What Book Inspired You?

by vivo
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For me it was the Four Hour Work Week. It encouraged me to find my muse, and enjoy life. Now I am back on the IM track, working basics, and thinking I might have decent success.
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  • Profile picture of the author ColdWritingLLC
    Originally Posted by vivo View Post

    For me it was the Four Hour Work Week. It encouraged me to find my muse, and enjoy life. Now I am back on the IM track, working basics, and thinking I might have decent success.
    It's almost always anything by Tony Robbins for me.

    Any time I get off track and find myself stuck in the rut (and it's become much easier to identify when I am) I know that a good couple of hours with Tony and I remember not just what I'm doing but why it is I'm really doing it for.

    The only downside is that I can only read two every couple months of so, given the overlap between his content. Not that it's a bad thing - it makes choosing a book of his a more exciting process, but it makes reading his entire collection a bit taxing on the mind.


    Also, a bit random and not directly related to making money, but if you ever feel like being an outsider because you're working by yourself I'd recommend taking a look at Christopher Hitchens "A Letter To A Young Contrarian". Oddly motivating in those moments where you feel like everyone is holding you down while all you try to do is succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    There are lots of book that have inspired me but mostly the religious and faith books give me lots of inspiration and faith.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Originally Posted by vivo View Post

    For me it was the Four Hour Work Week. It encouraged me to find my muse, and enjoy life. Now I am back on the IM track, working basics, and thinking I might have decent success.
    That book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich is definitely a good one. I find it to be quite inspiring, too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ian Ralphs
      Originally Posted by Michael Ten View Post

      That book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich is definitely a good one. I find it to be quite inspiring, too.
      All great choices Michael!!

      You should check out "Fans not Customers" by Vernon Hill - the guy that started Metro Bank in the UK - some great takeouts in there, and anyone who has become a billionaire must be doing something right ;-)

      I actually worked for him a while back, and his key emphasis is on creating amazing customer experiences - and using the positive 'word of mouth' to help grow whatever business you're in...online or offline.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    Rich Dad Poor Dad and Think and Grow Rich are the two books that got me to shift my way of thinking and start taking action towards building a business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    The Magic Of Thinking BIG!
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  • Profile picture of the author jamiller
    Excellent choice Mr Bill! And it is good to see you friend

    Now, the one book that gets hyped up the most is Think and Grow Rich.....and for good reason. However, I feel that most people only see it for the words on the page, and not the true meaning....

    Powerful stuff can also be found in places such as....
    The Science of Getting Rich - Wallace D. Wattles
    The Millionaire Next Door - Stanley & Danko
    Secrets of the Millionaire Mind - T. Harv Eker

    There are SO many....these are some of my favorites. The messages can run deep in them, so try and read not just what is on the surface.

    I have picked up so much from my reading endeavors through the years it is hard to put a finger on a single book....but the few I've listed have at least made me ponder over some of my decisions at one point or another.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luscious84
    Steve Job's book is a good inspirator
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  • Profile picture of the author Copeland Becker
    The book that got it all started for me was:

    Crush It! by Gary Vanderchuk

    The very next day I started looking up methods to build an online business.

    It is a great book. I make a point to read it a couple times a year.
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  • Profile picture of the author kingofthesouth
    Originally Posted by vivo View Post

    For me it was the Four Hour Work Week. It encouraged me to find my muse, and enjoy life. Now I am back on the IM track, working basics, and thinking I might have decent success.
    Rich Dad Poor Dad

    I really took this book to heart because it told the truth about the circumstances that create wealth and debt.
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  • Profile picture of the author asryyymf
    its goals from Brian Tracy.

    did anyone read it?
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberzolo
    Think and Grow Rich Napolean Hill
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  • Tony Robbins for me. His motivation and long essays about his life and what challenged him and how he grew from each experience. My cup of tea that.

    LLS
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  • Profile picture of the author senkcity
    I've read all of them listed and they all are great resources to enhance your view on life.

    I suggest re-reading them once you've had a major change in your life because you will see the same materially differently and will add more value that you didn't even know was there.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave147
    First one I read a few years ago was "The Power of Positive Thinking" - Norman Vincent Peale
    That was an inspiration for change.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brantley Whitley
    For me it started with Rich Dad, Poor Dad but the book that I read over and over is the Cashflow Quadrant. That book has helped me shift my mindset and my methodology. Every time I read it, I find something that didn't "click" before but does now.
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  • Profile picture of the author inspire2prosper
    Originally Posted by vivo View Post

    For me it was the Four Hour Work Week. It encouraged me to find my muse, and enjoy life. Now I am back on the IM track, working basics, and thinking I might have decent success.
    For me it was definitely The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, it has changed my life. This was the first inspirational book i ever read, and i highly recommend it.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    There were many books that had add up to what I am today.

    The top three are:
    1. Robert Greene - Mastery (I'm reading it these days and it's one of the best books on the topic I've ever read).
    2. Dale Carnegie - How To Win Friends And Influence People.
    3. Earl Nightingale - The Strangest Secret (It's not a book per se but I've listened to it again and again and again ...)
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  • Profile picture of the author Ignas LT
    There are many inspiring books, but i would recommend to read these:
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
    The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomasOMalley
    For 2013 and moving forward, Emmet Fox's Power Through Constructive Thinking, the Collected Essays of Joel Goldsmith, and Raymond Charles Barker's How To Be Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, have inspired me to pursue my real business and financial goals.

