Top 10 Motivational Books That Work

I am a firm believer that readers are leaders, but I am also a true advocate of reading to enrich the quality of your life. Every time I need answers (and I usually want them right away) I turn to my favorite website, Amazon and go on a shopping free. I buy my books in bulk and I do my research. I want to have a library of books that I will turn to time and time again, read over and over again, because I know that who I am today may shift slightly as I grow older. As we grow we are able to see something in the words on a page differently than if we read those same words in our teens, twenties, and so on. So here are my current favorite TOP 10 Motivational Books and some of them might surprise you!

1) Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill wrote this book over a lifetime of studying the ins and outs of Dale Carnegie’s (one of the richest men in the world) success back in the early turn of the century. While the copyright for this book is 1960, dont’ be fooled into thinking this book might be out of date. Mr. Hill was a true philosopher who studied how true wealth is achieved and boy did he succeed. Some of the principles include: how to make great decisions, have faith, and owning your sixth sense. I must admit one of the most profound lessons for me in this book was to THINK like a rich person. The next time you are making a big decision ask yourself “How would a rich person handle this?”

2) Domino: The Book of Decorating, by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, & Dara Caponigro

So how can a book on home decor motivate you? The purpose of motivation is to inspire you to make changes in your life and what better place to start making changes than the comfort of your own home. I am a true advocate of feng shui and surrounding myself with beauty. This book captures beauty on a plane that is jovial, sophisticated, and artful. I never get sick of the eye candy presented in this how-to book; the pages are laid out immaculately and it makes the perfect coffee table book for your guests to enjoy in your fabulous home. You’ll love the Mix & Match sections to help bring out the interior designer in you! Your home should represent who you are, invite new chi (energy) into your life, and become a place of socializing and entertaining.

3) The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Learn the real reasons you aren’t where you want to be in your life with this eye-opening, easy read on how to take the big leap! When you can see how YOU are getting in your own way, you can finally get out of the way and get going. Gay Hendricks is a brilliant writer conveying ideas like the Zone of Excellence and the Zone of Genius which are great theories in how to invest your time wisely on things that truly matter to you, instead of plugging your ears to hearing only what you want to hear– let the truth be heard and let it guide you. Limiting beliefs and worry are two ways your life choices stunt the growing processes. To take the Big Leap is to take baby steps, just take a step! Success is sequential; it doesn’t happen overnight, but it will happen. Getting started is probably the #1 thing people struggle with and with this book Gay will spit it out clear and concise that the only person holding you back is YOU.

4) The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

Within the first few chapters, I was hooked on this book. This book gives you amazing tools in how to stay focused by turning your problems into creativity. “Pain is the universe’s way of demanding that you continue to learn.” That quote blew my mind! The authors of this book discuss one of my favorite concepts “the shadow” and how pertinent it is to be aware that you have one and what information it is trying to convey. If you are looking for real-life tools that you can put into practice to begin transforming your life today, this book belongs in your library. It’s must cheaper than conventional cognitive therapy; it’s worth the small investment! Who needs a therapist when you can have a book that gives you the real tools to change instead of an expensive ear to listen (and occasionally asks you questions that might spark motivation.)

5) The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, PHD

Similar to Think and Grow Rich, this incredible book puts the magic into everyday living. From learning to really listen instead of being a conversation hog, to getting in the habit of making goals to help you grow, you are sure to come out a leader after reading The Magic of Thinking Big. Forget excuses or worrying about things that are out of your control are excellent words of wisdom by David Schwartz. This is a book I continue to pick up year after year (I’ve owned the book for 10 years) and you’ll always be reminded to think and dream creatively for a bright and successful future. I mean, after all, I don’t believe we were brought to this planet to think small… thinking Big is truly an art form.

