The Books of 2020

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Every year it’s my goal to be a reader and I set my goal is reading 20 books over the course of the year. I fell short this year because of a few things, but really there are and should not be excuses.

Creativity, Lessons for my crew, Purpose

Learning the Hard Way

Our first house. Can you remember your first house? Maybe not the one you first lived in, but the first one you owned and really made your own. You could choose all the paint colors and maybe a few decorative tweaks you wanted to make as you moved into your first real home!?

I can remember those days and the little house that Crystal and I fell in love with. We didn’t think we would be able to buy it, we’d never done this before and it was all so exciting and scary at the same time.
You know they say this is the biggest financial decision of your life- so don’t screw it up!

I remember how excited we were when we started painting through every room of that house making it our own. We didn’t have much residual money at the time so we couldn’t afford to do any more than just paint, but we had so many aspirations of what we’d eventually make this home into.

One of the biggest things we wanted to do was a simple upgrade the kitchen oven.

That doesn’t sound that hard. Not that big of a deal at all really.

Family, Lessons for my crew

Lessons for my Crew- Hard Work

Work hard boys. There’s nothing more valueable than the beauty of scared hands.

Learn to fix thing that are difficult to figure out. It will make you want to pull your hair out and cause bruised and bloody knuckles but when you’re finished, you’ll look at your hard work with admiration and accomplishment in your eyes.

Some of the proudest moments of my life are wrapped around projects of complexity. Things that stood taller, felt stronger, and were heavier than I could do on my own.

Don’t shy away from things that are too tough for you. You must not resort to defeat because a thing is too confusing. You have what it takes to figure it out. You’re smart enough, your strong enough, the only thing that you must decide is that you are resilient enough!

The strength of your mind is the most resilient power you possess. Only you are able to allow someone to defeat the power of your mind.
There will always be someone stronger than you.
There will always be someone smarter than you.
There will aways be someone wealthier than you.

The only thing they don’t have on you, is the power of what you don’t tell them. Hold fast the power of your determination. Let them think you’re defeated, only to show them later on, they had no effect on your resilience.

Experience, Grand Point - Ship

The Value of Nothing

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Around the end of the year, I always get a bit nostalgic and begin looking back over years gone by at all the Lord has led and accomplished in and around me.

I’ve pulled out several years of journals and started really looking through the mindsets I had as different years began and I’ve come across a place the Lord directed me personally that was into NOTHING.

Creativity, Leadership

This Year’s Reading List

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I am not an avid reader. At least I don’t consider myself to be. What I do know is that there is a lot I don’t know and I am eager to learn. Of all the things I want to learn right now, fathering is at the top. (I’ve got 57 kids you know 😉 and they all require something different. So at the top of my list and one that I have just finished reading is Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters.

I want to seek to know more of how to handle our financial future, so you’ll see some books about finances here. This is one of my strongest areas and I want to seek to improve on it.

One of the areas I am weakest is in managing, so I will be doing some reading about how to become a better manager.

Creativity is my game when it comes to church. This may be a controversial statement but I feel there is as much need for creativity as Theology in church. I’ll write about this statement in more detail at some point in the future, so be on the lookout for that.

There is as much need for creativity as Theology in church.

So without further delay, here are the beginnings of my reading list for 2019 with the same goal of 20 books. Some of the books I’ll be tackling this year are:

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker, M.D.

Grit by Angela Duckworth

The War of Art by Steven Presfield

A Marriage book of which I have not determined.

Everybody Always by Bob Goff

Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing by Robert T. Kiyosaki

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Jim Harter

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt.

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need by Todd Henry

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris

So what’s on your reading list? I’m curious to know what you’ll be seeking to learn over the next year.


Books of 2018

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Last year I made it my personal goal to read 20 books over the course of the year. I didn’t quite make it all the way through that goal and got a little bogged down right at the end, but here’s what I covered over the year and a few thoughts about them.

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins

Published by Michael Hyatt

Own the moment by Carl Lentz

Decision Points by President George W. Bush

Platform by Michael Hyatt

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Night by Elie Wiesel

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining by Darren Kizer, Christine Kreisher, and Steph Whitacre

No Fail Meetings by Michael Hyatt

Why We Want Tou to be Tich by Donald Trump and Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

The Power of a Positive Team by Jon Gordon

These are not listed in any sort of order, just a copy and paste from my Evernote file where I had them listed. There are a few books on here that stand out above the rest. By far, my favorite books from 2018 was Decision Points. I know that may come of some surprise but I have always been intrigued with what went through the mind of the President during three of the most tumultuous events of our lifetime, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of the housing market and the following recession of 2008/2009. You can learn a lot of leaders who navigate through events like that and I was supremely amazed at the composure and character of President Bush during those situations. We all have a different outlook on any President and I’m not here to argue anything, but what I do believe to be entirely true is that Mr. Bush is an impeccable leader who faced insurmountable difficulties.

The most life-altering book for me as I read through 2018 was Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I read through that book in a matter of just a few days. I literally could not put it down! The way Mr. Kiyosaki writes is so incredibly fluid and easy to understand. Sure there were some borings parts that I skimmed through, but that book completely changed my outlook at how I handle money altogether. Let’s just understand it this way, there is more than one way to face your finances and not any one guru has all the right answers. If I could leave you with one thought that I learn from his book, don’t think you have your current and future finances completely figured out and literally question everything you are currently doing when it comes to your investments. 

The most helpful book I read in 2018 hands down, must be awarded to Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining. I read this together with several others from our church and have been so convinced of its viability, we defined most of the serving culture in our church around the premises found therein. This book will not pertain to everyone but it did to us in a most profound way. If you are a part of an organization, ministry or entity that is heavily dependant on volunteer help, then this book is a must for you!

So what read last year that helped and challenged you? Help us out! I’m curious to know what I should be looking at for 2019.