Top 3 Book Recommendations for Success

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Top 3 Book Recommendations for Success

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As a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoy reading anything related to strength and conditioning.

But I’ve quickly learned being knowledgeable about your craft is only half the battle. Success is driven by other things like communicating effectively with others.

Here are three books, in no particular order, I recommend reading to help with your own personal success in both business and life.

1. The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy
The Compound Effect

The publisher of Success Magazine, Darren Hardy offers a ton of easy, actionable steps you can take to build the life you desire. He really drives home the point that simple habits done well over a long period of time will yield excellent results.

Hardy tells a number of stories from his own life and goes over methods he used that helped him become a self-made millionaire by the age of 27.

In it, Hardy talks about the importance of book-ending your days, having accountability partners and implementing methods to increase productivity such as checking e-mail no more than three times per day.

I took a number of notes throughout the two times I read this book, and I’ve put a number of his strategies into practice.

At fewer than 200 pages, the book is a quick read and a must-read for anyone seeking a step-by-step guide on how to make the most out of their lives.

You can pick up a copy HERE.

2. Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi
Never Eat Alone

The title is deceiving, but Keith Ferrazzi’s masterpiece has nothing to do with food.

Instead, he talks about the importance of building success through relationships.

The founder of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a consulting company for many top businesses in the country, Ferrazzi recalls the many ways he’s personally found success through reaching out to others.

He discusses how practices like consistently reaching out to everyone in your network, making birthday calls to friends and potential clients and hosting dinner parties – even in a small apartment – can drastically improve your ability to connect with others.

Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. I found a number of gems in this one.

You can pick up a copy HERE.

3. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People

Originally written by Dale Carnegie in 1937, this book has been revised and updated and continues to influence millions of people worldwide.

Even though the book is nearly 80 years old, the concepts still apply in today’s world.

Carnegie talks extensively about how to make friends easily, influence others and communicate well.

My biggest takeaways were the importance of remembering other people’s names, listening more than you talk and showing genuine interest in others to get others to show genuine interest in you.

Carnegie’s legacy has been carried on through Dale Carnegie Training, which exists in all 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide.

You can pick up a copy HERE.

About Author


Luke’s vision is to help people around the world build muscle, burn fat, get stronger and become the best versions of themselves. He is a strength coach, powerlifter, and former full time journalist living with his wife in the Madison, WI area. Alongside a degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison's school of journalism, Luke is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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