3 books that got me out of 12 years of weeds

Here is a review of 3 very important books in my life. After my business and personal bankruptcy in February 2007 followed by the death of my mum at 62 years old in April of the same year, I spent 12 long years living an ineffective business life, blaming myself, circumstances and others for the misfortunes of 2007.

I should have shaken myself out of those doldrums long before 12 years later but I couldn’t and I didn’t. Finally I did realize that if I wanted to get out of those self created weeds and get out of my own way onto a road to success then I had to change my thinking and mindset.

Reading books is an investment that is well worthwhile in my opinion.

Coming in at #3 on my list:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill


“Every chapter of this book mentions the money making secret that has made fortunes for more than five hundred exceedingly wealthy whom I have carefully analyzed over a long period.

The book contains the secret, which has been put to a practical test by thousands of people from almost every walk of life. The secret to which I refer has been mentioned no fewer than a hundred times throughout the book. It has not been directly named, for it seems to work more successfully when it is merely uncovered and left in sight, where those who are ready and searching for it may pick it up.

If you are ready to put it to use, you will recognize this secret at least once in every chapter. I wish I could tell you how you will know if you are ready, but that would deprive you of much of the benefit you will receive when you make the discovery in your own way”.

This great book has been updated for today’s reader. It was originally published in 1937. As with all these books in my list you need to approach the contents of what you are reading with an open mindset.

I often poo pooed this subject matter previously but I had to realize that if I wanted to move out of the weeds that I was in for 12 years into the life I imagined I would have to adjust my mindset and be more open to the philosophies of successful people. 

Give this book a try for yourself..

Book #2:

Invent and Wander – The Collected Writing of Jeff Bezos

“Despite his fame and influence, he has remained, behind his boisterous laugh, somewhat of an enigma. But through his life tale and writings, it is possible to get a sense of what drives him.

Through this book you can learn many of his lessons and secrets that are revealed in Bezos’s interviews, writings, and the annual shareholder letters he has personally composed since 1997.

“”We like to invent and do new things,”” he says, “”and I know for sure that long-term orientation is essential for invention because you’re going to have a lot of failures along the way.””

Bezos’s interest in space travel, he says, helps remind him to keep his focus on the distant horizon. Among his many strengths is his ability to keep his eye on that distant horizon, as he has done at Amazon. In the mission statement for his space company, he wrote, “”Blue Origin will pursue this long-term objective patiently, step by step.”” Blue Origin’s shield has a Latin motto, Gradatim Ferociter: “” Step by Step, Ferociously.””

I really enjoyed this book – no matter your views of Jeff Bezos he took an online bookstore idea and turned it into the behemoth of Amazon that we know and love today.

The book is a series of yearly shareholder letters. In each letter year over year you can see Jeff’s unrelenting focus on customer experience and long term thinking.

One thing I have suffered in my personal and business life is lack of long term thinking and planning and wanting success to come too quickly. I don’t mind hard work but my impatience in life and business has been a detriment.

This book may be an acquired taste but I enjoyed it and I hope you will too. 

Give this book a try for yourself..

Here we are at #1 on my list:

The Possibility Principle by Mel Schwartz

How would you like to live your life? It’s an intriguing question, and yet we’ve been conditioned to believe our life visions and goals are often unattainable – until now. WIth The Possibility Principle, psychotherapist Mel Schwartz offers a revolutionary approach to living the life we choose.

Though science has vastly expanded our knowledge, it has also led us to adopt a world-view where we see ourselves as insignificant specks in a mechanical universe. Now, insights from quantum physics reveal that our universe is, in fact, a vibrantly intelligent reality and that each of us plays a vital role in shaping it. In this groundbreaking book, Schwartz shows us how to integrate this new quantum worldview into our everyday lives, allowing us to transcend our limitations and open to infinite possibilities.

The Possibility Principle reveals how we can apply the three core tenets of quantum physics – inseparability, uncertainty, and potentiality – to live the life we choose, free from the wounds of our past and the constraints of our old beliefs.

I walk around with this book, it is a security blanket for me as it has changed my life for the better. I am currently reading it for the fourth time – with every new read I learn something new that I then try to live my life by.

This book has freed me up to start living a life I imagine living and put me on a path to attain my goals and keep moving forward in life.

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