Creatine is one of the top supplements you can use, safe and proven to work. It helps increase muscle mass, recovery, memory, etc. etc.
If you're not taking creatine, you should grab some ASAP.
I take 5 grams before my workouts.
Fish Oil - Citadel
You don't need me to tell you about fish oil, do you? The Citadel brand doesn't have a fishy taste either, which is an indicator of good quality.
If you already consume a lot of fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines), you might not need fish oil.
But that's not most people. I take fish oil as "insurance" since my fish consumption is up and down.
I take 3 capsules throughout the day with food.
Magnesium Oil - Life-Flo
Magnesium oil spray is amazing. Seems to work much better than oral magnesium supplements.
Whenever I use it, I sleep much better and have dreams.
If you always wake up in the middle of the night or never seem to wake up rested, I'd try magnesium oil. I've also found that it works right away. It's not one of those supplements that takes time (like collagen) to experience an effect.
I apply the spray to my ribcage and thighs before bed.
Nootropic - Gorilla Mind
I personally like Gorilla Mind Rush, but I know a lot of people prefer Modafinil. Gorilla Mind Rush helps me get laser-focused without the stimulant effect (anxious, heart racing) I've gotten from Modafinil.
If you've never tried a nootropic product, I'd start with Gorilla Mind Rush.
If you've tried Gorilla Mind Rush, Gorilla Mind Smooth or Adrafinil and want to try something potentially more effective, try Modafinil and start off with 50mg - 100mg.
I take 3 capsules of Gorilla Mind Rush in the morning before a work session.
I also use the Gorilla Youth Serum every morning and night.
Protein Powder - True Nutrition
This is my go-to protein powder. I get the Debiterrized Hydrolized Whey Protein.
Protein powders are incredibly efficient because they help you increase your protein intake without extra carbs or fat.
I take 1 scoop in the morning and another scoop an hour before bed.
*** Use can use my discount code BBLLC to save some cash on any True Nutrition products.
Turmeric Curcumin - NutriFlair
I take turmeric and curcumin primarily because it's an anti-inflammatory and seems to help with joint pain.
Along with collagen (and bone broth), you might notice that your joints feel much better after using turmeric and curcumin.
I take 1 capsule in the morning with my protein shake and another capsule at night before bed.
I highly recommend Alexander's programs. I've used one of his early hypertrophy programs, the Longevity Program, The Seven Deadly Shoulder Swoles... and I'm currently in his private coaching group.
>>> Click here to see all his free and paid e-books and programs.
I travel very light.
Seriously - I can pack everything in 15 minutes.
Here's what I consider the essentials.
Apple MacBook Air - My Mac has lasted me like 5 years and shows no signs of stopping.
Perfect for the location independent entrepreneur who does a lot of travel.
Digital Pocket Scale - I use this small scale to weigh my food so I can track my macros.
Gymboss Interval Timer and Stopwatch - Great for the gym. Helps me time my rest periods between sets. I also use it when I do hill sprints outside.
Jackery Portable Travel Charger - If I'm out all day or traveling, I make sure to have this charger with me.
Jump Rope - One of the simplest, most effective, most inexpensive pieces of workout gear. Plus it's super lightweight and barely takes up any space.
Kindle - I don't understand how anyone can travel with physical books. My Kindle is much more practical. I have the Fire, but I don't believe you can go wrong with any of the Kindle models.
Gamma Ray Blue Light Glasses (I wear these when it starts to get dark out, especially if I'm using my phone/Kindle/laptop).
They look good too, unlike some other brands that look weird.
This mask is surprisingly comfortable, blocks out all light and doesn't make me sweat.
Great for the plane or at home, especially if you don't have blackout curtains.
The Marmot PreCip Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket is excellent.
Lightweight. Folds down to the size of your fist. Essential if you're traveling around Latin America or Southeast Asia, which are often rainy.
(Comes in like 25 different colors too)
My current go-to travel bag is the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack.
It's bigger than your average backpack, but not one of the obnoxiously large backpacks you see many hikers and digital nomads carrying around.
It's also carry-on size, which is a big plus since I hate having to check my bag (as long as you don't go over the weight requirement).
For photography, I love my Sony a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera.
The problem with DSLRs is they're so big so you're less likely to carry them around.
The a5100 sets you up for high-quality pics and fits in any bag.
I don't use a lot of tools.
Fact is, I don't need a lot of tools to run my business from anywhere in the world.
Here's what I use and recommend:
AWeber - Email software
Bluehost - Hosting for this website and my niche sites
Calendly - Online booking
Evernote - For notes and journaling
Hemingway App - For editing content
Thrive Themes - Themes for this website and my niche sites
Typeform - Prospect applications
Trello - Project Management