People in the SFM community are motivated to change and improve their lives and so we all made a list of the books that have been helpful, related to personal growth and business.
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This list is in no particular order, but know each book on this list was important to someone in our community and they thought highly enough of that book to add it to this list. I’ll gladly provide my two cents on any book I’ve read.
Hopefully a few of these books will turn out to be important to you too!
1 – Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki. I’ve not read this book, but I listen to Robert Kiyosaki’s podcast regularly. He talks about how the educational system has failed us because the average person has no idea how money works. He tells his listeners and readers to invest in assets that produce tax-friendly income. He mentions that rich people own businesses that generate cash flow, rental real estate and commodities, like oil wells. Eventually you’ll have enough assets generating enough tax-friendly income that you can quit your job and never work for anyone again.
2 – Millionaire Success Habits, by Dean Graziosi
3 – Expert Secrets, by Russell Brunson and Roberty Kiyosaki
4 – The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne. I’ve not read the book, but the movie is one of my favorites. Rhonda wants the reader to know that we live in a Universe that’s based on feelings and that our thoughts cause us to feel happy, sad, afraid, etc. The law of attraction then takes over and delivers more to feel happy, sad, or afraid about. So, the key is to focus on the things that make us experience positive emotion.
5 – Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill
6 – Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself, by Dr. Joe Dispenza. I’ve not read this book, but Dr. Joe is amazing and definitely worth looking up. He has plenty of videos on YouTube.
7 – The Power Of The Subconscious Mind, by Joseph Murphy
8 – The Adventure of Consciousness, by Satprem
9 – The 5 Second Rule, by Mel Robbins
10 – You Were Born Rich, by Bob Proctor
11 – Mindset, by Carol Dweck
12 – The Universe Has Your Back, by Gabrielle Bernstein
13 – The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, by Vishen Lakhiani
14 – The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks
15 – The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod
16 – The 10x Rule, by Grant Cardone
17 – Beyond Belief, by James Coyle
18 – The Meta Secret, by Mel Gill
19 – Mastery, by Robert Greene
20 – The One Thing, by Keller and Papasan
21 – The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
22 – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma
23 – Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, by Peter Diamandis
24- Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor
25 – Wishes Fulfilled, by Dr. Wayne Dyer. I’ve not read this book, but Wayne Dyer was a master of the Tao and living in the middle and never at extremes. When living in the middle, in centered awareness, we manifest amazing lives.
26 – #AskGaryVee, by Gary Vaynerchuk
27 – Be Unreasonable, by Paul Lemberg
28 – Now or Never, by Alexi Panos and Preston Smiles
29 – The Traveler’s Gift, by Andy Andrews. This is a great book. The main character gets into a car accident and while knocked unconscious he is visited by seven figures from history and they share the secrets to living an amazing life.
30 – Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.
31 – Drive, by Daniel Pink
32 – The Mastery of Love, by Don Miguel Ruiz
33 – Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
34 – Start with Why, by Simon Sinek. Simon is a super powerful speaker and was a guest speaker at one of the SFM’s conventions!
35 – Power vs. Force, by David Hawkins. I used several of Dr. Hawkins books to write my thesis while getting my ministerial ordination. The premise is that our subconscious minds are connected to the collective subconscious mind and we can access all information by muscle testing. When asking the Universe specific yes/no questions, muscles go weak when the answer is ‘no’ and are strong when the answer is ‘yes.’
36 – Three Magic Words, by U.S. Anderson
37 – Man’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
38 – How to Raise Your Salary, by Napoleon Hill
39 – The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle and…
40 – A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle. The Power of Now and A New Earth are two of my favorite books. Eckhart discusses how our egos use our cumulative emotional pain (pain body) to keep us feeling separate from everyone and everything around us, but if we’re present in the moment we can diffuse the pain body to live a wonderful life.
41 – The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson
42 – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey
43 – Awaken the Species, by Neale Donald Walsch. I’ve not read this book, but love Neale’s book, Conversations With God.
44 – The Power of Intention, by Dr. Wayne Dyer
45 – The Greatest Miracle in the World, by Og Mondino and…
46 – The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino. I enjoyed this book. It’s an easy story that features a life-lesson.
47 – Chicken Soup for the Soul, by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
48 – You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay. Louise Hay passed away in 2018, but healed herself of incurable cancer by repeating affirmations of love and life. If you know someone with chronic health issues, Louise Hay’s books might be worth recommending.
49 – In Search of Your True Self, by Walter Staples
50 – The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale
51 – Crushing It, by Gary Veynerchuck
52 – The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace Wattles. The eBook is available for free online and I send it out to my email subscribers.
