Books that Changed My Life


image“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde

I read a lot of books.

By a lot, let’s say about 5 or more per week.

I read both fiction and non-fiction.  I read fiction slowly, in general.  Non-fiction, I read fast, and with an intent to learn.

A colleague asked me the question, “What are 25 Books that I read that changed my life?”  He followed with, “What are 10 Books I plan to read?”

Here are my answers to those questions …

25 Books that Changed My Life

  1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  2. Awaken the Giant Within
  3. Blue Ocean Strategy
  4. Crucial Conversations
  5. Eat for Health
  6. Feeling Good
  7. Go Put Your Strengths to Work
  8. Influence without Authority
  9. Leadership on the Line
  10. Money: Master the Game
  11. Oh, the Places You’ll Go
  12. Patterns of High-Performance
  13. Principle-Centered Leadership
  14. Screw It Let’s Do It
  15. The 80/20 Individual
  16. The 8th Habit
  17. The Dip
  18. The Leadership Challenge
  19. The Little Engine That Could
  20. The Power of Full Engagement
  21. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do
  22. The War of Art
  23. Unlimited Power
  24. Work from the Inside Out
  25. Your Road Map for Success

10 to Read

  1. Adventures in Business
  2. Find Your Extraordinary
  3. Healthy Brain, Happy Life
  4. How To Have a Good Day
  5. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
  6. Sprint: Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
  7. Superbosses
  8. The Industries of the Future
  9. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future
  10. The Unlimited Self

Happy reading and may the wisdom of the ages help you do great things in this life time.

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  1. Great lists! We’re on the same page—so to speak—re: many of the life changers. I’d have to add Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman as well as The Charge by Brendon Burchard—both of which I read about here at Sources of Insight:
    But most of all, J.D., it’s your very own Getting Results the Agile Way that’s been the big game changer for me:
    Thank you!!!

    • Great adds … Peaceful Warrior is truly an epic classic for mindful change.

      The Charge is also a great reminder to live, to love, and to matter with all your heart, and to do what makes you come alive.

      I live the Agile Way, and I think you were a big part of helping the book hit higher notes.

      Thank you,


  2. Fabulous list – many are life changers for me too. Agree with Jimmy May that “Getting Results the Agile Way” would be on my list of top 25 life changers for me.

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