What is the best SINGLE book that have influenced your life?

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As the title says, what's the best book (just one) that has influenced your life?

Not an emotional response, but a real, material response that made you change things ?

For me, without any doubt: "Those Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I have a LOT but the first one in a specific series has changed my outlook.
    It is called Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and it's all Small Stuff.
    The series is by Richard Carlson who sadly passed away a few years ago.

    The simple premise is to turn mountains into molehills so you can overcome them.

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  • Profile picture of the author ktmakwana
    Mine has to be "Twelve pillars". It is a novel by Jim Rohn and Chris Widener.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Newman
    In The Light of Truth --The Grail Message by Abd-ru-shin
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    • Profile picture of the author DaveLikesCake
      great list! will have to check some of those out..

      conversations with god<-- if i had to pick one. if you get it, get the audiobook version. entertaining to listen to- and it's a three book series. so it's long..
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  • Profile picture of the author USGTMauthor
    I will have to give two

    The Science of Getting Rich - Wallace Wattles

    The Trick to Money is Having Some - Stuart Wilde
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  • Profile picture of the author Piero
    The science of getting rich by Wallace D Wattles

    Closest thing to "paint-by-numbers" instruction I know of
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  • Profile picture of the author Quatrel
    My cheque book ... until it got replaced by online banking ;-)

    The Now Habit by Neil Fiore for productivity and dealing with procrastination.
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    • Profile picture of the author Baker2009
      I think the best 3 books have influenced my life are :
      "Think And Grow Rich" Napoleon Hill
      "Stop Worryin Start Living" Dale Carnegie
      "How to Win Friends and Influence People" Dale Carnegie,
      the first was Napoleon Hill "TGR"


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      • Profile picture of the author imgoing
        The Bible and
        Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer (Think about what your are thinking about)
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisKahler
    I hate to be cliche, but honestly the Bible is the most influential. It's in the truth of what I learn every time I read it, as well as practicing what it says to power my Spirit that keeps my commitment to what is right as well as my inspiration to succeed strong.

    My mission is not to achieve success. My mission isn't to make a lot of money. My mission isn't to be wealthy. My mission IS to reach out and touch other's lives in the most positive way I know how. Honestly I think it is stupid how we need money to survive, and that the systems in place are corrupt and make no sense. God's way is the best hands down, but NO ONE in today's time applies the principles HE says to live by...

    In general, people do their own thing and that is why it's so difficult to find a "destiny" out of your life. With God, everyone has a destiny, and that is loving one another and doing what it takes to spread that love indefinitely. I don't know why people would deny that, love is such a wonderful thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author tayjuno
    My favorite book was Unleash the Power Within by Anthony Robbins.

    It really set me thinking and was what introduced me to NLP.

    I also credit it with teaching me the importance of self-improvement. The information about states, mindsets, setting of goals etc was priceless.
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    • Profile picture of the author ChrisKahler
      Originally Posted by tayjuno View Post

      My favorite book was Unleash the Power Within by Anthony Robbins.

      It really set me thinking and was what introduced me to NLP.

      I also credit it with teaching me the importance of self-improvement. The information about states, mindsets, setting of goals etc was priceless.
      Anthony Robbins is a genius in that field. I too have benefited greatly from that book as well as his Mastery of Influence series he created. Truly life changing information he teaches!
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Newman
        Originally Posted by ChrisKahler View Post

        Anthony Robbins is a genius in that field. I too have benefited greatly from that book as well as his Mastery of Influence series he created. Truly life changing information he teaches!

        I'm also a fan of Robbins. He teaches how to make quantum leaps in life, and he drills down, he reveals powerful specifics, not some vague conceptual stuff. I love the dude, and his story is an inspiration.
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  • Profile picture of the author MIB Mastermind
    Mr X book by Jay Abraham, really opened my eyes to real world marketing strategies,and how to leverage a businesses hidden assets.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnB23
      I'm a big Jay Abraham fan.

      I would say, Stealth Marketing...even over his Mr X book. It shows his range of thinking. If you did everything in that book, you would probably be a millionaire.

      Even the most basic thing he advocates...like capturing customer names, I wonder how many ebay sellers do that. Or remailing your customer list. I bet not 1 in 50 offline businesses do that. Jay has pounded home this idea of "simple things". You don't need to run out and find magic potions to fix your problems or make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun OReilly
    Originally Posted by JuanBangkok View Post

    As the title says, what's the best book (just one) that has influenced your life?
    For me...

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

    I first read this book in 1996 but didn't understand the
    material that well as it's a bit deep.

    However, I re-read the book again in 1998 and as I'd
    read a lot of books in between the first and second
    read, it then made a lot more sense.

    It's a book that will change your outlook and results
    if you apply the principles.

