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I love to read. I own hundreds of books and visit my local library 1-2 times a week. I'm featuring books here from my own bookshelves or from the library that I have read, integrated into my life, and do recommend to you unreservedly. I hope they are as helpful to you as they have been to me. Enjoy!
Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating work That You Love (revised 2009 edition) by Barbara Winter. This timeless book first published in 1993 with ideas and advice for budding entrepreneurs has been revised and updated for today's tough economy. Chapter 8 on Creating Multiple Profit Centers was the big "aha!" moment for me as I finally got that you don't have to choose just one thing. The $100-an-hour technique in chapter 11, Getting Ideas, is brilliant. There is so much more. Get this book!
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. This book clearly exposes what resistance looks like in all its forms and then tells you the combat strategies to win the war against this little sucker of your creative life force. It is a war worth winning. You are worth it.
The Identity Code: The 8 Essential Questions for Finding Your Purpose and Place in the World by Larry Ackerman. With over 20 years of experience in helping organizations and individuals identify their purpose, the author discovered the Laws of Identity and the 8 Essential Questions that will help you crack your own identity code. As you answer these questions in a series of exercises, your identity will become clear giving you a foundation to make truly meaningful decisions in all areas of your life. It's working for me and I highly recommend this book.
I recommend Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny because so many of us with our varied and often changing interests have had trouble choosing a career path in the fear that we would choose the wrong one and be stuck. So we take jobs that barely pay the bills. This wise and wonderful book gets you out of that mindset and on your way to getting paid the decent salary that you are worth.
What Should I Do With My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question Po Bronson tells the stories of people who have found the most meaningful answers to that question with his great insight, empathy and humor. Bronson is both an observer and a character sharing his own story, as well. I loved this book and read it straight through while riding the Alaska ferry from Juneau to Prince Rupert, B.C. and pondering this very question.
The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen I own an earlier version of this book titled Liberating EveryDay Genius: A Revolutionary Guide for Identifying and Mastering Your Exceptional Gifts. It is the same book with a name change. (shrug) Jacobsen estimates that 20 million Americans are "gifted adults". If you are here reading this, American or not, I bet you are one,too. I especially like how this book helps us deal with the top ten criticisms and framing new responses, such as
#8: "Can't you just stick with one thing?" New Response: "No, Probably not." Love it!
Barbara Sher first wrote about Scanners in 1994 in her book I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was. The response was astounding and people wrote asking for more. In Spring 2006, her latest book Refuse to Choose!A Revolutionary Program For Doing Everything That You Love was released and it is a must read for all us who want a better understanding of what a Scanner is and affirmation that this a good way to be.
The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One. Margaret Lobenstine refers to those of us with a multitude of interests as Renaissance Souls. This book will help you determine if you are one through a short quiz and is filled to the brim with exercises, resources and interviews to help you manage a satisfying lifestyle doing all the things you love.
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day Michael Gelb identifies the seven key principles of the Da Vinci approach to thinking and learning. He shares with readers how you can develop and adopt these elements through inspiring yet practical examples and exercises. I bought this book and the wookbook and return to them when I am needing a genius booster shot.
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie is, in my humble opinion, a truly life-changing book. As the Greek philosopher Epictetus said: "we are disturbed not by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens." With deep inquiry (The Work) into our painful thoughts, we see we have a choice and that suffering is optional. It is simple, but powerful. This book is packed with examples of people using The Work to expose the truth (reality) of their painful thoughts or limiting beliefs and they are much happier for it. I know I am.
The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction by Rebecca Z. Shafir. What a gem of a book. Not only has this helped me listen to others in a much more focussed way-thus seeing a marked improvement in business and personal relationships, I also learned new tools to deal with hearing my own inner voice. The simple act of mindful listening can change your life dramatically.
Voice Power: Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade, and Command Attention by celebrity voice coach Renee Grant-Williams provides you with the tools and techniques to boost your confidence in your speaking ability in all areas of your life. "The people we deal with in this life come to know us by the three ways in which we present ourselves: (a) how we look; (b) what we say; and (c) how we say it." If you are having trouble being "heard", buy this book.
"A house without books is like a room without windows." ~Heinrich Mann
"I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves."
"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
~Charles W. Eliot
"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life." ~Helen Exley
"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."
