It’s difficult for me to pin point THE most influential writer in my life, for there have been many. Sometimes, it’s just one line from a book that resonates so deeply as to impact my life forever, and for some books, there are more lines highlighted or underlined than aren’t. So whether with one sentence, or with an entire piece, these are 30 books, authors, and programs that molded my mind and inspired me to live my best life.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is a classic for a reason. Don’t let the title fool you. If you’re one of those people who might be repulsed by the word “rich”, this book is about manifesting your life and finding wealth in ALL areas of your life through the power of thought & intention. You may just find your negative opinion of “rich” to be changed as well.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now ranks as one of the most influential books of my life. I take the breathing and meditation skills Tolle teaches to help keep me grounded as the quite observer of my over-active mind. I still have MUCH more work to do in this area, which is why I read this book a LOT! It takes me a while to read even just one page, at times, because the subject matter is DEEP! I plan on furthering my education in Tolle’s teachings by attending some of his lectures and retreats. I am also actively seeking a Mastermind group of some in the Phoenix area to meet and discuss the book. If interested, please e-mail me at BillSoroka@gmail.com.
The Motivation Manifesto by Brendan Burchard
The Motivation Manifesto is one of the first books I’ve read where nearly EVERY line deserves to be highlighted or underlined. Burchard resonated deeply with me, and I truly felt he was “singing my song” with this book.
The Miracle Morning- by Hal Elrod
The Miracle Morning is the most practical guide to mastering life I have EVER read! This book was a game changer and I stumbled across it in my obsessive quest to learn more about habits and routines. Implementing the morning routine Elrod suggests, S.A.V.E.R.S has absolutely changed the quality of my life for the better. And, it has an ENORMOUS following, with over 20,000 members in the very active Facebook Group alone. It’s very inspiring and surprisingly basic.
Les Miserable by Victor Hugo
As far as fiction novels go, Les Mis is by far my favorite. It was a combination of the absurdity of human laws, and the quest to live a righteous & benevolent life, even after being so harshly treated by society, that really captured my attention.
The Answer by John Assaraf and Murray Smith
I found The Answer to be very helpful in helping me and my clients map out company vision statements, business plans, and identifying ideal customers for various brands I worked to build throughout the years. It’s an easy read, and the authors do a great job of speaking in lay terms. The first half of the book really dives into a scientific explanation for the Law of Attraction as well, and this was fascinating. The Reticular Activating System hasn’t left my mind since!
The Manuscripts of Thomas Wilhite
These manuscripts are powerful teachings from Thomas Wilhite, founder of PSI Seminars. You have to actually go through their PSI VII to even receive them, and that whole experience, as been nothing short of life-changing. They talk about some fundamental laws of the Universe, along similar lines as Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightengale, etc. Focus on personal leadership, consciousness, creating Masterminds, and more.
PSI is an experiential seminar series that goes deep into exploring how you show up in the world and why. It is emotionally charged, intensive, and powerful work. Start with the Basic and be prepared to have your mind blown. No, it’s not a cult, but an introspective journey that will bond you to fellow attendees for life, in some cases. I am incredibly grateful to my Aunt, Kelly Bell, for nearly forcing me to attend. These seminars do have a cost associated with them, so check out their website. There are usually Basic seminars going every 4-6 weeks (or more).
Omega was also an experiential seminar experience that has molded my entire experience on earth since I attended. I’ve learned more than I could ever put into words here, and while the founder, George Addair, recently passed away, his books live on, and I believe they occasionally still offer free seminars based on his teachings.
In Search of the Invisible Forces by George Addair
This was the book that hooked me on the benefits of experiencing Omega Vector. It lightly touches on some very deep topics, including the Levels of Being.
What’s Happening to My Body Book for Boys by Lynda Madaras
I was super shy when I was young and beginning puberty, and no matter how many times my Mom tried to talk to me about the birds and the bees, I would do anything I could to avoid the conversation or change the subject. Finally tired of chasing me around to have an awkward conversation, she bought me this book. So, while it likely won’t jump to the forefront of most men’s minds as an influential book, it helped me at a time when books were my best friend, and favorite way to experience the world.
