I enjoy reading but I it's difficult to find really great books to read. Here are six non-fiction books that have had a big impact on my life. You should definitely buy them, read them, and have your life changed too. Don't worry if they don't address issues that you care about - simply reading them will make you care.
How it changed my life : I stopped eating sugar, flour, bad fats, and other things like that.
I just read this one two days ago and now I've gone vegan. It represents the largest and most comprehensive study of human nutrition and disease ever, and the findings are incredible. If you read this you will want to be vegan. Don't be scared off, thinking, "I love meat, I don't want to change!". The information is there and it makes you not WANT
to eat meat.
How it changed my life : Now I eat Vegan.
A lot of times financial advice is abstract and theoretical, but this is all stuff you can put into action.
How it changed my life : I now have a savings account that I put money into religiously.
How it changed my life : Made me ridiculously good with the ladies, made me more confident, and made me a more interesting person.
How it changed my life : I almost never argue and understand other people's perspectives better.
How it changed my life : I actually effectively use my todo list / calendar, I have most of my files well organized, and I have a lot of my clutter in labeled plastic boxes.
If you're reading this, buy those books at amazon, or even better go get at least one in real life and start reading today. I guarantee that all six will make your life measurably better for years to come. When you're done, give the books to a friend. And if you actually read them all, put them into effect, and become rich, happy, organized, and charming - thank me then.
Post a comment with a book that's totally changed your life, and let us know how.
"Rich Dad/Poor Dad" is one of the most worthless and repetitious books I've ever encountered on the topic of personal finance. When his books were criticized for not actually containing much financial information, he countered by saying the books are more for "inspiration". I love ya, Tynan, but it saddens me that you even mention his book(s).
You should read 'Who will cry when you die'it's written by robin sharma and has changed my way of looking at life.Also his other books like the greatness guide 1 & 2,the monk who sold his ferrari are truly great.
hey man love the site. i totally agree with "making friends and influencing people" life changing stuff in their.
Word on The Secret...someone told me to watch it online weeks ago and now I'm finding references to it everywhere. It's basically about how to change your reality to get the life you want.
I will warn though, that it doesn't really go into ways to implement it. It leaves out 2 key things: purpose and intent.
I'm trying to get into online marketing too...Magnus may have some competition soon!
If you haven't seen "Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme," you should see it. Awesome documentary. Tynan, you'd like it :-)
btw, I find that as a general tip, you should get as many different perspectives on the same subject.
For example, on the subject of Wealth, I read or listened to:
Rich Dad Poor Dad
One Minute Millionaire
Fountain of Wealth
The Millionaire Next Door
Think and Grow Rich
Science of Getting Rich
and on the subject of Success:
The Success Principles (Jack Canfield)
and probably others I have forgotten. It does work. My best month so far I earned about $10,000 for maybe 4 hours work a week.
I don't say that to brag, I say that because YOU CAN DO IT TOO.
It's interesting when I tell people about this, and they say it's not true or it wouldn't work for them, or whatever. If you pour all this material into your mind you can't help but change your thinking, which changes your actions, which changes your results. I meet the same negative person 6 months later and they are still in their shitty job and still complaining about it. Did they listen to what I suggested? No. Shrug.
My biggest criticism with personal development, self improvement, or whatever you want to call it, is that a lot of it is theoretical or has little effect on your life NOW. Of course, most people become interested in personal development because of problems they're facing immediately, which creates a perfect setup for disappointment.
Thinking back on the different areas in which I've directed my efforts, here is a short list of some of the most effective ones which got results quickly (in no particular order):
1. Buy and read the book Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever. It's a fascinating read and will give you a deep and valuable understanding of your body, nutrition, and food. When I read it I did so because I was bored, even though I had no particular interest in health or diet. Reading it instantly changed the way I see a lot of things.
