Outliers, the third book from Malcolm Gladwell, discusses the collection of factors that go into high levels of success. Gladwell uses real-world examples like Bill Gates and The Beatles to illustrate the journey from obscurity to mainstream success and how it is possible for anyone who executes the right strategies. Gladwell’s ability to break down some of the greatest success stories of modern pop culture into actionable steps for the regular reader makes Outliers a motivational read.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people has been helping people become more efficient for over 25 years.
These 7 habits give readers the skills needed to achieve self-mastery, and then use those skills to become highly efficient in working well with others. The Last Lecture is a lengthened version of the Final lecture professor Randy Pausch gave before he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”. The Last Lecture is an emotional and motivational read that highlights the role of student-professor relationship in personal development.
This book is the culmination of years of research by Stanford professor Carol Dweck on the theory of mindsets. The Purpose-Driven Life has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into more languages than any other book except the Bible. The book is structured around 5 core purposes for following one’s life purpose, which are worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and mission.
With over 100 million copies sold in over 40 languages since its 1923 publication, The Prophet is one of the best selling personal development books of all time. The topics covered in The Prophet include good and evil, religion, love, marriage, crime and punishment, laws and pain.
Getting Unstuck helps readers get rid of their vices and bad habits by discussing how attachment to these behaviors is a mental prison. The Power of Habit looks at the psychological processes behind the habits that form our daily routines. The Power of Habit gives the reader a road map to put the habit loop theory into practice and start consciously observing which routines are triggered by which cues, and the rewards for these routines. The Power of Now has been assisting readers on their journey to spiritual enlightenment since its publication in 1997. Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2011 Nobel prize in economics, wrote “Thinking, Fast and Slow” as a culmination of a lifetime of research in areas such as cognitive bias and happiness. This self-help book focuses on the characteristics that take a business from mediocrity to high levels of success. The core of Collins’ bestseller centers around 7 common characteristics that took average companies and made them outstanding. These 7 concepts cover everything from the importance of leadership to assembling the right team members.
The Art of Happiness embodies the foundational concepts of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy towards life. This attachment permits external objects or situations to dictate our internal emotional state. The Art of Happiness teaches readers how to achieve inner happiness, which is happiness not attached to any external forces. This book differs from most self-help books on the market in that it does not promote any “quick-fix” formula for growth. The Road Less Traveled preaches acceptance of the tribulations of life, and focuses on how to exist peacefully with these realities. Ariely continues to illustrate how we as consumers assign value to objects based on desirability, availability, and quality; and how all three of these qualities are completely arbitrary. Ariely teaches readers how to be conscious of this “predictably irrational” thought in order to make the changes needed to live a more efficient life. The Power of Positive Thinking paved the way for the self-help book centered on the theory of positive thinking as the sole determining factor in what we get out of life. The Power of Positive Thinking teaches readers how to break the habit of worrying about things outside of their control.
This 1984 self-help classic has sold over 35 million copies worldwide in over 30 languages. This 1994 book from Deepak Chopra embodies core Hindu beliefs and gives readers the tools to apply these spiritual laws to their daily lives. Each law is coupled with several strategies and anecdotes to help readers incorporate these laws into their attitude towards life.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living has stood the test of time as one of the most popular self-help books on the market over 60 years after its first publication. The first 7 sections outline Carnegie’s simple philosophies on how to handle worry in various aspects of our lives, such as decision-making and how we are perceived by others.
The main premise throughout the six interviews is the stories we tell are a mirror of the human psyche and are humanity’s way of interpreting the world around them. He surmises that we are all on “the hero’s journey” of our own life and our lives take the general trajectory of the hero’s journey in the world’s myths. The Magic of Thinking Big was first published in 1959 and its philosophies on setting goals still hold true. The Seat of the Soul provides a unique take on life that blends science, philosophy, and spirituality. The purpose of the book is to teach the reader how to cultivate this inner power to deal with life’s hardships.
Awaken the Giant Within is a collection of strategies for enacting change from self-help guru Tony Robbins.
Removing the limiting thought patterns that keep one stuck in their current position allows one to unlock seemingly endless possibilities for achievement.
An interesting fact about The 48 Laws of Power is it is one of the most requested books among American prisoners. The 48 Laws of Power illustrates 48 laws America’s rich and powerful use to acquire and maintain power.