~ Chinese proverb
Starting From Scratch: Secrets from 22 oridnary people who made the entrepreneurial leap by Wes Moss
I love this book because the author tells the stories of 22 real life entrepreneurs from different industries who share what made them successful. From his many interviews, he discovered four key steps, which he calls the Art of the HUNT and which had a big impact on his own business. Originally published 2005, updated & revised edition 2008.
The Big Leap - Conquor your hidden fear and take life to the next level by Gay Hendricks. This is one of the best books I've read on getting in touch with your limiting beliefs and how we can transcend the upper limits we have put in place because of those beliefs. The writing style is user-friendly and presents stories of people who dramatically changed their lives when they became aware of what was holding them back.
"It's not an accident that successful people read more books."
~ Seth Godin
Linchpin - Are You Indispensable? By Seth Godin. From the bookjacket: "Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous but they're indispensable. And in today's world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom." Although most the examples are in reference to jobs, there is much to learn and integrate into your own business.
The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50 By Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Renowned sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot writes that many opportunities for creativity and self-fulfillment await people between the ages of 50 and 75. Drawing from her interviews over a two year period with 40 men and women across America, she illustrates the myriad possibilities for those who are "neither young nor old." Many people in this age range are moving into work that is the more meaningful and satisfying than anything they've done in their lives. This is an exciting and inspiring book for those of us who plan to work and play until we drop.
This listing is a work in progress, so please check back periodically. If you've read and integrated a book into your life that you would recommend with gusto to your fellow entrepreneurs, please contact me. Thanks.
True Purpose: 12 Strategies for Discovering the Difference You Are Meant to Make by Tim Kelley
While there have been many good, inspirational books written about purpose, I only know of one that goes into this much depth on the methodology of finding your purpose. Tim Kelly offers 12 specific, practical methods that anyone can use. He's worked with hundreds of people in both one-on-one and group settings to successfully find their purpose using these methods. I've used some of these methods on myself and with my clients to resounding success. Tim writes in an easy, conversational style that makes these concepts easy to digest and put to use. I keep my highlighted and well-read copy close at hand.
"People who know their purpose know where they're going, what they're doing, and, more importantly, why they're doing it."
~ Tim Kelley
Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
I've been reading Chris Brogan's blog and e-newsletter list for awhile now and I must say this guy walks his talk. I'm pretty picky about the people I trust and accept as a mentor (from afar) on the Internet, and Chris has proven himself beyond measure… and Julien, too, by association. These two social media veterans show you how to tap into the power of social networks to build your brand's influence, reputation, and, of course, profits. This book demystifies what this social media stuff is all about and gives you all the tools and strategies you need to do build your online reputation the right way.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller
I found this book to be funny, poignant, honest and courageous. After writing a successful memoir a few years ago, Donald Miller found himself in a kind of apathetic holding pattern, spending way too much time on the couch. When two movie producers contacted him about turning his memoir into a movie, he found himself in the middle of a rare opportunity to edit his life into a great new story filled with risk, possibility and meaning.
As it says on the book-jacket, "Every life is a story. Whether it is a story worth telling and talking about, though, is up to you. Full of beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious episodes, you see what it looks like when you choose to live your life as a great story and when you get a second chance at the life you've always wanted the first time around."
The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.
Do you "zone out" if too much is going on? Are you energized by spending time alone? Do you tend to notice details that other people miss? Is your ideal celebration a small get-together, rather than a big party? The good news is, you're an introvert.
The better news is that this book celebrates the inner strengths and uniqueness of introverts and shows how to work with instead of against your temperament to enjoy a well-lived life. Covering relationships, parenting, socializing, and the workplace, here are coping strategies, tactics for managing energy, and hundreds of valuable tips for not only surviving but truly thriving in an extrovert world. As a creative multipreneur who is also an introvert, I find chapter 8, Three P's: Personal Pacing, Priorities, and Parameters, especially helpful in managing my many interests.
The Art of Possibility
By Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander
Oh wow! I love this book and I love the Zanders. The Art of Possibility is uplifting, intuitive, and provocative all mixed up with a touch of humor and a dash of sassiness. Benjamin Zander draws on his experience as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, teacher and passionate communicator to share stories that tickle your funny bone and inspire you. Roz has a private practice in family therapy, runs accomplishment groups, and works with people to resolve and transform issues and conflicts. She listens closely to the stories people share about who they are and how their world works, and gives them the tools to take them to places they never dreamed possible. Together they are a dream team. The chapters of this book are laid out as a series of transformative practices that challenge you and inspire you to live your best life.
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