Reading Plan for 2013

I’ve set some lofty goals for 2013.

One of them is to read 24 books in the year. Mostly to learn more, but to always be stretching myself.

Wisdom Meets Passion


So far, I’m off to a good start; I’ve read one book and have about 40 pages left in WIsdom Meets Passion.

It’s a great book about combining the passion of youth with the wisdom of experience.  More about it later.

I really wanted to share my reading plan for the year, so here goes.

  • EntreLeadership
  • Wisdom Meets Passion
  • The Art of War (started but never finished, so I’m starting over), Sun Tzu
  • Damn Good Advice (For People With Talent), George Lois
  • The Richest Man in Babylon (audiobook), George S. Clason
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg
  • Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours, Robert C. Pozen
  • 20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now, Robert D. Smith
  • 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, Peter Bregman
  • Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies, Jim Stengel
  • The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace Wattles
  • Buried Treasure, Rabbi Daniel Lapin and Susan Lapin

That’s most of my business/productivity books.  I also want to learn more about apostles from the best-selling book of all-time, the Bible.  So I’m going to check out some books on:

  • The Apostle Paul
  • King David
  • King Solomon
  • The Apostle Matthew

I also like the writings of Seth Godin, so I’m going to check out his new set:

  • The Icarus Deception
  • Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck
  • V is for Vulnerable

That’s all.  You’re probably saying to yourself, this dude can’t count.  False.

I know from experience that filling your self on the first trip doesn’t leave room for dessert.  I know there’ll be some great books coming out in 2013, so I’m leaving room.

What about you?

What are you going to read this year?

What do you hope to learn or accomplish with your 501,120 remaining minutes in 2013?

UPDATE (Jan. 22, 2013)

Just finished reading Wisdom Meets Passion, and my notes will be posted soon.  Subscribe to get all posts and pages delivered to your inbox.  No spam, I promise.

On a related note, I just came across Jaime from the Eventual Millionaire about how she interviewed millionaires and asked them what books they absolutely recommend everybody read.  It’s called ‘Ten Pivotal Books That Changed the Lives of Millionaires’.

My additions to my reading plan for 2013 list are below, and you can check out the full list here.


Rework, co-authored by David Heinemeier Hansson of 37 Signals fame.

I haven’t read this myself yet, but have several friends who have.  They loved it, and the great reviews matter.


Inbound Marketing

Inbound Marketing is the new book for getting people to your door.  Have you noticed that nobody answers the door to buy what you’re selling anymore?  Perhaps it’s because you’ve been doing the wrong marketing.  Stop interrupting people and start inviting them to join you.



Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

I recently discovered Anthony Robbins; his energy and way of ‘feeling’ your way to greatness is inspiring.  (Note: this isn’t some mumbo-jumbo, new-age feel-goodery but more of a method of connecting with and tapping into the deep well of energy we all have inside.

You’ll enjoy his delivery.


The 4-Hour WorkweekI’ve read this one; in fact I read it over a 3-day weekend at the lake.  Sorry to ruin your idea of a great vacation, but this book was worth the attention.  Tim Ferriss has gone on to write several other books, all around simplifying and automating much of your life, to get the most out of it.

Don’t miss this one!



Steven Pressfield is probably one of today’s most influential writers.  His no-holds barred approach to getting things done is a powerful resource for anyone trying to create anything.  Anyone, including you.

Read this book.



Neil Patel says (paraphrasing) “this is a book you must read if you want to create a business online.”

You can bet I’ll be reading this book in 2013.  Sooner than later.



Thanks for checking out these books.  You’ll be glad you did.

If you don’t mind, please leave me a note at the bottom of this page.  What other books would you recommend?  What books have helped you become successful in your life?


  • Patrick@missionglue

    Pressfield’s The WAr of Art is Powerful

  • PaulSidwell

    Thanks for commenting, Patrick! I’m glad to get a personal recommendation on that one; I didn’t think anybody had actually read it, only recommended it!