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Important Books for Personal Growth

This can get thick. Let’s start small.

Finding Your Personal Mission

Don’t call it destiny. It’s not about some existential thing but figuring out ideas and pursuing your bliss, however you define that…

The entrepreneur, angel investor, podcaster, and best-selling author of Choose Yourself, James Altucher busts the 10,000-hour rule of achieving mastery, offering a new mindset and dozens of techniques to help you Skip the Line. Here’s an example for your daily habits:

  • Physical: Eat, move, sleep. If you’re in bed sick, then a purpose will do you no good.
  • Emotional: Trim the toxic people (even if they are “friends” or family) and be with the people who love you and support you and whom you love and support.
  • Mental: Exercise your creativity muscle every day. Just write down ten ideas a day on a pad. It will become a creativity superpower.
  • Spiritual: Surrender to the things you cannot control… Only focus on the things within your control. Have no anxiety or regret or resentment about what you can’t control.

Organization and Time Management

Once you know what you want to focus on, it’s time to zero-in and get organized. These have been instrumental…

You knew the 7 Habits was on the list, right? This book practically invented the personal growth movement.

The most famous is the 4-Quadrant. You want to stay in Quad 2, the important but not immediate. And stay out of that useless time-waster quad.

There, 6 more habits to go, along with a ton of other tips and strategies for moving your life forward.

Okay, I’m going to do you a solid here: I’m going to tell you The One Thing:

“What’s the ONE thing I can do, such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary?”

You’re welcome. The whole book is great but it all boils down to this one concept that you should post on your bathroom mirror.

Your Personal Mindset

I’m not saying you’re an angry person. We all have problems. But people tell you to chill. Perhaps take a vacation. Let it go. Turn off the TV.

Whatever they say, it’s fixable. Comedies can work, but first, read…

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

The purpose of your mind is to dream so if you’re in a nightmare, it’s YOUR dream. You are part of life so there is heaven and hell NOW – pick which one you want to live in.  The warrior’s goal is to transcend this world, to escape from this hell, and never come back.

The Agreements will help. Check it out.

Have I missed an Important Book?

Which book about the American experience is on your top 10 list? If I’ve missed one, please let me know and I’ll add it.