Influential Books; What are YOU reading?

by starmo
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I love to read. Plain and simple. As a matter of fact, you'd think my office was a library with all the shelves and books. I think any successful person understands that reading is essential, and truly an investment worth making. What are some of the books you'd recommend, or what are you currently reading?

I'll start it off... I am currently reading "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey. The book has gotten a ton of praise, and so far, so good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josip Barbaric
    I have read and own so many life-transforming and beautiful books, but here are some really amazing ones off the top of my head:

    Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
    Ask And It Is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks
    The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
    Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
    The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
    The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

    and my all time personal favorite:

    As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

    Cheers,

    Josip

    P.S. Right now, I'm reading The Science Of Getting Rich for the gazzilionth time
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    • Profile picture of the author starmo
      Great list! There's a couple on there I've been meaning to get.

      Hey, on a side note, read anything by Miroslav Krleza?
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      • Profile picture of the author Josip Barbaric
        Originally Posted by starmo View Post

        Great list! There's a couple on there I've been meaning to get.

        Hey, on a side note, read anything by Miroslav Krleza?
        Yeah, his stuff was mandatory in school. Have to say I'm not a big fan, the guy was too much in to politics for me to enjoy his work.

        Tin Ujevic is my favorite Croatian poet. One of his poems is a metaphysical master-piece.

        Cheers,

        Josip
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        • Profile picture of the author ldbjr
          I am finishing up "Think and Grow Rich." I still can't believe how the principles apply even today.
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    • Profile picture of the author Laura De Giorgio
      Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East by Baird T. Spalding
      Door of Everything by Ruby Nelson
      A Course in Miracles
      Shiva Sutras & The Book of Secrets by Osho
      The Future Is Yours, Do Something About It by Raymon Bruce
      Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Think and Grow Rich is a constant.

    I'm also reading a Rockefeller bio. Interesting to get inside the mind of the wealthiest man who ever lived.

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    Influence and mastery series by A T Perhacs is powerful..
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    I have lost count.

    Currently, I'm reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki.
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  • Profile picture of the author stacyfox
    I like to read biographies and autobiographies of successful people. Andrew Carnegie's autobiography is inspiring. Don't read biographies that are critical of the wealthy for being wealthy though. Read books that will inspire you.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Vizier
    Great thread Starmo!

    I am currently reading 7 Keys to Imagination by Piero Morosini. It is a pretty inspiring book for me.

    Some of the books that have influenced my life are:

    The Book of Changes or I-Ching
    Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
    Failing Forward by John C Maxwell
    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
    The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason
    The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
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  • Profile picture of the author BrettQ
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is worth the time to read(very long), whether you find that you agree or disagree with the main themes.

    Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman was required by my martial arts teacher many years ago. It's a pretty easy read, and kinda cheesy, but I always feel better after re-reading it. And that seems like a good sign.

    -Brett
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  • Profile picture of the author Metro123
    I'm an avid reader. Currently I am reading "What to say when you talk to yourself", by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D.. It's really good.
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  • One of the shortest, most impactful books I have read lately is As a Man Thinketh. It is really quite revealing to read a book written a century ago that is so applicable even today. Just goes to show that the old truths never change!

    One of the most practical and helpful books I can recommend is How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

    Actually, on my blog I have a lot of other stuff about the books I've found useful and why I felt so.
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  • Profile picture of the author KC-Coop
    Think and Grow Rich is one of my personal favorites.

    Rich Dad Poor Dad is also a great book - I have a ton of books on my list to read. They're sitting here but I haven't had a chance to read them all yet.

    One book that I can't recommend enough for any marketer is Ca$hvertising.
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    • Profile picture of the author duker2010
      The Seven Habits is great - I have it on my mp3 player, and listen to random chapters....

      Right now I am have "Turning Passion to Profits" by Christopher Morrison up next.

      I just finished "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug, though it's not inspirational, it's a good one on designing usable web sites.

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  • Profile picture of the author Charles Harper
    Read all books and blogs written by Seth Godin.
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  • Profile picture of the author dwave
    I've read pretty much every book in here. They are awesome great books, but one book I highly recommend that got me through losing my job, house, cars, wife, and dogs in 2007, and helped me do a 360 in opening up a film school in Las Vegas, to launching several businesses online. And the funny thing is it's not a business book it's spiritual.