As A Man Thinketh is a 1902 self-help book revolving around the theory of responsibility assumption.
The title of the book is based off a verse from King James’ Bible, which illustrates the Christian overtones of the advice.
Fooled By Randomness has been hailed by Fortune as one of the “75 smartest books of all time” for its work on the way humans perceive randomness. Taleb’s Fooled By Randomness is a good choice for those looking for a more pragmatic approach to the personal development genre. Brene Brown gets the title of Daring Greatly from a speech made by Teddy Roosevelt in 1910, in which Roosevelt muses on the courage it takes to make oneself vulnerable by “daring greatly”. The book begins with a discussion on how humans by nature do not put themselves in vulnerable situations since our reptilian brain relies on this risk assessment to stay safe. The reality is most risks that pop up in our daily lives are not life or death, and our reptilian brain limits us by keeping us away from feeling vulnerable. Daring Greatly helps readers free themselves from the prison of vulnerability, and to see being vulnerable as a desirable emotional state.
First Thing First is offers a pragmatic and simple to implement approach to time management that helps readers become more efficient by putting their “first things” first.
First Thing First gives readers a weekly worksheet to plan and prioritize one’s activities. Readers put every task through this classification in order to figure out the most efficient schedule for their weekly planners. This book is all about self-hate, and how self-hate is a main factor in stopping us from achieving our goals. Huber provides a strategy based on daily meditation to foster a feeling of unconditional love towards oneself. Codependent No More has helped millions of people break free of the prison of codependent relationships. Codependent No More made its mark as the first book on codependence written for the average reader. Battie shows how those who try to help an addict or someone who is depressed can provide the breeding ground for an unhealthy codependent relationship.
A Return to Love was one of the first books ever endorsed by Oprah and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. A Return to Love is the source for the inspirational quote that begins “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”. This quote encapsulates the main theme of unlocking one’s potential through an unrestricted child-like love for life. The Brain That Changes Itself is a personal development book on the topic of neuroplasticity. The book uses case studies of people with brain injuries to illustrate how other areas of the brain adapt to compensate for the injured area. Doidge also uses case studies of children to show the brains’ changes as the child learns a skill.
Starting Strength is widely regarded as one of the best barbell-training guides on the market.
The book contains illustrations for each exercise so readers can see how each exercise is performed. The Success principles is a culmination of the tips, tricks, and skills Jack Canfield has developed over 30 years as a best-selling author and motivational speaker. Canfield’s book covers 64 principles of success that cover a wide variety of subjects, such as love, finances, and interpersonal relationships. Murphy’s book on the subconscious shows just how much of our choices are made on autopilot. Murphy uses scientific research to back his claims regarding the power of the subconscious.
This book, published in 1980, is responsible for bringing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to the forefront of psychoanalytic theory. Over the last 35 years, “Feeling Good” has become one of the most recommended books by psychologists to help depression patients understand their destructive thought patterns. Burn’s theories in “Feeling Good” have revolutionized the field of Psychology, which has solidified its place among the most significant self-help books ever published. The Science of Getting Rich helped define the self-help genre with its publication in 1910. Wattles theorizes that the most efficient way to get rich is through cooperative creation instead of selfish competition.
These 7 principles have helped millions get on track to the life they envisioned, no matter where they were at in life.
Kushner answers this question by describing God as a being who tries to ease suffering to the best of his power; however, not all suffering can be eased since it is a natural part of the ebb and flow of life.
Kushner gives his readers timeless strategies for developing a solid foundation for handling grief. Koch provides his readers with a guideline for devouring these principles and apply them to all aspects of their lives. Self-help gurus such as Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar have used Maltz’s “Psycho-Cybernetics” as inspiration for the strategies they have used to help millions of people free themselves from mental barriers. The driving force behind Maltz’s work was to find out why setting goals is so effective in helping people achieve success. This book from former professional Baseball player Frank Bettger contains everything one needs to know to become a successful salesperson. Bettger covers several topics such as; how to create and maintain enthusiasm, how to be confident in every sales conversation, and how to turn a no into a sale. Giblin outlines how self-esteem is just our ego at work trying to grow, and low self-esteem is a matter of starving the ego. This works by being able to suppress one’s ego to appeal to another’s ego in order to ultimately further yourself towards your goals. The primary goal of all this research is to show readers various techniques to evolve their consciousness.


