Despite the fact that the summer is quite a busy time for me with lots of work projects, golf instruction and programming responsibilities, travel and more, there’s just nothing like taking some time to enjoy a few good reads during these summer months!
While I always enjoy finding a great new read, I’m also in the habit of revisiting a few of my personal favorite books during the summer months. For me, this is a great way to reflect on topics and issues that were resonating with me in the past. Likewise, it’s an awesome way to rediscover insights that have faded from memory with the hustle-bustle of daily life.
This summer, my reading list is pretty eclectic: some new, some old. A few will be helpful as I continue to develop my businesses. Alternatively, some of the books on my list will be focused on personal development and growth. As long as I find it to be interesting and informative, it’s eligible for my reading list – LOL!!
“Having an interest in something is the clue to a thought that’s connected to our calling…” –Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Here’s my ever-evolving summer reading list:
- “Be A Player: A Breakthrough Approach to Being a Better Player On the Course” by Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott.
These authors and founders of the VISION54 approach to golf instruction always bring insights to the table. For me, this is a must-read for anyone looking to realize peak performance in their golf game.
- “Soar With Your Strengths” by Donald O. Clifton & Paula Nelson.
During my final interview with Dr. Clifton as he hired me to serve with The Gallup Organization way back in 1998, Gallup’s founder gave me a copy of this groundbreaking book. I still enjoy reading the same dogeared copy every few years. Based on the original research used to develop the famous Gallup Strengthsfinder approach, this book contains keen advice: find out what you do well and do more of it; find out what you don’t do well and stop doing it. Makes sense, huh?
- “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell” by W. Kamau Bell. I find his CNN show, “United Shades of America” to be pretty interesting, so my guess is that this book will provide at least an equally well-developed exploration of many of today’s cultural, political and societal issues.
- “Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Dr. Dyer transitioned two years ago now, but re-reading this treatise on how inspiration is within each one of us still makes me smile just like it did the day it was released. If you need a read that provides you with direct advice on the insights of the benefits of living an inspired life, this book is for you.
- “Ego Is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday. For each of us, the ego can prevent us from realizing our full potential. In this increasingly “me” focused society, the lessons laid out here might be helpful in assisting us in keeping our eyes on the real prize.