These are the things that I use on a regular basis or that have helped me out tremendously along the way.
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Think and Grow Rich – This book changed my life. You’ve gotta put the words into action though. Sitting around dreaming about success won’t manifest anything but laziness.
Awaken the Giant Within – This is hands-down the best personal development book I’ve ever read and probably Tony Robbins’ best work.
Millionaire Fastlane – I’ve never found a book that aligns so well with my thinking about why entrepreneurship is the only way to go. It’s an absolute must-read for anyone who doesn’t want to work the typical 9-5 forever.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Education of a Bodybuilder – This is one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read. Check out what I learned from reading it.
Steve Jobs – One of my favorite biographies that I’ve read. He may have been a terrible person (which you find out all about), but he had a vision and chased it with persistence. The movie doesn’t do this book justice.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – This is an autobiography and personal development book wrapped into one, authored by Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert). His approach falls in line with my work at HMP and you can read my glowing review here.
Choose Yourself – James Altucher is a great personal development writer and this is by far his best work. He makes a strong case for why you should opt to do things your way, instead of how others tell you to.
Hacking Your Habits – The best book about breaking bad habits and building good habits, written by yours truly.
My Trusted Nootropic Source – I buy my nootropics in bulk powders to make my own cocktails.
Muscle Building & Recovery:
BCAAs – I find BCAAs especially effective for maintaining muscle while burning fat. However, I drink BCAAs with every workout, regardless of whether I’m trying to gain or lose weight. Learn more here.
Immunity Support – They taste as bad as they smell, but they actually work.
MTS Whey – There are a few manufacturers who are tied at the top for having quality products, but of those companies MTS makes the best tasting protein powder by far! I recommend Caramel Sutra and Cookies and Cream.
Clif Bars – My favorite protein bars. They taste great, digest easily, and they’re vegan-friendly. I recommend Coconut Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Crisp, and Crunchy Peanut Butter.
Anxiety & Stress:
Approved Lifestyle Tools
Ninja Blender – This is the best blender I’ve ever owned. I use it almost daily and pack it full of fruit, protein powder, and greens, and it keeps running like a champ.
Approved Gym Gear
Gym shoes – The best all-around training shoes I’ve owned. Minimal enough for squats and deadlifts, but supportive enough for cardio.
Wrist wraps – If you have skinny wrists like me, throw these on for heavy sets to minimize the wear and tear. These are the only wrist wraps I’ve owned that have stood the test of time.
Dip Belt – Eventually you’ll need to add weight to your body for dips and pull-ups to remain challenging. This is the most comfortable belt I’ve used for that.
Approved Work Tools
Laptop stand – Using a laptop stand will help your posture tremendously and eliminate the neck/back pain from looking down at a computer all day. I only regret not getting one sooner.
Dropbox – I started using this in college so I could organize school work and access it from anywhere. Now I use this to keep all of work projects organized. It’s great for those that use multiple devices, but want easy access to files from all of them.
Evernote – This is where I organize my research and ideas, do brainstorming, make to-do lists, etc. It allows me to always have access to these documents on any device and edit them on the go. These documents are separate from all of the files I store on Dropbox.
Google Business – I started using this for my first company and now I use it for all of them. For $5 a month you can create a professional email with “[email protected]”, but still have all the functionality of Gmail. So the Gmail app on my phone has my personal email and several work emails including my email for this website in one place.
Bigger Faster Stronger – A must-watch to understand the fitness industry, the supplement game and steroids.
Exit Through the Gift Shop – On the surface, this documentary follows the work of 2 artists – 1 of them is a master of his craft and the other is an obsessed copycat. It also offers interesting perspective on how the value of art is perceived.
Inside Job – Understand how the financial collapse really happened and why trying to get rich with stocks is for suckers. (Unless you are an insider, of course.)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi – If you want to see what it means to truly master your craft, watch this.