What is the MOST USEFUL BOOK you've ever read?

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What 1 book (read: you can only choose 1 ) has influenced you the most?

For me... it's "Influence" by Robert Cialdini.

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- Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author Kitty Kiki
    Originally Posted by Maverick_ View Post

    What 1 book (read: you can only choose 1 ) has influenced you the most?

    For me... it's "Influence" by Robert Cialdini.

    Cheers
    - Adam
    For me, Think and Grow Rich, 4 hour work week, Rich Dad and Poor Dad
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    • Profile picture of the author BenAlberstadt
      Originally Posted by Kitty Kiki View Post

      For me, Think and Grow Rich, 4 hour work week, Rich Dad and Poor Dad
      Agreed, on all of the above.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Useful is relative to the purpose, and even to a particular time in your life. For example, when I was in my teens the allegorical Siddhartha was the first book I read that showed me spirituality was more than I'd be taught by my parents religion. Some of the concepts in that book have influenced my life for forty years now.

    More recently though, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind showed me how millionaires think differently than I did, and how those thought patterns are largely programmed into us when we're children, and how we can change our "money blueprint" so we can rise above our previous mental conditioning about money. Changing our conditioning and thinking about money allows us to make more and keep more.

    How do you choose which of those two books are more important? Although there is a little overlap, for the most part they are about completely different matters. Now toss in a dozen or more other books that have been very influential in different areas of life and the answer to your question grows even murkier.

    In other words, for me at least, there is no single book that is the MOST useful. Each has had their influence and brought different benefits at different moments in time and in different areas of life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Spencer
    Rich Dad's Guide to Investing because it changed the way I look at business...

    Cheers,

    Brad

    (PS...b/c I love skating on the line of the rules...4 hour work week and Influence are 2 other big ones in my life) But you didn't hear that from me.
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    7 Steps to Freedom
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  • Profile picture of the author DPM70
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    It almost tells you what quality is...
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    • Profile picture of the author MJ Sterling
      Originally Posted by DPM70 View Post

      Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

      It almost tells you what quality is...
      That book changed the way I thought.

      Maybe it's not for everyone but I gained a lot from it.
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    Useful as far as marketing.... "How I made $4000 a day in my underwear sitting at my kitchen table" by Jeff Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Ferraro
    The first one I remember reading that got me started as an entreprenur was Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lilster
    I like the book ....The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles - great enlightenment on the philosophy of money!
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    I've read very many that were very useful. But there's one that seemed
    to bring many things together.

    Deep Survival - Who Lives, Who Dies, And Why by Lawrence Gonzales

    I cannot say enough about this book, and I read it in a time of my life
    that was dicey, to say the least. It helped me put all my sheeet in one
    sock, so to speak.

    This is from the website:

    "Deep Survival was the first scientific book on survival. It set the bar and started the
    trend that spawned a spate of imitations. Since its publication, this best-seller has been
    embraced by everyone from the head of training for the Navy SEALs to the Sloan School
    of Management at MIT. Its appeal has been so broad and deep because the principles in
    Deep Survival apply to any challenge that life poses, from coping with a financial crisis
    to battling a life threatening illness or dealing with addiction and recovery. And
    psychologists, oncologists, business executives, and clergy have brought the principles
    of Deep Survival to their clients to help them face adversity, to manage risk, and to
    enhance decision making in every form. Read the original. You won't be disappointed."

    I have often thought it's the best 'self help' book I've ever read.

    I would encourage anyone to read it, even if you feel you don't 'need' a
    self help book.

    deepsurvival.com - information on deepsurvival.com
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  • Profile picture of the author mrmatt
    I can't pick just one. But I will pick one author and that is Dan Kennedy. I have all his books and many of his courses, tapes, and subscribe to his newsletter.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    To try to narrow it down to one book is impossible for me. There are some great books, but you have to be ready for the message. I like to read Deepak Chopra to keep my mind in tune, but I also like the Art of War and the Art of Seduction. Probably Steinbeck is my favorite fiction author, but I love sci-fi like Heinlein and Tolkien. The mind is a wonderful thing that must be continuously nourished, and reading is one great way to do it. Once you learn how to learn, the messages in the books become all that much more helpful.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jessica Martinez
      For me, it's a tie between "Thinking for a Change" by John Maxwell and "The Psychology of Persuasion" by Robert Cialdini. Both are very good books from which I learned an incredible amount of life changing and business changing information.

      Great thread.
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        The Rich Jerk
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    In EVERY way: The Bible.
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    • Profile picture of the author bareket57
      Originally Posted by Marhelper View Post

      In EVERY way: The Bible.
      You've taken the words right out of my mouth. In all my blog posts I quote from the Bible. My favorite Biblical Quote is from the Book of Proverbs (ch. 30, vs. 18-19)
      There are three things which are an enigma for me, yea, four which I know not. The path of an eagle in the air; the trail of a serpent upon a rock; the course of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man in the world.

