I admit to ALWAYS seeking out self help and personal development books online. Now, first of all, I do NOT have a Kindle (yet) and so I tend to read my books the old-fashioned way (that is, by actually holding a BOOK).
I really love books. I love the feel of books. The smell of books.
My home is FULL of books (John & I lost count – I think we have several thousand though).
But I still look for self help and personal development books online. Sometimes I buy and download the PDF versions, and other times I just buy the books outright. The thing I think I like best about holding and reading a physical book – other than the fact that it’s a little easier on my eyes – is that I can outline and mark up my book.
John doesn’t much like marking up books. But please understand that he’s been a rare and used book dealer for many years (shameless plug: You can see John’s very own website here at Buying and Selling to Make Money which we just got started a couple of months ago). So, when he sees me marking up a book, he says, “Remember, every time you write in the book you lower its resale value…”)
But, I have no intention of reselling them. Even if I bought my self help and personal development books online for next to nothing, I bought them as part of my own journey on the path of self development.
Which is why I have probably 100 of them!
Ok, I admit that recently (because we’re selling our house and we’re trying to lighten our “going into storage” load) I donated a big bag of some of my older self help books to the local St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. My problem will, of course, be to avoid RE-buying them next time I’m in there and see them on the shelf! 🙂
When I bagged up that bunch of books, I realized that there were some I just could not bare to part with. I confess to having a few favorites. These books have been a really big part of my life in recent years, and they continue to inspire and motivate me.
Wanna hear what some of them are?
Today, I’ll go over 3 of my favorite authors. There are many more, but for now let’s start with these classics!
ANYTHING by Ernest Holmes. Right now I am totally buried in the Science of Mind Textbook and Living the Science of Mind. I got turned on to Ernest Holmes purely by what some would call coincidence – another one of those yard sale finds! I happened to be at a yard sale in Myrtle Beach back in December, and came across Ernest Holmes’ Creative Mind and Success. It was a small book, and I poured over it and over it – re-reading passage after passage. I KNEW I needed more. So, off I trotted to Amazon, where I found both The Science of MindNew Thought Books) and Living the Science of Mind. So, that’s what I am really into right now.
Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a YogiBiographies & Memoirs of Religious Leaders).
I have adored Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings since 1997, when I came across his wonderful autobiography at a used book store in Portland, ME (Hah! You thought I was going to say “at a yard sale” didn’t you!) 🙂
I have read the book at least 3 or 4 times, and it goes almost everywhere with me (except on vacation where I travel MUCH lighter.)
I admit that when I first looked up The Master Key System by Charles Haanel, I was surprised to see that the information – written back in 1916 or so – was first offered as a mail-order course. Fascinating! Anyway, I found myself very intrigued by his work – and liked the way he presented the information (bullet points). It makes it very easy for me to go through. I was fortunate enough to get to know one of the Unites States’ foremost experts on Charles Haanel, Tony Michalski, whose website is an EXCEPTIONAL resource for “all things Charles Haanel” and MUCH more.
Not only can you get every one of Charle’s Haanel’s books there, you can also join Tony on live calls where he talks about the different chapters of The Master Key System and how to incorporate these strategies for success in life for TODAY’S life. In other words, Tony helps bring the words from 1916 into the 2000s and make it applicable for today’s world. Finally, Tony has additional authors he features on his site that you might find inspiring and motivational.
In a future post, I’ll go over where you can find a few OTHER of my favorite self help and personal development books online if you are interested in learning from some of these classics and masters. I know that they have helped me a great deal in my own life.
In the meantime, here are a few of the books I just mentioned, here at Amazon!
Another Job Interview Technique “Secret” by Career Jimmy
Actually, Jimmy’s job interview technique “secrets” aren’t really all that secret! It’s just that most people don’t or won’t use them. This I know, because I’ve used them with my own career coaching clients – some say they DID use them, others said, “Well… we’ll see how it goes.” Up to them! 🙂
Anyway, I’ll be posting numerous tips similar to this job interview technique “secret” by Jimmy Sweeney – aka “Career Jimmy” as time allows.
First, I want to let you know that I have been marketing Jimmy Sweeney’s stuff for a couple of years now. I was introduced to his “Career Jimmy” brand after I had been contacted by a career coaching client who had suggested that I write up a collection of my own tips which had helped that client – among many others.
Well, as it turned out, as I began to research what was already being sold on the marketplace I was more than a little surprised to see something that looked familiar.
I felt I was reading my own stuff, when in fact I had stumbled across Jimmy Sweeney and his product line.
