The Achievers Holiday Shopping Guide

Do you or someone on your shopping list want to maximize their successes in 2012? I know I sure do! Several years ago I started taking the advice of achievement masters like Jim Rohn and began seriously collecting things to help me succeed.

Any successful person will tell you their library is important to them. Books, audio books, seminars, and digital guides written by experts all help me continue to grow.

I must admit, I’m hooked on the results! Now my holiday wish-list is something I would’ve laughed at years back, but I’m so fired up about the results these gifts are going to help me achieve in 2012!

Here’s a quick guide for the achiever on your list (or to help you round out your own list) [Note: These links are affiliate links – because I believe in these products!]:

Success MagazineSuccess Magazine: This is at the top of my list each year! I’ve learned a ton from this magazine over the years and the audio CD inside every issue is top notch. If you can only add one thing to your list this year, start taking this magazine!

Kindle: I got a Kindle for Christmas last year and it’s amazing! I tend to read more than one book at a time, and this makes it easy to carry them all with me.

My favorite feature is that I can highlight on my Kindle and save the notes in Evernote. Brilliant!

Audible Membership: Another tool I use constantly. I spend about six to eight hours a week in the car and helps me make the most of that time.

Books that Matter

The Travelers GiftThe Travelers Gift: I rarely read fiction, but this came highly recommended to me from people I admire. This book was outstanding. I devoured it in just a few sittings and have been referring back to it lots over the months.

The Compound Effect: I read this book every year because it helps me calibrate for the coming year and stay on track for success. If you’re looking for a sure-fire system to help you succeed this book will teach you how to do it!

No More Mondays: One of my all time favorites. A very inspirational read about how to find work you love and start doing it.

Quitter: If it weren’t for The Travelers Gift this would be my top read of the year. This is a great read for anyone wanting to start their own business some day. Jon gives a hilarious, honest account of his transition from his day job to his dream job.

Do the Work: A short, swift, kick in the pants from Steven Pressfield for anyone fighting the Resistance. Steven explains the force fighting against our biggest dreams and how we can defeat it.

Poke the Box: This manifesto from Seth Godin can be read in a weekend, but will continue to challenge you for a long long time. It’s a call to action about the initiative your taking – in your life or in your job.

Hands Free Success

Jim Rohn's Challenge To SucceedJim Rohn’s Challenge To Succeed: I’ve been through these CDs several times just this year. Jim’s teaching in this program are a great way to start my day on a positive note, and continue to challenge me and keep me on course.

The Art of Exceptional Living: Another stellar program from Jim Rohn! This one is a bit more fleshed out than the Challenge to Succeed in my opinion. Both are excellent programs and I’ve listened to each multiple times this year.

For Businesses and Bloggers

ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging: Launching a blog can be overwhelming! This ebook helps beginners who aspire to create a pro-quality blog get started on the right foot. I used it to help me launch Life Stoked and it made a huge difference in the way I got started! Lots of 31 Days To Build A Better Bloglessons here you’ll continue to look back on long after you’ve started your blog.

31 Days to Build a Better Blog: Another awesome guide from ProBlogger, and a great companion to the first-week guide above. I return to this guide weekly to learn new things and revisit techniques to help take my blog to the next level. Very well written with action items on each day!

The Bloggers Guide to Online Marketing: This kit is all about helping you turn your blog into a business. If you’re not quite there yet though it can still help you a ton! I’ve been using it to help tighten up the branding and generate new ideas for the future of Life Stoked. As all ProBlogger guides are, this is very well written and easy to follow.

Aspiring Entrepreneur Toolkit

Only72 SaleOnly 72 – Online Entrepreneur Edition: Last on this list is a 72-hour mega-sale for online entrepreneurs. Adam Baker and Karol Gajda have put together a package of resouces covering an unbelievable variety of online business topics… everything rom Facebook & Twitter, to SEO, to blogging for business and productivity.

What’s on your Christmas list to help you succeed?

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  • Bryan Morris

    Awesome list Deacon. I’ve been on a Zig Ziglar kick lately. Born to win and See you at the top. 

    • Deacon Bradley

      I don’t know how I’ve managed to get by without reading Ziglar so far! It’s one of those that’s always on my list, but then there are so many to choose from I end up picking something else. Born to win sounds right up my ally though!

  • Adam

    Nice list. I had a kindle and recently updated to an iPad. Loving it. As a guy that reads multiple books at a time as well and not liking carrying around a lot of stuff I have found the iPad has replaced having to carry around the laptop and kindle on a daily basis.

    • Deacon Bradley

      Awesome! Have you tried the highlights to Evernote tip I linked to? It’s really made my book notes more useful!

      • Adam

        I have and it is great.

        Have you read The Final Summit or The Noticer by Andy Andrews? He is such a great story teller.

        • Deacon Bradley

          Not yet! JUST read Travelers Gift last month. Excited to read Final Summit over Christmas. I have a feeling I’ll be reading lots of his books next year. Have you heard his podcast that @AndyTraub hosts? Really good stuff!

  • Benny Hsu

    Great list Deacon! I do love getting Success mag every month w/ the CD. That’s a cool feature with the Kindle and Evernote!. I’ve been itching to get the Kindle Fire, but it’s something I don’t really NEED. I just like new toys. 

    • Deacon Bradley

      Thanks Benny! Yes, the Success CD is worth the subscription price alone!

      One thing I love about my Kindle is that it’s impossible to get distracted with apps or internet stuff when I’m reading. Kindle Fire is really awesome, but I don’t think I’d get much done with it, hah #iGetDistractedEasily