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My Top Books of 2020

If there’s one thing I do on most days, it’s read. I’m always looking to learn something, whether it’s how to run my business better, how to be a better parent, or just how to understand myself more. While you’ll find some classic fiction works on my bookshelves, most of the space is taken up by non-fiction books. Of all the books I read last year, here are my Top 5:

1. Untamed by Glennon Doyle – There aren’t too many books I would say are life-changing, but this one was for me. It’s raw, honest, and unapologetic. Using her own life as a master class, Glennon’s words are empowering and inspiring. I finished the book ready change the world and ready to tell anyone who told me I couldn’t where to shove it.

2. Rising Strong by Brené Brown – It was a very close call to put this book at #2. Really, it should be like #1-B. Following up with the theme of her book Daring Greatly, Brené outlines the three-step process for getting back up when we’re face down in the arena and our faces are “marred by dust, and sweat, and blood”. I learned a lot about myself by reading this book. Now feel like I have the tools to work through those moments on the floor so I can get up even stronger.

3. Profit First by Mike Michaelowicz – This book fundamentally changed my business. It should be required reading for anyone running a law practice (or any business for that matter). While Mike’s approach is simple to understand, it’s an important shift to approaching revenue. I could not recommend it more.

4. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek – I’ve been a fan of Simon for years, and I loved how this book approaches business with a totally different perspective. It’s not about winning or losing. Instead, he says we need an infinite mindset, which builds “stronger, more innovative, and more inspiring organizations.”

5. Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss – Before reading this book, I thought splitting the difference was a ‘win’ in negotiation. Boy, was I wrong. Written by the FBI’s former lead international kidnapping negotiator, this guy knows how to find solutions in the toughest of situations. Using his tips, I’ve improved my ability to work with my clients during mediation to find a resolution in their case.

While it was just out of my Top 5, I want to give an honorary mention to Marketing Made Simple by Donald Miller. It didn’t make my list only for the simple reason that his book Building a Story Brand, which I read in 2019, is a necessary prerequisite. It provides the philosophy behind his method. If you are looking for a marketing structure, however, that will help you better communicate to potential clients, this book gives you a roadmap to do just that.

What’s the best book you read last year? What’s next on your reading list?

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