My 2015 Christmas List for Awesome People

Not sure what to get that person on your list who is obsessed with success, with self motivation, excellence and growth? That person who everyone knows is destined for greatness? Here is a Christmas list full of items sure to thrill the ambitious entrepreneur.

I don’t know about you, but I’m in full Christmas mode, rockin’ day in and day out to Alvin and the Chipmunks. Don’t deny it, and don’t fight it!

One thing that I know to be true—and this isn’t theory, this is straight from first hand experience—is that knowledge is power. Your brain is like a shoebox: you get out what you put in. Okay, that analogy needs work, but it’s still basically true.

If it weren’t for a specific book I read a while back, I may not even know what passive income is, much less be changing the financial legacy for my children and building long-term net worth. All because of a book! What we put into our minds can and does come out as action.

So, in the spirit of the mother of all holidays, here is my Christmas list for being awesome and becoming awesomer. Don’t tell me that’s not a word. I’d encourage you, whether you’re buying them as gifts or not, to click over and read about some of these books. Some damn good stuff in there!

If you know someone who is insistent upon personal growth and excellence, this should serve as a great starting place for finding them a gift. The list is heavy on books, but there are a few other goodies in there too. (Oh, and click the pictures! They’ll take you right to them!)




The One Thing – This book by Gary Keller has played the most substantial role in elevating my business this year. (To clarify, this is not a real estate book.) It’s an easy read with very practical and immediately applicable ideas. To be as literal and blunt as possible: I made more money this year, and enjoyed drastically increased confidence in what I was doing, because of what I read in this book.


You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar – Our entire team has been reading through this book together. Frankly, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before. It’s about as thorough and revolutionary a book on sales and business as I have come across.


Entreleadership – I love how straightforward Dave Ramsey is in this book. He is no nonsense and therefore polarizing at times. My opinion, though, is that he’s only polarizing to those who are uncomfortable with stepping up, working hard and taking a few punches. This is a great book on business in general and particularly favors the entrepreneur and small business person.


What’s Best Next – When I wrestle with motivation and with my attitude, when I’m struggling with the meaning behind my work and the fear that it is in vain, this book is where I turn. It ties our work to our spiritual mindset, and also has some VERY strong practical ideas about how to prioritize your time.


Good to Great – I use the handful of principles explained in this book on a weekly and probably daily basis. Ideas like the Flywheel and the Hedgehog Concept absolutely serve to guide what I do. They come from this book which examines the habits that set the truly great companies apart from their merely good counterparts.


Steve Jobs – Do you want to learn about business from some of the greatest business minds we’ve known? Perfect! You have the opportunity to do that. Jobs’ fierce (often to a fault) commitment to his vision is incredibly inspiring. Talk about focus! To boot, the guy’s honestly just a bit crazy, and this thing reads like a fiction.




MREA, MREI, FLIP, SHIFT – Anyone interested in any aspect of real estate–whether investing or agency–should start right here. Absolutely fundamental. No other collection of literature can lay a more practical and thorough foundation. Nothing else to say really: if you want to know about real estate, this is where you’ll want to start.




Platform – We are living in an era of unprecedented opportunity. You want to become an expert on any given topic? You don’t need permission from some gatekeeper. All you need to do is gather info, share it generously, and build yourself a platform from which to give. Michael Hyatt is the king of that process, and tells us all about it in this fantastic book. If you wanna build a business and use the internet at all, this is where I’d start.


GripSling Raw Training Straps– I use these in my home gym and they are flat out cool. (As you can see from that photo, I use the ones with the handles.) These allow me to accomplish several movements that I would typically need a machine for, using only my body weight. By the way, I’m an affiliate of theirs! If you want to expand your workouts, click over and get 20% off by using my discount code: brianbandas20 Merry Christmas, now go get sexy!


Things – I use this app as my mobile to-do list. It’s a one-time cost that has repaid itself over and over. Being the creative type, my memory is—how do I say this nicely?—utterly disgraceful. Things keeps track for me. It’s just the right amount of functional, intuitive, and quite simple. (I’m not an affiliate, but I am a user!)


A White board – Guys, let’s get real nerdy for a minute here. I have two white boards above my desk in my home office and I use them like crazy! Anything I want to remember regarding mindset is written right in front of my face. I look up, I’m reminded. I write out to-do’s, goals, long-term projects, anything. And it’s all right in front of my face! I love a good white board. (These are also a really cool alternative if you don’t have space for a board.)



Seth Godin books – (Linchpin, All Marketers Are Liars, Tribes, The Dip, etc, etc, etc) I love basically every word that comes out of this man’s mouth. As an example, read this badass post, just to whet your appetite.





Hydro flask – HYRDRATE!! There is no substitution for water. If you want to be healthier than ever, water needs to replace most of what you’re drinking. One way to do this is to carry it around with you all day every day. It’s pretty failproof. You’re guaranteed to drink more of it, and there are a myriad of benefits!



Merry Christmas to all of you!





Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. To be clear, I only recommend products or services I have used or experienced personally, and believe in their value. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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