I wrote to Jimmy right away, and as soon as he got back to me, I knew we were on the same page entirely! Anyway, at the end of the day, I realized that I did NOT need to write my own material on job interview techniques, cover letter writing, OR creating a resume at all.
I got my own copies of everything Jimmy wrote, and after reading through “Career Jimmy’s” work, instantly decided that this was as close to my own ideas and strategies as could possibly be.
Which meant that I didn’t need to write anything at all. By this time, I signed up to market the entire line of Career Jimmy products, which include his Amazing Resume Creator and Guide, Amazing Cover Letter Creator and Writing Guide, and the popular “Wow! You’re Hired” Job Interview Technique package.
Jimmy wrote an article that I am featuring here under my Career and Job Resources category. I’ll add more of his tips as time allows – and believe me, he has a LOT of good advice. Of course I’m a little biased since a lot of what he teaches is stuff I have also taught my own clients. 🙂
Anyway, you can have a look-see here at his latest article. Apply it and you will see that you are gaining more of your prospective employer’s interest!
Click Here =>The Career Jimmy Job Interview “Secret” that Most People Just Won’t Use
Boy, when I get inspired, I REALLY get inspired! People who know me are well aware of how fond I am of the spirituality behind the whole “As a man thinketh” idea. I absolutely love it!
Well, I came across a wonderful blog entry today (thanks to my friend David S. on Facebook in our “Positive Imperative” group). The article he brought to my attention was about “neuroplasticity” and our brain’s ability to create new pathways when others have been damaged. The article goes on to discuss the importance of making darned sure that our words are consistently positive.
It takes James Allen’s famous work “As a Man Thinketh” to a different level in light of more recent scientific discoveries than were likely known in Mr. Allen’s time. Of course, most of us have heard “Our thoughts become our words…our words become our actions…” etc.
In an article I just posted here at the site, I have given you the link to the article that David pointed out, and also offered a thought on how to encourage consistent practice in what the author (Barrie Davenport) recommends.
The topic is an important one, and I hope my readers will take it to heart. Please continue on to the page “As a Man Thinketh…With a Twist – the Power of the Spoken Word.” We all need to be vigilant not only about the thoughts we think, but what we say out loud.
Sometimes the most amazing words of motivation come out of the mouths of little kids. Also some of the funniest things! I’m old enough to remember Art Linkletter on his TV, “House Party,” where he had a panel of little kids that he spoke to. Sometimes – and as chronicled in his book Kids Say the Darndest Things – the kids would come out with some of the most hilarious lines!
I used to absolutely LOVE “House Party,” and in the accompanying videos, you’ll see why – I’ve given you a look at Art Linkletter, including a short video tribute with Bill Cosby that will blow you away. He was a very loved man, not only in the entertainment industry, but in my own house growing up as well. Regrettably, the world lost Art Linkletter in May of 2010 (he was 97 years old!)…
But, for the moment, I would like to share with you an absolutely WONDERFUL video of a little boy who recently overcame the challenge of riding a bicycle. When you hear him speak, you will be able to feel his enthusiasm rub off on you. And so, my friends, take this youngster’s words and joy into your own lives today! Enjoy this motivational and uplifting video! Thanks for visiting!
Little Boy Motivates the Whole World!
By the way – in case there is any doubt as to the impact Art Linkletter had on our world, please enjoy the following 2 videos!
Art Linkletter tribute with Bill Cosby.
The Best of Art Linkletter’s Kids Say the Darndest Things, vol 1.
This morning, while making my fruit and green breakfast smoothie, it occurred to me that it would be a good addition to the Healthy Living Tips section of the website!It has been quite a while since John and I disembarked from the good ship “SAD” (aka Standard American Diet). I still like my share of junk food, and am certainly not an extremist – but more and more, we find ourselves just eating higher quality foods, and less and less of low-quality and “dead” foods.
We just feel better when we incorporate more “live” foods into our lifestyle.
So, these days we tend to make a lot more use of our good ol’ Vita-Mix that we’ve had for years (compliments of my Dad – Thanks Dad!). We have become VERY fond of our smoothies.
Have a look at the article, and watch our video – where I make our breakfast fruit and green smoothie right before your very eyes!
Folks, as you probably know, I am very involved in internet marketing – and I am especially interested in spreading HIGH QUALITY information when it comes to internet marketing education.
In fact, I have been receiving numerous requests to bring more “self development for entrepreneurs” to the site – and I cannot ignore my readers’ requests!
