Top 25 Personal Development/Business Books

You’ve heard the saying that “leaders are readers” and “earners are learners.” I have read hundreds if not thousands of personal development/business books and I get asked fairly often what I recommend. So today I have put together my Top 25 Personal Development/Business Books. This list is in no particular order and is not exclusive as there are hundreds of books I would fully endorse –  but if you read all 25 of these books you will be a new person – I promise. With that being said – if you have others you would like to add to the list, please add as comments at the bottom. Enjoy! Top 25 Personal Growth/Business Books 1.    As a Man Thinketh – James Allen 2.    Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl 3.    The Greatest Secret in The World – Og Mandino 4.    Strengths Finder 2.0 – Tom Rath 5.    Success Principles
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Create Your Bucketlist

Recently there was an inspiring Adidas ad that read: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” Most of us have lost track of what we once thought was possible. We are stifled by our limiting thoughts and beliefs and because of that we are achieving very little in our lives. We need to reconnect with this idea that our country was founded on. Anything is possible is the quintessential American Dream that allowed people like Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford to become legendary. It was this thought that gave birth to the largest food chain in the world when
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Where Do Beliefs Come From?

The Last Supper was painted by the Italian artist, Leonardo DaVinci. It took seven years for him to complete the project. The figures representing the Twelve Apostles and Christ were painted from living persons. The live model for the painting of the figure of Christ was chosen first. When it was decided that DaVinci would paint this great picture, hundreds of young men were carefully viewed in an endeavor to find a face and personality exhibiting innocence and beauty, free from the scars and signs of dissipation caused by sin. Finally, after weeks of laborious search, a young man of nineteen years of age was selected as the model for the portrayal of Christ. For six months DaVinci worked on the production of this leading character of his famous painting. During the next six years, DaVinci continued his labors on the sublime work of art. One by one, fitting persons
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Interview with Go For No

Today I met with Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz, the authors of Go For No. Go For No is a great book that teaches some unique concepts. For anyone in sales – this is a must read. For anyone who has ever feared rejection/failure (all of us) this will change the way you think about it.  I recorded a short 5 minute interview with Richard and Andrea on my Iphone – that teaches a couple of their concepts. The info is invaluable! 20090806-090145 Get their book on Amazon or at www.goforno.com Leave your comments below and let me know what you think of the interview.
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The True Definition of Belief

Beliefs are the core of who we are, what we do, and the success that we acquire. In 1948, Claude M Bristol wrote a wonderful book entitled, The Magic of Believing. In his book he explains that there is one common strand woven throughout the many cultures and religions he investigated. All people, whether primitive or civilized, have shared a particular philosophy that is central to their culture. People of all ages have ascribed to the idea that if you believe that something will happen, it will take place. It is the power of belief that causes things to happen in our lives. Most people define beliefs as inward convictions, a feeling of certainty about what something means. They are what you hold dear and are rooted deeply within. A belief is both mental and emotional. It is imbedded in the mind and in the heart. Your beliefs will dictate
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What Are You Committed To?

When you really decide it means you cut off all other options. It means you make a commitment that is unwavering to get things done. When you commit at that level, I have watched as miracles have happened. Whether it be in business, athletics, marriage, as parents, or with health issues, I believe that when you commit fully, providence begins to kick in. William Hutchinson Murray said, “Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is but one elementary truth … that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.” What are you committed to? Commitment requires more than a simple decision. It is final and absolute. Deborah Brown described the 7 Characteristics of Committed
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A Powerful Word

Last week I had a chance to be part of a special retreat with my friend Kevin Hall, the author of Aspire. (http://www.powerofwords.net) Kevin’s book has become a definite top ten, and I would recommend it for everyone. It is about words, and it is full of tremendous insight and experiences that will help you in business and in life. At the event, I met a man named Pravin Chikouri, who flew in from Vienna. Pravin and Kevin met almost by chance many years ago as their two paths crossed in a fabric store that Pravin owns. As they talked and Kevin shared his reason for his visit to Vienna, Pravin shared with him a word that was important in his life. Pravin is Indian and his mother taught his a word when he was a boy, that became a way of life. The word is Genshai, and it means
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Finding Purpose in Work

This morning I spoke to about 75 business owners and executives in Utah. They are all part of a networking company that seeks to build business through fostering stronger relationships. The subject they asked me to speak on was employee engagement. That may be an unfamiliar term, but employee engagement is the measure of those people that are willing to go the extra mile for a project or a coworker. It represents those that apply extra effort even when no one is watching because they take pride in their work and their organization. On the level of heart and soul, they feel a sense of purpose in their work. Now, according to that definition, how many of you would define yourself as being engaged in your work? And how many of your people would be defined as engaged? I believe that engagement is the process of aligning purpose with profession.
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Watch This Video

I wanted to post a video that will open your mind to new possibilities. Last week I took a group of people to a private resort for a leadership retreat. The resort is in Boulder City, Nevada and it was built by a friend of mine named Craig. Craig is a wildly successful entrepreneur and as I have gotten to know him the thing I have come to understand is that he places no limitations on what is possible in his life. You will understand when you see what he has built. Pirates Cove is a private residence with 5 houses, over 22000 sq. feet of living space, 5 kitchens, 3 pools, 2 waterslides, a sunken battle ship, raquetball court, full gym, and much more – all with a pirate theme. It is possibly my favorite place on earth. As you watch the video – recognize that limitations are mental
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Passion – Push Through The Pain

I am sure there is a goal that you are passionate about. Something that you are pursuing with all of your heart. What is it? Is it your business? The relationship of your dreams?  Weight loss? Most people think that passion is just enthusiasm for what you are doing, and it is that, but there is more to it. Even though you focus on what what you love, it does not mean it is always going to be without challenge. The word passion originated in the 12th Century, originally used by Christian Scholars who were describing the suffering of Christ. Passion is more than just love; it is willing suffering for something that you love. It is when the feeling in your heart supersedes the challenge that lies in front of you. A family friend recently went through major surgery where he received a kidney transplant because his body had
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