Harmful messages about what it means to “be a man”–also called toxic masculinity–are ingrained in the minds of males from the minute they are born.
From the first time a little boy scrapes his knee, to the time he grows up and starts his own family, he is taught by family, friends, and the media that as a male he must embody certain “rules” to be accepted as a man.
Men don’t cry
Men don’t show weakness
Men don’t seek help
The damaging effects are obvious.
Men are more at risk for substance abuse than women. They downplay symptoms of mental illness and are less likely to seek help in crisis situations.
These problems have only worsened since the year 2000, with men being 3 times more likely than women to die by suicide.
It’s time to make a change.
Read these books to learn how you can embody a healthy masculine identity. Find tools to live a more successful, purposeful, and emotionally fulfilling life–all while letting go of toxic masculine narratives and redefining what it means to “be a man.”
#1 School of Man
Life coach Cole Rodgers is on a mission to liberate men across the globe by helping them develop healthy masculine mindsets that allow them to be vulnerable, powerful, and free. His book School of Man, co-written by U.S. army veteran Guy Choate, teaches readers how to maximize their potential in every area of life through non-attachment, openness, honesty, and purpose-driven action. Gain the secrets to emotional fulfillment, vulnerability, courage, and strength. Plus, learn how to leave a lasting positive impact on the world around you. Get it here.
#2 Identity Shift
Husband, speaker, and former NFL player Anthony Trucks believes that identity is “the most important tool to achieve your dreams.” Unfortunately, when your internal identity is not in alignment with your desired external experiences, those dreams are likely to remain out of reach.
Anthony Trucks is here to help.
In his book Identity Shift, Trucks gives readers powerful tools to unlock new levels of perspective, passion, and productivity in their lives. He teaches you how to overcome feelings of worthlessness, shame, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, and stagnation simply by shifting your beliefs about yourself and stepping into who you truly are: amazing. Get it here.
Husband, father, and Iraq combat veteran Ryan Michler is the founder of “Order of Man,” a tight-knit community for motivated and ambitious men working to improve key areas in their lives. He is also the author of Sovereignty–a book that is meant to help men reclaim their purpose and vigor in order to become better husbands, fathers, businessmen, and community leaders. In his book, Michler details thirteen Sovereign Virtues that can help men learn to be more capable of fulfilling their masculine duties and responsibilities in a way that is healthy and beneficial to society as a whole. According to Navy SEAL and NYT Best-Selling Author, Clint Emerson, “Sovereignty is more than a self-help book, it’s a self-assault to a better life.” Get it here.
There’s no doubt about it: The last year has changed the way we work, perhaps forever!
Now more than ever, people are clocking in at home and the trend only seems to be growing. If you are fortunate enough to be one of them, you might be looking for ways to leverage the newfound freedom and flexibility that comes with remote work.
Maybe there’s a dream business or side hustle you’re finally ready to jump into, but you’re not sure where to start.
Books for entrepreneurs who work from home can help.
Read these titles to learn everything you need to start a successful business, earn passive income, and build your wealth–all while working from home.
#1 Start From Zero by Dane Maxwell
Every aspiring entrepreneur dreams about discovering the billion-dollar idea that will change the world (not to mention the digits on their banking app) and get them written into history books. But what if coming up with ideas is precisely your problem?
Read Start From Zero by Dane Maxwell.
This book is the ultimate guide to becoming a self-made entrepreneurial success even if you have zero ideas, cash, experience, or confidence. Maxwell teaches readers how to create a business from scratch using principles that helped him achieve his dreams and turn 15 of his students into millionaires. Promising “no BS, hype, or fluff” Start From Zero gives you the repeatable path to create a meaningful and profitable business without being dependent on any person or platform. Get it here.
#2 Atomic Habits by James Clear
Excellent habits are key to maintaining organization so that you can be on top of your game at work, at home, and in life. Of course, when all three areas intersect, developing effective habits can be a challenge.
Fortunately, James Clear, a successful entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading experts on habits, is here to help. His powerful book Atomic Habits (over four million copies sold) teaches readers how to create remarkable results with tiny changes. The book is packed with practical tips backed by biology, psychology, and neuroscience to make success in any area of life come naturally. Featuring fascinating research about some of the world’s top performers, from business leaders to Olympic gold medalists, Atomic Habits is as gripping as it is useful. Get it here.
