We are all undergraduates in the school of life. We are merely pupils. Students. We are here learning all that we can from mortality before we graduate. Not many of us get the option of knowing when we actually graduate. Some of us get the opportunity to learn longer than others. Let's maximize on this learning experience.
Learning starts in the home. I read this today and liked it...
"...If you want real change fix your household and families.
Educate yourself and your families.
Stop complaining and blaming others for your problems.
Be the change you want in the world.
It starts at home."
Law of Ambition- Luis Garcia
Knowledge is power. Today, I'm going to give you some powerful ammunition for your undergrad degree.
Here's 5 books that can change your life for the better. 5 books that can perhaps help you with your learning experience right now.
I have a confession to make. I'm a book hoarder. If my house were to burn to the ground, I'd probably be ecstatic that the flames did all the dejunking for me. I don't get attached to things. Except books. I write and journal and mark and fold and bath and devour books. You know how cookie monster eats a cookie when he finally gets his hands on one? Crumbs everywhere! That's me and books. If my house were to burn down, I'd be devastated to lose my books. When I send myself to time-out, it's to the library or book store. If you look inside my Amazon cart, the only thing you will find are books. I only wish I could devour books as fast as cookie monster eats cookies.
Limiting this list to 5 books was not easy. I could only do it by staying within the same genre. Non-fiction/non-religious/self-help.
I picked these books because on a daily basis I apply one or more principles from them. Daily. I think about what I learned from these books. Daily.
1. As a Man Thinketh (by James Allen)
Watch your thoughts like you would a movie. What reel is playing? Thoughts precede action. Want a different outcome to your life? Start here. Your brain is incredible and you control it. This book is amazing.
"Only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him."
"Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out al the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life."
Find "As a Man Thinketh" on Amazon
2. The Happiness Advantage (by Shawn Achor)
Shawn Achor is hilarious. Watch this and you'll see. This book is a great audio book to listen to. Life changing. Want to learn more about how to be happy? Look no further, this is it.
Find "The Happiness Advantage" on Amazon
3. How to Win Friends and Influence People (by Dale Carnegie)
This is one of the greatest books ever written about people and how to exist and thrive with one another. Right now we could all benefit from Dale Carnegie's advice and wisdom. Oh Dear Dale, please help us! This book needs to be resurrected and distributed as a school textbook. We could all use a refresher course in basic human decency and class and how to develop character and compassion with one another.
He reminds us of the Golden rule and how people want to be treated. He reminds us that we should become genuinely interested in other people, smile, be a good listener, not criticize or condemn. He covers it all. It's a reminder to me that we all can benefit from each other.
"Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him."-Emerson
Find "How to Win Friends and Influence People" on Amazon
4. The Color Code (by Taylor Hartman, Ph.D.)
I was in a conversation yesterday with someone I barely know. She mentioned she doesn't like confrontation. I immediately knew she was a white personality. I could then taylor our conversation in a way that she understood. Knowing people is essential. Get to know why people are the way they are. Understand yourself better too.
What color are you?
This book could also be titled, "PEOPLE: 101."
Find "The Color Code" on Amazon
5. The 5 Love Languages (by Gary Chapman)
All you need is love. Love is all you need. Sound familiar? It's true. Let's learn to love each other in a way that is meaningful. Learn the love languages of others and then show them how much you care. This book has been so valuable for me as a mother and wife. It can work wonders. I promise.
Find "The Five Love Languages" on Amazon
Stop what you're doing. Chill out. Read a book. Learn. Live happier and most importantly, LOVE.
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