    Conversations With God by Neal Donald Walsch.

    Currently I'm reading Made To Stick by Chip Heath & Dan Heath.

    Great post.
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  • Profile picture of the author mahesh2k
    The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
    Never heard of this book. Have to hit to amazon for this.
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    • Profile picture of the author Josip Barbaric
      Originally Posted by mahesh2k View Post

      Never heard of this book. Have to hit to amazon for this.
      One of the most profound books I've ever read. Highly recommend it!

      Cheers,

      Josip
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  • Profile picture of the author seobirk
    "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose"

    I guess all of you have heard of it. It is real gold piece, answers a lot of questions if you're a person who like to wonder about certain things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony_Hall
    Currently Reading: For Fun - Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela's autobiography
    For Learning - Search Engine Optimization Second Edition
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    • Profile picture of the author doylesoft
      My company forced me to read Raving Fans once upon a time. Actually liked it.

      Recently read The Secret and The Power. Liked them both. Both books reinforce that anything is possible. ... such an important lesson to learn.

      Liked Tony Robbins Awaken the Giant Within. His "taking massive action" mantra is also an important lesson.
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  • Profile picture of the author bannersignsexpress
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    Funny I run into this article while looking for books to buy. I'm considering purchasing The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis.
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  • Profile picture of the author starmo
    I have finished reading to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and I recommend the book to everybody. A chapter, or maxim, I found truly revolutionary was - "seek first to understand, then to be understood." The audio book is also a great pick-up, seeing as how it features commentary from various people.

    Onto The 7 Military Classics of Ancient China by Ralph D. Sawyer. You'd be surprised just how much you can learn from such books when it comes to marketing and business.
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  • Profile picture of the author 2010MAVRIK
    Hey, "The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles" is a great book. I had also read it and all of you must read it.
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    • Originally Posted by 2010MAVRIK View Post

      Hey, "The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles" is a great book. I had also read it and all of you must read it.
      Wasn't that book either a spinoff or an original that had a spinoff? I have that on my list of books to read, but I can't remember which book was the "original". It was talked about on this site though I'm pretty sure.
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      • Profile picture of the author neritoon
        The most influential book I've ever read - The Holy Bible - nothing else comes close...
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        • Profile picture of the author starmo
          I've started to read Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. Good book for money management.
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          • Profile picture of the author naruq
            2 Books that I am currently reading now are Restoring The American Dream: The Defining Voice In The Movement For Liberty by Robert J. Ringer. Defy Gravity: Propel Your Business To High Velocity Growth by Rebel Brown.
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        • Profile picture of the author ColdFire123
          Originally Posted by neritoon View Post

          The most influential book I've ever read - The Holy Bible - nothing else comes close...
          yeah this is really nice book. I used to read this also.
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      • Profile picture of the author mtkman
        Originally Posted by Get Inspired Today View Post

        Wasn't that book either a spinoff or an original that had a spinoff? I have that on my list of books to read, but I can't remember which book was the "original". It was talked about on this site though I'm pretty sure.
        I think you are thinking of "The Master Key System" by Charles Francis Haanel. I think that came out about the same time.
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        • Profile picture of the author mtkman
          Some of my all-time favourites in no particular order are:

          The Ultimate Sales Machine - Chet Holmes
          How To Get Rich - Felix Dennis
          The E-Myth - Michael Gerber
          Ready, Fire, Aim - Michael Masterson
          Shift - Peter Arnell
          Bag The Elephant & Be The Elephant - both by Steve Kaplan
          Stealth Marketing - Jay Abraham

          there are many others, but these are some of my favs.

          Cheers,

          mtkman
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    Conspiracy of the Rich by Robert T. Kiyosaki.
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    • Profile picture of the author DogBite
      I'm also a reader and have several books on my night stand.

      Some titles right off the top of my head that have had an influence on me (right now I'm into Marketing):

      Mind Control Marketing.com (A hard to find Mark Joyner book on "How people work and What makes them buy?")

      Hypnotic Writing - Joe Vitale

      Anything By Bill Glazer or Dan Kennedy

      Other topics
      Maximum Achievement - Brian Tracy
      Awaken the Giant Within - Tony Robbins
      Frogs into Princes (an NLP Book)

      Just a few quick titles...
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  • Profile picture of the author iFaith
    Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

    ..."This book teaches you to observe your ways of thinking and to challenge your limiting and non supportive thoughts, habits, and actions with regard to money."

