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I am frequently asked for recommendations on different books, tools, training, and resources for living a dynamic and intentional life.

I’ve put together a list of recommended resources that I’ve personally used and that have benefited me in my quest for living an intentional and dynamic life. This is not meant to be an endorsement of a book, tool, or training, but I love to share others who have inspired me or tools and resources that have helped me live life on my own terms

I will add to these lists as I come across new resources that I recommend.


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism is not just another time management system.  It is so much more.  It is a mindset change, like a deep clean of our cluttered lives.  By focusing on what is really essential in life we can do less to do better.  Instead of wasting our time and energy flitting from one thing to another, we develop a clear set of objectives and principles that guide our decision making.  This is a powerful book if you choose to apply the principles to your life.

The New Freedom: Ordinary People Are Living Extraordinary Lives & So Can You!

This book is the perfect blend of practical and inspirational.  It is a must read for those who want work that is location independent.  So many books like this are either too technical or too lofty, meaning that you can’t see the principles applying to real life. Rob Cubbon’s – The New Freedom is not only incredibly practical, but also covers the mental and the emotional side of breaking free from “traditional” living. The advice about different counties and cities is invaluable for those who want to be location independent, and the stories at the end show real human beings who have found their new freedom.

How to Live A Good Life by Jonathan Fields

Many of us ask “How can I live a good life?”   Jonathan Fields is doing just that.  He takes ideas from many different disciplines and melds them together with humility, wisdom that comes from real experience, and empathy.  His book is field with actionable items that can be acted upon by anyone who is truly interested in pursuing an intentional and good life.

Man’s Search for Meaning

Victor Frankl was a psychiatrist and founder of logotherapy. His book is a powerful recollection of time spent in Nazi concentration camps. Victor argues that we can have everything taken from us, wealth, health, loved ones but the one thing that no-one can take away from us is our freedom to choose how we will respond to a situation. Frankl suggests three possible sources for meaning in life: work (calling), love, and courage. This short book is packed with life lessons. You will read it time and time again.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

This best-selling book following Bronnie’s search for meaning in her life. She found it in many unexpected places. Many of her life lessons came during her time caring for those who were dying. She found five regrets that were most common across those she cared for. In this book, Bronnie encourages us not to go to the grave with regrets, but to start living a courageous life right now to pursue the things that are most important to us. This book changed my life.

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World (Perigee Book.)

In The Art of Non-Conformity Chris exhorts us to “set your own rules, live the life you want, and change the world.” Chris is an entrepreneur, writer, and speaker who lives an unconventional life, breaking rules and pushing back against the norms we all take for granted. His book is inspiring and motivates you to examine your beliefs about “making a living”, living life on your terms, and finding adventure in your life. He not only shares his own journey, but the journeys of others who have pursued unconventional living. This book is fun, motivating, and full of practical advice for making your dream become a reality.

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