Favorite Self-Development Books I Have Read

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Self-improvement has gone out of style in a world of tribulation. People agree with the message taught by Tony Robbins and others, it's difficult to implement the rules of success, just as, in many cases, the Bible's message has lost relevance.

Submitted: July 18, 2019

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There's no denying that this world is full of negatives. It seems that everyone I meet has a dim view of the world and the future. There doesn't seem to be many people who are satisfied with the way their lives have turned out. The majority have a limited perception of life.

This is an attitude that drags everyone into a state of constant anxiety and a lack of hope. A dismal future holds them back from reaching the potential they richly deserve. Poverty, doubt, resentment, and anger rule the lives of millions that have no hope of ever reaching their destination.

Part of the problem is due to the way most people grew up. Parents, teachers, and ministers focus exclusively on the need to make a living while subduing individual effort and sacrifice for the better good. The spiritual principles that create health and happiness are ignored. Centuries have passed while each generation lived in squalor without hope for a better lifestyle. Even today, despite technological advancements, few feel content and happy. Life exists on a foundation of frustration.

While we all possess remarkable talents, few ever work those skills to produce a better life. We learned to hide our talents, like the Biblical flame under a barrel on a foundation of fear that does not exist. We learned from parents who knew no better.

Such harmful practices caused me to be less spectacular at school and work. I doubted my abilities to rise over the acceptable group think that infected my friends and family. I was not intelligent (so I was told) t, to make waves or reach for the lofty goals of "successful" men and women. It was better to just go with the flow. If I tried to distinguish myself, I would meet with utter failure. This wasn't a positive message, though it left me dubious when I saw that some people were able to climb up from the ranks of poverty to the stature of a president like Abraham Lincoln. I wasn't convinced of what I was told to believe.

Though I was raised in a Catholic family, I questioned the beliefs of a wrathful God ready to destroy me unless I accepted the dictates of society. I reasoned that if God is all-loving, why would he condemn anyone for trying to better himself socially and spiritually. It didn't make sense that our loving creator should cast anyone down into a pit of brimstone because he questioned the standard beliefs of his time. While Hill, in my mind, existed, it had nothing to do with God's creation. Hell was something man has created for himself. A battlefield of blood, a famine, the scourge of disease were all creations of man, designed to subdue independent thought. God could never create a Hell-like the ones we have created for ourselves.

What the Father wanted was to see his creation succeed!

This led me to read extensively in the field of psychology and spirituality. As I read more, I was convinced I had the potential to reach any dream I hoped for. I read books. I listened to tapes.

To this day, such books are a source of inspiration and motivation. In the list below, I outline the essential books that anyone should read to fulfill their God-given potential:

  • See You at the Top and the Born to Win Course, by Zig Ziglar. Zig is one of the most inspirational leaders of our time. In his course, he emphasizes that no one needs to wallow in self-pity. With examples, he makes it clear that everyone has the potential for greatness.

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Because we are so negative, we often look with disdain on those we deem as different and beneath our belief systems. Dale's book is filled with pointers on how to get along with everyone we meet.

  • Think and Grow Rich Hill devoted his life to discovering what made famous people, such as Andrew Carnegie, great. It wasn't due to superior intellect, education of a wealthy upbringing. Anyone has the seed of success. They just don't fertilize it.

  • Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins. He's one of the most influential self-improvement gurus of our time. Anyone can rise from the depths of poverty to the heights of success by eliminating the negative thinking that holds so many people back.

  • Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do by Robert H. Schuller No one needs to wallow in self-pity. Everyone can achieve something in life if they work their dreams without fear of failure. Some will fail, but no one succeeds without making an effort today. Worry about tomorrow when tomorrow comes.

With this article, I hope to write more on inspirational topics and summaries. In a world of negatives, perhaps someone will see that life is filled with possibilities.

 


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