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!
I was inspired to talk a little about the concept of Giving and Receiving after reviewing Part 4 of The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel.
I really love to give gifts. For some reason, I love the whole action of thinking of what someone might enjoy, and then going through the process of procuring the gift.
And the gifts I give aren’t always of monetary or material value – sometimes they involve food. 🙂 For example, when I was growing up, every Christmas season I would don a little red & green plaid pinafore that I used as an apron, and start baking chocolate chip cookies.
I made DOZENS of these chocolate chip cookies. Then, I would carefully arrange them on paper plates, and walked over to various neighbors’ houses and give them all away (well… ok, I kept a FEW for our own family).
I had so much fun doing this. I never did it with any expectation of receiving anything back. The warm feeling I had inside my heart always seemed to be enough.
Even though I’m not a kid anymore, I still do this! Even down in South Carolina where I am wintering as I write this post, I did it. I am staying in a condominium complex where there aren’t a lot of residents, I have gotten to know the staff here. So I baked for all of them!
Anyway, I wrote a little bit on the topic of giving and receiving. Please click here to read my article => On Giving and Receiving as Inspired by Charles F Haanel and The Master Key System I hope you enjoy the article!
If you are a member of my Self Development Strategies newsletter, you may recognize the information in the following post from one of my newsletters.
The inspiration for this topic comes from Part 8 of Charles F. Haanel’s famous The Master Key System – an early self-development correspondence course from around 1917 or so.
First of all, let me say how much I enjoy the The Master Key System. I learned about it some years ago when I was initially beginning my own now-passionate journey of personal development. I got to know the work of Tony Michalski over at Kallisti Publishing, and he is truly one of today’s best known experts on Mr. Haanel’s work.
Anyway, this is an excellent visualization exercise that I would like to share with you, in hopes that it offers a little inspiration and motivation to keep moving forward.
Right now, you are currently sitting at a computer, reading this post.
Have a quick look around the room where you are sitting, and pick out an object – anything will do. A book, perhaps. Or a chair, or table – maybe even your very computer.
Now, take that object, and trace it back in time from where it is now – all the way back to its origin.
For example, the chair in the room came from a store. But before it was at the store, it was in a delivery truck. Before then, it was being painted or upholstered at the factory…
Before then, it was being pieced together… etc. Finally, it was pieces of wood, shaped from a tree which had been trucked over to the lumber mill…
Do you see how this progresses?
Finally, before that, there was a plan that had perhaps been rendered by a draftsman or furniture designer…
And finally, we get to the designer him or herself. He or she had an IDEA in mind – a thought – one way or another about a chair that would look just like the one that currently sits in your room.
The THOUGHT preceded the resulting ITEM, did it not? Someone had to first think about a chair before the chair could be produced.
It is the same with everything. EVERYTHING begins in thought – an idea. The things you are working toward – all your dreams, your goals, your objectives – all these things had to begin with a THOUGHT.
This is why thinking about what you WANT to attain (versus what you do NOT want in your life) is so critical.
This is why we emphasize getting clear about what you want to begin with. Otherwise, if you do not (or if you think only about what you do NOT want), it will be very difficult for you to take action steps toward making those goals come to pass.
And action, as we know, is how we move forward.
So, use this exercise in your own process. Think about some of the wonderful things you have already accomplished in your life, and race the results back to their origin – where they first crossed your mind to begin with.
This should give you the inspiration and faith to know that your current goals and objectives have an exciting journey ahead towards their fulfilment.
By the way: Here is a page on some categories for personal goals and motivation, if you’d like to “nudge” your brain a bit. 🙂
A little more about The Master Key System: I think that one of the reasons I enjoy Mr. Haanel’s instruction so much is that there is no “fluff” surrounding it. He is showing us how to use our minds, our imagination, and our abilities to concentrate in a concrete, step-by-step way.
If you are serious – REALLY serious about learning how to focus and use your power of concentration effectively, then I urge you to have a serious look – you can find The Master Key System at Amazon. I use a lot of personal development tools – and this is, by far, one of my favorites. Tell Tony I say hi! 🙂
PS: If, for some reason, you have not yet bought a copy of my Goal Planning Strategies Guide and newsletter, please visit my Self Development Strategies site! If you decide to buy it, I thank you!
PPS: If you would like to read another article inspired by Charles F. Haanel, here is the link => On Giving and Receiving – Inspired by Charles F. Haanel.