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Below are some of my favorite inspiring resources. For
me they have resulted in personal growth and improved business results.
In his groundbreaking book, Jim Collins immediately lays out how to improve ANYTHING in a no nonsense way. While Good to Great is a business book, you can apply it to your family, your finances, your LIFE. The author starts by telling you what real leadership is. Then he explains the importance of hiring the right people. Are you starting a band? It applies to the musicioans you play with. The author reveals The Hedgehog Concept. That's about core strengths, one of your most powerful life insights. On to The Flywheel Concept, and the momentum of good things taking place. Get your finances in order with this concept. Here is a book that can improve your own life, your hobbies and interests, and family finances by applying these great ideas to yourself. If you insist on using these concepts at work in business, sure, it's fantastic for that too.
In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle speaks to us on the level of being, and allows us to remain there. He reminds us that words are signposts, not the thing spoken about. He shows us not a path to some form of enlightenment in the future, but he awakens us right now. With a subtle form of humour and deep caring, he points to the layers that hide us from ourselves, and gently strips them away. In a practical style of sharing, he offers a variety of portals to the experience of awakening. Without theories, without psychology, without effort he gestures, gently turning us in an unexpected direction. Before you even realize it, you are here, in disbelief, you are here, in awe, shocked, you are here. All you can do is take a deep breath.
In her book Loving What Is, Katie shows us the way out of the thoughts that trap us in a world of pain. I consider her work to be a bridge between psychoanalysis and spirituality. In very simple to understand terms, Katie gives you the tools to free yourself from a life of suffering and confusion. In the workplace, people familiar with Katie are free of the gossip, backbiting, and other negative behaviors that are corrosive to team and to a company. Her book A Thousand Names For Joy is beautiful in a poetic way as we get to experience Katie in a very intuitive and non-technical way. Byron Katie has done great work all over the world, and these books are a pathway to sharing her work.
Meant for personal growth, Ruiz blends ancient lore of the Toltec Indians with a modern manual consisting of four basic steps. The Four Agreements, states simply and clearly what you must do, with the promise of living in Heaven on Earth right now. By adhering to these four practices, your life will change dramatically for the better. 1) Be impeccable with your word, 2) Don't take anything personally, 3) Don't make assumptions, 4) Always do your best. The book explains how to put these into practice and face the daily challenges that try to prevent you from being the peaceful warrior. It is a powerfully awesome book, not to be underestimated, for it is in perfect alignment with all the great teachings and paths towards enlightenment. Yet the formula is deceptively simple.
"The way to do, is to be." There are a number of translations or interpretations of The Tao Teh Ching, by Lao Tzu. My favorite interpretation is the one by Witter Bynner, though it's fun to compare it to the more literal translation by Burton Watson or the modern translation by Stephen Mitchell. The ancient Lao Tzu offers us a business, political, social, and personal way of living in harmony with life. The Tao is is a blend of the practical, the mystical, and the profound. Although the the book can be read in a sitting, its wisdom is of value for a lifetime.
Here is a running list of other titles I think are very
Be As You Are by Ramana Maharshi
Here is the description from Amazon.com
few people know that Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote a major work
on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his
most important but also his best work. He spent twelve years in research
and many months in France doing archival work and then made several
attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell. He
reached his conclusion about Joan's unique place in history only after
studying in detail accounts written by both sides, the French and the
VIDEOS - DVD's
I recommend: Ground Hog Day, Being There, The Man Who Would Be King, The Sound of Music, The Secret of Santa Vittorio, Paycheck, The Game, The Time Machine (Original Version from 1960), Zorba the Greek, The Giant Mechanical Man, Elizabethtown, The Mask of Zorro, The Shawshank Redemption, Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, 12 Monkeys, The Sixth Sense, The Others, Cast Away (with Tom Hanks), The African Queen, The Grapes of Wrath, Fantasia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jean De Floret, Manon of the Spring, and more to follow...
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