    Best wishes to everyone for 2014.

    Thomas O'Malley
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  • Profile picture of the author Zincabopa
    I actually got into self improvement reading a book on pick up. It was a book on how to pick up women (pretty pathetic, I know), but to me it changed my mindset from thinking that you're born into your life the way you are, and there is nothing you can do to change that, to thinking that everything in your life is the result of the choices you make. Pretty good for a book about picking up women. Also, http://www.thathungrymind.blogspot.ca
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    • Profile picture of the author IM Inc
      The book of awakening by Mark Nepo is an interesting read.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
        I keep looking at "It Works". The famous little red book that makes your dreams come true. A clear definite common sense plan of accomplishment. It is only 12 pages long, but really packs a punch.
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        • Profile picture of the author ClickDale
          It looks like I might be alone on this one. The book that started the mental shift in my head was Who Moved My Cheese. This quick and simple read was an absolute life changer for me. Had I not started here, I wouldn't have been inspired to read most of the other titles listed above.

          Happy New Years Everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author futureB
    my top 3 are

    3. the warrior of light
    2. secret of millionaires mind
    1. the best salesman in the world
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  • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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    Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
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  • Profile picture of the author 6figure101
    Tony Robbins CD's / DVD's is my inspiration of choice.

    And The Success Principles by Jack Canfield is one of the books I often recommend!
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    Ranulph Fiennes: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

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  • Profile picture of the author automationhero
    I really like 4HWW. I also really enjoyed all the books by Gary Vaynerchuk. Crush it, The Thank You Economy, and his latest, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    I stumbled upon this book while I was having a bad day with my illness and it really lifted my spirits. It was the exact thing I needed to hear at the time.
    : )

    Titled "An Iron Will" this book was authored by Orison Swett Marden. Orison was one of the first personal development, positive thinking, and new thought authors. He founded "Success Magazine" (one of the first of its kind) in 1897 and "An Iron Will" was first published 30 years before "Think And Grow Rich."

    Here's some of my favourite passages from the book:
     
    1. "The education of the will is the object of our existence," says Emerson. Nor is this putting it too strongly if we take into account the human will in its relations to the divine.

    2. There are three kinds of people in the World. The Wills. The Won'ts. And the Can'ts. The first accomplish everything. The second oppose everything. And the third fail in everything.

    3. "The man that exercises his will," says an English essayist, "makes it a stronger and more effective force in proportion to the extent to which such exercise is intelligently and perseveringly maintained."

    4. There are no two works in the English language which stand out in bolder relief, like kings upon a checker board, to so great an extent as the worlds "I will." There is strength, depth and solidity, decision, confidence and power, determination, vigour and individuality, in the round, ringing tone which characterizes its delivery.

    5. The positive man, the decided man, is a power in the World, and stands for something; you can measure him and estimate the work that his energy will accomplish.

    6. It is the man with a positive nature, the man who believes that he is equal to the emergency, who believes he can do anything he attempts, who wins the confidence of his fellow man. He is beloved because he is brave and self sufficient.

    7. The World turns aside to let any man pass who knows wither he is going.

    8. The mind has undoubted power to preserve and sustain physical youth and beauty, to keep the body strong and healthy, to renew life, and to preserve it from decay, many years longer than it does now.

    9. "The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be."--Horace Bushnell

    10. Persistency of purpose is a power. It creates confidence in others. Everybody believes in the determined man. When he undertakes anything his battle is half won, because not only he himself, but everyone who knows him, believes that he will accomplish whatever he sets out to do.

    11. Opposing circumstances create strength. Opposition gives us great power of resistance. To overcome one barrier gives us great ability to overcome the next.

    12. Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered, and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. Not the distance we have run, but the obstacles we have overcome, the disadvantages under which we have made the race, will decide prizes.
    "An Iron Will" is in the public domain. Search Google to download it for free. I hope it brings you as much inspiration and motivation as it did me. : )
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    • Profile picture of the author slingingshot15
      For me it was How To Win Friends And Influence people. That book changed my life and introduced me to the wonderful world of Personal Development
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      • Profile picture of the author vschneider4
        Definitely The Four Hour Work Week. Slowly but surely getting there!

        I love that Tim Ferriss isn't just concerned with making money, but milking every last drop out of life and living it to its full enjoyment. His other two books, The Four Hour Body and The Four Hour Chef are equally insightful, inspiring, and entertaining. Highly recommended, as well as his blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author trusodesign
    There are many books that inspire. the one that I like is the novel "laskar pelangi" from Indonesia and Think and Grow Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    Get Rick Click, And The 4 Hour Work Week Are Good Reads.

    Oh and the classic rich dad poor dad.
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  • Profile picture of the author eldib3
    "Go For No! Yes is the destination, No is how you get there" By Richard Fenton. Its a spectacular read. Teaches one how to accept failure and rejection and then turn it into a money making success. Check it out guys.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daret
    Some of the books that inspired me a lot are:

    1. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
    2. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
    3. You can win by Shiv Khera
    4. The seven habits by Stephen Covey

    Its good to find other nice books listed above, I can now read some more books that u guys have mentioned above...
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  • Profile picture of the author bhshravankumar
    The alchemist , its a very good book , i read it once a week compulsory.
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