Aah, the how to books section of the library and book store. One of the most diverse and for sure a favorite department of mine, along with history and sports.
But I don't think, try as I might that I could find a way to fit sports books into the dual sub themes at books-empower.com. History editions are certainly a part of the financial literacy side. And I guess you could make a case for medical history playing a role in the cardiovascular health side of our website.
In this page, I'll offer some how to books that fit a few particular areas. Nearly all the posted pages on this web site can be found in the Page Directory located in the left margin.
We'll begin this written discussion of how to books by suggesting some compilations that could help with both cardiovascular health and financial literacy. At the end I'll also give you a few books for particular projects.
In most cases getting started is the hardest part. I know it is that way for me.
To really move forward from either a health or financial standpoint, we need to create action. That means breaking through inertia. Here are a few great how to books to get moving in a positive direction.
* "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson. In this series of short chapters, the author provides insight for various targeted groups. I've read and re-read his edition, "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff-For Men" and get something new out of it each time.
* "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy is an excellent choice for cutting past procrastination. That may be the thing that holds most of us back. Brian Tracy will give you some easy to follow steps in this little book with short chapters.
* "Failing Forward" by John Maxwell is a must read. I've included it in my list of classic books for these themes. If you cannot accept and learn from failure, you will be afraid of mistakes. Getting past this phobia is an empowering move in the right direction.
* "The 7 Habits Of Highly Successful People" by Stephen Covey is the very best goal setting book ever written. Why we do not place this book in the hands of very high school sophomore is a mystery to me. We must be able to plan, set and execute goals to succeed in any endeavor.
* The 21 Success Secrets Of Self Made Millionaires." Brain Tracy makes this list again with his classic how to book about achieving success. It is the perfect compliment to the aforementioned Stephen Covey masterpiece.
* "Something Else To Smile About" by the master of motivation, Zig Ziglar. What we think about is what we become. This very small book gives us an empowering thought for each new day.
* "The Lamp" by Jim Stovall. This very short book teaches us about seeing what is possible when we realize our own talents. I think there would be far fewer chronically sad people if they read this little book.
* "Chicken Soup For The Soul" by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. This is another good choice to get your thinking right. We could all use more of that.
* "Mentoring 101" by John Maxwell. This is another series of books filled with short chapters and plenty of wisdom. You'll find specific topics covered such as leadership, teamwork, mentoring, and relationships. These how to books are perfect for early morning reading to get you ready for a successful day.
* "The Power Of Passion" by Jamie Clarke and Alan Hobson. This incredible book uses the backdrop of several attempts to summit Mt. Everest as a teaching tool about teamwork, humility and perseverance. I was actually able to hear Jamie Clarke describe part of this powerful message in person several years ago. I would suggest you also place this book into the hands of your older children.
* "Rich Dad Poor Dad." This section must start with the best book ever written about financial literacy. Probably one of the most criticized as well. Mostly because the author, Robert Kiyosaki challenged the lack of financial education provided to all of us and called out deceptive "professionals." Be sure to read this very important member of the list of classic books.
* "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by G. Edward Griffin. This is the kind of vital knowledge Robert Kiyosaki points out in the previous selection. Mr. Griffin lays out in detail how and more importantly, why the federal reserve was secretly created.
* "How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes" by Andrew and Peter Schiff is another book that should be required reading for all high school students. And all adults. You will get a solid understanding of how markets really work and why they cease to work from this great edition. Very highly recommended.
* "Why "A" Students Work For "C" Students and "B" Students Work For The Government." Robert Kiyosaki once again ruffles some established feathers by voicing the truth. This time he points out cracks in the education and finance systems in the world. He also teaches us how to work through those challenges.
* "Personality Plus" by Florence Littauer. The inability to get along with people in work situations or any other type of group effort is very likely the biggest reason people fail in those settings. That inability stems from not understanding the different types of personalities in men and women. This book does a great job explaining the four main personality types and how to relate to all of them.
* "Sales Dogs" by Blaire Singer. If not understanding others is the biggest reason people struggle, not understanding ourselves would have to be second. This book uses the metaphor of dog breeds to describe how to be better in business or workplace settings based on our own personal talents and limitations. While it is sort of geared to people in sales, the message is worth reading for everyone. Because in reality, everything is sales.
* "The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership." John Maxwell makes the cut with a third book. This is one of the best books on leadership development. Another very highly recommended edition.
* "Fish" by Stephen Lundin A small book with a short title. And a big message. As a team building book, this one is excellent. It uses Pike's Fish Market in Seattle as the backdrop.
* "Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson. I have the audio version of this excellent book. Change is a scary thing. How to handle change and adversity can cause inaction bordering on a sort of paralysis. Dr. Johnson gives some quality insight along with plenty of subtle humor in this how to book.
* "Codependent No More" by Melody Beattie. I've also added this book to our list of classics. This is one that hit me right between the eyes. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. I found that many people believe they don't need this information in their own relationships. I was one of those people. Sometimes we don't know what we don't know.
* "Fix It" by Dr. Chauncey Crandall will be mentioned several times within the pages of books-empower.com. This instant classic explains the various diseases that effect our heart. He tells us what is happening and why. And he explains how heart disease can be reversed. Or even better, avoided. I cannot imagine why anyone would not not grab a copy of this book and read it at least twice. It is that good.
* "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis. Dr. Davis describes how too much wheat product consumption is causing serious health challenges to many people in America. Wheat seems like such a safe product, but for many people it is not a good thing. If you are battling weight gain and think you are doing everything right, maybe you should take a look at this book. And take a look at how much bread you are eating.
* "The End Of Overeating" by Dr. David Kessler. In this how to book we learn first hand how the food industry and the major additive corporations are working together to keep us hooked on their high sugar, high fat, high salt plates of good tasting toxins. This is a fascinating look into the corporate world of food preparation. You'll learn so much by reading this great book.
*"Altered Genes, Twisted Truth" by Steven M. Druker. This is a long, investigative edition about the corruption at various levels concerning our food supply. In this page, I've listed some easy reads. This is not one of them. But the information is very important. I will caution you that you might get that "60 Minutes" effect when you realize that we've been intentionally misled for decades about what we consume everyday.
This is just a beginning list of some how to books to improve your finances and your health. These topics do go together because stress over finances causes many heart related conditions. But with knowledge comes belief. With belief comes action and with action comes results.
Which leads to more belief, more action and more results. Many times it just takes a couple how to books to get the ball rolling. Then you'll welcome change and thrive on it.
Speaking of change, here is a video from someone I've known for many years. He has embraced change in the energy arena. Check out what he has accomplished with some inspired knowledge and diligent effort.