Reading List

Business Books
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
Built to Last: Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Scwartz
Winning CFOs: Implementing Better Practices by David  Parmenter (Currently Reading)
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
Predictable Success by Les McKeown

Self Improvement Books
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris
Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
Do You! by Russell Simmons (Currently Reading)
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
The Brain Book by Peter Russell
ScreamFree Parenting by Edward Runkel, LMFT
How Full Is Your Bucket?  Positive Strategies for Work and Life by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.
How Full Is Your Bucket?  For Kids by Tom Rath

Health and Fitness Books
The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life by David ZincZenko
The All-Pro Diet by Tony Gonzalez and Mitzi Dulan RD

Fun and Interesting Reading
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Reference Books and Websites Data Sets (great for getting sample data to test Excel functions)

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t


23 Responses to Reading List

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  8. kristen g. says:

    Bobby….have you read “The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell….another good one that you would enjoy for sure!

    • bbluford says:

      Hey Kristen. Yes, I have read “The Tipping Point”! I loved it. I’d forgotten about that one. Thanks for reminding me so I could include it. I also read Gladwell’s Blink, which I also liked and I’m now reading “What the Dog Saw,” which I really don’t like that much, but I’m going to finish. What got me started along this social economic view of things was “Freakonomics” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Still, it’s one of the best and most interesting books I’ve read. I recommend it to any and everyone.

      • Troy says:

        I like your reading list, my interest got started in social economic with “Freakonomics” also. I am currently reading “Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals” by Nathan Bennett. I looked at the footnotes and references of Freakonomics and those books eventually lead me to that one, it is not directly related but it is a good read. I like your blog setup did you design it yourself. Has it lead to any career advancement opportunities?

      • bbluford says:

        Thanks for your kind words, Troy. I’m interested to know how you found my blog. I thoroughly enjoy writing it and hope that people will continue to comment and suggest so that I can learn as much from them as I hope they do from me. Although the purpose was never really to advance my career, I have found that it adds credibility, depth, and color to my resume and my overall brand (see my post on ‘A Brand Called You). I’ll give that book a read, for sure. Thanks for the tip and please do come back. Oh, and as for the site design; it’s just one of WordPress’s many templates.

  9. bbluford says:

    I’m also reading “Do You!” right now. I’d give it a B so far.

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    Sorry for the late response. I found your blog after reading one of your comments in a group in Linkedin. I thought your ideas were interesting. Decided to check out your blog. I like it and would like to design something similar for myself. I am a sports nut and have am dedicated to self learning and self improvement. Good job with the blog.

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