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Books

 

My love affair with books began from a dark place. Like many kids, there were some adversities in my house growing up. Through some cosmic stroke of luck, I chose to escape my uncomfortable feelings inside of books. I read whatever type of book I could get my hands on.  Encyclopedias (and medical journals) were a favorite. Yes I’m old, lol.

When a fresh batch of adversity in the form of my own budding mental illness bloomed in high school, I again went to the library and lost myself in stacks of books.

The trend continues…… Fortunately, it has a nice side effect of introducing one to fresh views and voices and concepts which, lo and behold, can offer perspective and options not previously considered.

This is the final “piece” for me to submit to my web developer pre-launch of my website. I dragged my feet because of the emotional component it holds for me but also because I was so difficult to narrow my list, lol. My criteria for the books I’m sharing here is:

I have or would buy multiple copies to give away

 

It significantly improved the quality of my life in one or many areas

personal management
Atomic Habits

My favorite book on building and maintaining the habits you want to have and lose the ones you don’t.

7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

Required reading for all humans, period.

THE MAGIC OF
THINKING BIG

Personal satisfaction, financial freedom, harmonious relationships, focus – this one covers all the areas in an effective way.

THE FOUR AGREEMENTS

Yep, personal freedom with 4 easy to remember agreements to filter your life through.

MANS SEARCH FOR MEANING

Perspective and context for any adversity you may face – also required reading for all humans, IMHO.

THE DAILY STOIC: 366 MEDITATIONS ON WISDOM, PERSEVERANCE AND THE ART OF LIVING

Daily doses to feel better and grow your resilience muscle.

THE HEADSPACE GUIDE TO MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS

What is meditation and mindfulness, how do I start and what will it do for my life in real life language.

YEAR OF YES: HOW TO DANCE IT OUT, STAND IN THE SUN AND BE YOUR OWN PERSON

As a self-identifying boring person, Shonda truly inspired me to say YES a bit more often for the betterment of my experience here on Earth; her ‘Yes’ opportunities are also quite entertaining and glamorous to experience through her brilliant words (get the audio).

THE BOOK OF JOY: LASTING HAPPINESS IN A CHANGING WORLD

Two Spiritual leaders who’ve both seen and experienced more suffering than most illustrate how and why happiness is possible and accessible to us all.

STOP SAYING YOU’RE FINE

Straight talk to cut through your BS and get to the underlying issues of why you’re not where you want to be (in all the areas).

EVERYTHING BY

Brene Brown

Pema Chodron

Martha Beck

Deepak Chopra

relationships and communication
HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE

Do you ever interact with other humans? Here’s the guide for that.

HOW TO TALK TO ANYONE: 92 LITTLE TRICKS FOR BIG SUCCESS IN RELATIONSHIPS

How to connect with people personally and professionally; what works, what doesn’t and WHY; not always what you think.

THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING MARRIAGE WORK

Down to earth, real life (not “theories”) on how to build a long term, rewarding love relationship.

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS

How we show love is not the way our beloved’s necessarily feels most loved. Learn the differences and watch all of your relationships flourish.

money
RICH DAD POOR DAD: WHAT THE RICH TEACH THEIR KIDS ABOUT MONEY THAT THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS DO NOT!

I first read this when I was a broke young adult in Bankruptcy; it turned my entire financial world upside down for the better in the pursuit and attainment of Passive income.

THINK AND GROW RICH

My most read book (lost count); timeless finance and life wisdom.

YOU ARE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY

Whether you think you have money “mindset” issues or not (I thought for sure I did NOT), read this one to PRIME your brain for opportunities to thrive financially.

MONEY MASTER THE GAME – SEVEN SIMPLE STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM

Detailed guidebook on the basics of how money works and investing.

body and diet
THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE: BRAIN, MIND, AND BODY IN THE HEALING OF TRAUMA

It’s all connected; brain, body, memories. Many aha moments about how conditions manifest in ways you might not expect and what to do about it.

BITE BY BITE

Succinct and actionable. Eat to live and thrive not to fill some emotional void or punish yourself.

INTUITIVE EATING

Rebuilding a healthy body image and making peace with food.

business
THE $100 STARTUP: REINVENT THE WAY YOU MAKE A LIVING, DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND CREATE A NEW FUTURE

Get started!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here’s a roadmap anyone can follow with any level of resources to start with.

DO THE WORK: OVERCOME RESISTANCE AND GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY

Getting started, finishing projects, feeling like it – we all suffer from these; here’s an antidote.

THE PERSONAL MBA: MASTER THE ART OF BUSINESS

It’s my portable MBA; highlights all the need to knows from the MBA you didn’t get.

BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY: HOW TO CREATE UNCONTESTED MARKET SPACE AND MAKE THE COMPETITION IRRELEVANT

Differentiation is the name of the game. The tools in this book will teach you how to discover and cultivate your differentiating factors and spotlight them to your target audience.

THE 1 PAGE MARKETING PLAN: GET NEW CUSTOMERS, MAKE MORE MONEY AND STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

Super tactical, hands on and brilliant guide to creating a plan to get, keep and keep getting more customers.

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Money CAN sometimes buy happiness in the form of products and services that solve problems, make life a little smoother, save time or bring you joy. Some of my all-time favorites and a couple of new d...

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