First, I believe we should always seek tools for improvement. Whether that is self-improvement, personal branding, knowledge, efficiency, etc. Below are a few of my favorite tools.
- Love Does by Bob Goff — This is a personal improvement pick. It showed me a whole new way of looking at life. Here’s a bit of my story associated with it.
- Got Your Attention? How to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone by Sam Horn
- Non-Obvious: How to Think Different, Create Ideas and Predict the Future by Rohit Bhargava
- Newsjacking by David Meerman Scott
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
- Any book written by Malcolm Gladwell
These are just a few of my favorites but a great place to start. Bill Gates reads 50 books a year and I am currently building my way up to that. My goal is 15 this year.
- TED Radio Hour
- Earn Your Happy (More for women but some men might enjoy also)
- 10% Happier
- The Tim Ferris Show
- Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell
- The Slow Hustle
I try to listen to at least one podcast episode a day. More if possible. While I am getting ready in the morning I will listen to one. When I am in the car in the morning I will listen to one. Often, when I am on the treadmill at the gym I will listen to one. I think it is important to expose myself to different ideas and ways of thinking. I also think it is important to stay current in different industries other than your own. This is a great way to facilitate that.
- Blinkist – condenses full books into quick consumable bits. You can choose to read the breakdown or utilize the audio book capability. My favorite places to either read or listen are in the car or on the treadmill. I don’t count these toward my 15 books a year but it helps me consume more information more efficiently.
- Holr – Efficiently sending out personalized messages to your Instagram and Twitter followers.
- ViralWoot – Expanding your presence on Twitter or Pinterest
- Stationery/Cards – One of the best personal branding touches is mixing the old school with the new school. Hand-written messages go far in today’s digital world.