Tony Talks: What I’m Reading Now

When you’re reading something, you are learning something always. You’re learning from an expert that has taken their entire life to learn it and you have the ability to learn it in five hours. The information becomes a part of you when you read, you have the ability to reflect on it and take it with you in your life. Right now, I have three books on my desk that are in my reading rotation. I am reading these books to gain knowledge, to learn, to have range, and am really interested in the subjects. Absolutely, to me the most important thing to work on, is yourself. These books all have to do with leveling up and becoming a better version of yourself. Which in turn helps those around you and the people you touch in your life.

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, by David Epstein
I’m always working on how to expand my mind, whether it’s creating moments of reflection and mindfulness or just seeking out different kinds of people and experiences to inspire me. This book by journalist, bestselling author, and renowned TED Talk speaker David Epstein is so great because the research he presents indicates that you can be more successful in life if you expose yourself to a variety of experiences in all areas, instead of trying to be the best in just one thing right out of the gate. Epstein underscores that exploring a variety of interests (whether it’s a hobby or a job) shouldn’t make us feel like we’re falling behind others who are more laser-focused. It’s actually an investment you’re making in yourself to increase your breadth which can become a source of power later on. It’s great read for everyone from the new college graduate who’s still wondering what they want to be when they grow up, to the professional attempting to change things up mid-career (sound familiar?).

Becoming Supernatural, by Dr. Joe Dispenza
I’m a firm believer in the mind-body connection, but what if your thoughts could have a real, tangible effect on your life, from your health to your relationships? The New York Times bestselling author, neuroscientist, and highly sought after lecturer, Dr. Joe Dispenza believes that “how you think and how you feel creates your state of being” and He attempts to demystify the mystical in this book. Lead by scientific research he conducted in his workshops held over many years around the world, he explores how ordinary people have been able to do the extraordinary to change themselves and their lives. With a combination of data and ancient wisdom the book helps readers to learn how to they can become supernatural by connecting to a field of information that gives us access to create uncommon and infinite experiences in our lives. The power of thought is real, people—get ready to have your mind blown.

Stillness is the Key, by Ryan Holiday
You know that old saying, “Silence is golden?” Well, bestselling author Ryan Holiday definitely believes that’s true. In today’s modern world, there is a lot going on: Our lives are noisier, busier, more connected, more all-encompassing, and less forgiving than ever, and so the ability to be still while the world spins around you is invaluable. Holiday draws on ancient Stoic and Buddhist philosophy, along with examples of history’s greatest thinkers, to demonstrate why stillness isn’t just about the absence of movement, but a pathway to discipline, focus, meaning, contentment, and excellence. Stillness isn’t something that just happens; we need to cultivate it inside ourselves. This book is a fantastic guide on how to do that for those of us who find seeking out the quiet in our days a real challenge.