    Highly recommended!
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  • Profile picture of the author togdil
    Have lost count of books I have read. I read for enjoyment and self-improvement which is my special interest.

    I like to read thrillers, mysteries etc and have read them by hundreds if not by thousands though can't stand science fiction.

    I have read majority of the self-improvement books mentioned on this thread and have got some new leads to look for here.

    Just now I got The Power by Rhonda Byrne and her The Secret is my favorite. I carry it with me even when traveling. I open a page randomly and get refreshed. And I can say that it has really helped me.

    However I have a question about Think and Grow Rich which is considered to be an all time classic and mentioned a lot of times here.

    I read it long time back and remember that it said that the success secret is not spelled out in so many words anywhere in the book but it is on every page. This is what I remember about it. Some people with whom I talked about this book told me that the book is not as easy to understand as other books in this genre. I also read somewhere that there is another book that sort of explains what Think and Grow Rich is all about.
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  • Profile picture of the author clwest
    How I went from Failure to Success in Sales - By Frank Betcher (I probably mis-spelled his name!)
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    • Profile picture of the author CCGAL
      Originally Posted by clwest View Post

      How I went from Failure to Success in Sales - By Frank Betcher (I probably mis-spelled his name!)
      One of the few books listed that I can heartily endorse. (Bettger, in case you look for a copy) Reminiscent of the virtues Franklin endorsed, easy to read, timeless advice.

      Covey's 7 Habits is good, but what I liked most was his comments regarding the change in business writing. He nailed it with his observations.

      I'm not reading anything now that would interest any of y'all, I suspect, unless you are into knitting or crochet. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author fayehines
    The Greatest Salesman in the World! It's the greatest book on success I've ever read and it should be read every year.
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  • Profile picture of the author peakperformer
    Hey Starmo,

    guess i found another book lover like myself! I'm a huge fan of personal-devpt and financial-help books too! reading such books just puts more fire in your belly each time.

    anw i would highly recommend "4-hour work week" by tim ferris. Reading this book has completely changed tthe way i approached my business and personal life. my personal effectiveness soared thru the roof after reading and APPLYING the techniques taught inside.

    A must-read!

    Hope this helps

    YS
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  • I belong to a business networking group called Inner Circle. The facilitator keeps a running list of recommended reading on the front page of the site (innercirclemidatlantic)

    I can personally recommend these:
    Good To Great by Jim Collins
    Strength Finders by Tom Rath
    Running Your Own Company by Paul Riecks
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    I like the Silva Method. Really recommended. Now i'm listening (not reading) Silva Ultramind (the full home seminar). Cool.
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  • Profile picture of the author goharnett
    we've all familiar with "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen 107 years ago.

    Well, he also wrote "From Poverty to Power"
    "The Mastery of Destiny"
    "Eight Pillars of Prosperity"
    "Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success"
    "Book of Meditations for Every Day of the Year"

    and others of equal caliber as our favorite.

    In fact, I would say some of his other books are better.

    You can find the "Complete James Allen Treasury" at Barnes and Nobles store.

    He is a deep thinker. Way beyond his time. Yet, his message sounds like it was written yesterday... His interpretation of men is flawless. Genius.

    His thought is a powerful thought. And worth incorporating. He explains what it
    would be like to live in the world of the future. The character such men and women will have.

    The title of the collection is "Mind Is the Master"

    Add it to your library to complete it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    I'm having a hard time believing no one cited one of the most influential (non-biblical) books of all time: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

    Some great titles in this thread, for sure! But no list could be complete without this classic--and very near the top. I would recommend it to anyone, anywhere, at any time. But especially as an "influential" book in the field of Success, Power, and Self-Improvement, I think the argument could easily be made that Franklin's autobiography is in the top three.

    Kudos to BrettQ! Ayn Rand, awesome!
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    • Profile picture of the author starmo
      Originally Posted by sparkie2260 View Post

      I'm having a hard time believing no one cited one of the most influential (non-biblical) books of all time: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

      Some great titles in this thread, for sure! But no list could be complete without this classic--and very near the top. I would recommend it to anyone, anywhere, at any time. But especially as an "influential" book in the field of Success, Power, and Self-Improvement, I think the argument could easily be made that Franklin's autobiography is in the top three.

