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 been doing a good bit of reading lately, and I thought I'd share what I've been getting into . . . A couple of days ago, my older sister lent me a book to read that she borrowed from the library. It's is called "Water For Elephants" . . . It tells the story of a young man whose trajectory in life changes after the sudden death of his parents. He inadvertently joins a traveling circus. I'm not done with this novel yet, but I must say I am enjoying it IMMENSELY. The story is so completely engrossing and full of such sweet and likable characters. I will give a full review once I am done. Secondly, I've been studying up on how to better handle one's finances and have been using a book to help me incorporate best practices to do so. I've been reading this . . . This book offers a lot of practical advice in language that is clear to understand. It covers topics ranging from your income to housing, jobs, savings, college expenses, retirement, etc. In this delicate and depleted economy that we currently have, it is in anyone's best interest to tighten one's belt and be more practical. I don't like to waste anything, especially money. Lastly, I've just started reading this . . . As a musician, I don't ever pretend to know everything there is to know about music, but I am certainly willing to work to achieve such a lofty state of being. Since I have honestly had relatively little formal and/or classical training, I am well aware that there are probably countless ideas and concepts that I could stand to be familiar with. This book is a step towards all of this. It covers all things involving various chord structures, chromaticism, inversions, diatonic triads, and a whole slew of ideas I haven't the foggiest clue of. Should be an interesting ride. I do love reading books, and I have a vast interest in so many topics. More to come soon. -gordon