      I always meditate on these two verses when I need inspiration for writing. :p
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      • Profile picture of the author parlin
        Who Moved My Cheese ? - by Spencer Johnson M.D.
        The Da Vinci Code - by Dan Brown

        These two books made great effect on my life and also give me best Inspiration and number of changes in my life, Excellent books and amazing wording in these book.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill Just download it from my blog here for free. Although written in 1938 very applicable to today. Just go the last paragraph.
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  • Profile picture of the author trimmerman
    Interesting Question. A lot of books that should have been useful were not. My favorite book is not about marketing. I think the most useful book is Think and Grow Rich by Napolian Hill. It tells you how to conduct yourself to make your fortune and it tells you the personal things that are roadblocks to your success in detail I have not seen anywhere else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Deepak Media
    The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

    Changed the way I work and rest. Now I work less and get more things done. I also feel emotionally and physically great.

    Eben Pagan is a great fan of this book and he says its one of the best books he has ever read.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    I know mine is knida different by I like Mike Filsaime's Butterfly Marketing Manuscript the most.

    Butterfly marketing manuscript was the ebook that actually got me started with Internet Marketing and gave me this view of product launches and OTOs and all kinds of great stuff that I use in my business every day.
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    Man's Search For Meaning (Viktor E.Frankl). Nothing I've found even comes close.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
      I ditto what Dennis Gaskill said about it depending on what niche or area you mean. But here are a few that have been very influential to me.

      Internet Marketing: Get More Orders, Michael Rasmussen

      Politics & Government: Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

      General Coolness: The Greatest Salesman In The World, Og Mandino

      Copywriting & Selling: How To Get Rich In Mail Order, Melvin Powers

      Education: Inside American Education, Thomas Sowell

      General Novels: Crime & Punishment, Dostoyevsky & Moby Dick, Herman Melville

      That's my list, but I'm pretty weird inside so read 'em with caution.
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      • Profile picture of the author BayAreaSteve
        I like your list, we have very similar taste. By the way I ran into Thomas Sowell in
        Macy's in Palo Alto Calif. , we were both shopping in the mens section, and chatted breifly.


        Originally Posted by mikemcmillan View Post

        I ditto what Dennis Gaskill said about it depending on what niche or area you mean. But here are a few that have been very influential to me.

        Internet Marketing: Get More Orders, Michael Rasmussen

        Politics & Government: Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

        General Coolness: The Greatest Salesman In The World, Og Mandino

        Copywriting & Selling: How To Get Rich In Mail Order, Melvin Powers

        Education: Inside American Education, Thomas Sowell

        General Novels: Crime & Punishment, Dostoyevsky & Moby Dick, Herman Melville

        That's my list, but I'm pretty weird inside so read 'em with caution.
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    "Light on Yoga" probably, but that has a lot to do with where
    I was at that point in my life.

    I've read a lot of the books about making money, persuasion,
    selling, advertising, and thinking yourself rich. It's all good,
    especially when it's new to you, but repetitive.

    If you have your health you have everything - if you don't,
    you have to look for fulfillment in other ways.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adam Nolan
      48 Laws of Power by Greene is great too

      Btw thanks for the discussion, there are a few here that I forgot about that I'll have to add to my library this week!

      Cheers
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    Affiliate Project X
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    • Profile picture of the author Ricci Cox
      The most useful books I have ever read that actually helped me make money would be How To Turn Words Into Money by Ted Nicholas and The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan Kennedy.

      I wrote a sales letter that sold my product out and bought me in over $2,000 thanks to learning the secrets of copywriting in this books. I was a complete newbie and had only discovered Internet Marketing a few months before hand...

      I would recommend these 2 books to anyone who wants to make money online - they're worth their value a 100 times over!
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  • Profile picture of the author Silentcloud
    How to Win Friends and Influence People.
    This book goes into the psychology of the human mind. It influenced my greatly, and I look at everyone differently now. And when I'm in the mood to sale, it's not very hard anymore. It's a great book. I'm going to be reading it several times a year to keep it fresh on my mind.
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    • Profile picture of the author NavPitt
      Brian Tracy "21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires"
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Endres
      Thank you for being the first to mention this book. I was wondering if I was going to have to lay some smack down with Dale as the bat...

