I believe we’re all shaped by the sum of our many experiences. At the most influential level the biggest factors that shape us includes our families, where we were raised, and who we call our friends.
Among our environment and surroundings, I also believe a big aspect of what goes into developing our world-view is the content we consume.
The books we read.
The movies we watch.
The Facebook Videos and YouTube Videos.
The 60 second Instagram vids and IGTV.
The snapchats and tweets.
On this page I’ve arranged my favorite content. Some of these are from my favorite authors and thought leaders. Others are personal mentors and teachers of mine.
The medium of content ranges from books to digital courses, tweets to YouTube Videos.
At the core, I follow these individuals deeply because they all represent values and virtues I strive to work towards.
I want to share what I’ve learned from these giants that I’ve had the privilege to stand upon.
Though this page is titled “Must Reads” it’s more-so to get people to click but practically, it’s more so a page on my “Favorite Resources”.
Top Free Content That's Shaped Me
1. One Simple Talk That Will Change Your Life, Tai Lopez
Tai Lopez is the epitome of what it means to be an “internet entrepreneur”. At first glance you might be overwhelmed by his flashy Lamborghinis, mansions, and play-boy lifestyle. I sure the hell was when I discovered him in 2015 seeing this dude on Instagram, posted up with selfies, next to all the A-List Celebrities.
But if you really “get to know him”, as much as you can through your phone or Laptop Screen, Tai’s a guy trying to truly help others. He often cites books and his mentors. In a world that talks the talk, as much as skeptics and haters will hate, you can’t say anything when the guy walks the walk.
In one of my favorite videos I watched several times, he talks about how everyone’s “optimizing” for the wrong thing in life. Don’t be fooled though. This click-baity title actual holds up to it’s worth.
2. “One Life, No Regrets”, “6 Minutes for the Next 60 Years of Your Life”, Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuck, commonly known as Gary Vee, is the most A-Type guy you’ll ever come across. If you watch ANY of his videos, you’ll see his abundant enthusiasm. People are surprised to learn that his bravado is how Gary is 24/7. Funny enough, like Tai, from first appearance folks may take Gary for an ego-driven, self-centered, obnoxious individual when he interrupts his interview guests, when he talks about himself over and over but you’d be surprised!
Once you really understand what Gary Vee’s about and his philosphy, you’ll learn he’s all about giving, empathy, caring, kindness at the most extreme levels.
In this video his 6 Minutes is a wake-up call and a reality-check. Keep your life in perspective with this video because he hits with a message worth anyone’s time.
3. “Productivity Advice For The Weird”, Ramit Sethi
5. “How To Get Rich Without Getting Lucky”, Periscope, by Naval
6. Wait But Why [Blog]
8. Dennis Yu [Blog]
9. Sam Ovens [YouTube]
10. “Don’t Live In Extremes” by a Monk
11. Robert Reich [Blog]
12. “On The Shortness of Life” by Seneca
Top 10 People I Follow
1. Tai Lopez
2. Gary Vaynerchuk [Social Media]
3. Firas Zahabi [Social Media]
4. Naval [Periscope, Twitter, YouTube]
5. Ramit Sethi
6. Ryron Gracie and Rener Gracie
7. Dennis Yu [Blog]
8. Wait But Why [Blog]
9. Sam Ovens [YouTube]
10. Robert Reich
Top Paid Content That's Shaped Me
These are just the tipping point of content that’s shaped me into the person I am today.
What’s your top 3 that’s shaped you today, whether it’s a thought-leader, a book, a piece of content.
Share below so we can all learn together.