    Dedicated to mutual success,



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  • Profile picture of the author Gabriel Morgan
    It may be ridiculous, but I have to say Harry Potter. While my wife and I vaguely knew each other on Livejournal, what made us actually start talking was an email exchange about HP. That happened in the spring of 2002. We were married on 1/22/2004. I moved from GA to NY to be with her, and everything in my life has changed since then. I had been involved with an abusive person, and she gave me a place to run to when I finally got out. She has supported me (emotionally, physically) while my health deteriorated and my debt skyrocketed when I stopped being able to work.

    I believe I would've gotten sick anywhere I lived, but I don't believe I would've otherwise found someone who has been willing to help me with so much. I'm 30 and my 89 year old grandmother gets around better than I do! Most people would not stick around for that.

    So. Bit of a life story there, but I couldn't just leave it with, "Oh, Harry Potter, probably..."
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  • Profile picture of the author Zero
    Excluding religious texts, I'd say Rich Dad/Poor Dad. That book opened my mind to being an entrepeneur. It made me believe i could infact be rich, and me realise why i wanted to work only for me to start with...
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  • Profile picture of the author colingsmith

    It's quite tricky to pick one, but I will
    go with, "Frogs into Princes" by Richard
    Bandler & John Grinder.

    It was one of the first NLP books I read
    that made me think, "WOW! It is possible
    to re-program my mind quickly and easily
    without all the psycho-babble BS!"

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  • Profile picture of the author louise0evans
    i cant say single....

    the 2 that have really helped my life are

    1)Think and grow rich
    2 t harv eker millonaire mind

    both for different reasons
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  • Profile picture of the author DanielCurpas
    Well in my case...was Holy Bible...and Dale Carnegie's book - How to win friends and influence people...those books deliver to a great success and a very positive attitude and self-confidence... I'll recomend you to read. Have a nice day.
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    • Profile picture of the author JayBest
      How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
      was the book that had the most impact, as it was the pivot point for my life, and set the direction of it.

      But for now the "Book" would be Tony Robbins Cds (eg Get the Edge), though if you had to be a book then lets go with Unleash the Giant within.


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  • Hi all,

    My most influential book is "The Power" by Rhonda Byrne( The author of "The Secret"). This book has helped me by realizing that there is only force in the universe. That is Love. Any problems we experience is a result of not giving enough Love. Give Love and you receive Love. Life is so simple!!!! I would encourage you all to read it. It has had an immeasurable influence on my life.

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    • Profile picture of the author Richest
      The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I seldom read books before. But when my life got in trouble, I started to read books. Starting from The Secret, I'm now reading many books about self development
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  • Profile picture of the author Giftys
    The most influential book for me was the Bible. I am no longer a Christian but the wisdom extracted is the same as most respected religious texts: Do unto others, be kind, don't lie, don't cheat, don't steal, don't worship money, etc. They are solid, life-changing principles that are profound.


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  • Profile picture of the author xtx361
    most influenced book so far is Think & Grow Rich!” by Napoleon Hill.
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  • Profile picture of the author happyme
    I have read Julius Ceasar. That didn't change my life a bit. But, I am strongly affected by e books on psychology.
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  • Profile picture of the author campers
    At the moment it would have to the Tim Ferris's The Four Hour Work Week. It give you a great perspective and guide on what you should be focusing on to have your business work for you and not be working for your business.

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  • Profile picture of the author goodewealth
    I would have to say it is several for me....starting with "Do You" by Russell Simmons and "The Pursuit of Happiness" later made into a movie with Will Smith........these were grounding factors for me and later....I continue with others but these were very impressionable before the Secret...cause one has to first Change their mindset!

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    • Profile picture of the author Vincent1988
      Power of positive thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


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  • Profile picture of the author emmndi
    Away from the religious books, Rich Dad Poor Dad, take the day. A great read, still refer to the book over and over again.

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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes. It makes me become a positive person.
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  • Profile picture of the author gie grace
    Mine would be Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad". Nope, it's not just about the money. His book started my personal development journey. It opened my mind to possibilities and challenged my way of thinking. It was the first 'mind set' book I've ever read, and since then, I've been following the Rich Dad series.

    Robert also advocates continuous growth and learning. After reading his book, I've began 'seeing' other great books on how to develop yourself such as Napoleon Hills 'Think and Grow Rich', Rhonda Byrne's 'The Secret', Wallace Wattles 'The Science of getting Rich', Etc... I have also listened to Earl Nightingale's recordings, among them "Lead the Field" and "The Strangest Secret".

    I wouldn't have thought of reading all of these other books if I haven't encountered the Rich Dad book. That was the eye-opener for me.

    I am resolved to follow his principles , although not in the brick and mortar business world, but in the boundless online world

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  • Profile picture of the author mrelosa
    The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    Kind of ironic really, I've never been a big fan of reading books...yet 2 worthy mentions Og Mandino's "The World's Greatest Salessman, and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill were truly remarkable.

    I guess that leaves...Harry Potter books - Oh, and "The Laws of Success in 16 Lessons" by Napoleon Hill which I believe was written in 1928, prior to TGR.
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  • Hah~ everyone will be think about a book called "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" series from Robert Kiyosaki. Thanks to this book and the journey to success is way to go

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