There are so many wondrous things that can be found not only in great literature but in taking the next step and exploring our world. My absolute favorite thing to do is read in different environments.
Have you ever climbed to the top of Stone Mountain, GA locate a comfortable notch in the granite and pull out a book to read? Or pile up in an overstuffed chair next to a crackling fire to enjoy a good read? Better yet go on a hike with no destination in mind until you find the perfect spot to stretch out on a blanket with some cheese & wine, along with of course the book from your backpack.
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Written in 2013, but recently read by me in 2018, is “The 12 Week Year” is one of my newest favorite reads! Being the type of entrepreneur that loves to get a lot accomplished this has actually increased my productivity ten-fold. This book calls the ‘procrastinator’, the ‘get nothing done but always busy’ and the ‘I made so many plans’ what happened… professionals. It is a challenge to end the excuses and take back your goals bringing value to your world in a real way. It is not for the faint-hearted. If you REALLY – I mean honestly want to do more in less time read this book now!
Who Moved My Cheese? Recommended for anyone having issues with changes in life or business. This book puts things into perspective with an easy quick read. Written by Spencer Johnson, coauthor of The One Minute Manager, this enlightening and amusing story illustrates the vital importance of being able to deal with unexpected change. Who Moved My Cheese? is often distributed by managers to employees as a motivational tool, but the lessons it teaches can benefit literally anyone, young or old, rich or poor, looking for less stress and more success in every aspect of work and life.
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind” William James. Through great books, this altering state of mind is made easier!
“The One Thing” explains the success habit to overcome the six lies that block our success, beat the seven thieves that steal time, and leverage the laws of purpose, priority, and productivity. I thank Carrie Routt for gifting me with this book as I have enjoyed it ever since receiving it!
I call this collection; “A Few of My Favorite Things” one of the best things some of the writers I follow have done is to make mini condensed books. They travel well and depending on where you are in life you can pick one to throw in your pocket or purse to keep with you.
This next book I am recommending is in my opinion, a great read no matter your gender, as it is easy to transpose some of the words and draw value into your life no matter who you are. Girl, Wash Your Face, is the most plain-speaking, straight talk’n, and in your face humor book ever.
If you have ever said any of these things to yourself . . . Something else will make me happy, I am not a good mom/dad, I will never get past this, I am defined by my weight, or I should be further along by now…
Then this book is for you! Rachel is real and talks about real issues. More than that, she reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be. Because you really can live with passion and hustle – and give yourself grace without giving up.
One of my non-book favorite things is my dual purpose candle warmer that I also use as my coffee warmer!
“Sometimes you Win – Sometimes you
Lose Learn“, another keeper! Saint Ignatius Loyola, one of the world’s greatest educators, once said that we learn only when we are ready to learn.
Losing gives us an opportunity to learn, but many people do not seize it… “Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.” Ken Blanchard
So many wonderful thought-provoking statements all thru-out this book. May we as leaders & entrepreneurs know but like all people benefit from the occasional reminder. (enjoy!)
Recently, my hometown was hit by Hurricane Michael the world has not experienced a cat5 like this in decades. It not only devastated our community but the heart and souls of our locals. Out of the proverbial ashes, we rose coming to the aid of strangers in our hour of need. Many without much gave more than they could and as a community we became family. In the Eye of The Storm; Stories of Survival and Hope From The Florida Panhandle is a book I not only recommend but was blessed to have contributed to. October 10, 2018, changed us forever. It was hard to imagine coming back from this. But at heart, the people of the Florida Panhandle are strong. They are the heroes in this story. The ones who inspire hope and wield inexhaustible strength. This is their story. Told in their own words. In their poetry. In the images they captured. (Enjoy)
The Best Yes… This book I actually gifted out often and have several copies in my personal library. When I first bought it, I believe I read it three times in the first year!
Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul?
Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you.
If you are like millions of people technology can consume us to the point of causing serious problems. I enjoy purchasing tip-technique books primarily for my clients and on occasion when reading them I happily find that they help me as well. This is the case with my next book link: Daily Inbox Zero by S.J. Scott. It includes (9) nine steps to eliminate email overload. My thinking I had this area under control but do not always have the time to teach or help a client get control of theirs I purchased this book to add to my company library. Step 4, 6a, and 7 were among my favorites!
So, my next book is one that while it does not have a ton of eye-opening insights especially if you are like me, avid self-help, motivational, entrepreneurial book lover… But, why it does appeal so much to me to be included in my list of favorites is to speak plain. We are moving into an era of participation awards, skirting the truth lest we offend someone, and spending more time getting out of doing something rather than just tackling it. This frankly scares me! So when I read a book or hear a speech that throws it all out there without worrying who will like it or hate it but tells it like it is for the sake of truly helping those who are seeking ways to be their best selves I have to pause for a moment and clap. If you are ready to level up then I highly recommend, The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone!
One of my newest favorites is The Untethered Soul, by Michael A Singer. So many of us have been raised in an environment of limitations either self-imposed or pushed on us by others either from jealousy or from a misplaced sense of protection – care.
Think about what would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul offers simple yet profound answers to these questions.
Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness
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