Confession: if it wasn’t a pop-up book, I didn’t read it.

Fine. If it wasn’t comic books or the manual to a video game, I ignored it.

Reading bored me. A lot. Nine times out of ten, I would fall asleep five pages into any book I picked up.

Here’s the thing, though.

I’ve always been a decent writer. Never the best, though, in college, I thought I was pretty damned good. But when I did write papers, I was good enough to get a B+ or an A- most times.

There’s one thing that every entrepreneur and writer I’ve grown to love over the last few years swears by: read all the books you can get your hands on.

Starting in the latter months of 2015, I made it a rule that the first 30-minutes of my day would be spent reading.

And ya know what?

I fucking love reading now.

My alarm goes off at 5 am, my coffee maker has my coffee ready to go, and I’m sitting on my couch reading no later than 5:02 am.

In 2016, I’ve completed over 24 books; and for someone who could barely get through a book a few years ago, two a month isn’t a bad average.

So, here’s a rundown of what I’ve read over the last year with a brief sentence or two about what I learned from each book. I highly suggest picking any of these up for 2017, so just click each image and head to Amazon to grab em.

Read to Succeed

 

 

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Just make stuff: write, paint, act, draw, whatever you do, do it. Even if your idea comes off of someone else’s.

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Men need brothers: other men who push us to be better. Find them. Commune with them. And make sure they’re making you better.

 

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You either choose to live life and love your woman with half a dick or you fuck life and your woman with every ounce of deep passion, intent, and fiber of your being. The choice is up to you: live and give half. Or live and give it all, leaving nothing behind.

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The treasure we seek is always inside. Sometimes it just takes a long trip for us to realize this.

 

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Hi, I’m Robbie, and have been, still can be — fine, AM — a giant dick. I’m sorry ladies for all the shit I never understood or didn’t understand about the world and being a woman. I’ll try and be better.

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Fuck fear. Punch it in the face. And be so good at what you do, that other people need you for it.

 

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Writing is hard work. But if you love it, get obsessive about it and keep working to be better using the tools of language.

 

51hyayoaql-_sx324_bo1204203200_Nerds rule. And you can turn any goal or attempt into a game and gamers will be the people who change the world.

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Stop being so fragile. We need events that cause us to break to make ourselves stronger. All of this applies as well to business and the economy.

*(PS: all of this could have been said in less than 200 pages. But some writers need to masturbate to every word they write down.)*

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Play with your writing. Mold it like clay. And try and keep it concise and felicitous.

 

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Your teenage years suck. A lot. And you’re gonna be a cranky-angsty-whiny turd.

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I already know Dumbledore dies, do I have to read this whole thing?

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A how-to guide for wrapping up a story in less than 30 pages because your editor said you were too long winded.

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Meh. Maybe I would have liked it more when I was seven.

 

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You won’t do shit in life until you change your mindset from should to must.

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We need communities as humans. We can’t live as lone wolves.

 

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Give less fucks about shit that doesn’t matter and care more about the values in your life that provide meaning.

 

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The sins of the parents are the destinies of their children. Unless the children wake up and do something different about it.

 

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Everything you need to know about a species you can learn from their art. 

 

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This story is better than the prequels AND Force Awakens. Why is Disney so fucking stupid?

 

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The salvation of man is through love and in love.

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Can we please have this VR world already? I want to live in a virtual Star Wars universe.

 

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You need rules for your day if you want to succeed.

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You’re not as awesome as you think you are; keep your ego in check, or you might end up like Anakin Skywalker.

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Europe and Asia rose in power over the America’s due to geography and more similar climates.

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