What I've Been Listening To Lately #TGPbookclub

If you follow my Instagram page @ThinkGrowPropser, you know that reading has been an invaluable part of my journey and learning process. But lately, I've been incorporating more audio-based media into my life with fantastic results.

I'm talking about podcasts, lectures, YouTube videos and of course, audiobooks. Compared to traditional reading, I’ve found audio to be an equally effective and often more efficient way to learn.

I'm not new to audio, I've consumed podcasts and audiobooks for years. Historically, these things only served as supplements to my normal reading material. But lately, I've made them a much bigger part of my learning regimen. Here are some reasons why:

How to Stay Motivated

A big reason people lack the motivation to do the things they say they want to do is because they haven't taken the time to figure out what's truly important to them. They haven't crystallized their values.

What are values? They are simply the things you believe to be important. They are your "Whys," -- your reasons for doing what you do.

You can tell what your values are by your actions. If you value something, you prioritize it. However, if you say you value something but your actions don't back it up, then it's not really a value. It's just an aspiration.

Here’s how it works...

10 Books That Have Had A Big Influence On My Life

I wanted to share some quick thoughts with you on a few books that have influenced me, both old and new. 

In the interest of space, I left a whole bunch of influential books off this list (like The 4-Hour Workweek and The Power of Now -- both of which have had a huge impact on my life). However, if you want a more comprehensive list, check out my previous blog post where I include a broader array of core recommendations.

This post differs in three ways: 

1. It's more specific and lists books I don't talk about as often
2. I share some of my thoughts on each book
3. I include some "non-personal development" books

Regarding that last point -- someone recently asked me what non-personal development books I recommend.

I thought this was an interesting question because the “personal development” category for me is pretty big.