#3 Get Paid For Your Pad by Jasper Ribbers & Huzefa Kapadia
Airbnb has always been a lucrative opportunity for property owners, but now is a particularly good time to explore it. With vaccinations being distributed, COVID cases dwindling, and the world slowly returning to normal, the travel industry is making a comeback. As tourist attractions relax their restrictions and antsy wanderers regain travel confidence, the market is likely to explode in the coming years.
That’s great news for anyone with space to rent, especially if you are working from home and looking for a complementary side-hustle that is easy to maintain.
If you have a house or even a room that might be enticing for vacation rentals or tourism activities, you may be sitting on a gold mine. Jasper Ribbers is just one example. This successful entrepreneur went from making $24k to $60k per year from his apartment in Amsterdam simply by mastering the art of Airbnb. How did he do it? Read his book Get Paid For Your Pad to find out. Get it here.
#4 The Wealth Coach by Bradley J. Sugars
Achieving financial success doesn’t come easily to most people, especially with how much information there is to navigate. Fortunately, you don’t have to go scour hundreds of books to find the information you need to get started. Instead, you can get a simple, comprehensive, and engaging read like The Wealth Coach by Bradley J. Sugars.
Sugars is an award-winning author and entrepreneur who has helped thousands of people and businesses achieve financial success. His organization ActionCOACH has been serving clients from around the world and across industries since 1997. The Wealth Coach is a gripping parable that features simple core principles, attitudes, and actionable steps that Sugars teaches his clients to help them build wealth. You can do it too–even if you are starting with nothing. Get it here.
“Taking LSD was a profound experience. One of the most important things in my life.” – Steve Jobs
Some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs are known to experiment with psychedelics to boost creativity, improve focus, and become better innovators.
In recent years, that trend is only growing.
According to one international survey, 79% of participants found that microdosing (taking very small doses of psychedelics to avoid triggering hallucinations) led to improved productivity and creativity at work, in addition to lowering levels of anxiety and depression.
Top business people, from celebrities like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates to lesser-known figures like Allison Krongard, have either alluded to or publicly spoken about the benefits of using mind-altering substances to improve work performance.
Naturally, Silicon Valley and other entrepreneurial communities are embracing drugs like LSD, psilocybin, and DMT as the benefits of using psychedelics is more widely understood.
Learn more about the power of psychedelics, and gain insight on how to expand your consciousness with altered states, by adding these five books to your reading list.
Explore fascinating accounts of high performers utilizing altered states of consciousness to come out on top with Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler
What do Navy SEALs, maverick scientists, and Silicon Valley all have in common?
Utilizing altered states to shortcut success.
Stealing Fire offers a mind-blowing look at the various languages, techniques, and applications that everyone from Elon Musk to Amy Cuddy implements in their creative processes to guarantee success. Author Steven Kotler argues that altered states aren’t simply a trend in the world of high performance, but rather a revolution–one that will forever change what it means to be a creator in any field. Get it here.
Become fluent in modern psychedelic research with How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
Though initially intended to be a researched third-person journalistic inquiry, Michael Pollan’s book How to Change Your Mind quickly became “a first-person quest” to reveal untold truths about the mind and spiritual experience–and the results are astounding.
Pollan explores why psychedelic research came to an abrupt halt in the 1960s and what it’s recent resurgence could mean for the future of mental healthcare. Join him on his thrilling journey as he observes cancer patients who lose their fear of death with just one monitored experience of the psilocybin drug. Learn how drugs like LSD and Ayahuasca can relieve severe cases of mental illness like depression and anxiety. Get an intimate look at the author’s firsthand account of experimenting with mind-altering substances.
Celebrated for its extensive research and gripping narrative, How to Change Your Mind is one of the best books available for anyone interested in the power of psychedelics. Get it here.
Gain massive clarity through soul medicine of the Amazon jungle with Ayahuasca by Javier Regueiro
By far one of the most popular psychedelics available, ayahuasca is a powerful plant that allows users to tap into repressed memories, heal from pain, and let go of that which is unhelpful in our journey through life on earth. Javier Regueiro, who authored the book Ayahuasca, reveals his own experience with the drug and offers readers a guide on how to engage with it themselves.
Ayahuasca produces pleasant feelings like euphoria, connection, and unity, but it can also cause negative side effects like nausea and vomiting. While everyone’s trip is different, users often experience confronting hallucinations that lead to a renewed sense of self and a diminished ego. With microdosing, it is also known to boost creativity and improve focus. Popularly consumed in a retreat setting, people travel all over the world–especially to native lands–to get a taste of the “soul medicine of the Amazon jungle.”
