For Spring 2010: 20 Must Read Books to Inspire You ~ Why Get Stuck on Stupid?
“Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is You – unstoppable.” Grace Slick
As we approach the spring season, it is time to dust off those cobweb covered bookcases, crawl out from your hibernation hole, take off your winter woollies, and refresh your resolve/resolutions. March 20th is the first day of spring, so you have two weeks to pull it together and get reading before the lazy, frivolous days of summer arrive.
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” Victor Hugo
Dearest Blog Reader: I posted a version of this piece on my Blogger site- my monthly Google run blog and I know you will find something on the reading list to hold your interest.
Here’s to a Merry March and welcome to the 65th day of 2010. This is the 9th week of a non-leap year with 365 days to play or progress. By now, you’ve had time to see your year unfold and it’s critical to revisit your plan and kick it back into gear. Today is Sunday (at least in the USA) and before you know it, this first new week in March will be over and any old patterns you planned to wave goodbye will be standing at your door begging to have one more go at you. We all have 299 days left to make a paradigm shift in our ways of thinking and being. The choice is clearly ours to make…
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Every year, people make genuine commitments to accomplish all kinds of goals but most lack the drive or stick-with-it-ness to tackle the necessary work or effort required. One of the joys of celebrating a new year and even a new season is that it gives all of us, globally, an opportunity to have a fresh start at our dreams; to change ourselves and our world. Of course, the secret is that nothing happens if we don’t change certain behaviors or focus our actions on results-driven tasks; tasks that will bear fruit.
“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
Unequivocally, it is time to give up the excuses and recognize that for the next 299 days, you need to take massive action. January 1st 2011 is not so far away and a pragmatic decision is in order. It begins with the mental food you decide to feed yourself; the conversations you have with yourself and how they impact the goals you set for yourself. What messages are you conveying to yourself?
While I don’t know what your specific life plans are, I suspect they have something to do with being better, more productive, creative, connected and compensated than last year. Keep in mind that a day wasted is a day lost forever. As a tidbit on important events that happen/happened in the month of March, you should note that on this day, March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the telephone. While the telephone is a fantastic invention, I would suggest that we all spend less time talking and more time doing – read, create, invent, restructure.
“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.” Lyndon Baines Johnson
Regardless of where your greatest needs or dreams lie, you will need to be prepared for the mental, physical, financial, spiritual demands that life brings your way. Start the day replenishing your soul with some of the great motivational readings inserted in this post and/or listed below. You can read a hard-copy book, a Kindle book, listen to books on tape or try the new Apple iPad. What matters is to stay mentally fresh, focused and fulfilled. Whatever you do, don’t get stuck on stupid…
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Gandhi
Essentially, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger; let everyone hear you roar in delight as you accomplish your goals. What are you reading that you’d like to recommend? Is there a book on the list that you enjoyed reading? Is there one that you didn’t like? Share your views and insights with me as I’d love to know what others are reading out there? Here’s to Your phenomenal success in 2010! Thank you!
RECOMMENDED INSPIRATIONAL READINGS FOR SPRING 2010
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? By Seth Godin (Hardcopy – Jan 26, 2010)
The One Thing Holding You Back: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Connection by Raphael Cushnir (Paperback – Jan 5, 2010)
No-Man’s Lands: One Man’s Odyssey Through The Odyssey by Scott Huler (Paperback – Jan 5, 2010)
A Year of Little Things: 100 Simple Ways to Be Happy by Caroline Somp (Hardcover – Jan 5, 2010)
Prayers to the Great Creator: Prayers and Declarations for a Meaningful Life by Julia Cameron (Paperback – Jan 7, 2010)
Riches Within Your Reach! by Robert Collier (Audio CD – Jan 7, 2010) – Abridged
How to Succeed in Anything by Really Trying by Lyman MacInnis (Paperback – Jan 12, 2010) – Limited Availability
Triumph Over Fear: A Book of Help and Hope for People with Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Phobias by Jerilyn Ross (Kindle Edition – Jan 13, 2010) – Kindle Book
The Immortality of Influence: We Can Build the Best Minds of the Next Generation by Salome Thomas-EL and Cecil Murphey (Paperback – Jan 26, 2010)
High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring It All Out by Austin Carty (Paperback – Jan 26, 2010)
Ping and The Way of Ping Unabridged CD Collection: Ping, The Way of Ping by Stuart Avery Gold and Christopher Lane (Audio CD – Jan 29, 2010) – Audiobook
If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone and Meredith Bryan (Hardcover – Feb 2, 2010)
Back to Life After a Heart Crisis: A Doctor and His Wife Share Their 8-Step Cardiac Comeback Plan by M.D., Marc Wallack and Jamie Colby (Hardcover – Feb 4, 2010)
DailyOM: Learning to Live by Madisyn Taylor (Hardcover – Feb 16, 2010)
Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life by Dara Torres and Elizabeth Weil (Paperback – Mar 2, 2010)
What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life by Bruce Frankel (Hardcover – Mar 4, 2010)
A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success by Ken Dychtwald and Daniel J. Kadlec (Paperback – Mar 23, 2010)
Fifty Is the New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood by Suzanne Braun Levine (Paperback – Mar 30, 2010)
Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel and Nelson Mandela (Hardcover – Mar 30, 2010)
Souls of My Young Sisters by Candace Sandy and Dawn M Daniels (Kindle Edition – April 1, 2010) – Kindle Book
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Until Next Time…
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