4 Must Read Books

Joshua Greene
4 Must Read Books
I’m not much of a reader when I was growing up, it would always take me too long to read and by the time I finished reading something, I couldn’t remember what I read nor was I able to retain it. However as time marches on, and new technologies have presented themselves, I have found that I do a better job when it comes to “reading” by downloading audio books.  Technically it’s not reading but I’m able to learn from the books by having the author or someone else read the book to me.  As I was writing that, all I can picture is a child being read to by one of their parents.  I guess it is fitting my company is called Forever Young.  
But we know books are full of useful information, and being part of society I think it is important that we continue to grow as person, and keep our mind running at full capacity, and books do that.  Since I’m been able to find a way to enjoy books, and be able to retain what I’ve learned from these books, I have made this part of my daily routine while driving.  Usually anytime I’m driving somewhere I have at least a 20 plus minute drive.  So when my commute is 20 plus minutes I will either listen to a podcast or a book.  A pro tip is turn the speed up to 2x (or faster if you app has the ability).  I have found that I can still fully understand what is being said, and I get a book done twice as fast.   It does take some getting used to and I did work my way up by starting at 1 then 1.25, 1.50 and so on.  
5 books I think everyone should read who wants to get more out of their life, and have a more productive day are as follow (not in any order)
By Mel Robbins
According to her website, “The 5 Second Rule is simple. If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it. The moment you feel an instinct or a desire to act on a goal or a commitment, use the Rule. When you feel yourself hesitate before doing something that you know you should do, count 5-4-3-2-1-GO and move towards action. There is a window that exists between the moment you have an instinct to change and your mind killing it. It’s a 5 second window. And it exists for everyone” 
That pretty much sums up  the book, however the book does go into more detail on how the science behind of this works, and gives plenty examples on how to incorporate this into your daily life.  If you ever have a thought of doing something and then when it comes time to do it, your mind talks you out of it, this book is a must read for you.
By Paulo Coelho
“The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.”
The bookend pretty much says it all, but how does this book a fictional book help us in our daily lives? Great questions and my sarcastic response would be, “read the book and find out”.  But while the story is fictional, and may be a little hippy-like for some, it demonstrates the power of believing in  yourself and manifesting your dreams.  I think there is some true power in that.  I’ve experience this first hand.
By Don Miguel Ruiz
Tom Brady once said in an interview on how he prepares for each new football season and part of his routine going into a new season is reading The Four Agreements each year.  
” A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.THE MASTERY OF LOVE: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship Don Miguel Ruiz illuminates the fear-based beliefs and assumptions that undermine love and lead to suffering and drama in our relationships. Using insightful stories to bring his message to life, Ruiz shows us how to heal our emotional wounds, recover the freedom and joy that are our birthright, and restore the spirit of playfulness that is vital to loving relationships.THE VOICE OF KNOWLEDGE: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace Don Miguel Ruiz reminds us of a profound and simple truth: The only way to end our emotional suffering and restore our joy in living is to stop believing in lies — mainly about ourselves. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, this breakthrough book shows us how to recover our faith in the truth and return to our own common sens”
Once you understand and can master the four agreements you have in this life, it helps to navigate yourself it a more effective and efficient way.  This will be unique to you, but as more and more people understand The Four Agreements the better society grows.

How to Win Friends & Influence People

by Dale Carnegie
While an older book, this book is still practical today, and has been updated with newer versions, however I thin the one is still holds up and is fine to read and not necessarily to read the others (however please do so if you warrant it).    This book tells you how to build meaningfully relationships and how the best ways are to communicate with others in a way for you to get what you want, while allow others to still feel important, needed and a equal.   We’ve all heard the saying “its not what you say it is how you say it” Well this book tells you how to say it!
If you have read any of these books, let me know what you think.   Am I missing any must read books that we can add to our que?  What are you currently reading?  Let us know.

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