Below are some of the books that inspired, and still inspire me.
I would update this list regularly, so check it often.
Think and Grow Rich (Original Unabridged Version) – Napoleon Hill
This is one of my favorite books.
In this book, Napoleon hill unfolds the methodologies of getting everything you desire in life, not only in terms of money. The book is the result of 20 years of interviews with the most successful people in that time (the beginning of the 1900’s) by Napoleon hill.
The power of this book lies in its simplicity and straightforward approach in which the author tells very deep, yet very simple concepts.
Throughout the book, Napoleon Hill says that the secret for getting great wealth is found in each chapter of the book at least once, and he leaves the discovery of that secret for the reader. To be honest, I can’t say that to this point I have discovered this secret, but the principals which are listed in the book keep recurring and are very clear. I can honestly say that by applying even a few of them, I felt (and still feeling) a change in my life.
Treat yourself like you were meant to. Read and apply the principals in this book!
As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
This is a classic book from 1902, but the message in it fits our time as well.
Throughout this book, James Allen explains in detail how to achieve everything you want out of life. More to it, he also explains what are the steps to take in order to start harnessing the power of positive thinking in a practical way, so you could achieve the goals you set. The book explains in detail how what we think, influences what we are, and more importantly, it influences the results we would have in life.
As I am a strong believer that “It’s all in your head”, I got connected to this book instantly. The way James Allen explains how our mind affects us in ways I didn’t first understand, amazed me. More importantly, it taught me that will power is not just a pun, but actually, a real life power that everyone can use.
One of the best parts of the book, in my opinion, is the short poem Allen wrote. My favorite verse in it is one that I think sums up the book:
You will be what you will to be;
Let failure find its false content
In that poor word, “environment,”
But spirit scorns it and is free.
Psycho-cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz
In this Book Maxwell Maltz explains why happiness and success are things that we can create in our life, and how we can live a fuller more meaningful lives by changing our habits, and our outlook on daily events. The book shows that like any other habit we have in our life, feeling happy or feeling frustrated are also habits that we consciously or unconsciously develop.
The book offers endless effective tools and practical ways in order for us to adopt the habits of happiness, and enable us to feel and be more successful in our lives. I use many of them on a regular basis, and I find that small changes in my behavior, together with the understanding of why each exercise work, creates a much more relaxed attitude and joy. One way of releasing tension and feeling relaxed that I use up to this day is constructing a mental place in my mind that I go to before any important task like an important presentation and sometimes even usual coaching sessions. If you want to take charge of your life, feel better, and experience more joy and success – this is the best book to start from
The science of getting rich – Wallace D Wattles
This is the book that got me to understand that money is a concept and not something real. Its energy more than anything else, and like everything else in life, we can enjoy it or not based on our level of attraction of it. I think the book greatest idea is that if you want to attract money you need to act in a certain way rather than do certain things. Everybody can attract more money, they just need to understand that it’s in their control, and what are the ways and principals to attract that financial success. The book then details the way to act if you want to attract money, and I can assure you, it’s probably not the way you think it is. It’s a short book (around 100 pages), and I keep reading it constantly, and the more I read, the more it makes sense. It’s the book that inspired the movie “The secret”, and I think it’s one that you must have if you want to understand abundance.
You2– Price Prichett
Most of us think that incremental gains and improvement in performance is the only way to grow. This book shares the way of achieving exponential improvement in any area of your life by performing a quantum leap. Think about squaring your potential instead of gradually increasing it step by step. It explains how can you jump to a totally different level of experiencing life. As Prichett puts it: “A quantum leap is an act of faith, exhilarating and possibly scary at the same time. You have to give up a large degree of security and safety, plow through greater amounts of ambiguity and confusion and uncertainty, wrestle with a totally new set of problems, invite failure, and possibly contend with criticism from other people who have been part of your support group in the past. Makes you uncomfortable? That’s a good sign.” This is a great manual of how to release the powers we have and get out of the way of ourselves.