I’m a firm believer that January is the most important month of the year. The momentum we build now can, if we do it right, carry us through the entire year. I also believe that Starting 2017 Strong starts having a great reading list for January. Here are four books that I’m sure will get us started on the right foot:

The Common Denominator of Success

This beautifully written pamphlet was actually delivered as a speech by Albert EN Grey to a Life Insurance convention in 1940. It’s a very quick read, but it is a very powerful thought that successful people form the habit of doing the things that failures don’t like to do.

Set yourself us for a powerful year by reading this great book during the first week of the New Year. Read it free here…

How To Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie’s classic how-to tome for dealing with people is a timeless book that never goes out of style. I make it a point to read it once every year because I still get a great lesson every time that I do.

This book should be on your January reading list because nearly every problem we encounter is related to the dealing of people and the solution can be found in these pages. There is so much to be gleaned that its worth the reminder even if you’ve read it before.  A great 2017 will require great people skills, further develop yours by reading How To Win Friends and Influence People in January.

Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us

Seth Godin has written a lot of great books and his daily blog should be required reading for all of us, but my favorite book he’s written is Tribes. His brilliance comes from the fact that he argues that now is our time to build a movement followers based on mutual interests.

If you’re working in the Slash/Economy, building a tribe is as critical to your success. This book shows you exactly how to do that. We must find and connect with people of mutual interests to further our ambitions if we’re going to make 2017 our year. That’s why Tribes should be on our January reading list.

The Power of Full Engagement

I’ve written about James E. Loehr and Tony Schwartz’s classic book before, but it needs to be on your list for January now.

The tagline is how managing energy, not time is the key to high performance and personal renewal. Since I’ve put into practice the principles of this book into practice, I’ve found this to be true. Getting the most of 2017 will require getting the most out of our energy. Read this book now and set yourself up for your best year ever.


January is the most important month of the year only because the momentum that we build now can carry us through the rest of the year if we do it right. Read these four books in January to build your momentum and Start 2017 Strong.


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