6) Hue by Kelly Wearstler

Did you know that color has healing properties? Chromotherapy, color therapy, is the study of color and their association with the 7 chakras (according to Ayurvedic Medicine). I don’t know if Kelly knows much about this healing modality, but her book Hue pretty much blew my mind. The insightful interview with her published in the beginning of the book shows her knowledge in the power of color and what an amazing artist she truly is. Color affects people, sets the mood, and is the ultimate challenge in creativity. Flipping through this colorful and well-photographed interior design book reminded me how powerful the home can be with the presence of two hues that complement each other or those that contrast. This book will reawaken the artist in you and help you see where your true colors live.

7) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Being a people person is easier than you think after reading Dale’s memoir on how to win friends. It takes you back the basics to what it means to be personable. Things like learning how to be a good listener, how to avoid arguments, how to make a good first impression, and being authentic by talking about your mistakes first are recipes for successful relationships. I don’t know if Dale Carnegie was a master in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), but he sure knows how to convince you that being liked is simple with a few easy tools. If you are looking to grow your business, network like a hero, or make better quality friends, this is the perfect read.

8) What’s Stopping You by Robert Kelsey

This is probably the #1 book I recommend to my clients in that most of the people I work with are truly gifted people. The only thing standing between you and your dreams is FEAR. I picked up this book at the London airport on the way back from my Italian vacation and I must admit this was the best impulse buy. I was already on a reading frenzy to unlock what was standing in my way, but it wasn’t until I read What’s Stopping You that I realized I was gifted and that my problem was I was afraid to fail. You see, everyone has gifts, but only some people succeed to take their talents to the next level. Well, according to Robert Kelsey, the gifted ones have one thing in common… high FF (which stands for High Fear of Failure.) He suggests defining goals, but better yet, defining the right goal. Once we understand that depression, anger, or worry are simply fear of failure tactics, we can move on and get on with the show.

9) The Element by Ken Robinson PHD

Whether you want to call it your life purpose, dharma, or finding your passion, The Element is a must read for anyone living on this planet. Chapters about finding your tribe, getting in the Zone, and being yourself are hugely important when pursuing your dreams. I have often found myself in the Zone and it’s a place I want to live–it’s so magical! Time passes so quickly because you are doing what you love. I have basically based my entire business on the fact that everyone needs a mentor (I have half a dozen mentors myself) because learning from leaders who were once sitting right where you are now and found their way is inspirational and gives hope that you, too, can achieve it. Finding your element will change your life indefinitely. Start with this book.

10) Free Marketing by Jim Cockrum

And after all those terrific books, there is a wonderful book on Free Marketing. Why do I love it? When you have discovered your passion, found your tribe, opened up your space to receive abundance it’s time to market the crap out of your talents. What better way to do that than with free marketing? There isn’t and that’s why you must own this book! Jim Cockrum is an amazing marketer and the thing I love most about his tactics is most of them are online. The ability to reach your audience online is astounding. The internet is growing every day and there are people on the world wide web who are searching for solutions to their problems this very second. Several of them are looking for answers that YOU have. Choosing to ignore social media or not having a website or blog that showcases who you are and what you do is just passe. Growing an online presence is easier than you think and with all these books you’ve read to get where you are now, it’s time to share them with the rest of the world.

Sell On Amazon – Sell Used Books Working From Home: What You Need To Get Started Out

Getting started selling in the Amazon Marketplace is easy. You probably already have most of these items on hand already. If money is tight, buy small quantities to get started (envelopes, tape, bubble wrap for shipping) to help economize during your start-up phase. Later on you can buy in bulk and save money. You will need:

A computer with Internet access – If you’re reading this you likely already have your own computer. You’ll need it every day for researching book prices, list books for sale, and check for email notifications.

Shipping envelopes – Large brown manila envelopes sized 9″ x 12″ and 10″ x 13″ work really well to ship most books.

Bubble wrap – Protects the books from damage in mail. You can buy a small roll of clear bubble wrap these days at many discount stores for about $5 to get started. This will save you money vs. buying bubble wrap envelopes and help you ship items that you might wind up selling on eBay or on other online sellers websites.

