My Favorite Reads: Kyle Hines

We've had the chance to connect with European Basketball legend and avid reader Kyle Hines as he shared his 5 favorite books!

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

By far one of my favorites reads. If you're looking to re-align your purpose and find out what it is you want from your career and your life more generally. Before you can be successful in anything in life, you have first to know and understand why you are doing it. Why do you want to succeed, what is behind your real motivation? This book gives you a true understanding of what the "Why" in your life.  

The Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

My All time favorite book. The book teaches the story of success and all the outliers that are needed to be in place for a person to reach and maintain high-level success in every aspect of life. The best quote is, "A person needs 10,000 hours to master a skill." Put's in; the daily dedication needed to be successful at anything in life.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The book allows readers to understand how habits work and how your daily habits affect your life in many different ways. Athletes are, and one small change of habit can have a significant impact on an athlete overall performance.

Extreme Ownership (How Navy Seals Win) by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

I think it's a must read for anyone in a leadership position or working in a team environment. The book takes what the author learn on the battlefield with the Navy Seal during his tour in Iraq and translates it into everyday situations people go through. The central theme of the book is that you sometimes need to take a look in the mirror and to think, "What can I do better." Rather than blaming others, (teammates, coaches, etc.) or finding excuses, you should take ownership in your mistakes or problems. Taking ownership is the only you will improve as a person.

The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

A straightforward read with a valuable message. The book offers lessons on staying positive and avoiding "energy vampires" who will "suck the life out of you and your goals and vision if you let them." The book teaches that your overall outlook on things, either positive or negative, has a considerable effect on the outcome. If you put have a positive outlook and put forth positive energy, then your results should be positive as well. No team or individual player can thrive in a negative energy environment. Positive energy is the key to success.