I wanted to do a book review post but more specifically about books that have inspired me, in the hope that they can also inspire you. Some of these books I come back to on a regular basis and I feel like each time I open them up I learn something new. Others are books that have just stuck with me over the years, appearing in my mind when I need something to guide me.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
So to anyone who knows me, they will know that I am a little obsessed with this book and its teachings. I briefly referenced it in my previous post, ‘The Quickest Way To Get To Where You Want To Go‘, but I think I owe it more of an explanation.
The Secret was written by Rhonda Byrne a native Australian who was going through a difficult time, her business was failing, she had an enormous amount of debt and her heath was pretty bad too. She was given a book by her daughter and this opened her eyes and introduced her to ‘The Law Of Attraction’.
Plainly put, ‘like attracts like’ or ‘you are what you think’. The Secret is a deep dive into the law of attraction and all its secret. If you are someone who feels as though you are stuck in a rut or that bad things always happen to you, then this is the book for you. If you are someone who has found success, or is on a path towards reaching your goals then this is also the book for you.
This book is a serious game changer and one that I think should be part of the national curriculum in schools, it’s teachings are relevant to EVERYONE!
My personal recommendation is to actually download the audio book, as it is far more comprehensive then the written book, its a total of almost 5hrs of infinite positivity and wisdom.
Dancer By Colum McCann
This book seems very stereo typical for me, being that I am a dancer and performer myself, however there was something different about this particular book.
It tells the story of the great Rudolph Nureyev, written as a novel rather then a standard biography, starting with his life in the Soviet Union all the way through to his death after his many great years of dancing. It depicts both the glamorous and the dark side of his life and what life was like to be a young male ballet dancer in the 1950’s and 60’s.
I think this book has always been an inspiration, because it’s a testament to what it really means to dance and what it means to be ‘born to dance’. As a young boy, through all the odds he worked hard to do the one thing that he loved more then anything else even living in a country where it was forbidden.
This book makes me thankful for the opportunities I have had growing up and makes me so proud to be part of such a unique, inspiring and fulfilling art form.
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
Now I have to be honest, I haven’t read this book for a while, however it is a book that always comes in to my mind at times when I ‘feel’ particularly lazy or unmotivated. The subject of this book is how to make you the most productive that you can be, basically by doing things 10x more. You know those days when you know there are a couple of errands to run or calls to make and for no particular reason you procrastinate and take your time to do them …. Don’t!
It also talks about the best way to set goals, set them 10x greater, after all if you only reach half your goal wouldn’t you much rather have half of £1million then half of £1000.
This book is all about taking action, in order to see results, and that is exactly what happens. If you really read this book and take its advice on board then you will most definitely experience results.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
This book I first read when I was at secondary school at the tender age of 16, and I remember it really shaping my way of thinking. This book is slightly different as it is actually based around a story, told in the first person rather then feeling like a typical self-help book.
It is the journey of one man on a path in Peru to find his purpose and subsequently the purpose of mankind. In order to do so he must find a series of insights written in an ancient manuscript each one teaching him a lesson in finding the path to enlightenment.
The book states that all humans are made up of an energy that we give and receive to the world around us and the suffering and negativity we feel throughout life is due to the continuous power struggle for this energy between ourselves and others. It teaches us that we need to work as a collective to give energy to each other and in return we shall receive it and reach a higher sense of self.
If you love Yoga or Mediation, this is definitely the book for you!
The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
I know this is another Rhonda Byrne book, but it is literally the book I refer to EVERY SINGLE DAY! After listening to The Secret I often found it hard to continue thinking in that way, it’s easy to slip back into old habits and negative thoughts often influenced by the environment that we are in. This book puts a stop to that, by focusing on the most important element of The Secret … Gratitude.
Most people think of gratitude as saying the words “Thank you”, but it is so much more then that, it is a feeling, an emotion and a way of life, it is the way to ensure that every day is a good one and that you always feel happy.
This book is ideally to be read over the course of a month as each day you are given a daily practice to help you make gratitude a way of life, and it works. Both myself and my girlfriend Karen read this book at the same time and every single night we would come home to each other excited and full of stories to tell from that day.
Even if you don’t read this book (I really hope you do!) I ask you to do one thing, every morning write 5 sentences starting with the words …
‘I am so grateful for …
You will be surprised at what a difference it makes to your day.
So those are just a few of the books that have inspired me over the years, I would love to hear any recommendations for the future, just pop them in the comments below.