As it turns out, over the last 6 or 8 months, I have become acquainted with a gentleman by the name of Jared Elvidge. Now, until I was in a course with Jared, I honestly had not heard his name before in the internet marketing education circles.
But, anyone who is a serious student of internet and affiliate marketing will soon be VERY aware of Jared.
Jared is not some self-proclaimed “marketing guru.” In fact, I’m guessing that when he reads this post – which he will! – he will proabably ask me to not even USE that term in the same paragraph with his name. 🙂 But, we’ve all heard the term.
With Jared’s permission, I posed a LOT of questions over the course of a few months. I had become so enamoured of his professionalism, helpfulness toward EVERYONE who reaches out to him, his integrity (there’s that word again! I must have people of integrity in my life), his values, and his genuine nature – that I just had to get to know him better.
As I did, I felt an impossible-to-ignore desire to write about him.
Please join me in my journey… The series of interviews I am about to share with you is quite lengthy. It’s in 5 parts, actually. I just could not cut anything out.
As you get to know and learn from Jared, you will soon find out why he is sure to become one of our most beloved internet marketing education professionals.
Please continue to the article here => Internet Marketing Education – and Integrity in Business and Life: Jared Elvidge
Although I truly did think that most people were already well aware of how the misuse of Social Media could make or break a job application or even threated the job itself, it appears that a lot of folks still aren’t taking it seriously.
Surely by now we’ve all heard of the terrible injustices done to this or that waitress or waiter who “tweeted” something negative about a customer or boss or whomever and then lost their jobs. I’m sure that people feel passionately one way or another about it.
As someone who has worked for many years with people – younger and older – about career choices, applying for jobs, development resumes and cover letters, and coaching them in preparation of their job interviews – I feel compelled to chime in on this topic.
It was after reading a variety of “tweets” and Facebook updates that made me think, “Wow, this person has no idea how he/she looks right now… I sure hope his/her boss isn’t seeing this on line! How embarassing!”
So, in the interest of doing my little part in bringing a friendly reminder to job seekers to be careful what they tweet and otherwise write about, I bring you my article on how Social Media Can Affect Your Career in my Career and Job Resources section. Please read – and comment – by Clicking => HERE.
I was just over at a self development forum, and was very intrigued by one of the member’s ideas for giving himself a “50 skill challenge,” which sounds like a great way to help set and achieve goals and objectives
This forum member, who goes by the user name of “Mounds” stated, “I can make you a guarantee with this challenge. If you walk into it and learn 50 skills in a year, you will walk out a better, more developed person. How can you not?”
What a brilliant concept! I always temper big goals or objectives with one of my favorite sayings by Carl Schurz (paraphrased):
“Ideals are like the stars. We may not reach them, but like the mariners on the sea, we chart our course by them.”
In Mounds’ case, he talks about some skills being more simple (and therefore easy to chalk off the list) – such as “learn to change a tire.” Certainly not a difficult skill to learn – and also one that would always be helpful to know.
He then mentions adding skills that present a bit more of a challenge, such as “Learn origami.” Or “Learn how to salsa dance,” or “Learn…website related skills.”
This is where I thought about categorizing and prioritizing the skills I might target for myself. Thinking about some of the examples Mounds offered, I could quickly determine that as cool as it might be to learn origami or salsa dancing, I honestly don’t see myself using the skill very often. First, John just simply does not like to dance. 🙂 And, origami might be useful for an art teacher – but, not really for me.
So, I thought about how this type of challenge would work best for someone like me. As I mentioned to Mounds in his thread, I’d probably give thought to what my OVERALL goals are for the year (or whatever time frame I’d consider for this).
What am I trying to accomplish this year?
There are a few things that come to mind right away.
For example, I would dearly love to sell our house – but we don’t know of any realtors who are using the type of marketing that we feel could really help. Putting the house on the MLS is fine – but what ELSE could bring attention to our home?
So, thinking in terms of the goal to sell our home this year, I instantly think of “video marketing” and “social network marketing.” To the best of my knowledge, the agency with whom we had the house listed last year didn’t do any of this. If they did, we weren’t told of it.
So, what skills would be required for me to bring myself closer to my goal? Here are some of the things I came up with that one might need to learn:
- Learn how to sign up for YouTube
- Learn how to record a video on the free “Movie Maker” tool that came with my computer
- Learn how to make a Fan Page on Facebook to market the house
- Learn how to stage a house for photos and showings
Then, once these skills are learned, I could build my objectives (targeted action steps) toward the goal, based on using these skills. For example:
- Prepare each room for photos
- Take photos of each room
- Arrange photos in Movie Maker and add captions
- Complete the movie and publish on YouTube
- Create the Facebook Fan Page and add the video
So, as a result of this exercise where I learned some new skills, I also naturally find myself moving towards my goals.