These conversations meander through a wide array of life’s troubles, and how to solve them through Buddhist philosophy.Chodron focuses mainly on strategies to cope with life’s curveballs.
The workbook portion of the book outlines ways to deal with and overcome these anxiety disorders without medication. Other strategies include breathing and meditation techniques, as well as mistaken beliefs towards anxiety. Hill’s book has received wide recognition from academia for its development of the field of positive thought. Hill preaches 17 simple principles the reader must adapt in order to achieve wealth, status, and happiness simply by believing it will happen.
He traces the origin of the shift from “being” to “having” being the driving force of America to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
Fromm outlines how his readers can revert to a life revolved around “being” to enjoy the unlimited joys life has to offer. Harris shows how intense experiences from childhood remain present in the adult subconscious and dictates much of our automatic and irrational response to outside stressors.
Harris provides strategies to live in a constant state of “I’m OK and You’re OK” and enjoy what life has to offer. This 1990 national best-seller defines the concept of “learned optimism”, which is the theory that happiness is a skill that can be developed. Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems, written by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger is a winner and it happens to be by one of our favorite poets for boys, Jack Prelutsky. This post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.
For boys who love Jack Prelusky, who wrote such greats as A Pizza the Size of the Sun (our personal favorite), there comes another book destined to become a classic among kids. Stardines is a fun book with made up “creatures” that are part real animal and part inanimate.  For example you will discover Tattlesnakes, Sobcats, Bluffaloes and Magpipes. On the copyright page of Stardines the illustrations are listed as miniature dioramas and assemblages created using combos of a variety of items including vintage engravings, beeswax, paper, wire, etc. We just might have to create a dioramas soon and we will definitely be on the lookout for more from Carin Berger.
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This title is great for poetry lovers, future illustrators and those who like a bit of fun and nonsense.  Loved it! Finding the best gross books exposed me to many things that I would rather not know and quite a few that I could have gone my whole life without seeing a picture of!
This post may contain affiliate links which means we may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. A companion to the Grossology books above that also stands on its own is Hands-On Grossology.
Honestly there are hands-on activities to do, historical references, lots of science, new vocabulary and plenty of other great learning ops that boys will get just from handing them books these books that they will likely really enjoy. Again we request that any publication printing the list attribute the list as shown below.  Attached is a high resolution image for the Spring 2013 list. More and more Americans are escaping big city or suburb life for one in the country on their own 40 acres, trading traffic and honking horns for the quieter, simpler life of a farmer. Born in Westchester County, New York on October 9, 1992, Tyler James Williams can be seen this spring co-starring as computer whiz Monty in CBS' Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, a new spinoff series.
Broker Bryan Pickens describes why investing in Texas offers substantial benefits from a variety of standpoints, including taxation and regulation. Michael Howard is a musician; he has been in the business for over thirty years and he’s that incredible conundrum you want to figure out.
The book starts with information on finding bricks, building tips, sorting and storing, online resources and much more. The next section is Historic Wonders which starts with The Wall of China and includes Old London Bridge (fabulous) and more. One thing I like for its interest and learning aspect is the inclusion of historical and background information for each “wonder.” Whether for one of the bigger builds that is eye candy in the book, or for the smaller builds that come with directions, each one includes a blurb telling about it. A special thank you to Ella of Quintet Publishing Limited for supplying the images for this post.
Gladwell uses his training in Psychology and experience as a journalist to analyze complex social theories and present them in a way that is easy to digest. One example of such strategy is the “10,000 hour rule”, which states any skill can be acquired by anybody willing to put in 10,000 hours worth of practice. Originally published in 1989, Covey boils down the common habits of the most successful people into 7 easy to implement habits for the reader to incorporate into his or her everyday life.
The book focuses on core principles for his children to embody as part of their everyday lives.
Her basic theory is that our mindsets towards our skills and behaviors are the determining factors in achieving our goals. Someone with a fixed mindset towards their skills and intelligence believes these traits are inherited and cannot be improved.
Warren has called his book the “ anti self-help book” because it focuses not on improving the self but instead focuses on discovering and following God’s plan for a fulfilled life. It is divided into 40 chapters with the author’s intention of the reader reading 1 chapter each day.
