Had an interesting question posed to us, and thought it was make a great Five for Friday entry. The question was, “What experiences, books or information have had the most influence in your life?”
An awesome question indeed. For those of you that don’t know, I like to read…a lot. It definitely was not a passion until later on in life, but since graduating college, I have only wished that I read more! Check out the five books I would recommend you pick up today!
- The Sports Gene: Inside The Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
- This is more of a sciency type, giving you real life examples while explaining the science behind it.
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
- Duhugg dives into more than just sports, but how and why businesses, people, teams and other organizations succeed because of the habits that they choose to make.
- 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans by Karl Pillemer Ph.D.
- I’m not going to lie, I totally picked up this book thinking there would be advice from businessmen, former presidents and other people I consider “wise.” Turns out, the 30 life lessons actually come from a far deeper knowledge base: our oldest Americans. What better way to get advice than people who have lived 80+ years?
- Extraordinary Golf: the Art of the Possible by Fred Shoemaker
- I’m not much of a golfer, but if there’s one sport that relies heavily on the mental game, it’s golf. Shoemaker does an excellent job at making this book an interesting read with less technical advice than mental advice. Anyone can take his words and apply it to live, lax or the pursuit of happiness.
- Mind Gym : An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence by Gary Mack
- One of the most recommended athletic mental books. True to form, it helps you discover the power of your mind and how it can influence your game more than any physical ascpect.
Ok, so what’s up with all of these books? They all focus on one main aspect… your mind. Being great is a combination of what you’re given, and what you make of what you’re given. All of us can be great, but we have to CHOOSE greatness. In order to be great, you must first believe, and then you have to have the mental willpower to push yourself beyond your wildest dreams. Each of these five books are very different, so hopefully one resonates with you!
What’s your favorite book? Comment below and a let us know!