These are a few of my favorite things.
Beachbody On Demand – All the classic Beachbody workouts like P90X, Insanity, Body Beast, and others available online. At $99 a year its a great value.
Primal Blueprint – A health and fitness plan for life.
Shakeology – Been taking it almost everyday for 6 years. If I had to recommend a all in one nutritional product Shakeology would be it.
Beachbody Performance – Supplements to increase your workout results. I buy the complete set every couple of months.
Site Ground – Been using Site Ground for a year and have been very impressed with their website hosting. Bought the Grow Big account. Was with HostGator for 7 years and quality went down. Was referred to Site Ground and have been happy. The Grow Big plan fit my needs and their customer service is insanely good. Usually have a response from a support ticket in 10 minutes or less.
GoDaddy – Been buying domain names there since 2007. If you buy a number of domain names you can contact GoDaddy and tell them to consolidate the registration date. This will save you a lot of money when it comes to renew.
Genesis Framework – Probably the best WordPress Theme out there. Been using the Genesis theme since 2011 and have been extremely happy. This is a Premium WordPress theme and with it comes Premium customer service and a community behind it. The Genesis Framework is just the bones and you should look at getting a child theme with it. You also have the option of paying $500 for all of their themes plus lifetime upgrades. I bought that one back then and its still a great deal.
GetResponse – There are a number of email responders out there and GetResponse is one of the best. Been using them since 2010 and they have definitely been investing into making their services better. If you are serious about building a online business then you need a email list.
Uber – Probably my favorite invention since the internet. Every time we have a night off from the kids we use Uber. Follow my referral link and get your first ride for free.
Rad Power Bikes – This is the company that makes the Rad Wagon I own along with three other electric bikes. With them being a direct to consumer company you save hundreds if not thousands on comparable big name bike companies electric bikes. Click on my referral link, join their email list, and you’ll get $50 off your first order.
Golf Now – My go to app for making tee times. The Hot Deals are awesome. I always save money going through the app versus calling the course in my city. They also give you rewards if you purchase a couple of their Hot Deals. I’ve golfed for free twice this year because of the rewards.
Group Golfer – I used to buy a couple deals a year from them but would end not using them. Still though – the deals they send out to the very nice courses is worth getting.
Quicken Loans – I really liked working there. There is a reason why they are the #1 mortgage lender in the country. They close loans and take care of their clients. Good news. My brother, Sean, works there. Click through the Quicken Loans link and give him a call if you are looking to refinance or buy a house.
Mint – Been using Mint since 2012. Was a little nervous at first combining all of my finances into one spot but glad I did. Its kind of fun seeing everything in one place. Free to use.
Fidelity Rewards Visa – If you have a Fidelity account may I suggest getting their credit card. 2% cash back on all purchases deposited into your Fidelity account every other month.
Health & Fitness
Primal Blueprint – Mark Sisson: Besides the workout routine, I really enjoyed the depth at which he makes the case for eating the Paleo way. Been reducing grains since reading this and the results are noticeable.
Jim Rohn – There are many people in this field but Jim Rohn is my favorite. I think its because he’s kind of funny. I bought his “Art of Exceptional Living” and “Take Charge of Your Life” audio cd’s and would listen to them while going out for a bike ride. There are too many quotes to list. One of my favorites is “Its not the problem. You’re the problem.”
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki: One of my first personal development books. Dad bought it for me back in 1999. This book planted the seed for me to follow a path of entrepreneurship. Of course when I told Dad I was going to give it a go at being self employed he said I need a job. I asked him why he bought me the book then.
The 4 Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss: Definitely gets the mind thinking how to get out of the 9 to 5 lifestyle or to be even more efficient in it.
Cash Flow Quadrant – Robert Kiyosaki: Breaks down the difference in being an employee, self employed, business owner, and investor in the hope of you making it to the investor quadrant.
The Revolution: A Manifesto – Ron Paul: One of my first political books. Definitely got me questioning what I believe to be true about government.
Liberty Defined – Ron Paul: He simplifies what are the countries most talked about 50 topics. Each topic is about 5 pages long. He brings up points that I had never questioned before. Had to re-read most of it because it challenged every thing I had ever thought to be true.
The Law – Frederic Bastiat: Free Online It reads like an angry French guy wrote it in the 1850s because he was and it was. He uses the word plunder so much that you will use it yourself for a week after reading. Bastiat did not like Socialism and this book does a good job of showing Socialisms flaws. One of my favorite passages is:
This question of legal plunder must be settled once and for all, and there are only three ways to settle it:
- The few plunder the many.
- Everybody plunders everybody.
- Nobody plunders anybody.
End The Fed – Ron Paul: Outlines the reasons why the Federal Reserve (even though there is nothing Federal or Reserve about it) is the source of many of the U.S and worlds problems.
War Is A Racket – Smedley Darlington Butler: Free Online. Besides having the best name I’ve ever heard he is also the most decorated soldier in the history of the American Military. Two time recipient of the Medal of Honor and retired as a Major General in the Marine Corps. This is important because he said in this book
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.”
More of a long essay. I have used this book in many foreign policy debates. Mostly because if you refuse to listen to a guy who has seen war from every angle then you refuse to listen to the people who fight the wars.
Economics In One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt: The way he takes topics like minimum wages, unions, taxes, and unemployment and turns them into stories (lessons) is pretty good. The “Broken Window Fallacy” is probably the most popular.