The plot is structured around a prophet named Almustafa who has conversations with townspeople on a variety of topics while waiting to board a ship. It gives readers tips on how to address these behaviors by being comfortable with one’s uneasiness. It discusses how our daily habits become unconsciously engrained by our brains to free up processing power for more important tasks. Establishing new habits is just a matter of consciously assigning a cue and reward to each routine you wish to establish. This book blends psychology and spirituality in a quest to teach the reader how to see through the illusions created by the false self. It has sold 4 million copies and has principles that apply to everyday life as well as the business world. It also covers setting lofty goals and working as a team to develop a disciplined approach to sustain success. The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth By M.
Instead, Peck promotes self-discipline as the foundation of sustainable personal and spiritual development. The main strategies Peck employs are delayed gratification and acceptance of responsibility. Ariely begins by defining rational thought and how what we think of as rational thoughts are often irrational.
The values of self-control and self-awareness are what makes Predictably Irrational a self-help classic. It set the groundwork for books such as “The Secret”, which deals with the Law of Attraction. It gives practical exercises designed to get the reader to focus their negative energy into positive energy directed towards achieving their goals.
A reoccurring theme throughout each law is the idea that the world is like a boomerang; whatever you throw out into the world will come back to you.
Carnegie’s book defined how a generation of readers faced the worry controlling every aspect of their lives. The 8th section provides various stories, from all types of people, which show how they used these strategies to conquer worry and live a fulfilled life.
It is a companion to the 1988, six-part documentary series on PBS, in which Campbell discusses the role of myth throughout human history.
Schwartz provides strategies for visualizing yourself achieving your goals and channeling that feeling for motivation. The main message Zukav stresses is the idea of humans going through a psychological and spiritual evolution. Robbins states the reason people struggle with change is they are not aware of the behaviors and reasons behind bad habits.
Robbins conveys this information through easy to understand prose, which makes Awaken the Giant Within a wonderful read.
It is also a favorite of world leaders like Fidel Castro and hip-hop superstars such as 50 Cent. Greene presents these laws with actionable steps for the average reader to incorporate into their approach to life. Responsibility assumption states that humans have complete and total control of the external events that happen to them. While originally published with Christians in mind, this book has evolved in the modern era as a self-help book that transcends all faiths. Taleb breaks down the various ways humans assign meaning to a series of independent random events. The authors’ main theory is people do not know how to assign importance to their tasks, so they spend too much time on mundane tasks and too little time on important tasks.
She discusses the different ways self-hate manifests itself and how this negative self-image keeps us from having the confidence necessary for success. Battie defines codependence as relying on relationships with others for our own self-worth and happiness.
She provides readers with strategies on how to help others emotionally without becoming an external source of their happiness. It has been credited as one of the main driving forces for bringing the concept of spiritual well-being to the American mainstream. It has been an essential tool in helping millions unlock a spiritual path to happiness for over 20 years. Neuroplasticity is the idea that the wiring of the brain that controls our habits and thought patterns are constantly changing. He highlights how repeating an action or skill over a long period of time actually re-wires the neurons in the brain.
This 3rd edition is updated with new testimonials and expanded exercises to maximize results.
It analyzes what each exercise does so the reader can understand what’s going on with their body and work towards their ideal physique. Canfield carries the feel-good tone of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series into this self-help classic. Throughout the book Canfield provides stories of famous celebrities and significant people from history who have used these principles to achieve greatness.
This scientific basis makes “The Power of Your Subconscious” a great choice for the rational skeptic.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a treatment strategy for depression that involves conscious restructuring of harmful thought and behavior patterns under the care of a trained psychotherapist.
It was one of the cornerstones in popularizing bibliotherapy, as research has shown depression patients who read “Feeling Good” as a supplement to regular check-ins with a mental health professional see sustained improvements in mood.
The first page paraphrases the Hindu philosophy of Oneness, which ties into all of the ideas portrayed throughout the book. The main message is that humans are born with all the power they need to achieve their dreams.
Moore combines research from renowned Psychologists, such as Carl Jung, with spiritual truths to provide a guide designed to nurture the soul.
Moore highlights how the archetypes that pop up in ancient myths are mirrors of the human psyche, and that we all can embody any of those characteristics with proper nourishment of the soul. It draws inspiration from the Pareto Principle, which states 80% of effects come from 20% of the causes. He is known as the forefather of popular techniques such as creative visualization, which has helped countless athletes achieve and maintain peak levels of performance.