Regueiro founded the Ayaruna Center in Peru to conduct healing work and educate others on the power of traditional plant medicines like ayahuasca. His book explores the native origin of this psychedelic drug as well as its modern use and impact on westerners. It is a comprehensive and practical guide that anyone even remotely interested in ayahuasca should add to their reading list. Get it here.
Open the pathways of your heart with San Pedro Huachuma by Javier Regueiro
In a world where many of us are spiritually uncertain, as well as emotionally disconnected from ourselves and each other, finding ways to open the heart can bring us much physical, mental, and emotional relief. Huachuma is one such path to that attainment.
Native to the Andes, huachuma is a psychoactive cactus that is traditionally used as an ancestral medicine for healing and ceremony purposes. Known for its ability to boost love, compassion, and forgiveness, it is becoming increasingly popular among westerners who wish to explore consciousness and become more whole. For entrepreneurs interested in a purpose-driven market, huachuma can be very valuable indeed.
Regueiro’s book San Pedro Huachuma offers a practical map for utilizing this powerful medicine to heal your soul from the inside out. Each chapter is rooted in his firsthand knowledge of the plant both as a user and guide, offering one of the most comprehensive texts on huachuma in the entire world. Get it here.
Experience the first ever account of dieting the revered shamanic plant brugmansia with The Toé / Datura Diaries by Javier Regueiro
Though this book is not a “how-to” guide for those interested in ingesting the Toé plant (which Regueiro cautions can be toxic and dangerous even with close supervision), it does offer a captivating look at the author’s experience as a Toé user, yet another powerful psychedelic medicine from the Amazon jungle.
In his pursuit of shamanism in the early 2000s, Regueiro was tasked with ingestion of the Toé plant and quickly found himself facing his shadow side. In a challenging journey of radical acceptance, Regeuiro learned to explore himself with curiosity, vulnerability, and non-judgement. His humble commentary on the experience is as insightful as it is fascinating, and he offers plenty of advice for readers interested in harnessing the power of plant medicine.
Looking for powerful and practical books to help grow your business?
You’re in the right place.
These books come highly recommended by successful entrepreneurs from all walks of life.
Whether you want to become a better leader, start generating passive income, or develop a bulletproof business strategy, these titles will help you take your business to the next level.
Reach your greatest leadership potential with Speaking to Influence
Good communication is the key to every success in the workplace. With good communication, expectations are always clear, teamwork is effective, and peak performance comes naturally. Unfortunately, few of us are naturally gifted speakers which can inadvertently cause a lot of issues at work, especially if you’re the boss.
If you think your communication skills are lacking, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 91% of employees say that their leaders fall short in this area. That’s bad news in an ever-evolving world of technology in which effective communication skills are paramount to moving businesses forward.
The good news? Mastering your leadership voice has never been easier thanks to Dr. Laura Sicola’s book, Speaking to Influence.
In this powerful guide, Dr. Sicola (who is a leadership communication expert, executive coach, trainer, and popular TEDx speaker) helps you pinpoint exactly where your linguistic weaknesses are and offers practical tools to overcome them. You’ll learn things like:
How to tell impactful stories
Why people can always “see” what you look like–even when you’re talking on the phone
Hidden fillers to avoid
How to identify and control common vocal habits that creep into your speech and undermine your credibility
There has never been a more critical time to master your speaking abilities, especially if you are–or aim to be–in a leadership position. The better you can communicate, the better off your team will be, and the faster your business will grow. Speaking to Influence is a great place to start. Get it here.
Maximize your team’s growth and performance with Responsive Agile Coaching
If you’ve been in the business world long enough, then you probably know a thing or two about the agile methodology, or you’ve at least heard the phrase here and there.
That’s for good reason: research shows that agile teams are 25% more productive and 50% faster to market than non-agile teams.
With numbers like those, it’s no shock that many businesses hire agile coaches to make adopting the agile methodology quick and painless. That said, the game is changing. While at its core the agile framework has always been about processes, the need for effective coaching conversations (also referred to as Responsive Agile Coaching) is more important than ever. That’s because coaching conversations are key to successful agile implementation and without them, it can be difficult or even impossible to serve the unique needs of a client or organization.
Agile coaching expert Niall McShane is here to help.
