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Readers R Leaders !
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Readers R Leaders !

I wanted to bring you a special blog for the weekend. I have been thinking about how important books have been in my life. I was prompted to just sit down early Saturday morning and write this to the readers of The Road to Motivation.

Charlie Tremendous Jones, when he was alive, was fond of saying this in his speeches:

“You're the same today as you'll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

Let that sink in a moment. In five years we will be the exact same except for the books and people that have touched our lives. Leaders are readers; people that have something on the ball, and know where they are going with their lives.

I don't know too many successful people that are not reading all the time. Books and libraries are the secret to success. I hear people say, all the time, I sure wish I could have gone to college to get my degree. There is a full college program free of charge at the local library. The library card is totally free if you will only avail yourself of its services.

People come up to me and say, "you just don't understand my situation. I simply don't have the time." I do know this, we make time for what's important in our lives. If reading is important, if getting a first rate education through books is important, you will find a way to get it done.

Still others come up to me and say I just can't read, I don't like to read, my attention span is not good. I say hog wash! Excuses, excuses... again we have the attention span to watch hours of television and movies, we have the time to play hours of videos games...etcetera, etcetera....

It goes back to where our priorities are in life. If you want your children to grow up being readers, then you must be a role model in your home. If your children are not doing well in school maybe they don't see their parents being serious about their own personal growth. Try reading at night to yourselves or here is a better idea: Turn off the television and read to your children. This is something they will remember long after they leave the home. My parents were readers, and they read to me while I was growing up.

I challenge you: When was the last time you darkened the doors of a Barnes & Noble? When was the last time you went down and supported your mom and pop book store by buying a book? You people that are techie types, get a Kindle, or Nook and download the books electronically. We truly have no excuses not to be readers.

Sometimes I think we forget in this great country of ours how fortunate we are to have the freedom of the written word. Some countries don't have freedom of the press or freedom to express ideas in books. There are countries that have banned people from reading written materials. These countries know the power of ideas and thought and what they are capable of. If people ever get to read them and let them sink down into their souls, it could truly revolutionize a person's whole life.

I want to close this blog piece with a list of the books that have meant a lot to me. This is just some of the books that have meaning in my life. I could not possibly list all the books. Some are motivational, some are not. These all come from my library of some 4,000 books I have in my personal library. I say that just to prove how much I stand behind books and being a reader, it has changed my whole life around.

1. The Bible ( Amplified, or The Message translation) easy to read and most importantly easy to understand)

2. Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

3. All You Can Do Is, Is All You Can Do, But All You Can Do Is Enough - Art Williams

4. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

5. Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude - Napoleon Hill

6. The Power of Positive Thinking - Norman Vincent Peale

7. Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman

8. Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield

9. Heart Thoughts - Louise L. Hay

10.The Magic of Believing- Claude Bristol

11. The Magic of Thinking Big - David Schwartz

12. Man's Search For Meaning - Viktor E. Frankel

13. The Shack - William P. Young

14. Feel the Fear, and Do it Anyway- Susan Jeffers

15. WishCraft - Barbara Sher

16. The Power of Having Desire - Bruce Garrabrandt

17. The Power of the Subconscious Mind - Dr. Joseph Murphy

18. Negaholics - How to Overcome Negativity - Cherie Carter-Scott

19. Who Switched My Brain off? - Dr. Caroline Leaf

20. Change Your Words, Change Your Life - Joyce Myer

Books For Fun and Humor

1. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson

2. Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson

3. Barbara Johnson- Any of her books really uplifting and funny

4. Erma Bombeck - Very Funny stuff

5. Lewis Gizzard - Funny books

6. David Sedaris - Funny stuff

7. Andy Rooney - Funny Writer

There is not time in one blog piece to list all the books that have had value in my life. I will definitely do more of these book pieces. I feel it could probably help some people in their lives. FYI, most if not all of these can be purchased on CD or Mp3 format. No excuses... go out today and take the kids to the local bookstore and make a purchase for them and most importantly, for yourself.

Street Talk

Loved Man's Search for Meaning. One of the first books I started off with was Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Need to go back and reread this. Thanks

  about 7 years ago
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