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25 Books That Influenced My Life – Updated

In no particular order these books have had a profound effect on my life. Each book appeared at the right time in my life providing me with the lessons I needed to learn.. At the right time as well.  The old adage, “When the student is ready the teacher will appear” applies to books as well.

  1. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
    Most people we coach share a common belief that they are somehow not deserving or worthy of a great relationship, a good job. This thought is what author Don Miguel Ruiz would call “an agreement.” In this book, you will learn the four most important agreements to make with yourself and how they can change your life (and therefore, your relationship destiny).
  2. Power vs. Force By David R. Hawkins.
    “Power vs Force” is difficult to get through in places, as I and some of my friends have found.  The inherent problem with writing a book on ascending levels of consciousness is that language, the medium of books, is located within the left hemisphere of the brain. Ascending consciousness occurs specifically by transcending the language center, that is, learning to use divergent parts of the brain other than the language center or conceptual self located within the left hemisphere of the brain.  That being said, the book is well worth the time it takes you to read it!
  3. The Warrior Lifestyle: Making Your Life Extraordinary by Dr. Bohdi Sanders
    The Warrior Lifestyle is the last installment of the award winning Warrior Wisdom Series. This amazing book has been dubbed as highly inspirational and motivational by many of today’s top martial artist. If you want to live your life to the fullest and live a life of excellence, you need to read The Warrior Lifestyle. Don’t settle for an ordinary life; make your life extraordinary! The insightful advice and universal wisdom shines through on every page of this intriguing book. This is a MUST READ for every martial artist and is also a great book for anyone who seeks to live his or her life with character, honor and integrity.
  4. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
    This book is full of great advice about instant change in all areas of your life, be it finances, relationships or health. (I just listened to the audio version of this recently)  It offers many NLP techniques as well as emotional intelligence tips to take control of your life immediately. It also contains techniques that Anthony Robbins himself invented. Most of them can produce instant changes.  Get this book or audio program from the library if you are just starting out on your personal development journey or you don’t know where to start from.
  5. Life Was Never Meant to Be a Struggle by Stuart Wilde
    The author of this self growth book, Stuart Wilde, teaches us how to acquire success in quite unconventional ways. His studies of metaphysics are really visible from his teachings. In his book Stuart Wilde explains that it’s very easy to acquire everything we want, but our limited beliefs prevent us from achieving goals by constantly sabotaging our steps to success. His ideas and teachings are very useful and interesting, but it may leave you questioning even more. This is good for some, but bad for others…
  6. The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja: Mastering the Four Gates to Freedom by Ross Heaven
    The Ninja believe there are four gates to freedom, and to pass through them we must overcome four initiatory ordeals. Succeeding at these enables us to combat fear, find true power, clarify our vision, and overcome the soul fatigue that is at the root of our personal and social problems in order to embrace our positive energies and realize our talents. Ross Heaven guides us through these four gateways with exercises and initiations that utilize the energy of the lover, seeker, magus, soul warrior, and mystic as well as dealing with their shadow manifestations that may be causing problems in our lives. We learn how to break the destructive habits of the past and create a bushido, a personal code to live by.
  7. Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne Dyer
    As Wayne says, “This is a book that will forever change the way you look at your life, and the result will be that you’ll live in a new world aligned with nature.” Having reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and written 81 essays on how to apply the lessons to the modern day world, the book is meant to be slowly read one day at a time.
    Famously quoted saying “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”, his message is tactfully through the pages of this piece.
  8. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
    Louise Hay’s unconditional message of love is that you deserve to be healthy, happy, and full of life. After identifying her own illness (Ovarian Cancer) from her sexual abuse as a child, she created healing through mental techniques, affirmations, and the art of positive thinking. She shows how one can empower themselves out of victim-hood and heal from illness by changing their thoughts. I believe it is worth owning this one!
  9. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
    A masterful synthesis of ideas from Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, and other traditions, The Power of Now focuses on the problems one has today and the person you are at this moment. Perhaps the most practical of any self-help, success, or spiritual classic because it denies the usual tendency to imagine some bright future without ever truly coming to grips with the present, it’s an illuminating book that will pull you into the moment and awaken the truth within. It is a bit of slog to read through it though. Great none the less but I found it to be a hard read.
  10. The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel
    This is one of the first self growth books written about the law of attraction. Some sources claim that this book gave birth to “Think and Grow Rich” best-seller of all times. As I love to go to the source of everything I’m interested in, I read this book with great interest.I must say that you may find some of the author’s sentences hard to understand because it was written in old English. Sentences are long and full of information, so you might need to re-read the same sentence several times to really grasp the meaning. This book explains in detail how the law of attraction works and if you take time to really read it, you’ll benefit greatly.“The Master Key System” should be read weekly because in its original form it gave weekly lessons with exercises. You should do exercises for a week, and when you completely master the given exercises, you would then move on to another chapter. This way you’ll completely master universal laws.
  11. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles.
