A friend of mine asked “What books have changed your life?”
So here it is…
I understand clearly her question in context.
The truth is…books, things, jobs, situations, catastrophe, war…they don’t change our lives…
WE CHANGE OUR LIVES by the action we take, by the knowledge we internalize, by the we way choose to react to everything that happens to us.
“It’s not what happens to us that matters…it’s what happens within us that makes the difference.”
I’ve known many people who have suffered great loss and come out of it a better and stronger person for it.
I’ve also known many people who have suffered great loss and come out of the situation with a harder heart, greater bitterness and a more embedded victim-hood mentality.
So in context…these are the books that have have a profound and transforming effect on my life! Many are spiritual and religious. Many are business and personal-growth related.
Thanks Sandi for asking. The Red Font titles are just some of the ones I’ve read in the past year.
1. The Book of Mormon-the most powerful on m life and I have read it like 100 times or so. I still discover pearls of wisdom in it when I read it.
2. The Bible
3. Think and Grow Rich
4. Rich Dad Poor Dad-My first financial book that transformed everything for me-2003-read it in 3 days in Alabama.
5. Failing Forward
6. Good to Great
7. Man’s Search For Meaning
8. Cashflow Quadrant
9. Men of Valor
10. Purpose Driven Life
12. The Miracle of Forgivness
13. Driven From Within (Michael Jordan)-sick book
14. Screw It Let’s Do It-Richard Branson-
15. Uncommon-Tony Dungy
16. The Alchemist -Just finished this one -awesome stuff
17. Permission Marketing-Just finished this
19. Crush It-Just barely finished this
21. How To Win Friends and Influence People
22. The Game of Work
23. Strengths Finder 2.0
24. Execution-The Art of Getting Things Done
25. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People-read this in 1995 and still remember it like it was yesterday
26. Teaching By the Spirit
27. Accidental Guru
28. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
29. Remembering Wholeness
30. Jackrabbit Factor
31. Hidden Treasures
32. The Work and the Glory
33. The Master Key to Riches
34. Atlas Shrugged-still working on this bad boy-it’s powerful content for sure
35. Getting in the Gap
36. Peace, Happiness and Joy
38. It’s Not About the Bike-really helped me after the NFL
39. The Laws of Lifetime Growth
40. Missed Fortune
41. Lectures on Faith
42. In the Eye of the Storm-1996 when I read it…couldn’t put it down-I served a mission just like him.
43. How to Become a Total Failure
44. The Power of Focus
45. Tipping Point
There are more books that are in bins. This is the list of books that I have sitting on the shelves in the office.
I’ve read more books since graduating from college than I did my whole life up to that point.
I love to learn and I love to apply what I learn so that I may see the results of my life! If you aren’t reading or listening to audios or attending lectures, symposiums, workshop,s networking events or seminars…I seriously question if you love your life.
I have a ton of eBooks that I have not included on this list either.
WHY DO I LOVE TO READ, LEARN AND STUDY?
Because I want somethings in life that require knowledge, skill, understanding…when it comes down to it…the things I want so badly require me to be a different person.
How do I become that person? Through learning and taking action.
Learning does NO GOOD if I continue to believe, think and behave the same way as I did before I read the book or watched the program or took the course.
How bad do you want whatever it is that you want?
There certainly is a price to pay for it. I usually buy one or two books a month. I usually read 3 or 4 books at the same time and finish them simultaneously.
I finished The Alchemist, Crush It and Tribes almost within 2 weeks of each other.
It’s how I started reading because I love books so I have books in the bathroom, books by my sink so when I brush my teeth I read.
“I carry books with me so when I am in line, or in traffic or waiting on an appointment I can read.“
I study scriptures and Holy Writ daily.
Garbage in…Garbage out.
Power in…More Power out!
I stopped watching T.V. about a year ago. I mean I watch…but it’s intentional. I watch 2 shows with my wife and we record them so there’s no commercials and wasted time.
LEVERAGE on TNT and LIE TO ME on FOX. Occasionally I’ll catch some American Idol with her but the time I watch T.V. is NEVER EVER EVER EVER mindless channel flipping. I’ll never sit and watch mindless endless T.V. There’s always something educational or purposeful about it.
I watch a full football game (which is rare) in like 45 minutes. No commercials, play to play, no half-time and then I move on with my day.
Depending on what you want, how bad you want it and why you want it…there will be no time for some of the things MOST people do.
- video games
- watching lots of TV
- surfing the net without purpose
- watching lots of Youtube video to be entertained
- camping on Facebook or twitter
- being lazy and idle
- doing only the easy things in life without purpose and vision
Not that there is anything inherently wrong with some of these things…but what are the results of doing all of these
Certainly not the results (goals) that I want in my life.
My current and life goal is to be an international life changer to inspire people to become the GREATEST VERSION of who they were created to be so they can in turn help everyone in this world they were supposed to help while they were alive as well as long after they pass away.
Playing video games, watching garbage on T.V. and wasting time…that certainly won’t get me there.
And I’m guessing (and I’m a great guesser) that it certainly won’t get you there either!
But if you don’t have goals…well, any action during the day will do just fine.
So what is YOUR Super Bowl Ring…your goal that you are working towards daily?
If you’re wandering through life aimlessly without purpose and goals and a vision of who you want to be and what you want to be…it’s not too late.
But consider this…
What is the real danger of you having no goals, end in mind, destination or vision for your life?
Pause…think about it…
What is the danger for your children and their children?
Pause…think about it…
What is the danger for those around you?
Pause…think about it…
It’s scary if you really think about it.
January is almost half way done and 99% of the people alive are still sleep walking and going through mundane motions.
Living is NOT going through the motions. I call that being a zombie.
Living is waking up each day with passion and purpose.
Living is being excited about the day ahead of you.
Living is knowing that you are doing something that is contributing to your family, your community…the world.
Living is giving life, love and happiness to others.
Living is doing what you love to do with passion and enthusiasm.
Living is enjoying the journey.
Living is growing!
Living is overcoming fears, doubts, obstacles and challenges!
What are YOUR goals, visions and dreams? Your answer to this question will in part determine what you do daily?
What books have transformed your life?
I’d love to work with you. I put on free seminars to help people break the status quo of their current life. I’d love to meet you and continue to help you.
Click here to watch a powerful video of one of our events
Thanks again Sandi for asking the question…
Long answer but hope it helps.