I use and highly recommend everything featured below. Pick up something for yourself and let me know how you’re enjoying it.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini – Cialdini breaks down the six universal principles of persuasion: reciprocity, consistency, social proof, authority, liking, and scarcity. These principles explain why you say “yes” and, equally important, how you can influence others to say “yes.” A classic book on the science of persuasion that can be applied to nearly every facet of life.
The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime! by MJ DeMarco – This is the best business book ever written and a must-read for any aspiring entrepreneur. Unlike purported business “gurus,” DeMarco doesn’t sell you on a BS step-by-step plan to becoming a millionaire. Instead, he shows you how to think like an entrepreneur, escape the 9-5 mentality, and grab hold of the success you were born to achieve.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport – This book debunks the all-too-common advice to “follow your passion” if you want to live a remarkable life. Learn why skills trump passion, how to acquire career capital, and become indispensable. This is a book every young person needs to read.
Secrets of Power Negotiating by Roger Dawson – Negotiation is an essential life skill and this book will forever change the way you think about it. Expert negotiators get exactly what they want while making the other side feel like they won. Dawson will show you how they do it. You’ll never “split the difference” again.
The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing by Taylor Larimore – A no-nonsense guide to getting your financial house in order. This book features simple, honest, and wise financial advice regarding stocks, bonds, asset allocation, and insurance. Read it once and put your finances on autopilot. Great for new and experienced investors alike.
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger – The definitive bodybuilding bible. Arnold lays out in plain English the physical exercises and mental principles you need to become the best version of “you.” Complete with step-by-step instructions on every exercise imaginable as well as nutritional advice, this book will be your life-long companion in the iron game.
Grown Your Money
Personal Capital – Personal Capital has the best free software tools to help you track all of your finances in one place, at one time. It’s by far the most efficient way to keep an eye on your spending, savings, investments, and net worth. Use my link to get $20 just for signing up.
SoFi – You need to pay off your student loans ASAP so you can stop being a debt slave. SoFi can help by getting you a super low refinance rate. I used SoFi to refinance and quickly pay off my law school loans. Use my link to get $100 when you sign up.
Vanguard – Vanguard is the undisputed king of low-cost index funds. I keep all of my stock market investments with Vanguard. Best of all, Vanguard looks out for you by ensuring that all profits go toward lowering fees for their investors.
BulkSupplements Creatine Monohydrate Powder – Everyone knows that creatine is the best legal muscle building supplement around. Just 5mg a day will help you safely pack on lean muscle and make steady strength gains. BulkSupplements will be your new favorite creatine powder because it’s pure, tasteless, and dissolves super fast.
Inzer Forever Leather Weightlifting Belt – I’m a big fan of leather weightlifting belts in general and Inzer lever belts in particular. This belt is 13mm of pure badass and will handle any amount of weight you can throw at it. Buy it once and have it forever. You won’t find a better belt for the money.
Captains of Crush Hand Grippers – Every man needs a strong grip. It’s crucial for moving heavy weight at the gym and for life in general. (Who can trust a man with a weak handshake?) These grippers will give you an iron grip, fast.
Gym Chalk – A little bit of chalk goes a long way to helping you develop stronger, more stable lifts. This chalk has a great feel and comes in a resealable bag to keep chalk where you need it and away from where you don’t.
Moleskine Gym Journal – Every gym rat needs a way to track their gains. This Moleskine journal is an old school analog classic – rugged and dependable. Use it at the gym, use it at work, use it for life.
Airbnb – Airbnb has changed the way people think about travel accommodations. Gone are the days of being forced to stay in expensive hotels. Airbnb gives you the home away from home you deserve, all for a fraction of the price. Get $40 off your first booking when you sign up today with my link.
Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack – The Osprey Farpoint 40 is the preferred carry-on backpack of travel bloggers, digital nomads, business professionals, and everyone in between. Lightweight, rugged, and surprisingly spacious are just a few words that come to mind to describe this bag. Buy it once and have it for life thanks to Osprey’s lifetime, no-BS warranty.
Repel Travel Umbrella – Don’t get caught in the rain on your next trip. Plan ahead and pack a compact travel umbrella. The Repel Travel Umbrella is ultra light, packable, and weatherproof.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones – Long flights can be a drag, especially when the kid in the seat behind you won’t stop crying and the engine noise seems to drone on forever. But these Audio-Technica headphones make flying enjoyable again by blocking out unwanted noise and providing critically acclaimed sound quality.
Men’s Style & Grooming
Modern Tailor – Nothing less than the finest, most affordable made-to-measure suits, shirts, and pants on Earth. You really owe it to yourself to look this good. Use my link to get $20 off your first order.
Oster Fast Feed Hair Trimmer – Go to any great barber shop and you’re likely to see Oster hair trimmers. That’s because Oster has been making professional quality clippers at an affordable price for a long time. It’s easy as pie to use this trimmer on your hair, beard, or body. Plus, you’ll save a grip of money and time by doing it yourself.
Merkur Classic Safety Razor – The Merkur is not just a razor, it’s a piece of art. When you grab the Merkur in your hand for the first time you’ll immediately feel by its weight, craftsmanship, and finish that you’re holding something special. I’ve been shaving with this razor for the past 7 years and could not imagine ever going back to a drug store razor.
Feather Hi-Stainless Razor Blades – The Ferrari of razor blades. These Feather blades pair perfectly with the Merkur razor and will leave your face smooth as silk. Lather up with a good shave cream and say goodbye to razor burn and bumps.
Start A Website
Namecheap – Even if you have no intention of starting a blog or web-based business (you should!), you need to own your own name online (i.e., www.firstnamelastname.com). I use Namecheap to purchase and host all of my websites. Namecheap is the best because they make it super easy and affordable to get your website up and running fast. Best of all, Namecheap includes WhoisGuard and SSL for free, services the other guys like GoDaddy charge a boatload for.
StudioPress Themes – Spartan Esquire runs on the eleven40 Pro Theme by StudioPress. In fact, all of my websites feature StudioPress themes because they are lightweight, aesthetically pleasing, and fully optimized for SEO. With more than 35 professionally designed themes, StudioPress has something for every aspiring blog artist or entrepreneur.
Mailchimp – Mailchimp takes the trouble out of setting up email campaigns and staying in touch with your readers. Not only is Mailchimp so easy a monkey can use it, Mailchimp’s services are 100% free for your first 2,000 subscribers. That means you’ll be able to build your email list without shelling out any money.