Do you want to be better than you were last year?
This is not a New Years resolution question. This is a you as a person question. Do you ever think that there is more? More things you could learn, be, explore, challenge yourself with, or simply insert your reason in this equation. These 7 books to read in 2017 can get you started and get you thinking ahead.
1. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World Class Performers by Tim Ferriss
One of the current books I’m reading. You don’t have to dream of being a Billionaire to benefit from this book. It goes through how to learn any activity faster and easier. Ways to make your day easier with less stress. It’s a large book and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He has taken 200 of his best interviews from his podcast and broken them down in one book. The people he included in this book are diverse and from many different industries. From their daily routines to simple nuggets of advice this book has it.
From the author:
“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.
“This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.
“What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?
“I don’t view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can’t test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I’m not interested.
“Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.
“I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”
2. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
The second book I’m currently reading. I have listened to The Jocko Podcast for a while now and find it useful in everyday life. How to be a better husband, friend, and person. Whether you own a business, are an employee, stay home, or a student you can gain skills from this book.
Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership―at every level―is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields.
Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.
A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win. (From Amazon)
3. Elk Tactics by Don Laubach and Mark Henckel
I have skimmed this book and look forward to reading the entire book before next season. There’s a new breed of elk roaming elk country today. They’re smarter. They’re more wary. They’re tougher to hunt than elk were in the good old days. And if you want to be successful hunting the new elk, you’ll need to learn some new tactics. In this book, co-authors Don Laubach and Mark Henckel take an in-depth look at the new elk of today and offer practical, easy-to-read and easy-to-understand advice on how to improve your hunting success, whether you stalk elk with a bow and arrow, rifle, or camera. “Elk Tactics” takes you step-by-step through what you need to know, and what you need to learn, to become a better elk hunter today and a more knowledgeable student of elk in the future. “Elk Tactics” is a must for anyone, novice or veteran, who wants to become a better hunter and learn more about elk. (From Riverbend Publishing)
4. Long Range Shooting Handbook by Ryan M. Cleckner
Another book on my list to read in preparation for next season. This book is the complete beginner’s guide to long range shooting written in simple every-day language so that it’s easy to follow. Included are personal tips and best advice from my years of special operations sniper schooling and experience, and as a sniper instructor.If you are an experienced shooter, this guide will be a resource covering the principles and theory of long range shooting. This is the preliminary book to help you understand fundamental concepts such as MOA vs Mils and external ballistics, that can be like a trusted resource at the range.Learning to shoot long range isn’t that difficult. Once you understand the basics, you can start to master your technique and you’ll be hitting targets in no time. (From Amazon)
5. The ABCs of Reloading: The Definitive Guide for Novice to Expert by C. RODNEY JAMES
In these days of widespread ammunition shortages, it pays–literally–to know how to “roll your own” cartridges. But don’t think it’s some kind of rocket science. Let The ABCs of Reloading show you how! With the help of The ABCs of Reloading, you’ll be reloading your own cartridges–and saving big bucks–faster than you ever thought possible.A step-
It’s all here!
- Step-by-step procedures for reloading rifle, handgun and shotgun ammunition
- Hundreds of detailed photos
- Everything you need to know about primers, bullets, powders and cases
Bonus: The best reloading articles from the Gun Digest archives and more!
Don’t let the next ammunition shortage catch you unprepared. Arm yourself with money-saving knowledge – with The ABCs of Reloading! (From back cover)
6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives. (From back cover)
7. The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
Why have history’s greatest minds—from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today’s top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities—embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise.
The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you’ll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms.
By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you’ll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well. (From Amazon)
Final thoughts on the 7 Books to Read in 2017
As you look at the books listed here from life to reloading they may not interest you and I understand that. I hope it at least got you thinking about doing something to better yourself or to learn something new. Because that’s my true goal with this list. The ones I have read have helped me, the others I have researched and are in line. I can’t read them all at once and be able to digest them the way I would like.