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Yes, Jason Ridgel reads. Here’s what I’m reading this month.

Wait a minute, Jason! You don’t just party and travel the world and get money from the money tree growing in your backyard?  “No, social media, I don’t…” Well, if you don’t want me to think that then you should show me some different Jason! “Okay, social media, I will…. for now.”

So, yes, it’s true. Jason Ridgel does a whole lot more than just partying and traveling the world. I am also an avid reader. I decided to share some of the books that I’m currently reading now with some description of their topics and a link to where you can purchase them yourself.

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
By Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is The Way
is structured around three disciplines: perception, action, and will. The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. Each section uses historical anecdotes and figures from politics, commerce, sports, and history including Theodore Roosevelt, Demosthenes, John D. Rockefeller, Amelia Earhart, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Ulysses S. Grant, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, among others. ($14.85, Amazon)

Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding
Edited by Ben Jealous & Trabian Shorters

includes forty first-person accounts from well-known men like the Rev. Al Sharpton, John Legend, Isiah Thomas, Bill T. Jones, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Talib Kweli, alongside influential community organizers, businessmen, religious leaders, philanthropists, and educators. In this timely and important collection of personal essays, black men from all walks of life share their inspiring stories and ultimately how each, in his own way, became a source of hope for his community and country. Proceeds from the sale of Reach will go to BMe Community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building caring and prosperous communities inspired by black men. ($10.99, Amazon)


MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
By Tony Robbins

As the subtitle suggests, self-help guru Tony Robbins posits that, in seven simple steps, you can reach your financial freedom and become an investor as opposed to a consumer—you won’t be trading your time for money but your money machine will work for you whether you’re working or not. Robbins spent nearly four years researching, assembling and interviewing a who’s who of financial gurus, looking to find the specific strategies that make and keep the wealthy insulated, in good economic times and bad. The result is a 600-page tome featuring the advice of Warren Buffett, Carl Icahn, Vanguard founder John Bogle, and other successful investors. ($15.73, Amazon)

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
By Mark Manson

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. Drawing on academic research and the life experience that comes from breaking the rules, Mark Manson is ready to explode that myth. The key to a good life, according to Manson, is the understanding that ‘sometimes shit is f*cked up and we have to live with it.’ Manson says that instead of trying to turn lemons into lemonade, we should learn to stomach lemons better. It’s time to recalibrate our values and what it means to be happy: there are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, he says, so we need to figure out which ones really matter. ($13.59, Amazon)

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