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If I Only Knew Then…
It’s taken many do-overs, over many years, but I’m finally in the place I’m meant to be! We can’t ever live our best life if we don’t upgrade ourselves now & then. We must change inside if we want to see changes on the outside.
Fortunately, there are so many books, articles, channels and mentors that produce that kind of deep, reflective change! And, I’m humbled to list the ones that made all the difference for me!
It can be really hard to find the time to re-charge & do the things that fill our cup!
Between family, work and housekeeping it’s easy to lose track of where you are, and forget where you’re trying to go!
I’ve arranged a reading list for you- don’t worry, I wasn’t a bookworm either! But once I made a small habit of reading just a couple pages a day, I was hooked! And the content in these specific books filled me with purpose and persistence!
Here is a list of the GAME CHANGERS:
The Happiness Advantage
I’m just finishing up The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. This has been an amazing book for me, personally.
Have you ever been told that success brings happiness? Turns out, that message is exactly the opposite of TRUE!
There is a thread that underlies success among people in every niche, across race, religion, economic opportunity and education-
Happy people BECOME successful people.
30 years of research shows us that our attitudes in life determine how we make decisions, how we respond to crisis, how we deal with disappointment, and the list goes on…
What a perfect individual to bring us this information- Mr. Achor has spent much of his adult life in college. Harvard, actually. WHAT?! That’s right- he’s been a student, (he earned his BA) after which he taught courses and lectured at Harvard. Mr. Achor became a Proctor, helping undergrads navigate their college experience.
After observing thousands of Harvard students and speaking with under-privileged youth abroad, Shawn compiled a wealth of information about happiness, and it’s far-reaching effects on financial success, health and relationships.
I included this book, because it’s really hard to remember happiness when you’re trying to build something!
Adopting the practice of happiness, in my own life, has allowed me to be a better entrepreneur, as well as a better mom and friend!
I took my mornings back- for myself.
It’s taken some persistence, but now I have much more to offer my boys each day, because I give to myself first thing in the morning. I picked up a book, recommended by my favorite personal finance mentor, Robert Kiyosaki. I learned to change my whole day, which changed whole weeks, and entire months by applying a simple routine in the morning. You need to know about it because it CHANGED EVERYTHING!
I encourage you to adopt this routine, and see if it doesn’t change your life!
Dishes, Laundry, Shower Time…
Water does not mix well with your new paperback. Thankfully, there is YouTube for those times when I need a good piece of NEW, INSPIRATIONAL content! Here are my favorite channel subscriptions to check out when your on the move…
I live far away from most of my friends and family. When I need a good dose of “You Can Do It!” I listen to Be Inspired on YouTube.
This channel is exactly what it says it is… inspirational! When you’re having a rough morning, turn this on and listen while you get ready for your day!
Everything you ever wanted to know about entrepreneurship & business, sprinkled with untold stories of some of the most successful people in the world!
Creator Pat Bet-David fled from war-torn Iran as a child, and now he’s taking on the insurance industry with his company in the U.S., and WINNING. Share his enthusiasm and learn what it takes to do the impossible!
I fall asleep with these guided meditations every. single. night.
Instead of laying awake for hours, worrying about my to-do list and how tomorrow will come together, I sleep. Deeply. I wake up energized!
I took my mornings back with ‘The Miricle Morning’. I do several things for MYSELF now- that help me be a better mom and be more energetic and fit for my day.
I couldn’t keep up with two little boys without Blogilates! I HATE working out, but just TEN MINUTES each morning has transformed my day!
Personal finance is especially hard for single parents-
One study showed that more than 40% of single-parent households are living below the poverty line.
When I suddenly became a single (stay at home) mom, I made a decision. I would not be part of this statistic. Never! But I also knew I wouldn’t be desperately searching for a job outside of my home, either!
I knew that my kids needed me now more than ever…
They needed to keep being home schooled for lack of a better alternative where we live. They needed me to be present as their only role model. And, they needed to watch me SUCCEED– because I’m teaching them that they can achieve whatever they believe. Do you believe this, too?
Here are the books I recommend for all of you that want to understand work and money, and be inspired to blaze your own path!
Probably the most important book you can get a hold of if you want to understand the money game..
is Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Countless entrepreneurs credit this man with giving them the practical knowledge and perspective NEEDED to be successful in their business!