USPS Confirmation Delivery slips – These are available free from your local Post Office. They are the green and white slips that have a peel-and-stick adhesive at one end. Ask for a stack of 50-100 to get started.

Black ink pens – Have plenty on hand for addressing packages, Delivery Confirmation slips, shipping labels and making notes for yourself.

Pencils with erasers – Many libraries and some thrift shops will go through the process of marking the inside front cover with a price in pencil before their sale gets started. This price is usually $1, $2, $3 – and you’ll need to erase this evidence that you got a terrific steal on this book when you’re selling it for 10 times what you paid for it!

Scissors – For trimming up mis-taped parcels and cutting down cardboard packing protectors for supporting thin booklets or paperbacks. Also, you’ll need these to cut up the bubblewrap you will use to protect books during shipment.

File folders – Use up some old manila file folders you were going to get rid of anyway if you don’t want to buy new ones, which cost about $5 for a small package. Trim these into two pieces, one to protect front of book and one to protect back cover of book, once you slide the book into the shipping envelope to provide extra protection to your parcel.

Clear heavy-duty shipping tape & tape gun – You’ll need the tape gun and 2-3 rolls of clear tape to get started. You can buy the smaller plastic tape dispensers for about $3 each if you’re short on cash.

Cleaning supplies– You probably already have these in your kitchen: paper towels, small clean brush, warm water. Don’t use cleaning sprays to remove stains from books or the dust covers. Most times you can put a small amount of warm water on a paper towel, swipe it across the glossy dust covers, and restore a clean shine to the book dust cover.

Bookshelves – Needless to say, this business inventory tends to take up lots of room, so set aside a spare bedroom or a cool, dry place in your home that has low humidity, away from windows that sweat to prevent damage to the paper in the books, and invest in or build some shelving to hold your books.

Work Table – Yes, you can use your dining room table, but having a designated work table like a long folding table that can be stowed away in a utility closet is a nice way to get an assembly line going for (a) listing books and (2) packing books for shipment.

Mobile Smartphone – OK, I’ll admit that this is optional. Most cellphone smartphones will take a big chunk out of your monthly budget. But when you use the phone’s internet web browser while out shopping to pull up competing prices, you’ll know for certain if you’ve found a winner or not within seconds, so there’s no second guessing.

Account Set-Up – You will need a business checking account to have payments direct deposited into from your book sales. Ask at your bank for a free debit card to go with account, and you won’t need to write many checks out of this account. You can use the debit card to make the purchases you’ll need to start and operate your bookselling business. Other business needs are:

You will need a credit card – You will need one for Amazon to confirm your sellers account the day you get started (it doesn’t get charged again after that).

You will need a phone number – Home number or cell phone number that Amazon will use to send you a confirmation call or text message to confirm your identity when setting up account (this phone number doesn’t get published on your online storefront unless you want to put it there – and I’d recommend against that. Your customers need to contact you via email anyway).

You will need a valid email address – This is where you’ll send messages and receive book sale notifications and to check email notices regarding returns. I’d recommend getting a new Gmail account, and keep your business and your private email accounts separate.

Check with your city zoning department – While it boggles my mind that some cities restrict home businesses, it happens. You may need a business license in your town. You won’t have customers or supplier sales reps coming to your home, and unless you’re having UPS pick up large quantities of your books to ship to the nearest ‘Fulfilled By Amazon’ (FBA) distribution center, your neighbors probably will never notice you even run a home based business unless you tell them.

Now that you know the essential items you’ll need to get started selling used books on Amazon, it’s time to get busy sourcing books to sell online. It’s easy to make money when you stock up on the right kinds of books. Take your time, negotiate for the best prices, and limit your purchases to good condition books. Your home based book store will take time to get up and running, but having the right tools handy starting out will help you get more done in less time as you learn how to sell in the Amazon Marketplace!