The first and most important point the book makes is that selling is not just selling a product. He teaches readers how everyone you encounter is letting their ego control their actions, and once you understand this fact you can get people to do what you want. This 1983 book dives into a wide spectrum of disciplines, from the scientific to the esoteric, to provide a holistic understanding of why we do what we do.
Techniques like yoga and tantric breathing are combined with theories like semantics and relativity to understand the mental constructs that keep most people in society in a perpetual state of unconscious anxiety. Bourne has spent most of his professional life as a psychologist researching how anxiety works, and how one can overcome anxiety through cognitive behavior therapy. The main thesis of this book is that one’s frame of mind is the deciding factor between success in failure, not only in business, but in all aspects of life.
Numerous celebrities, CEOS, and politicians have used this book to achieve the pinnacle of success in their fields. Fromm critiques 1970’s American culture by saying America has become a culture obsessed with “having”. Once goods were able to be mass-produced, more people were able to afford a wider variety of things. The basis of this theory is humans are shaped through their transactions with other people, and that their sense of self is constantly changing due to these transactions. The theory revolves around meeting negative self-talk head on and fostering an encouraging inner voice. He devotes an entire section for parents on how to free their children from pessimistic thinking. Gross but not over the top – Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook Gross Junior Edition  It begins with the human body (boogers, barf, spit, gas, burps) and moves on to the house, school and also a bit on animals. He begins with The Ancient Wonders which include The Great Pyramid of Giza and building directions for a mini sphinx and a very cool scarab. This is a bit different than what I was expecting as it includes Modern Medicine and Modern Communication and other topics such as this.
I am rather fond of LEGO mosaics and the first build is a mosaic depiction of Aurora Australis. Boys will learn a lot just by looking through the book and reading those little bits of valuable info.
It highlights the importance of a mentor, as well as paying it forward by being a mentor towards others. Giving oneself the permission to dream is essential in turning abstract dreams into concrete goals. Those with a growth mindset towards these traits believe that anything can be improved with hard work and dedication.
Each chapter is filled with timeless nuggets of wisdom from the Bible, which provide readers with guidelines on how to live the ideal Christian life. The information is delivered in 26 separate prose poetry essays, blending the world of poetry and self-help.
The Prophet has served as a handbook of life for readers for 90 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Chodron discusses how most of our anxiety and procrastination comes from living in our heads.
It is being uncomfortable in one’s skin that fuels all addictive behaviors and Chodron provides essential actions for remaining grounded in the present. The Power of Now shows the reader how the ego is the source of all fear and anxiety, and that releasing attachment to the ego relieves these tensions. Tibetan Buddhism teaches how to surrender the feeling of attachment towards ideas and objects. This timeless advice from a spiritual guru has cemented the Art of Happiness’ place among the best self-help books of all time. By accepting responsibility for every action of our daily lives, no matter how mundane, we eliminate the bad habits and limiting beliefs holding us back from unlocking our potential. The first chapter sets up the rest of the theories by discussing how humans use relatively to make their decisions. These exercises show readers how to embrace their inner power and realize they deserve to receive even their wildest dreams if only they align themselves with the energy of positive thought. She teaches her readers that most physical disease is a manifestation of emotional and spiritual unwellness. It preaches the importance of setting lofty goals and embracing the power of positive thought to achieve these goals. As these visualizations start manifesting themselves, the next step is to spread the good news.
He then discusses numerous proven strategies for making one’s behaviors a conscious decision instead of an unconscious habit. It has been dubbed by critics as a cult classic for its widespread success among America’s rich and famous.
The book covers areas such as negotiations, how to get people to do what you want, and how to maintain the ideal relationship with superiors in the workplace.
This book served as the basis of the “mind over matter” style of self-help book that has become so popular among the New Age movement.
Her book is a guide in working through the reasons for this codependence and helps the reader foster internal happiness.
Rippetoe’s book breaks down the form and science behind each exercise to make weight lifting easy for the average reader. With daily practice these principles of success can fast track anyone to realizing their goals. With these benefits it is no wonder Murphy’s book on the power of the Subconscious has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Burn’s best-seller is responsible for bringing this theory out of academia and to the average reader. It was the inspiration for modern “mind over matter” classics such as “ The Secret” By Rhonda Bryne and “Think and Grow Rich” By Napoleon Hill. The principle of Koch’s best-seller is the idea that you accomplish 80% of your tasks with 20% of your effort.