      Kudos to BrettQ! Ayn Rand, awesome!
      That is a good suggestion! I'm going to pick it up.

      I've read many on Abraham Lincoln. Time to give good ol' Benjamin a shot.
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    I'm going through preview's at ebooks
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  • I like to read whatever my mind feels to read at that moment. I generally avoid romantic novels. I like adventures, biographies, spiritual, short stories..etc. I am reading "Go Kiss The World" now.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    Someone on another thread cited the rare (but classic) "Kybalion," by the Three Initiates. a little far-out, if you know what I mean. But it is the epitome of "It's all in the mind."
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    • Profile picture of the author Luis Medilo
      Think and Grow Rich
      Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
      Rich Dad, Poor Dad
      Awaken the Giant Within
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      Evolve your Brain - Joe Dispenza, D.C.
      The Intention Experiment - Lynee McTaggart
      Quantum Leap Thinking - James J. Mapes
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Vo
    "The Book of Tea" by Kakuzo Okakura.

    "Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life."
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  • Profile picture of the author AvD555
    has someone read this book The Twentieth Wife its just amazing
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  • Profile picture of the author RedFishBlueFish
    Just finishing Linchpin by Seth Godin.

    Interesting read about making your work your Art... ie you cant just be producing commodities or you will soon be replaced or displaced.

    Modern office or factory work .. is basically commodity work. Workers can be replaced easily, and are managed to max production while minimizing wages and benefits.

    Timely reading for me, but for most of you IM'ers a good validation of doing what you are doing.

    Anybody else read this book or any others by Seth Godin?

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnB23
      This isn't marketing related, but Charlie Mungers, "Poor Charlie's Almanack" is excellent. Munger is Warren Buffett's parter.

      He took the idea from "Poor richards almanac" by Ben Franklin. It's a monster book. 480 pages. The recommended reading in the back is excellent as well. He's a fan of Robert Cialdini's "Influence", which you see mentioned here.

      He has a really interesting list of books, like:

      How the scots invented the modern world, living within limits, guns germs and steel. There's also some good videos of munger online, he just did a speech at the university of michigan. And a USC commencement speech a few years ago.

      I also like jim rogers in finance/economics. His books investment biker and adventure capitalist are excellent. Great primers on the world economy and where things are going.
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    Now reading.. Eat that frog and Secrets to Mind Power
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  • Profile picture of the author nearents
    Great books on this list! Entangled Minds by Dean Radin confirmed a lot for me; Power vs. Force by .... oh shoot, can't remember his name right now....was really good!
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Quick note many of you might find interesting. From Wikipedia you can find downloads to 3 of Napoleon Hill's books:

    Think and Grow Rich
    Law of Success
    Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude

    You can find links to most of James Allen's Books too.

    As A Man Thinketh
    From Passion to Peace
    Byways to Blessedness
    The Master of Destiny
    Morning and Evening Thoughts

    I'm a big fan of any books by Napoleon Hill, Og Mandino, Tony Robbins, and a couple by Esther Hicks for a little more "new age" thinking.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    Just started reading Think and Grow Rich and I can't put it down!
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    I'm reading Inside steve's brain, the Google story and creating lasting change
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  • Profile picture of the author Cynergy Diva
    I just finished reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. He talks about how our lives are shaped by agreements we've made with ourselves and others and how we need to live by 4 new agreements in order to find peace and happiness.

    The next book I want to read is The
    Law of Success by Napolean Hill. I don't know too much about it, but I'm intrigued to read it because supposedly, it is the forerunner to Think and Grow Rich. From what I've heard, Think and Grow Rich is the watered down version of The Law of Success. Initially, there were only 118 copies in print and it was said that the richest, most powerful people didn't want it in the hands of the masses. I don't know if that's true, but it is intriguing enough to get me to want to read it.

