my favorite shit on the planet

I'm often asked what I read, listen to, love, and adore.  Who are the people that inspire me?  What are my favorite things?

Here they are in one convenient list.  The books, tunes, thinkers, and things and I resonate with the most.

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BOOKS i love:

Oh, goodness, where to begin?!  I've read way more than I recall, but here are some books I wish everyone would read. 

For more ideas, check out this article I wrote called '20 Books We Wish the World Would Read'.  Or click here to see a more comprehensive list of my favorite 50 books.  Below are a few that I adore. 

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The Little Prince - Probably my favorite book.  If you haven't heard of it, I am SO excited for you to discover this little piece of perfection.

The Prophet - In my opinion, the best book of poetry there is.  I've carried this gem across multiplecontinents.  It's as insightful as it is beautiful.  A masterpiece.

Shantaram - This book.  This fucking book.  Wow.  Nearly every page has some exceptionally stunning insight or description.  It's poetry.  It's mind-blowing adventure.  It's jaw-dropping.  Read it.

Bird by Bird - The best book on writing I've read.  Anne Lamott is an absolute treasure.

Daring Greatly - I adore Brené Brown, and this is her best book.  Inspiring and brilliant.

Long Walk to Freedom - It's Nelson Fucking Mandela.  His story is just insanely good.

Tuesdays with Morrie - The book I have probably gifted the most.  It's just so, so good.

Man's Search for Meaning - Just an extraordinary tale of suffering and survival during the Holocaust.  If you want some perspective in your own life, read this.  Wow.

Elon Musk - I think he's one of the most intriguing and phenomenal people alive today, and this biography is just terrific.  A seriously good read about one of the world's biggest innovators and dreamers.

 

PODCASTS I love:

I am pretty varied on these, but some of my favorite shows include ManTalks, James Altucher, Tim Ferris, Aubrey Marcus, and Lewis Howes.  I pretty much only listen to podcasts on walks and airplanes.

 

Who do I follow for inspiration and knowledge?

On Instagram, I adore Mark Groves (@createthelove), Janne Robinson (@jannerobinson), Jedidiah Jenkins (@jedidiahjenkins), Vienna Pharaon (@mindfulmft), Kelsey Grant (@radicalselflove), Kylie McBeath (@beingisbeautiful), Emily Hassett (@spiritedseeker), and Dallas Hartwig (@dallashartwig).  These are real people sharing real stories and real wisdom.  They ooze authenticity and brilliance.

On Facebook, it's Kyle Cease.  Dude is amazing.  Oh, and James Altucher, who is a quirky genius.

 

random shit I love:

I'm a pretty minimal and mellow dude, a simple man who has lived out of a van and a backpack a few times.  However, there are a few things I cannot go without.  These are my favorite things.

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Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones - You guys, these are the real deal.  Everything I've ever written has probably been with these on my ears.  I wear them every day.  I cannot even IMAGINE an airport or flight without them.  They're pricey but worth every single penny.  Once you've worn and owned these, there is no going back.  I'm serious.

Chuck Ts - The perfect shoe, and basically all I've worn since college.

Wayfarers - The perfect sunglasses, and basically all I've worn since college.

Burritos, of the vegetarian and breakfast varieties.  Period.  But if you follow me, you already know this, surely...

GT Dave's Synergy Kombucha.  Kombucha is a borderline addiction for me, and this is the best of the biggest brands.  If you're curious, the best Kombucha I've ever had is in Cairns, Australia at a little café called Lefew Teahouse.  Go there.  It's rad.

 

Miscellaneous business things that I love:

17hats.  This is the online software I use to run my entire business and it's amazing.  From keeping track of clients to automating invoices to checking on emails to scheduling meetings, this thing does it all.  I love it and recommend it to everyone I chat with about business stuff.  Click the link and you'll save 10% on your subscription.  It's worth every penny.

Honey.  Okay, if you buy things online and don't use this to save money, I honestly don't know what you're doing with your life.  It takes 3 minutes to install on Google Chrome (if you don't have it, just download it and use it to shop, trust me) and set up a free account.  Then, whenever you buy something online, you just click the little honey logo in the upper right of the browser and it quickly and AUTOMATICALLY runs through all of the discount codes possible to try and save you money.  I just did it this morning and saved $28.  It works and it's amazing and you should be using it.  I'm serious.

Airbnb.  Holy shit.  Airbnb is a game changer.  Personally, I'm not a big fan of big hotels.  They feel sterile and impersonal to me.  They're all the same and it's kind of boring.  However, with Airbnb, I can find the perfect place at the perfect price.  It's amazing!  (Click here to sign up and you'll save $50 off your first trip!  Do it.  It's a badass experience and I've never once had a problem with the site or a host.) 

Uber.  It's so rad.  You get to meet a new person, enjoy a ride in a random car, and pay less money than a cab.  I've had drivers from Africa, Europe, and Asia, and have heard so many great stories.  It's fast and easy and fun and I totally recommend trying it out.  If you sign up and use my code JEREMYG7543UE, you'll get $20 for FREE ($5 off each of your first four rides!). 

 

tunes i love:

Bands I currently adore are Grizfolk, Lord Huron, Mandolin Orange, Ziggy Alberts, and Macklemore, who is one of the greatest living spoken word poets, in my opinion.  (The others are Shane Koyczan and Buddy Wakefield, FYI.  Actually, while I have you, watch this video and this video of them performing.  They are jaw-dropping and absolutely fucking genius.)

Bands I'll always love include the Bobs (Dylan and Marley), the Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, Brett Dennen, Jack Johnson, Sublime, and then a whole bunch of old punk rock including Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, the Vandals, Pennywise, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Bouncing Souls, and Me First and Gimme Gimmes.

Yep, if I was stuck on an island with all those people and all that stuff above, I'd be fucking stoked.