I personally subscribe to The Rich Dad Channel on YouTube, & tune in RELIGIOUSLY to listen in as he and his wife, Kim, interview some of the most interesting and influential people of our time!
I put this book at the very top of the list on purpose- to REALLY get your creative juices flowing on business, money and leverage!
It’s not only informative, but entertaining too- Mr. Kiyosaki outlines his upbringing, his biological father being his poor dad, and his best friends’ father being his rich dad-
Robert grew up with two opposite messages about money & business. Choosing which role model he would follow as a young man was difficult. But ultimately, Mr. Kiyosaki chose to follow his passions and develop a financial IQ that would lead him to become RICH with assets and cash-flow!
His book will help you understand what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the rest of us.
Mr. and Mrs. Kiyosaki have dedicated their lives to educating the public- education that you will never get at any school.
Begin to raise YOUR financial IQ by reading Rich Dad Poor Dad
By Tim Ferriss is a longer read. But, I became enveloped in this book, because Mr. Ferriss is an excellent example of the modern entrepreneur!
Online commerce is changing the world- there’s just no disputing that. The internet marketing world is open to anyone and everyone- and it costs very little money to get started!
Whether you dream of affiliate marketing, creating your own product, writing ebooks, or running ads for small businesses- The 4 Hour Workweek has EVERY RESOURCE YOU NEED within it’s pages to get started, and to scale!
This book was written with the sole purpose to inform. The main idea of the book is PASSIVE INCOME. These days, retirement and pension have taken on a negative appeal. Passive income while travelling the world- that’s what the modern generations hope to accomplish!
Mr. Ferriss will tell you exactly where to go online to build a seamless, passive business over time. If you were reaching out for the “HOWS” of getting started in online business- this is the book for you!
It’s also a book about hope for people like myself- you don’t need a fancy degree to start a business. You don’t need a lot of money to start. You don’t need employees, or even a desk! After reading The 4 Hour Workweek, I promise you’ll be more motivated and excited than EVER to make your dreams of entrepreneurship a reality!
Think and Grow Rich
Napoleon Hill is a facsinating man, but even more exciting are the men and women he surrounded himself with while composing this book!
Think and Grow Rich is Mr. Hill’s life’s work. He was asked by Andrew Carnegie himself to find and document all the reasons why some people become WILDLY successful!
We’re talking about the original success stories that made America- the common attributes of JP Morgan, The Rockefeller Family, Charles Schwab, and President Woodrow Wilson to name a few…
All of these fantastic characters from the industrial revolution and beyond had qualities and practices in common that determined their immense success.
In this book, you will uncover EXACTLY the processes and pshycology that led to thier individual greatness. The pages are full of excersizes you SHOULD complete to define your purpose and develop your self.
This book makes my list because it’s truly a ROAD MAP (if there ever was such a thing) to becoming successful, no matter what your condition!
I don’t just want to load you up with tons of books…
The truth is- there are SO MANY outlets we use to get information and entertainment these days! You could say that this is the OPTIMUM time in history to be alive- because we have the whole sum of knowledge at our fingertips!
Free Programs to Help You Conquer Your Day!
I enjoyed a free trial of Audible, just so I could listen to Mel Robbin’s Book ‘The 5 Second Rule’. No- it doesn’t have anything to do with eating food from the floor- The 5 Second Rule is all about how to transform your life through habit. Use this “stupid simple” trick to get out of bed and change your life for the better!
Mel’s book is a gread read- but what’s even better is that Mel Robbins has TWO FREE programs on her website to kick start your growth! Check Them Out!!!
Bloggers That Make a Difference
I don’t have to tell you there are millions of blogs out there that offer subscriptions. But, not all content is created equal! Here are a few blogs I subscribe to that ADD VALUE to the things I do daily! Check them out if you need some uplifting stuff in your inbox for once!
Success by Darren Hardy
For me, this is my most updated, ultimate list of resources…
I use these tools everyday to get my sh*t together and make it to the next level of me! I hope you found a couple of these that spark your passions & interst! If you have a secret book, channel or podcast that inspires you, please let me know about it in the comments!
Don’t forget to subscribe- I’ll be adding to this list periodically as I continue to seek out the most meaningful content for us!
Sincerely Yours, Breezy