Dad Hab Book Club
Whether it’s bettering ourselves for our family or personal growth we could all use a little guidance along the way. These books have been selected by Frank, Joe, and The Dad Habit Elite Community to help you on your journey. If you’re like us and don’t have time to sit down and read a book, we highly suggest audible. It’s helped us devour several books a month while were on the road, working out, or doing mindless tasks to help the family at home. Click on any of the books to take you right to Amazon to order. Every time you order a book through one of our links it helps support everything we do here at The Dad Habit.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and win
By leif babin and jocko willink
It’s so easy to blame other people for our success and failure. STOP RIGHT NOW! This book will shift your perspective on responsibility and accountability. Written by two Navy Seals this book takes you through some kick-ass stories out on the battle field and shows you how the lessons learned there can be applied in the boardroom or your home. You’d be surprised how much taking personal responsibility can help relieve stress.
The energy Bus
By Jon Gordon
We all know about the power of positive thinking, but sometimes it’s easy to forget. This is a short book that’s easy to read (or listen to). Coach Cal gave it to his kids at Kentucky to read the year the Wildcats won the National Championship. It’s not rocket science but is a great reminder. Best of all the kids can read/listen to it with you. If they do, you’re all sure to love the voice of the bus driver. Let us know your thoughts, Sugar! (You’ll get it once you read the book).
Creativity, INC.: Overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration
By ED Catmull
If you have kids you’ve probably seen all of the PIXAR movies. If you’re like me you’ve probably enjoyed watching most of them too (even if did cry at the end of Toy Story 3, how could a bear be so mean?!). Creativity INC goes inside PIXAR studios to explain how they came up with all those great stories and explains how you can benefit from applying the same principals in your life. While this book is very enjoyable, it might be tough to keep the kids interested. But it’s worth a listen to explain how the story of Frozen evolved the next time you hear “Let It Go” blaring from the TV.
Deep Work: Rules for focused Success in a distracted world
BY CAL NEWPORT
Damn are there a lot of distractions in modern society. Whether it’s our phone and social media vying for our attention, kid toys going off in the toy box, or the TV it can be so distracting. We haven’t even mentioned our jobs, family, kids, and whatever else we have going on in our lives. How the hell are we supposed to get anything done? Deep work explains the importance of distraction free work, provides tips on how to get it done, and helps you leave those distractions behind you so you can focus and live in the moment. Yes, that means even when you’re having a conversation with your wife or playing with your kids.
The obstacle is the way: the timeless art of turning trials into triumph
By ryan holiday
This book echoes on extreme ownership a bit, but Ryan Holiday has a way of telling stories while giving advice that makes him so easy to read. The Obstacle Is The Way delivers on it’s title, showing you how you can find the silver lining on any cloud and turn it into an advantage for you and your family. Whether it’s a burst pipe, a minor car accident, or the struggle of finding a sitter, sometimes we get too stuck on seeing the problem to appreciate the fortune that’s right in front of us. Read this book and you’ll be a salmon swimming upstream anytime there’s a negative event. Before you know it, you’ll be the one everyone asks for in tough times because you’ll help them find the positive (if you weren’t already).
THE 5 SECOND RULE: TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE,WORK,AND CONFIDENCE WITH EVERYDAY COURAGE.
BY MEL ROBBINS
Do you ever have trouble just gettin started? We all have at one time or another. This book will help you stop procrastinating and start making positive change in your life. Best of all, it only takes 5 seconds!
NEVER SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE: NEGOTIATING AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT
BY CHRIS VOSS
Written by a top FBI negotiator, Voss gives a peak into the mind of a man who negotiates with bank robbers and kidnappers. If he can successfully negotiate the safe release of civilians, these tools are sure to help negotiate a raise at work or avoid an argument at home. This book has great insight not only on negotiation but how speak with people. Having great communication skills is vital for success with maintaining a happy marriage and success in business.
The Subtle Art of not giving a F*CK: A counterintuitive approach to living a good life
By Mark Manson
We get exposed to so much with social media. We see people we know living their #bestlife with pictures of fancy vacations, new cars, or big houses and we feel like we’re not measuring up. Well it’s time to stop giving a f*ck. Okay so this one is not for the kids, but it will reshape the way you look at the “struggles” or “obstacles” you have in your life. It’s not that we should stop caring completely, but we should choose what it is we are going to care about. After all, you only have so many f*cks to give over the course of your life. Might as well use them for things you really care about.
10% HAPPIER: HOW I TAMED THE VOICES IN MY HEAD,REDUCED STRESS WITHOUT LOSING MY EDGE, AND FOUND SELF-HELP THAT ACTUALLY WORKED- A TRUE STORY
BY DAN HARRIS
After having a panic attack on live T.V. Dan Harris knew he needed to make a change. This book takes a deep dive into how he used meditation to regain control of his life and excel in business.
SPARK: THE REVOLUTIONARY NEW SCIENCE OF EXERCISE AND THE BRAIN
BY JOHN T. RATEY
This book will teach you how closely connected your mind and body truely are. Most of us don’t really understand how important exercise is, it’s more than just a six pack and bigger biceps. Exercise truly is the best defense to many mental disorders from depression to anxiety to ADD to addiction to Alzheimer’s. If you want to better manage the stresses of fatherhood, exercise is a necessity.
THE POWER OF HABIT: WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO IN LIFE AND BUSINESS
BY CHARLES DUHIGG
This New York Times best seller takes a deep dive into the science of habits and how we can change them to positively impact our lives. The key to weight loss, success in business, increasing productivity, and even becoming a better father is understanding how habits work. Duhigg will teach you how habits work and how to make changes to improve your personal and work life.