      How to win friends and influence people is a must read for entrepreneurial marketing mindsets. It is foundational in its approach to being human and getting what you want from others and having them like you a lot for doing it.
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      • Profile picture of the author rammonster
        Originally Posted by Chris Endres View Post

        Thank you for being the first to mention this book. I was wondering if I was going to have to lay some smack down with Dale as the bat...

        How to win friends and influence people is a must read for entrepreneurial marketing mindsets. It is foundational in its approach to being human and getting what you want from others and having them like you a lot for doing it.
        I very recently got hold of the books mp3 version. I spent like 7 hours listening to it yesterday..i felt like i was watching a movie...the way he narrates each and every incident and how you could have approached the situation/person in a much better way. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    I have to go with Influence on this, but it would be a tough call between that and Psycho Cybernetics.
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    Strategic Management by John Pearce
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  • Profile picture of the author Housestacks
    The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

    Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill

    Rich dad poor dad

    The Bible
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I haven't read a lot of spiritual/motivational/personal-development books, really.

    In any case - and perhaps rather surprisingly - one of the books I remember having the most profound effect on me, and giving me the drive to succeed, was the one written by Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly - Back To The Future ), titled A Lucky Man.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Moffatt
    Although it's not the deepest book on the subject, nor the the top book I'd recommend to others I'd say "Way Of The Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman influenced me the most because it led me to so many other books and authors in the self help world.

    Speaking of books, if anyone is interested, I'm restarting my book club on Dec 1st, and this time it's FREE for anyone to join...

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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    The Four Hour Work Week. I was already doing internet marketing before I read it and then as I was reading it was confirming everything that I had thought about my choice to pursue it. I'm sure many other readers felt the same but it felt as though it was written for me on some level. I haven't looked back since.
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  • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
    Every answer needed is in the Bible.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      Well, now you asked TWO questions - which is the most useful book and which one influenced us the most. My answer to the first is the dictionary and to the second is Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dwyer.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kahunka
    I have read a lot of spiritual/motivational/personal-development books and without hesitation...Think and Grow Rich - It's an old one but in my opinion many if not most subsequent self help books are based in similar concepts.

    Then you might want to read Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton for a dose of hard hitting cutting-edge science that helps explain why our thoughts/beliefs have the power to change us and the world around us.
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    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      Originally Posted by Jimian View Post

      Useful as far as marketing.... "How I made $4000 a day in my underwear sitting at my kitchen table" by Jeff Paul
      I'm going to have to check that one out!

      Originally Posted by mikemcmillan View Post

      I ditto what Dennis Gaskill said about it depending on what niche or area you mean. But here are a few that have been very influential to me.

      Internet Marketing: Get More Orders, Michael Rasmussen

      Politics & Government: Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

      General Coolness: The Greatest Salesman In The World, Og Mandino

      Copywriting & Selling: How To Get Rich In Mail Order, Melvin Powers

      Education: Inside American Education, Thomas Sowell

      General Novels: Crime & Punishment, Dostoyevsky & Moby Dick, Herman Melville

      That's my list, but I'm pretty weird inside so read 'em with caution.
      Great list...

      Originally Posted by Mick Meaney View Post

      I have to go with Influence on this, but it would be a tough call between that and Psycho Cybernetics.
      I like that one too.

      Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

      Well, now you asked TWO questions - which is the most useful book and which one influenced us the most. My answer to the first is the dictionary and to the second is Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dwyer.

      Tina
      And yay to Wayne Dyer!

      Also Law of Attraction by Michael Losier, and how to make the most of what you got or something like that by Jay Abraham.

      And Ask and it is Given by Esther/Jerry Hicks, among others...

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      • Profile picture of the author armandortega
        Originally Posted by wordwizard View Post

        I'm going to have to check that one out!



        Great list...



        I like that one too.



        And yay to Wayne Dyer!

        Also Law of Attraction by Michael Losier, and how to make the most of what you got or something like that by Jay Abraham.

        And Ask and it is Given by Esther/Jerry Hicks, among others...

        Elisabeth
        Yes, that wonderful book by my friend Melvin Powers, that one by Og Mandino (have one authographed book). Also read Joe Karbo, and can`t stop recommending Jeffrey Lant and Mark Haroldsen.
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    Business: "Advertising Secrets of the Written Word", Sugarman. "The Culture Code", Rapaille. "48 Laws of Power" and "Art of Seduction", Greene.

    Personal Development: "Illuminatus! Trilogy", Shea and Wilson. "Immediatism", Hakim Bey. "In Defense of Lost Causes", Zizek.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaun OReilly
      "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey

      It took a couple of reads before I understood what Covey
      was talking about but it contains material that has greatly
      impacted my life.