In his popular book Responsive Agile Coaching, Niall argues that agile coaching is an “open source” skill anyone can develop and he offers practical tools to do so. Drawing from areas such as neuroscience, mindfulness, behavior psychology and unlearning theory, you’ll learn everything you need to know to have conversations that matter with your clients, teammates, and beyond. Get it here.
Master the art of business strategy with Your Next Five Moves
In chess, the key to beating your opponent is thinking ahead.
The same applies to business.
We live in a world where technology and the economy are constantly changing. Regardless of your industry, the competition is stiffer than ever–and if you’re going to survive, you need to be prepared with a strategy that supports change and anticipates pitfalls.
Patrick David-Bet’s #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, Your Next Five Moves, is a great place to start. In his book, Patrick lays out a research-backed methodology that shows you how to become a high performer in five key areas that will lead your business to success:
CLARITY on your personal and professional goals.
STRATEGY to help you come out on top in the boardroom.
GROWTH TACTICS that will carry you through any difficult period.
SKILLS for creating a reliable and energetic team.
INSIGHT on how to gain power in business relationships and utilize leverage.
Patrick David-Bet is the CEO of Valuetainment, the #1 YouTube channel for entrepreneurs. Your Next Five Moves comes highly recommended by innovators like Ray Dalio, Robert Greene, Steve Wozniak, and Kevin Hart. Get it here.
Keep your tech ideas safe with Invention Protection Strategies
Coming up with an amazing tech startup idea is only half the battle. You can’t even begin to get it off the ground without having proper intellectual property protections in place–but you already knew that. In fact, you probably toss and turn each night obsessing over all the ways someone might try to steal your idea.
Don’t worry: IP attorney Cynthia Lombardo has you covered.
In her book, Invention Protection Strategies, Cynthia puts all of your anxieties to rest with expert guidance. She teaches you how to do everything from figuring out which type of IP protection you need (yep–there are different kinds!) to easily navigating IP law and even when to act so you can best prevent your innovations from being stolen.
You deserve to share your brilliant ideas with the world, find investors, and launch your tech startup without having to worry about the competition. Invention Protection Strategies is the key to making that happen. Get it here.
Earn easy passive income with Get Paid for Your Pad
Research shows that Airbnb hosts make more money on average than anyone else in the gig economy, often raking in upwards of $924 a month. That’s some nice extra cash for anyone trying to grow a business, but many hosts find it lucrative enough to go full-time.
Whatever your professional goals, Airbnb has the potential to earn you a comfy stream of passive income as long as you have a property or even simply an extra room to rent out!
Authors Jasper Ribbers and Huzefa Kapadia are here to show you how.
In their popular book, Get Paid for Your Pad, Jasper and Huzefa outline the exact method they use to earn enough income via Airbnb to travel the world, go on adventures, and live life on their own terms. Their book covers:
How Jasper went from making $24,000 per year to $60,000 from his apartment in Amsterdam
How to prepare your home like a 5-star hotel in a cost-effective manner
How to set up a dazzling and polished Airbnb listing from start to finish
How to catapult your search rank within the Airbnb platform
Critics are calling it “the only guide to AirBnB you need.” Get it here.
Learn to become mentally strong with Can’t Hurt Me
Business, much like life, comes with many hurdles. What separates champions from losers is how they respond to challenges. You can buckle when things get hard, or you can develop a calloused mind, push yourself to your limits so that you become the absolute best version of yourself, and crush all obstacles that come your way.
That’s what Navy SEAL David Goggins teaches in his world-renowned book Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds.
Regarded as one of the toughest men alive, David is the only service person to ever complete elite training in the Navy, Army, and Airforce. He completed his first 100-mile race (clocking in 101 total miles) with zero preparation and later held the Guinness 24-hour Pull-up World Record with 4,030 pull-ups.
Even if you aren’t interested in pushing yourself to your limits, you can always give more and achieve more than you think. Can’t Hurt Me is a mind-blowing read that will inspire you to go the extra mile in business and in life, and it offers plenty of wisdom to help you do so. Get it here.
Inspiring books on spirituality, manifestation, and wellness to help you be your best self.
Many choose to spend their days simply going through the motions of human existence, mindlessly scrolling through social media, and becoming spectators in their own lives.
Successful people, on the other hand, seek expansion.
They know that the key to personal growth and happiness lies in taking control of the things we have power over and letting go of everything else.
cultivating mental strength
maintaining good health
building effective habits
…and, of course, investing in powerful books to help you navigate it all.
