The Books and Podcasts That Have Helped Me Live a Better Life

I love to learn about new things and strive to get better at what I do every day for my clients. So here is a quick compilation of some of the books I have recently read, and podcasts that I frequently listen to and rely on for both business and pleasure.

Books I’ve Read Recently

Grit by Angela Duckworth – I’m about half way through this one but I highly recommend for any parent who wants to help their child be more determined or person who is struggling to find their way in this world. The basic premise is that “grit” is something that can be learned and developed and not just innate.

Influence by Robert Cialdini – This is Cialdini’s initial masterpiece about the different ways individuals can be persuaded to a point of view or to purchase a product. Even though it was written over 20 years ago, it still rings true to me and I think anyone would benefit from reading this.

Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World by Kelly Starrett – Book discusses the horrible health effects of sitting and what to do about it.

10 Ways to Grow Tiny Superhumans by Ben Greenfield – A super short book but it discusses all the ways that we can help our children thrive and be healthy. Ben is a well-known fitness and biohacking expert. I love his podcast and found out about this book from his website at

My Favorite Podcasts


Ben Greenfield Fitness – As mentioned above, Ben’s podcast is a combo of science, fitness, and interviews about creating a better life through science and healthy living. The most technical of all the fitness podcasts I listen to but it’s worth listening to if you like data.

Fat Burning Man by Abel James – You might know Abel from his stint on one of the diet television shows, where his client won the greatest improvement in body composition and overall health benefits. His podcast discusses his methodology through interviewing other healthcare professionals.

Bullet Proof Radio with Dave Asprey – If you want to know what biohacking is, this podcast and Dave’s book “The Bullet Proof Diet” are ground zero. Here you can learn about why putting butter in your coffee is good for you (and actually delicious too) and how to avoid blue light exposure from your computers.


The Ringer – I’m a New Yorker through and through but I love Bill Simmons podcast. If you love sports and pop culture, it’s a must listen.

The Joe Rogan Experience – Comedian turned MMA analyst turned podcast host, Joe combines his experiences into a fun program. Note: Strong language is frequently used on the podcast so don’t listen in front of the kids.

Business/Self Improvement:

The Tim Ferriss Show – The best-selling author spends his time “deconstructing” experts in a wide range of fields in order to help his listeners understand what methods can be used for self-improvement.

The James Altucher Show – If you like counter-intuitive thinking and someone who shares both his massive successes and failures, this is the podcast for you.

I could go on and on but I think that this is a good start if you are looking for something to read or listen too. Please let me know what has made an impression on you.


Michael Sicuranza CFP® AEP®

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