It’s certainly an interesting concept – and one that I think would be a lot of fun to work on. It’s just a little twist on achieving goals and objectives.
And, at the end of the year, I’d walk away having learned at least a FEW new skills – which is an accomplishment in itself!
In the meantime, I’ll let you know if I really do anything like this to help sell our home!
(2014 Update – the forum I talk about is no longer available; therefore, I removed any links to it)
Because, let’s face it – if we were all 100% successful achieving our goals and objectives 100% of the time, WHY are there so many books, audios, seminars, workshops, programs, products, potions, and lotions on the market today?
Because, it makes sense to say that we SOMETIMES FAIL at reaching our goals.
Now… that does NOT mean we are “failures.” I think it’s safe to say that there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between EXPERIENCING a failure and BEING a failure.
It’s kind of like taking a test in school. If you don’t do well in ONE test, that doesn’t mean you fail the entire course. Naturally, we could go on about this, and agree that if you continue to fail every test… well, you probably WILL fail the course. 🙂
But that does NOT mean YOU are a failure.
There are a lot of reasons why people fail to achieve specific goals or objectives. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that there was an entire library of books on the subject. Right off the top of my head, I can think of a few reasons why I, myself, have failed at reaching a few goals in my life:
- I THOUGHT I really wanted the goal, but it turned out I didn’t…
- I lost momentum after a “failure…”
- I felt I lacked the skill…
- I felt I didn’t have the support I needed…
And it could go on. If you are honest with yourself, you should be able to ASK YOURSELF: “Why am I not making the type of progress I want to make?” And after you ask yourself – quiet your mind and LISTEN to what your heart says. It could be any number of reasons. Oftentimes, our “reasons” are more “excuses” than actual reasons.
I’m intrigued by this topic, and am going to be writing more about it in the future. I feel it is a fairly complicated topic, and certainly don’t mean to gloss over it with a platitude such as “Oh, You can do it! I know you can!” There HAS to be more to achieving goals than that.
For starters, I just wrote a bit more on what I feel is one of the BIG reasons why we sometimes fail to achieve goals and objectives at my article here => Do You Ever Fail to Achieve Goals and Objectives? Please read it, and let me know what YOU think!
In the meantime, I’ll be exploring this more in future posts, because I really think it’s an important subject for anyone honestly working towards personal development.
I have always enjoyed learning from various popular self development teachers. I can be at a yard sale, and can spot a personal development book like an eagle spots his next meal from 1/2 mile up in the air.
Even if it’s a self development author I don’t particularly resonate to, I find myself picking up the book anyway. I can’t seem to help it!
There are times when I seem to pick up a book, and wonder, “What the heck am I doing with this thing? I am not a fan of his…” But I now realize that in almost every single book I find, I also uncover at least a small nugget of gold.
Here’s an example.
A couple of months ago, I found some books by Dr. Phil McGraw. Now, I confess that I had NO IDEA as to who Phil McGraw really was except that he was associated w/ Oprah Winfrey. But, I bought the books anyway. And lo and behold – as I sat down to read through some of the book, I found myself amazed at a story he told about a time when Oprah was being sued by some Texas cattlement for comments she had made pertaining to Mad Cow Disease around 1998. Evidently, Oprah just could not understand the obvious injustice of the attacks on her.
And her preoccupation about the injustice of it all was weakening her spirit. And, in order to face this multi-million dollar lawsuit – just or injust – she needed to be 100% present for it.
So, what struck me was Dr. Phil’s insistence that Oprah look at her situation realistically – and of course, this means we ALL look at our situations realistically. Instead of bemoaning “why” things are happening to us, he illustrated that we accept our situation and DEAL with it. I thought about the times I have spent in my life wondering, “How can this be? Why me? What did I do to deserve this?” etc.
But when I read Dr. Phil’s words that day, it really struck me as to how much time I have wasted in my own life, thinking of things that cannot be changed by worrying or stressing or avoiding them.
So, as it turns out, there are numerous gold nuggets in that book, and I’m holding onto it for now.
We can all learn from others. I feel fortunate to have stumbled onto many wonderful resources that I enjoy sharing. If you would like to see a little more here on my blog, including a list of author events from Hay House authors that you might enjoy, please see the article here: Hay House Author Events