by Jager
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What are the best self-help books?

Pick ONE book that has not yet been mentioned in this thread and why it is something an ambitious whippersnapper should read.

Anyway, for me, it would probably be Rich Dad Poor Dad. That was the first self-help book I ever read and it introduced me to the certainty/uncertainty and asset/liability paradigms. It's a very simple book, and can be used improperly(think real estate crash), but ultimately a good motivational work encouraging risk and audacity. It's controversial and some people hate it, which makes me like it all the more.

So first book in this library is rich dad poor dad.
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  • First time I heard "whippersnapper". Had to google that. Non-native english here.

    Heard many good things about "Rich Dad Poor Dad" it, but still haven't read it. I'm not really keen on overloading myself with more motivational books though.

    I personally liked Think and Grow Rich a lot. Had some parts that made me reflective about myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jager
      Originally Posted by Thecolouredpenguin View Post

      First time I heard "whippersnapper". Had to google that. Non-native english here.

      Heard many good things about "Rich Dad Poor Dad" it, but still haven't read it. I'm not really keen on overloading myself with more motivational books though.

      I personally liked Think and Grow Rich a lot. Had some parts that made me reflective about myself.
      hah, well at least you learned a new word.

      I like reading self-help books. They give me motivation but I also pick up a gem or two to use in practical application. Obviously, a book like Think and Grow Rich you can read many times and have it be worthwhile, while most I'd say you'd be safe reading at the library on a sunday.

      But it looks like that one's gone now. I'm really looking for new books, in case you're wondering why I started an unusual thread.

      For example, do you like Huey Lewis and the News?

      Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
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      • Profile picture of the author Saito
        Originally Posted by Jager View Post

        hah, well at least you learned a new word.

        I like reading self-help books. They give me motivation but I also pick up a gem or two to use in practical application. Obviously, a book like Think and Grow Rich you can read many times and have it be worthwhile, while most I'd say you'd be safe reading at the library on a sunday.

        But it looks like that one's gone now. I'm really looking for new books, in case you're wondering why I started an unusual thread.

        For example, do you like Huey Lewis and the News?

        Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
        LOL! :p

        I think "The 6 Pillars of Self-Esteem" by Nathaniel Branden is the best self-help book I've ever read. All about what it takes to become an integrated, balanced, and vital human being.

        The pillars are:

        1) Self-awareness
        2) Self-acceptance
        3) Self-responsibility
        4) Living with Purpose
        5) Integrity and Authenticity
        6) I forget the 6th, lol

        And, as much as I love Rich Dad Poor Dad because it got me started on my entrepreneurial path, it has its costs as well.

        It implies that you are a failure and will die broke and disgusted like the author's dad if you pursue a calling in life that is authentic to you, but not on the proscribed path of Self-employment, business ownership, and full=time investing.

        There is no room in his ideology for policemen, for example, and other much-needed roles in society that someone has to fill and that some people are passionate about spending their life doing.

        Yes, I know a cop could slowly buy and hold real estate on the side or invest his money for retirement, but that is not the much-repeated message of the book, IMO.
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  • I never heard songs from Huey Lewis and the News but I've seen the movie "American Psycho". I also know a few quotes from that one

    New books, eh? Too bad. Was just going to recommend "The Greatest Salesman in The World" by Og Mandino, also a good book. Teaches a lot about being positive.
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      apart from Rich dad, i will go with "how to win friends and influence people"
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      • Profile picture of the author Jager
        Originally Posted by rajivkumar900 View Post

        apart from Rich dad, i will go with "how to win friends and influence people"
        Rajiv
        Great choice. I think a book everyone should read at some point, so a good addition to our growing library
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  • Profile picture of the author webworm
    For me i read the book "Rich dad,poor dad" .This books is really awesome.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hils
      OMG, hard to pick just one book.

      Well... personally I'd probably choose The Breakthrough Experience by Dr John Demartini... because I read it at a vulnerable time in my life and it made a difference to how I think and understand life experiences.

      Anyone else read it?
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      • Profile picture of the author Jager
        Originally Posted by Hils View Post

        OMG, hard to pick just one book.

        Well... personally I'd probably choose The Breakthrough Experience by Dr John Demartini... because I read it at a vulnerable time in my life and it made a difference to how I think and understand life experiences.

        Anyone else read it?
        No but I liked what it was about so I added it to my wishlist.

        I know it's hard to pick one, I've also got a lot more I could pick
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Z
    I'll say this, it might not be for everyone, but the one book that has helped me the most is Deepak Chopra's: The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success

    I got the audio version and listened to it at least a hundred times. It's fantastic.
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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    All great books that should be on every entrepreneur's reading list!

    One of the books to have an early influence on me was "Earl Nightingale's Greatest Discovery" by Earl Nightingale. He covers a lot of inspirational and motivational material in the book, but it is all centered around the "six words" that changed his life forever: "We become what we think about."

    A recommended read for everybody!

    GT
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    • Profile picture of the author Jager
      Interesting choice, never heard of that one before!

      Thanks.
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    I've been reading the New Testament and very specifically the letters written by the Apostle Paul. While not a believer I am still inspired and touched by it!


    "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;

    love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;

    it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

    does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

    bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

    Love never fails...But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love."
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  • Profile picture of the author housewarrior
    As up to date as tomorrow, "A Christmas Carol." Outside of the bible it has everything in it you need to know to lead a decent life and do the right thing. It's a good read every December.

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    • Profile picture of the author Chris X
      Originally Posted by nadia712 View Post

      Anything Dan Kennedy. The man's a genius! He's big on mindset/meditation (of sorts), too.
      I approve this!

      PS: The 4-hour work week is a great read! I loved it.
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  • Profile picture of the author tropvik
    Cliche as hell, and im not sure if its a self-help book.

    But "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss literally changed my life.

    That book inspired me to outsource my job, by hiring a Filipino VA that is one of my best friends to this day.

    From that book i also picked up the "Mobile Life" concept, and i know run an export business, and i live between Colombia, Peru and Miami Beach.

    I owe that dude a lot, he awoke something in my i was not aware i had.
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    Way back when I was struggling salesman, I picked up a book called, "How to Master the Art of Selling", by Tom Hopkins. That book help to change my life and my bank balance.

    And "Unlimited Power" by Tony Robbins, because it introduced me to Neuro-linguistic Programming.
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    Dare To Fail by Billi Lim
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    One of my favourite authors is the late Richard Carlson. He has written a series of books called Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and adds on endings such as "It's All Small Stuff," "For Men," "For Women," "At Work" and so the list goes on.
    His wife continues his legacy. The books are easy to read but very powerful because they literally change the way you think.

    Paul Hanna is another of my favourite authors.
    Believe and Achieve is a power-packed book and he has others to his credit too.
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