I've just added another page to this blog site. THE READING ROOM!!! Since 1991, I have kept a record of all the books I have read. I've decided to share this list with all the world. As time permits, I'll be adding more information to this page. I'll be listing the following tidbits: 1. Book Name 2. Author Name 3. Number of Pages 4. Thoughts/Reviews There will also be a rating system by way of "G's".GGGGG: OutstandingGGGG: GoodGGG: FairGG: PoorG: Don’t Bother To see this new page, just click HERE. (It is a work in progress.) Reading is the most empowering practice I have ever taken on. In high school, it is the very thing that constantly nourished my spirit. I was a bit of a loner in school and lived on a small island in the middle of the South Pacific ocean. Reading books informed me and gave me a much larger perspective of the world beyond my little island paradise and limited human interaction. To this day, I champion all of the benefits that come with reading books and encourage any and all of my friends to read!! Here are five of my all-time favorite books. In my life, these books changed me in some vital and powerful way. I am who I am now due to the grace and beauty found in the pages of these books: [caption id="attachment_872" align="aligncenter" width="290" caption="The Pearl by John Steinbeck"][/caption] This book was actually a reading assignment for my English class. Being that I lived on an island with a strong native culture, I related to this book's story immediately. Reading this book was one of the first times I can remember a book making me feel so impossibly sad and heartbroken. It tells a simple fable of a man and a family who find and own a pearl. It is a colossal tale in the most understated and delicate of ways. This book is a masterpiece. [caption id="attachment_874" align="aligncenter" width="235" caption="Les Miserable by Victor Hugo"][/caption] Much has been said about this story both in its written and musical/stage form. There is a reason that numerous film versions of it have been made. It is a compelling narrative of the human struggle. At times gut-wrenching, poignant, and all too tender, Jean's unbreakable connection to Cossette in this story is a thing of beauty. I love this book. [caption id="attachment_875" align="aligncenter" width="140" caption="The God In Flight by Laura Argiri"][/caption] This is probably the most obscure of my all-time favorite books, but it is no less amazing. As a debut novel, it is a formidable force of literature. Set in the 1800's at Yale University, it tells the story of two unlikely lovers--a brilliant young student and his volatile male Greek art professor. Yes, that's right. This is a story about two men who fall in love and the tide of struggles that befall them. While this premise might be enough to turn off most readers, I have to say that in addition to being such a unique period piece of a story, it is remarkably well written. I don't think I'd be out of line if I said that, in the greatest likelihood, even the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen herself would praise this book. It took Argiri 20 years to write this book and is a testament to her skill and power as a writer. [caption id="attachment_876" align="aligncenter" width="182" caption="Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte"][/caption] Speaking of the Bronte sisters, I have a soft spot in my heart for Charlotte Bronte simply because of her timeless classic "Jane Eyre". This is essentially the story of an orphan who finds her own way through a difficult set of circumstances. She becomes self-empowered, and she finds love in a man who is truly worthy of her. Some people have Superman, while others have Frodo, or heck, even Buffy, for that matter. As a teenager, I had Jane Eyre. She was as good of a hero for me as any. It was my Junior year of high school. My pre-calculus teacher was sitting next to me at our basketball court. Maybe he could tell that I was pretending to be interested in the game that was going on because he asked me if I have ever read this book. He said that he thought I would really appreciate it. We only ever talked about math, and I thought it was strange that he would mention this book to me. A couple of weeks later, I managed to find a copy of it, and I read it. It was unlike any book I had ever read before. Certainly not terribly formal but actually quite intimate in its own way. I liked it and found myself thinking about it often. It somehow put to words the sense of listlessness and confinement that I felt back in those days. I didn't have my own words for how I was feeling at the time, but this book was eloquent enough. In its few pages, it speaks volumes of truth. Feel free to visit my new Reading Room any time. First off, I have the arduous task of updating it all the way through to this year, and then, I will keep adding to the list as I read more books. Please leave a comment on the Reading Room page if you can and share your thoughts. I welcome them all. More to come. By all means, read something. You might discover something you never thought you would. -g