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        Originally Posted by Shaun OReilly View Post

        "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey

        Heard a lot about it, intend to check it out soon.
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    The War of Art, The Way of The Superior Man, Rich Dad Poor Dad, 4 Hour Work Week.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chad Heffelfinger
    "Influence" and "Pyro Marketing", those two books you can use to pretty much replicate any big product launch you see in IM without having to shell out the the $2,000 for Mass Controll or Product Launch Formula.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    Wheres the cheese - Changed my way of thinking alot.

    4 hour work week - Wow, total brilliance

    Butterfly marketing - mike filsaimes total genius.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinw1
    "Getting Things Done" - David Allen - definitely the most useful.

    Most inspiring - "The Transition Handbook" - Rob Hopkins. Nothing to do with IM, but everything to do with having a future.
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  • Profile picture of the author shadow_wolf013
    Originally Posted by Maverick_ View Post

    What 1 book (read: you can only choose 1 ) has influenced you the most?

    For me... it's "Influence" by Robert Cialdini.

    Cheers
    - Adam
    Going off the board here with Sun Tzu's- The Art of War

    Doesnt directly relate to IM. But an intresting and insightful read nontheless. And alot of the principles apply
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  • Profile picture of the author wendymay1
    When it comes to Internet Marketing after reading so many so called Gurus in the Internet Marketing world only 1 man has done me any good when I read his book 'create your first website by 3:45 this afternoon'. Chris Farrels videos are so simple and easy to understand, something that I never learned from all the other gurus. I must say though that these so called gurus taught me what I needed to understand.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elion Makkink
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    • Profile picture of the author Byrt M
      The book that influenced me the most? For me, its the Bible! Its the one book that has made all the difference in my life, personal, relationship, and business
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  • Profile picture of the author rammonster
    How to win friends and influence people, by Dale Carnegie

    I read it back when i was 15, Im 17 now.... I know how much this has helped me with so many different things.

    A must read for sure!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author armandortega
      Originally Posted by rammonster View Post

      How to win friends and influence people, by Dale Carnegie

      I read it back when i was 15, Im 17 now.... I know how much this has helped me with so many different things.

      A must read for sure!!!
      A very good book to be read and re-read. I can save many teeth!!
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  • Profile picture of the author paul wolfe
    Someone posted this above, I'm seconding it....The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
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    The bible!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Endres
    Dr Bruce Lipton is also changing the entire paradigm of potential by demonstrating that what we thought was a limit is actually merely a personal belief construction on a molecular level. Lipton is awesome.
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    its an e book about how to choose a niche and some seo methods. name of the book I don't remember, maybe it hadn't a name.
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  • Profile picture of the author CBP
    Very hard question.. ugh!..and most of them I like. Apart from the design books, it would be Web Copy That Sells by Maria Veloso and Rich Dad and Poor Dad.
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    When it comes to marketing and entrepreneurship, the one book that really opened my eyes to the almost limitless possibilities in business was 'Multiple Streams Of Income' by Robert G. Allen.
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    The Great Formula and Mind Control Marketing by Mark Joyner
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    4 Hour Workweek. It really changed my mindset for the better!
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    Originally Posted by Maverick_ View Post

    What 1 book (read: you can only choose 1 ) has influenced you the most?

    For me... it's "Influence" by Robert Cialdini.

    Cheers
    - Adam

    Mine are...Think & Grow Rich... Rich Dad Poor Dad....7 Habits of highly effective people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Lowe
    Hi,

    I actually like "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle.

    Thanks

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    Originally Posted by Maverick_ View Post

    What 1 book (read: you can only choose 1 ) has influenced you the most?

    For me... it's "Influence" by Robert Cialdini.

    Cheers
    - Adam
    Atlas Shrugged. Actually, The Fountainhead, then Atlas Shrugged.

    Totally changed my entire mindset back when I was still an impressionable youth. I might well have ended up where I am now, but I suspect my path would have been much more circuitous had I not been exposed to the brilliance and mindset realignment those books evoked.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    "Someone posted this above, I'm seconding it....The War of Art by Steven Pressfield."

    I third this. Maybe not the best business book, but one of the best ever for writers and artists. I also enjoyed "Bird by Bird" and "Writing Down the Bones"
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    The Bible
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    Poor dad Rich Dad put the picture of the puzzle together for me
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    Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

    The Art of War by Sun Tzu

    The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
    Totally agree with that, old books with evergreen wisdom.

    And the most useful book I ever read was:
    "desk assembly handbook"
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    For me, it has to be "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill.
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    dianetics..
    l ron hubard

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Newman
    Spirituality: In The Light of Truth -The Grail Message By Adrushin (I've been reading it for two decades, nothing comes close) A whole new world is unveiled.

    Business: Think and Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill

    Self-help: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People By S.Covey
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