FIVE OF THE BEST - 2016
I only really started to read books around 2010, and it has been a great help to me on a personal and business sense in the last five years. I read over fifty books this year and it was hard to narrow it down to five of my favourite but I think the works below deserve a special mention. None of i'm sure will disappoint.
1. Eat and Run - Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman
A friend of mine recommended this book to me and it didn’t disappoint. Scott Jurek is one of the most well known ultra distance runners in the world, and in this book he opens up about his life, career, talks about his mums MS and how it affected him and his family which I found really interesting. Jurek comes across as a very down to earth guy who has achieved extraordinary accomplishments in his career to date. A fantastic book where he also goes into the importance of nutrition and how he fuels for various races and training programs.
2. Iron War – Matt Fitzgerald
Dave Scott and Mark Allen are two Ironman legends that were locked in a 10-year battle to see who was the toughest of them all. This is a great book, which gives you an insight into the minds of two great sporting icons and also sets out the pain that both endured to be the best they both could be. This rivalry is well known as triathlons greatest ever story and a very engaging account.
3. Finding Ultra – Rich Roll
This is one of my favourite books of the last few years and is a very inspiring account of Rich Rolls life. It’s a particularly personal account where Rich sets out his addiction to alcoholism on the table along with how he was able to turn his life around embracing plant based nutrition, endurance racing and leading a life that can help you become the best version of yourself. Over the last twelve months I have went onto follow Rich’s work and highly recommend you listen to his podcasts and follow him on social media. This guy is walking the walk and has a very down to earth nature to him that is extremely compelling and inspiring. I am a better person for reading this book and studying the work and life of Rich.
4. How will you measure your life – Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth & Karen Dillon
I’m a huge advocate of personal development and reading has changed the direction of my journey over the last five years. In this book the author has created a guidebook for all of our futures by asking us to reflect and consider some of the key decisions we have to make at one point or another. Packed full of scientific research and proven theories, this is a great manual for anyone to refer to more than once.
5. The China Study – Dr. Colin T. Campbell
Described by many highly regarded people in the field of nutrition and wellbeing as one of the most important books on nutrition you will ever read, this is a very important book. Although it is quite long with over 350 pages, the book sets out the connection between the food that we eat and disease and is backed up tonnes of science produced by one of the most highly regarded doctors in the field of medicine and nutrition Dr. Campbell. It was this book that started me on my journey of going plant based, and from a personal point of view I haven’t looked back since, as my health continues to improve and my MS symptoms neutralize. I have subsequently as a result of reading this book went onto study further works by the author and also watch the incredibly powerful documentary “Forks Over Knives” on Netflix. I highly recommend you do the same. If you are looking to enhance your life, health, performance and success, read this book.
If you go onto read any of the above, please come back and let me know what you think.