Maltz shares these same techniques with his readers to help them turn their abstract dreams into concrete and achievable goals. Letting our inner voice be a cheerleader instead of a critic is a simple way to rid worry and foster confidence. We let the amount of possessions we own dictate our happiness levels, and think that any uncomfortable situation can be solved with more money. Eventually most people had enough disposable income to buy goods that have no other function but to be a symbol of status. This holistic collection of positive-thought strategies has the potential to turn even the worst pessimist into an optimist.
However, I know a LOT of boys who really get a kick out of all things gross and disgusting.
Make sure you take a look to see if the books are appropriate for your family before handing them off.
Make fake blisters and wounds, make animal poop and fake blood, pee and spit experiments and more. I like this book (well, you know what I mean) because it is very appealing both visually and with its text style. Today we are reviewing Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from LEGO by Warren Elsmore.
Warren mentions that he and many other LEGO brick artists use CAD software when designing their builds.
It is a good book that deserves a look and would make a nice addition to any LEGO lover’s library. The book focuses on teaching the reader how to progress from the prison of fixed mindsets to the freedom offered by growth mindsets. The negative side of this thought process causes us to feel inferior because we constantly compare our lives to others. These are positive messages that the reader writes down or reads aloud every day to reinforce mental and spiritual strength.
Broadcasting good news sends out gratitude to the universe and keeps the positive cycle flowing. The second fallacy is we view the world as explainable when in reality there is no explanation for the succession of independent and random events that make up reality. Wattles calls his thought process “The certain way of thinking”, which we know today as “The Law of Attraction”. The problem with most people is that 80% of their effort goes to completing only 20% of their tasks. I like it when a LEGO book is not just a showcase but also gives ideas and details so that boys can create these builds at home. It includes directions for a clown fish, butterfly fish, and coral so you can make your own reef. This focuses on Pausch’s idea that the best way to learn something is to think you are learning something else.
It takes an academic approach to the self-help genre and backs up every claim with numerous academic theories. This simple strategy is why Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life is still among the top selling self-help books after 30 years. The Science of Getting Rich is a superb read for those who want a self-help book whose advice has stood the test of time.
Whatever the case, when I sit down with a book, it has to capture my attention right away, lest it remain on the nightstand collecting dust, or I plop it into the Goodwill pile.Last week, I sorted through the nonfiction shelves in our bedroom and parted with more than a dozen books. There is a good amount of reading in here but it doesn’t seem like a lot as it is in small bites. The final subject is Pausch summarizing the various life-lessons he learned throughout his life.
Thinking, Fast and Slow is a great read for those looking to dive into communication and psychological theory while simultaneously improving their lives. There are things like mummies and cannibals in here but they do give the facts on these and other subjects, as well as some interesting tidbits.
Regarding The Big Book of Gross Stuff — those with weak stomachs may wish to steer clear.
If I hadn’t read or returned to it in a while, it was time to say goodbye.The books that remain aren’t trendy. When I first read it, I dog-eared pages, underlined sentences, and scribbled a “to do” list on the first page.
Though he once was on the brink of job burnout, marital distress, depression, and other major health issues, he learned the power of a certain two-letter word.The Power of NoChapter one opens with the story of Michelangelo’s statue of David. When an admirer asked the great sculptor how he achieved such an amazing work of art, Michelangelo replied with this strikingly simple description: “First, he said, I fixed my attention on the slab of raw marble.
I studied it, sketched a few simple pencil drawings on it, and then ‘chipped away at all that wasn’t David.’ ”Has it really been six years since the mailman delivered the cardboard box with the well-timed book? I can connect with friends I haven’t seen since my high school graduation nearly thirty years ago, at the exclusion of connecting with our own children down the hallway.An Unexpected BeginningIronically, the section on work begins with the mention of Sabbath.
It feels tough to let go and even like we’re walking backward, but it’s necessary for designing an attractive home and an excellent and beautiful life.”This weekend, I’ll cull through the rest of the books in our bedroom. I’ll practice saying “No” to the trendy editions, in favor of books with timeless principles.Like the small, red paperback.




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  1. 24.05.2014 at 11:25:13
    TSHAO writes:
    Life after a retreat sufficient lead.
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    Began reading his books severe commitment, Jon Kabat-Zinn recommends 45 minutes and applications all based.