Financial Advisor and City Councilman Brad Ellis

This post is part of our Guest Picks series, featuring members of our library community sharing their favorite books and movies.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in Guest Picks for the library. I am generally reading one or two books at a time, and, as a family, we emphasize reading with our girls by reading nightly. I also enjoy challenging our oldest daughter (6-years-old) to help me find at least one "positive" story in the daily newspaper. My reading usually focuses on professional development (typically finance and investment-related books) and personal growth, often autobiographies, and personal coaching types of books to help elevate my performance in all areas of life.

As a financial advisor, I place investor education at the forefront of everything I do, so I always take time to teach people something new that I have learned. That way, I can consistently add value to their lives.

Here is my Top 10 list:

Another terrific book by John Maxwell that has taught me how to be a highly effective leader from anywhere in the organization (be it a corporation, government, etc.). Regardless of where you are on the "food chain," you can lead and make a positive impact.

Written by one of the most renowned CEOs in the business world, Larry Bossily. This book teaches you why most organizations and people fail despite having great plans and strategies. It's because they lack the discipline to "get things done" and execute their plans.

One I like to read again and again because it makes me think about the most important things in life. Also available on audio CD and in large print.

Packed with so many lessons that Colin Powell passes on that he learned from the military and then how to apply them in the corporate world and in your personal life. Also available as an eBook.

This one helps me keep everything in perspective when it comes to all of the negative financial news out there. People can really get caught up emotionally when it comes to making investment decisions, and I use this book as a tool to help me place what's going on in the financial markets "right now" into a very meaningful context, and thus help people remain calm when "markets go wild."

A terrific business book written by the founder of Starbucks and filled with great lessons on how to successfully run, grow, and regularly reinvent a business.

This book has taught me how to truly prioritize each day and that highly successful people never get everything they need or want done each day, but they get the most important things done that move their business and personal lives forward.

This book has taught me a lot about how to deepen relationships with my clients by teaching me more about how to get people to understand what their purpose for money really is, so that I can then help them achieve that purpose.

A terrific children's book that I read regularly to my older daughter, which provides a simple recipe for financial success in life.

I read this one about once a year. Quite simply, it helps keep me grounded and focused on what's important in life. Family, friends and simply doing the right thing by and for people. Also available as an eBook and on audio CD.

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