Jeff's Favorites

A curated list of Jeff's favorite books, podcasts, quotes, and affirmations. These are some of the ideas and concepts that shaped who Jeff was. 

Books

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Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki

What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

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The Four Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferris

Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

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Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holliday

While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, I’ve found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition.

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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph is the third book by author Ryan Holiday. It was published in 2014. It is a book which offers individuals a framework to flip obstacles into opportunities, an approach crafted by Holiday. It was inspired by the philosophy of stoicism

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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art is a 2002 non-fiction book written by American author Steven Pressfield. The book highlights the forms of resistance faced by artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, and others who are trying to break through creative barriers. 

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The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

A Fable About Following Your Dream

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Siddhartha: A Novel, by Hermann Hesse

An Indian Poem is a 1922 novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. The book, Hesse's 9th novel, was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style.

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The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

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Niche, Please, by Skyler Irvine

How to Narrow Your Focus and Grow Your Small Business with Social Media

Podcasts

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The Bill Simmons Podcast

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons hosts the most downloaded sports podcast of all time, with a rotating crew of celebrities, athletes, and media staples, as well as mainstays like Cousin Sal, Joe House, and a slew of other friends and family members who always happen to be suspiciously available.

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The Lowe Post

ESPN's Zach Lowe talks to various basketball people about various basketball things.

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​​The Timeline (Phx Suns)

A Phoenix Suns Podcast hosted by Mike Vigil and Sam Cooper.

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The Mismatch

Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon discuss all the news, trends, and transactions happening in the NBA. They also offer their on-court analysis, and occasionally get into heated debates.

Quotes

“Everything you want is on the other side of hard”

Monty Williams

 

“Well done is better than well said” 

Benjamin Franklin 

 

“Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once” 

Paulo Coelho

 

“When you want something, the whole universe conspires in order for you to achieve it.”

Paulo Coelho 

 

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.” 

J.C. Penney

Affirmations

Jeff was a believer in writing daily affirmations - below are a few that were meaningful to him.

  • I am a ray of positivity

  • I have the capacity, strength, & desire to change the world

  • I provide value everywhere I go

  • I am healthy in mind, body, & soul

  • I get better every day by learning & growing

  • I am an early riser

  • I connect with others and instantly build rapport

  • I am outgoing and charismatic

  • Today is a great day, every day is a great day

  • I radiate confidence, self-confidence, and power

  • I am a fantastic leader I was born to lead

  • The network of people I know grows every day

  • I have an ingenious mind

  • Today I multiply my value a hundredfold

  • I put others first

  • I smile often & love to read

  • I am hilarious and often tell funny jokes

  • I radiate confidence, warmth, & charm

  • I am successful because I connect with others, communicate beautifully, and exude positivity and passion

  • Today I begin a new life

  • I will greet this day with love in my heart

  • I will persist until I succeed

  • I am natures greatest miracle 

  • I will live this day as if it is my last

  • Today I will be the master of my emotions

  • I laugh at the world

  • I multiply my value hundredfold

  • I will act now

  • I will pray for guidance