Smith & Berg Approved: 8 Books to Make You More Epic in 2018

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Book it into the new year

The new year presents the perfect opportunity to become a more epic you, which — believe it or not — begins with something as simple as a book. Luckily, the Smith & Berg Team knows all about epic-ness by virtue of some killer reads. Whether you wish to give less of a $#!T or to live your absolute best life in 2018, get inspired by the Smith & Berg library for a new year, new you.

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F$ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson

The book is written in a straightforward fashion with irreverent candor. It teaches you to care about what is important based on your values and not on what everyone else tells you is important.

-F. Ron Smith

“Principles: Life and Work” by Ray Dalio

This is a great autobiography written by a successful entrepreneur who shares what creates great results in his life and business — stuff we can apply to our own lives.

-David Berg

“Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” by Joe Dispenza

From reading this book, I learned how my present beliefs and thoughts were actually learned from childhood (negative self talk, etc.) and how I can create new, positive habits. This has propelled me forward to create a more empowered version of myself.

-Yvette Lopez


“Astrophysics For People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson

This book is a quick tour through the current state of astrophysics in 12 essays. It really gets you thinking, which is key in kindling a creative spark and inspiring a new sense of contemplation as it relates to both your own life and the universe.

-Trevor Edmond

“Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace

This is a collection of great essays and short stories in which David Foster Wallace asks hilariously poignant questions while bringing you on an enthralling narrative adventure. It’ll make you think, laugh and move forward with a similarly unique and innovative outlook on life.

-Nathan Stadler

“West of Eden” by Jean Stein

This is a book about the insanity of Hollywood. It made me grateful to be a realtor and not a producer!

-Robert “Morty” Morton

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” by Michael Pollan

This decade old title remains relevant to this day. It forces us to take a closer look at the seemingly straightforward action of feeding ourselves. Nothing we do on a daily basis should be overlooked.

-Brandon Smith

“Unf*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life” by Gary John Bishop

This is a great book if you ever feel stuck in any part of your life. It’ll wake you up, grab you and toss you around the room a few times. Do yourself a favor and read this one!

-Dean Styne

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