Along my everlasting search for betterment, I began reading more and more specific genre of books. The kind of books that I thought may help me stay motivated, determined and on track, whatever my goals or projects may be.
I figured, while I was bettering myself, I might as well start with my mind, that which can never stop learning and evolving. So I began reading books written by folks that were either on their own self-improvement path themselves or by people that reached their own successes in their endeavors, whatever they were.
The list I am sharing is a list of 4 books that inspired and kept me motivated and driven during the beginning of my professional writing venture. For you see, I began writing poetry about 16 years ago (for my own pleasure and enjoyment), then about 9 years ago (shortly after meeting Victor and all his musical talents), Victor and I were writing songs…I fell in love, with Victor just as much as with writing music. At this time I also began to realize what tremendous impact music and words have on all of us. I did know to an extent, however, I don’t think I understood the complexity and significance of it until this point. It is also when my choice in music I listened to started shifting a bit. But we will leave that for another time.
When Victor and I decided to start blogging, I was extremely excited, although I did have to come up with strategies to keep me going throughout the entire learning process. Contrary to popular belief there is much to learn about this so evergrowing profession. If you know me, you probably also know I love starting new projects, new businesses, new all kinds of everything. Despite this, sometimes, with some projects, I lose interest. It could be that they were never meant for me. Nevertheless, I know this about myself and I also know I love to write as much as I love to continuously expand my mind. Consequently, I must do this in a somewhat organized and strategical way, as a business often requires (if it wants to succeed).
The following are the books that got me started on this path as well as kept me on it:
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
What a great little easy read, with a magnificent message. To give is to get. Give what you can, give who you are with the best intentions to help, to make someone else’s life more enjoyable. Be prepared to genuinely give yourself if you want to get back what will truly help you have a happy and more significant life. The story itself in this book is entertaining and it definitely conveys the message.
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
This book has a clear and direct approach to relating the philosophy of “you are what you think”. It kept me interested while highlighting and repeatedly reminding me how this philosophy is as important as breathing.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
An inspiring story. A story that tells us to live in the moment, while finding balance, discipline, courage, and love. And realizing that our time is one of the most underrated yet most precious gifts that allows us to enjoy all beauties of life.
Stephen King On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
How could I leave out this book? I am embarking on a writing adventure. What better book than this one to aid me in the process. It is practical and packed with important information. It is not only helpful but remarkably entertaining. I could not contain my giggles several times throughout the many straight-forward and hilarious paragraphs. It is a MUST read!
There is such a unique feeling when burying oneself in a book. It is an escape, a wonder, it is imagination at its best. It is a world presented by someone else while having the freedom to experience it your own way. It is a conversation with someone from the past, with someone from a different world or life. Another perspective, an opportunity to experience the world through someone else’s mind and emotions. Whether it is to enhance our minds, our spirits, our professions, whether it be to simply entertain ourselves, or to escape into a world of magic, wizards, and adventure, reading is an absolute joy. Everyone should immerse in it and soak up all its delightful charms and teachings.
Let us know what books do you recommend?