The BFG by Roald Dahl
As a child, this was my FAVORITE book and I must have read it 20 times! I hear there may be a movie in the works now…
The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey
This is the classic habit book! I think my Mom read this while I was in Junior High, so I took over and read it once then, and again in college for s business course. This was a powerful book, and yet, I never saw any results until I started breaking each habit down to daily action items.
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
The Four Hour Work Week has been one of the most influential books in my business decisions. Since reading it, I have adapted nearly all of my businesses to be location independent. I employ the 80/20 rule when deciding what to keep and what to “dump”. And, my perspective on vagabonding across the globe has changed completely and it’s what I am striving for.
Of the three experiential seminar programs I list here, Landmark would be ranked number 3. It was extremely powerful, and I credit it with forging the relationship with my father, but still not as emotional or practical as the others were for me. One thing that I took away though, is that “Life is Empty and Meaningless.” Sit with that for a while!
6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd
This was a fairly recent read. It’s short, concise, and hits habit talk hard!
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
I am still learning from this book today! Great for educating yourself on the difference between Assets and Liabilities. As a follow-up, read his Cashflow Quadrant. Absolutely brilliant! And, if you’re into networking and games, join a Cashflow Group. The game changed my thinking about investments, real estate, and money.
Crush it! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Crush it! is an inspirational book with very practical strategies for branding yourself and your business. What I like about this book is, you can literally read a paragraph, put the book down, and implement what he shares with you right away.
What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro
Originally, I read this book to improve my poker skills, And while it certainly helps analyze poker liars, er players, this handy methodology for sizing up human interactions based on body languages is helpful in any scenario.
E Squared by Pam Grout
If you believe in the power of intention, this book of experiments is for you. I experienced one of the most powerful communications with “spirit” of my life-where I literally asked the Universe for a sign and received it that same day- and it altered the course of my business and life right away.
The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield
The Power of Focus is another classic that talks about habit strategies. You’ll read it over and over!
The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart
I’ve always been intrigued with mind potential and consciousness studies, and this book opened my eyes to some amazing possibilities. Thoughts are things, and whether you like it or not, you make an impact on the world around you. It’s your choice of that impact is positive or negative.
The EQ Edge by Steven Stein
After some ridiculously dramatic interactions with people, both socially and in business. I had to learn more about what I was lacking, or even what they were lacking in communication. I thought this would be key for future relationships, and it turned out to be another rabbit hole of fascinating information about how we all show up to the world, and how important the Emotional Quotient is in human interaction and success.
The Power of Self-Confidence by Brian Tracy
Claim the small victories! This was a practical guide to taking small steps, and habits, towards your dreams and goals. This daily action does wonders for your self-confidence!
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
If there was one author I would like to model myself after, it would be Bill Bryson. He uses comfortable language to tap into my inner nerd, where I can learn little bits about damn near everything.
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
I used to think that both people in a relationship would have to read this book in order for it to work, but that’s not the case! It is so helpful to understand the perspective of others that are in relationships with you, lovers, business, family, or friends. This book gives great insight as to where people are coming from and what kinds of interactions are valuable to them.
I had to list Michael Crichton here because I’ve loved nearly every book he’s ever written. Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park rank highly! I particularly enjoy how detailed and realistic he makes his stories. The medical background served him well. I don’t read a lot of fiction, but when I do, I go Crichton or Dan Brown.
The E-Myth Re-visited by Michael Gerber
The E-myth totally blew my mind! It’s all about systematizing everything, which was, and is, a HUGE challenge for me. This book really changed the way I think about implementation and ideas.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Everybody attempting to attract anyone for anything should read this book. Fascinating and Gladwell has a way of taking complex subject matter and making it easy for the layperson to understand.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
There are no coincidences. Profound book!