53 – Spiritual Economics, by Eric Butterworth
54 – Maybe It’s You, by Lauren Handel Zander
55 – The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success, by Deepak Chopra
56 – The Happiness Equation, by Neil Pasricha
57 – The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield
58 – Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell
59 – Psych-K: The Missing Peace In Your Life, by Robert Williams
60 – Kick Ass, by Mel Robbins
61 – The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael A. Singer. This might be my all-time favorite book. Michael Singer has an amazing story. He’s a guru who owned WebMD! He was an economist and after discovering meditation he dropped away from the path of education and finance and started a commune in the middle of nowhere in Florida. He teaches the reader that every time we experience an event that disturbs us, we usually close our hearts down around that energy pattern to protect ourselves from feeling it, but wind up actually trapping the unfinished energy pattern in our bodies and over the years they pile up and cause all kinds of problems. His book teaches the reader how to keep their heart open to allow disturbances to pass through.
62 – Dumbing Us Down, by John Taylor Gatto
63 – Life and Teachings of The Masters of The Far East, by Baird T. Spalding
64 – Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
65 – Practicing The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
66 – The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. This is a book that I often recommend to the couples I meet. Remember, I currently trade my time for money as a wedding minister. The book discusses the five main ways that people experience love and affection. Couples often speak different love languages and that can lead to relationship issues, but if we know our partner’s primary love language, we are better equipped to have a happy relationship because misunderstandings will be minimized.
67 – The Art of Self-Love, by Frank M. Lobsiger68 – Energy Anatomy, by Caroline Myss
69 – The Entrepreneur’s Solution, by Mel H. Abraham
70 – Rising Strong, by Brene Brown
71 – Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown
72 – Unfu*k Yourself, by Gary John Bishop
73 – The Obstacle Is the Way, by Ryan Holiday. I’ve not read this, but LOVE the title.
74 – Over the Top, by Zig Ziglar
75 – The Richest Man in Babylon, by George Samuel Clason
76 –Go Givers Sell More, by Bob Burg and John David Mann. The Go-Giver series are great stories that teach lessons about life and business. The premise is that those who focus on helping others, grow their life and businesses the fastest. I share this with my email subscribers.
77 – Start With Why, by Simon Sinek
78 Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
79 – How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
80 – The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. This is a highly respected book and I thought is was boring and a waste of time.
81 – Your Erroneous Zones, by Dr. Wayne Dyer
82 – The Fifth Mountain, by Paulo Coelho
83 – The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield. This was the first book I read that introduced me to metaphysics and the science of deliberate creation. I also recommend one of the sequels, The Secret of Shambalah.
84 – Creating a Bug-Free Mind, by Andy Shaw
85 – Using a Bug-Free Mind, by Andy Shaw
86 – The Attactor Factor, by Joe Vitale. I’ve not read this book, but know Joe’s work. He appears as one of the ‘talking heads’ in the movie, The Secret. He was broke and homeless and used the law of attraction to completely turn his life around and deliberately create a life of happiness and abundance.
87 – You Are a Bad Ass, by Jen Sincero
88 – Loving What Is, by Byron Katie. Her work is about questioning our thoughts.
89 – Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman
90 – Ask & It Is Given, by Abraham Hicks. Abraham is one of my all-time favorite spiritual teachers. The book informs the reader that we express energetic preferences all day and that those preferences are received by our Source, and through the law of attraction our Source and Inner-Being immediately lines things up so that we can manifest our preferences into our lives.
91 – Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod
92 – Dying to Be Me, by Anita Moorjani
99 – Success, It’s as Simple as ABC, by David Hannon
103 – I Will, by Ben Sweetland
104 – Escape the Prosperity, by Wes Beavis
105 – The Noticer, by Andy Andrews. This is a quick story about a mysterious old man who notices why people are unhappy and helps them to see it too. It’s a fun and easy read.
106 – Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. If you’re interested in yoga and Indian spirituality, this book might be for you. Paramahansa Yogananda brought Kriya Yoga to the United States in 1920. The book is the story of his life and is a tough, but interesting read. I enjoyed reading about Indian yogis who never sleep, who haven’t eaten or drank in over 50 years, or who can materialize and dematerialize from one geographic location to another. Paramahansa Yogananda is an indirect disciple of Mahavatar Babaji, the “deathless yogi.”
Phew! That should give you enough to read for a few weeks! If you have a book that really helped you and you’d like me to add it to my list, please shoot me an email.
Matt T. Nathanson
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