My Top 4 Books I've Read in 2009.

In looking back on this past year and setting goals (and getting excited) for 2010, I wanted to share with y’all some of the best books I’ve read in 2009.  There have been many that came close to this list, but I wanted to keep it short and sweet, and only share the 4 that I think are “game changers” for 2010.  If you haven’t had a chance to read any of these books, click the links below to get yourself a copy.  You won’t regret it.  Cheers to 2009, and to a happy and blessed 2010!

The Fab-Four:

Organize Shmorganize” by Amy Kauffman

I Will Teach You To Be Rich” by Ramit Sethi

Crush It!” by Gary Vaynerchuk

The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss

Honorable Mention:

All A Twitter” by Tee Morris – Still don’t understand what Twitter is?  This is the book for you!  Tee Morris (@teemonster), is an avid Twitter user who is simply just excited about Twitter and wants to tell you about it.  Take a few minutes a day to laugh with him about his hilarious observations of how folks can correctly (and sometimes incorrectly) conduct themselves online.  He also goes into a little technical detail that is helpful for the more “advanced” Twitter users out there.

Better Dads, Stronger Sons” by Rick Johnson – Like most good books I’ve read this past year, this book was recommended to me by a friend.  Written for fathers of sons (obviously), this book is very applicable for fathers of daughters (like myself, hence the reason I liked it so much).  It reads like a conversation, in which Rick gives examples and details of how daddy’s can be more involved in the lives of their children, and the positive impact that it has both on the children, and on the parents.  I am just now getting into reading parenting books, and I strongly recommend this book for fathers of any age, regardless of how old your children are.

It’s time to SHMORGANIZE!

Large piles of crap used to be fun…not anymore.

I am not naturally an organized person. I am used to being able to stick my hand into a pile of stuff and pull out exactly what I need. That is, of course, if it’s where I left it last!

With an energetic little one in the house (and soon to be a second one as well), knowing where everything is, and finding it is becoming increasingly harder.

That’s where my good friend, Amy Kauffman has come to the rescue!

In her first book, Organize Shmorganize, Amy has taken her expertise as a wife, leader, and professional “Smorganizer” (my words, not hers 🙂 ) to help those of us with a little less…well…organizational skill to create order out of perceived chaos.

She takes the brain work out of where common clutter-items should go, and isn’t afraid to tell you to do maybe the most important organizational act of them all – throwing stuff out! (Actually, she suggests giving it away first, but if nobody wants it, then throw it out!)

What sets Organize Shmorganize apart from any and all other books of its type is the call to action that comes from reading it. After my first time through, I felt a underlying need to clean up not only my own areas that I wreck on a daily basis (much to my wife’s dismay), but to help others out as well. I re-read the chapter on organizing the kitchen, and did more dishes in 1 week than I may have done in my entire life prior (much to my wife’s joy)!

Let me cut to the chase – 2010 is coming, and you all know you have at least one (if not more) areas of your home that could use a little tidying up. I can testify from experience that when you free up physical space, it frees up mental space (less junk to worry about, less junk to worry about…and yes, you can quote me on that one!).

So take the time to get yourself a copy, and spend 40 minutes laughing and learning from one of the best. Your family will thank you for it! 🙂

Check out Amy’s blog here.