Luxury Architectural Design

“I cannot live without books” said Thomas Jefferson. There are many people looking for luxury Architectural design and expecting to find homes with libraries and/or a study that incorporates shelving and reading space. Many rooms will do but reading in a room with big windows and lots of light is refreshing. Storing books in natural light may be harmful to them so many libraries are planned in luxury Architectural design to feature recessed or under-shelving lighting. Similarly, recessed or built-in bookshelves can provide floor-to-ceiling storage and space saving. Bookshelves can be tucked under staircases or hung on the wall or even free-standing or designed in some other out of the way space but in a library or study is optimum.

Antique books that you want to preserve are often stored in glass cases in homes of luxury Architectural design. One desirable feature in homes of this type is a library ladder. The ladder is used to reach upper shelves and a rolling ladder adds an elegant, whimsical touch. The ladder attaches to the shelf on a tracking rod and the ladder bottom has wheels to allow effortless movement from one end of the library to the other. In a luxury Architectural designed home library there is often room for a desk, special bookshelves for large tomes and a large comfortable couch or chairs that beckon guests. Space for reading, collecting, and displaying may all be found in luxury Architectural design creating the chance for an intellectual center.

Many luxury home planners, ie. Architects/Designers, will incorporate an area on the luxury home plan layout for a swimming pool. When considering building a pool along with your luxury home plan take a few moments to consider the following. The first consideration is the dynamic and expansive soil conditions that may be present in the location where your luxury home plan will be constructed. Just like choosing a builder, choosing a pool contractor who has experience with structural integrity and building with conservative standards will help your project last longer and have fewer problems in the future. Always discuss with your luxury home plan builder and your pool contractor access areas and locations, the need for elevation changes and how to address them and utility locations and drainage. Determining the best strategy initially will save you time and money once the projects are underway. Review and agree on budgets in advance. Be sure your builder and your contractor for the pool know your expectations in advance with clear and detailed communications. Look for builders and pool contractors with experience in your area. Ask about warranties.

Budget Interior Decorating, Even During a Recession You Can Have a Nice Home!

Even though our country is in a recession, you can still create a great looking home on a budget. In fact, it may even be a better time to redecorate because of all the great deals you can find. Many stores have significantly reduced prices in order to sell more furniture and decor. Homeowners are often selling things because they are looking to make some extra cash. Foreclosed homes are often full of furnishings which are then auctioned off at great prices. You never know where you will find the next great deal! Here are a few more tips to great decorating during a recession:

-Shop at garage sales and find great used furniture for cheap prices
-Look in the clearance section of regular furniture stores. They may have some great deals!
-Check out classifieds and for super deals.
-Use inexpensive ways to re-decorate your rooms, such as with paint, area rugs and ready-made draperies.

Great Garage Sale Decorating Tips:

Summer is a great time to get outside and have some fun! One great way to save money and get some fresh air is to visit garage sales in your area. Garage sales can be a great way to save money on home decor. You may want to do some pre-screening in your newspaper or on Craigslist to check out the larger garage sales in your area. You can find great bargains on everything from furniture, draperies, accessories, dishware and more!

There are a few key points to remember when doing garage sale decorating:

1. Don’t buy things you don’t need. Have a plan before you go out, and know what specific items you are looking for. Don’t buy things just because they are cheap, otherwise you will just end up with a bunch of “junk”.
2. Look for quality. Many homeowners are just looking to clear out their basement or garage, and are selling items that are otherwise valuable. Others just have a bunch of miscellaneous items that could easily be thrown in the trash. Thy to find that diamond in the rough.
3. Everything is negotiable. Don’t just pay the marked price. Try bargaining with the seller, or try getting them to throw in something extra for the same price. You never know what kind of bargain you may get.

And most of all, have fun out there and stay cool!

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1. Home Personal Organizer Forms
2. Kitchen Decorating on a Budget
3. Secrets on How to Sell Your Home Fast