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  • Profile picture of the author starmo
    The Sales Bible.
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  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    The "richest man in babylon " by George Clason. I am reading it again . that book that got me excited and taking the right steps in my online journey

    Delicious read
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  • Profile picture of the author infomaniacs
    I am listening to 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey.
    I have it on audiobook and listen to it in my car
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  • Profile picture of the author CCGAL
    Pardon me for popping back in here ... I picked up an old hardback by Jim Rohn today. Decent condition, dust jacket intact. Half price was nice. Got it home and took a closer look - it's a 1986 first edition ... signed by Jim Rohn. I nearly passed out when I saw that. Good news - I did not find another autographed copy for sale, anywhere on the web. Bad news - there's no way I can sell this one, so on my already overcrowded bookcase it goes with the other keepers.

    Guess I should have mentioned the title - "Seven Strategies for Wealth & Happiness"
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  • Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
    Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
    The Power Of Now
    Get Off Your But By Sean Stephenson
    Hypnotic Writing by Joe Vital
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  • Profile picture of the author Elion Makkink
    Best I've read so far are:

    Mind Control Marketing - Mark Joyner (Free available)
    The Irresistible Offer - Mark Joyner (Also free)
    Influence - Robert Cialdini

    Are books are focused on how-to influence customers with (scary) tactics and persuade them to buy. The last book also have very interesting case studies!
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    Great thread buddy!
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  • Profile picture of the author starmo
    Onto Earl Nightingale. This video was intriguing.

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  • Profile picture of the author David Ford
    I am currently reading Frank Channing Haddocks book "Mastery of Self" which teaches you how to be courageous by revealing three proven methods for gaining courage, which includes having a powerful daily regiment, with 22 necessary denials, and 19 transformative affirmations.
    These are so good and powerful, I have actually printed them out, and keep a copy next to my computer.
    Plus also contained within is an uplifting, Lifelong Affirmation that you can use to Instantly Instill Confidence in yourself and the Universe.
    Powerful stuff indeed, highly recommended.
    If anyone would like a free copy let me know....
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  • Profile picture of the author Wayfatwhitey
    Reading Googled. Not a motivational work per say but I find that I get more motivation from reading about entrepreneurs who hit the big time. Also liked Accidental Billionaires (The Social Network movie was based on it).
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  • Profile picture of the author lazysloth
    talk and grow rich by ron holland

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    Understanding the mysteries by Lao Tzu

    regularly read all three of this of these books to keep me inspired.
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    The Count of Monte Cristo ...
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    Right now I am reading Getting Things Done by David Allen. I'm also reading a book by Brian Tracy called No Excuses.
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    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. (This has to be one of the best, most life changing books I've ever read.)

    Rich Dad's Financial IQ by Robert Kiyosaki

    Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Ecker
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    I am actually a reader but not to the extent of having an area of full of bookshelves. It's good to know that you have a great lists of books and I salute you for keeping all the books as a treasure.
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    im re reading "thick face black heart" and also reading "growing yourself up"
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    Im reading STEVE JOBS
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  • How to win friends and Influence People, Rich dad Poor dad, and for my spiritual needs Purpose Driven Life.
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  • Profile picture of the author ivan4443
    I highly recommend "The Greatest Salesman in the World" written by Og mandino, it serves as a guide to a philosophy of salesmanship, and success, telling the story of Hafid, a poor camel boy who achieves a life of abundance.

    Mandino composed The Legend Of The Ten Scrolls. They are:
    Scroll I - The Power of Good Habits
    Scroll II - Greet Each Day With Love In Your Heart
    Scroll III - Persist Until You Succeed
    Scroll IV - You Are Natures Greatest Miracle
    Scroll V - Live Each Day as if it Were Your Last
    Scroll VI - Master Your Emotions
    Scroll VII - The Power of Laughter
    Scroll VIII - Multiply Your Value Every Day
    Scroll IX - All is Worthless Without Action
    Scroll X - Pray to God for Guidance

    His primary message was to "do it now".

    Actor Matthew McConaughey has said that this book has changed his life.The book is also recommended by Tariq Jameel, who says that the book should be read by everyone looking for success in their lives

    Again i highly recommend
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  • Profile picture of the author Geordie John
    I'm working on a refresher of the 7 Habits, and Maximum Influence, and for relaxation purposes i picked up the last book of the last Thomas Covenant trilogy by Stephen Donaldson.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    I love reading the books by Paulo Coehlo and I'm currently reading his new book "Aleph".
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  • Profile picture of the author planck
    Napoleon Hill's "Think And Grow Rich" is a timeless classic
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