    This is a very old, yet one of the most influential self growth books ever written. Wallace D. Wattles teaches you how to acquire health, wealth and happiness by following established laws of nature. His writing style is simple to follow. Wallace D. Wattles guarantees that if you follow his teachings it will be impossible for you to fail. I know personally many people who created wealth and success by following his teachings. This book will definitely make you successful if you apply everything it teaches. Don’t worry, it’s quite short so it will be easy to apply his teaching.
  12. Long Walk To Freedom By Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela’s one of my heroes. Noble. Courageous. Focused. A visionary. If I could be 1/1000000 of the man who he was, I’d be overjoyed. This is his autobiography. You’ll walk with him through his days as a lawyer, his time as a disruptor, his prison years and his period as the positional leader of South Africa. The man truly inspired me! Well worth the read!
  13. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
    I’m grateful for Robert Kiyosaki, the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, for starting me on my self-improvement journey. It was the first book that opened my eyes to the world full of opportunities. I love Robert Kiyosaki’s simple way of explaining the economy and the money game. There are no scientific or business terms, yet you gain so much financial education from this book that no university can teach you. This book explains the mistakes of the masses and how to rise above the common thinking.
  14. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
    “The 7 Habits” is an outstanding book to build positive habits that really improve your life. It is like a framework for success and for building character and integrity, with Stephen Covey being the exceptional personality who really walked his talk.  Tina had to force me to read Stephen’s book.  But she was so right in getting me to read this!  Thank you Tina!
  15. A New Earth  by Eckhart Tolle
    It’s hard to choose one book from Eckhart Tolle to recommend since many of them are really good.  But A New Earth is probably the best one as it clearly explains his ideas (I found it easier to understand and apply than The Power of Now). Ideas that have helped me to simplify my life, find a lot more inner peace, to live right here right now.
  16. Good To Great by Jim Collins
    Another excellent book on success and it is especially a great read if you want to build a great business, take lots of notes as you go through the book. I really enjoyed this book which is based on examining companies that made it from decent to really outstanding. I like stories of the underdog rising above their challenges and truly achieving remarkable results.
  17. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.  It is a must read.
  18. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    The Alchemist tells the story of a young shepherd named Santiago who is able to find a treasure beyond his wildest dreams. Along the way, he learns to listen to his heart and, more importantly, realizes his dreams, or his Personal Legend, are not just his but part of the Soul of the Universe. If one is seeking a more enlightened direction in their personal journey, this list of life-changing reads will definitely inspire change. I pretty much love anything Paulo Coelho writes. I think I have all of his books!
  19. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
    Tim explains step by step how to establish a profitable business and create plenty of free time so that you could pursue the life of your dreams. He really goes into detail of how to make enough income and put your income making sources on autopilot. He has a very funny and uncommon way of telling his story. I love his writing style which is very simple yet sharp and insightful. He genuinely wants to help others quit their unsatisfying jobs and start living exciting life. Tim tells his story in a very entertaining way and explains how from an underpaid office worker he became a member of the NR (New Rich). He refuses to follow the accepted common lifestyle standards and always thinks outside-the-box. You’ll benefit from this book if you’re looking to free yourself from employment or long self-employment hours and start creating the life of your dreams.
  20. Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
    In being both a devotional tract and a prosperity manual, The Seven Spiritual Laws acknowledges that abundance in any aspect is ruled by certain spiritual laws of the universe. Drawing from Eastern thought and quantum physics, the notion is that power derives from stillness and Chopra goes beyond money to show what abundance really means.
  21. Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
    Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a part-fictional, part auto-biographical book based upon the early life of Dan Millman. The story tells of a chance meeting with a service station attendant who becomes a spiritual teacher to the young gymnast. The attendant, whom Millman names Socrates, becomes a kind of father figure and teaches Millman how to become a ‘peaceful warrior’.
  22. Celestine Prophecy by John Redfield
    A first hand experience of a spiritual awakening, Celestine Prophecy discusses various psychological and spiritual ideas that are rooted in many ancient Eastern traditions, such as how opening to new possibilities can help an individual to establish a connection with the Divine. The main character of the novel undertakes a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru, prophesied over 2,000 years ago by the ancient Mayan culture. The story isn’t for everyone.  But it helped me understand that there is more to the world than I can see and touch.
  23. Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard
    Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of Aikido, bestselling author Gorge Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives. Whether you’re seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships, increase self-esteem or create harmony within yourself, this inspiring prescriptive guide will help you master anything you choose and achieve success in all areas of your life.
  24. The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea By Bob Burg, John David Mann
    The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman. The book is easy to read in one or two sittings.
  25. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
    Millions of people became ultra-successful after reading this self growth book. This sentence alone should convince you to read it!  You only need to have this self growth book and follow everything it teaches to succeed in everything you do. I recommend this book for everyone!!
    This book explains what you will encounter in your journey to wealth, what to be aware of and what steps to take to attain abundance.  It goes on to say that if you’re ready for abundance, the secret of this book may pop up at any time, in any page. That will surely keep you intrigued to read the whole book!