Books I Love…

admin_1-asset-503651a71b465These are ten books that have influenced me more than most any others.  They are the books I read, re-read, and then read again; some more than a dozen times.  They are instruction manuals for health, wealth, relationships and happiness. And I consider them some the best investments I have made in my life…

Act Accordingly – Colin Wright  “You have exactly one life to do everything you will ever do.  Act accordingly.”

A Day in the Life of a Minimalist – Joshua Fields Milburn  “There are three ways to create better relationships: You can find great new relationships. You can transform your current relationships. Or you can change who you are.”

“It took getting ‘everything I ever wanted’ to realize I didn’t want everything I ever wanted.”

Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert  “If someone offered you a pill that would make you permanently happy, you would be well advised to run fast and run far. Emotion is a compass that tells us what to do, and a compass that is perpetually stuck on north is worthless.”

The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy  “The great danger of the media is that it gives us a very perverted view of the world. Because the focus and the repetition of messaging is on the negative, that’s what our minds start believing. This warped and narrow view of what’s not working has a severe influence on your creative potential. It can be crippling. In essence, you make your choices, and then your choices make you. And as long as you’re making choices unconsciously, you can’t consciously choose to change that ineffective behavior and turn it into productive habits.”

The Compassionate Samurai – Brian Klemmer  “Service is providing what’s wanted and what’s needed, not what you want to give. You don’t need to understand the value of what your doing. What you need to know is that it matters to the other person. That’s what contribution is.”

One Piece of Paper – Mike Figliuolo  “You are not above any work you have the skills to do.”

Artist of Life – Bruce Lee  “A self-willed man has no other aim than his own growth. He values only one thing, the mysterious power in himself which bids him life and helps him grow. The power can neither be preserved not increased nor deepened with money and power, because money and power are inventions of distrust. Those who distrust the life-giving force within them, or who have none, are driven to compensate through such substitutes as money.
When a man has confidence in himself, when all he wants in the world is to live out his destiny in freedom and purity, he comes to regard all those vastly overestimated and far too costly possessions as mere accessories, pleasant perhaps to have and to make use of, but never essential.

Mind Body Mastery – Dan Millman  “Relaxation is the best single indicator of your well-being. Your degree of relaxation is across three centers: physical, mental and emotional. Your ability to relax reflects your willingness to trust.”

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield  “A: Know the difference between what is urgent and what is important. B: Do what’s important first.”

Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami  “Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.”

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