If you’re ready to stop sitting on the sidelines of life, embody your full potential, and become the hero of your story, these guides will show you the way.
Let go of the past with Storytelling as a Therapy Tool by Heidi Henyon
Research shows that about 1 in 7 children in the U.S. alone experience some form of abuse or neglect before reaching adulthood. The percentage of people who experience abuse by an intimate partner is even higher. The truth is, many of us are carrying the weight of trauma in our everyday lives, and there’s no limit to how that can affect our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. For many, this includes difficulty in forming healthy relationships, taking chances, or developing self-confidence. Fortunately, we can always liberate ourselves from past hurt with the help of therapeutic tools.
Storytelling is one such tool that is becoming increasingly popular due to its effectiveness among everyone from children to prison inmates, and now anyone can adopt it with the help of Storytelling as a Therapy Tool by Heidi Henyon.
Heidi is a massage therapist, movement teacher, health coach, and bestselling author who teaches healing through ritual and ceremony. Her journey began at the age of 17 when she studied with an Indian yoga master and went on to travel the world, gaining spiritual wisdom from teachers like Sobonfu Some and Hyemeyohsts Storm. Despite her decades of practicing spiritual healing, Heidi’s repressed childhood memories of severe abuse came flooding back at the age of 54. With the method outlined in Storytelling as a Therapy Tool, she was able to heal and move on in just a few months. Now she wants to help you do the same! Add her book to your reading list and feel the joy of getting your life back as the burden of your past melts away. Get it here.
Overcome stress and burnout with Your Time to Thrive by Marina Khidekel
Tired of the hustle? You should be.
Research shows that overworking ourselves doesn’t actually help us get ahead. In fact, it only holds us back from reaching our full potential. That’s why the movement for work/life balance and employee happiness is at an all-time high: by taking our jobs and our wellbeing seriously, we actually become more productive!
The key is something Arianna Huffington likes to call “microsteps” which you can read all about in Your Time to Thrive.
Written by Marina Khidekel and the editors of Thrive Global, this exciting new book teaches readers how to create tiny, science-backed habits that lead to greater life satisfaction and career success. While other similar books tend to focus on the “why” and “how” when it comes to forming tiny habits, this one focuses on the “what.” Your Time to Thrive is chock-full of suggestions on how to create healthier habits around things like sleep, nutrition, movement, relationships, and more. Featuring a fascinating and relevant forward by Arianna Huffington in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, this book is a must-read in 2021. Get it here.
Open your third eye with The Secret Intelligence of Water by Veda Austin
Looking for new ways to tap into the divine wisdom of the stars?
When we take the time to challenge our beliefs by exploring life’s mysteries, and others’ ideas about them, we often gain inspiration, empathy, and a deeper connection to the cosmos. In fact, exploring alternative beliefs and ideas can be a powerful way to open your third eye and awaken your extrasensory gifts. Veda Austin’s book The Secret Intelligence of Water is a wonderful place to begin.
Veda Austin is a water researcher, public speaker, mother, artist and author. She has dedicated nearly a decade of her life to observing and photographing the life of water. The Secret Intelligence of Water features a captivating collection of photographs and research detailing how words, thoughts, pictures, and even music can influence the crystallization of water in between its liquid and solid forms. Veda ties this visual evidence to indigenous knowledge systems across the planet that regard water as a living being, inviting readers to look at the seemingly mundane element in a new light. Add this groundbreaking title to your reading list to begin the journey of opening your third eye chakra and accessing divine wisdom. Get it here.
Create the life of your dreams with Manifest that Miracle by Lana Schlafer
So many spiritual books out there talk about the law of attraction without giving you any clear actionable steps to make the process work. Fortunately, Lana Schlafer is changing all of that with her bestselling book Manifest That Miracle!
If you’ve ever wanted a hands-on, step-by-step method to manifesting health, wealth, love, and adventure, this is the book for you. Lana Shlafer is a mindset coach and law of attraction expert who has helped over 20,000 people create extraordinary breakthroughs and manifestations in their personal lives. When hope appeared lost, and happiness seemed out of reach, Lana’s students used the exercises in her book to do the unbelievable, including…
Buying their dream homes
Overcoming chronic illness
Falling in love
…and more! Stop creating vision board after vision board and instead find practical tools that will truly teach you how to suspend doubt and have it ALL. Get it here.