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Published on November 21, 2017

What Have You To Gain From These 7 Successful Individuals?

What Have You To Gain From These 7 Successful Individuals?

“It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others.” Some people prefer learning through conversations,whilst others find inspiration through reading about the lives of others. Many successful and powerful individuals have documented their journey of ups and downs so that they can be an example for others to either follow in their footsteps, or avoid the potholes. Whether you are in need of inspiration for the next creative campaign, wanting to ignite a new business idea, or just wanting to find new inspiration to motivate yourself, this selection of 7 books featuring highly successful individuals from different walks of life will give you new perspective on how you can be in control of the successes in your life.

1. Elon Musk: Inventing the Future by Ashlee Vance

    This book is for all who loves the real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk. The shining bright star of Silicon Valley had three failed marriages and severe sleep deprivation, but he had a crazy passion for technology and a very successful career. If you are inspired by his great achievements, this is a great read for you.

    Reading Duration: 8 hrs 35 mins

    Get Elon Musk: Inventing the Future from Amazon at $12.36

    2. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight

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      Nike started out in 1964, named Blue Ribbon Sports. The sportswear founder, Phil Knight wrote this memoir, recorded his whole life, including the many moments he felt he was about to lose everything, the conflicts that took place in the company, and his personal struggles of being a leader. Still hesitating? Just do it.

      Reading Duration: 8 hrs 16 mins

      Get Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike from Amazon at $15.95

      3. Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

        Every time you find yourself asking “What is the meaning of my life?”, think about Nick. He is no different than you and goes through struggles in life, except that he lives without limbs.

        Yet, through it all, Nick demonstrates joy to us while giving us the most fulfilling life advice, by building trust, having supportive relationships, and gaining strength.

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        “I do believe my life has no limits! I want you to feel the same way about your life, no matter what your challenges may be.” – Nick Vujicic. Truly an inspirational read for anyone going through a rough patch.

        Reading Duration: 5 hrs 37 mins

        Get Life Without Limits from Amazon at $11.98

        4. Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

          If you like Mad Man, You will like this book written by the advertising giant, David Ogilvy, who is the inspiration behind Don Draper in the beloved TV series. The creative genius entrepreneur started his own advertising agency at age 37, later known as Ogilvy & Mather, creating advertisements for Coca-Cola, Unilever, Lenovo (and many more). In this book, David Ogilvy shares his secret to success, tactics, and the Ogilvy Concept with different case studies which are still relevant in today’s digital age.

          Reading Duration: 3 hrs 58 mins

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          Get Confessions of an Advertising Man from Amazon at $16.24

          5. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

            This book goes beyond the biography of Mongolian war hero Genghis Khan. No doubt, it is amazing to see how an illiterate man conquered enemies and ruled a kingdom bigger than the whole of Africa, but this book is more than that. This book allows readers to learn more about the contributions made by the Mongolians that has helped to develop what is our modern day structure of trading and economy. It is a good read of history and biography of an underestimated country and ruler.

            Reading Duration: 6 hrs 26 mins

            Get Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World from Amazon at $12.80

            6. Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera

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              For the feminists out there, this book is for you.Frida Kahlo had always been a feminist (or Innovator). Back when this terminology meant nothing, the self-taught artist used art as a channel to explore topics including identity, gender, class and race. This book shows us the change of Frida Kahlo throughout her short life, from her joyful youth to her saddening marriage. From her paintings and stance in different questions she raised, the book reveals the Frida that goes beyond an artist -a strong and successful woman in Mexico, in the 1930s.

              Reading Duration: 10 hrs 54 mins

              Get Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo from Amazon at $22.36

              7. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life

                Lily Singh is an actress, comedian, and Youtube star. In this book, she tells us how to be a boss in a hilarious tone, through her life stories and secretes to success.In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb!

                Reading Duration: 6 hrs 56 mins

                Get How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life from Amazon at $16.21

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                10 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

                10 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

                If you want to change your life, you are going to have to do things differently. Sometimes you can look to inspirational books to create a positive change in your life. If you desire change, you are going to have to step out of your comfort zone. As Anthony Robbins points out in the quote below, you are going have to experience discomfort and pain in order to transform your life. Any change, whether it be an organisation or personal, can be a painful process. However, the rewards of going through the change process are priceless.

                “All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief” – Anthony Robbins

                There are two specific events that threw my life into a tailspin, where for a while there it felt like I was losing control. These two events were, the sudden and tragic loss of my parents, and being made redundant three times in eighteen months.

                With the third redundancy, I was at my lowest point in my life. I felt utterly useless. My self-confidence was at zero, and I could see no future for me.

                My life was turned upside down. I knew that I had to turn it around. I just didn’t know how.

                Then one wet Sunday afternoon, I picked up a book from my bookshelf called ,“The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. I had this book for at least a year and had been meaning to read it, but hadn’t gone anywhere near a book for months.

                When I read this book, I decided that I needed to get my life back. I needed to learn how to heal and rebuild my confidence, as well as my self belief.

                So I started to read books. I read lots of books about inspirational stories on life, love, and happiness. Personal development and motivational books were full of information, tools, and strategies about how I could take control back and change my life. I would like to share with you the inspirational messages I got from reading these ten books that changed my life.

                Read these 10 books because I believe they will inspire you, motivate you, and show you how to take action and go change your life!

                  Awaken The Giant Within

                  by Anthony Robbins
                  The inspirational message from this book is how you have the power right now to control how you think, how you feel, and what you do. Anything you want or desire in your life, you already have the power to achieve it.

                  “You and I have that same power at our disposal every moment of the day. At the moment, the questions that we ask ourselves can shape our perception of who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we’re willing to do to achieve our dreams” – Anthony Robbins

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                    Screw It Lets Do It: Lessons in Life

                    by Richard Branson
                    Reading other people’s stories about their journeys in life can give you better perspective of what the journey of change can be about. Richard Branson is into reinvention and as a result, he embraces change.

                    This book will fuel your enthusiasm to give things a go. It will show you how to sort out the self-limiting beliefs that stop you from stepping up and taking on the challenge of change.

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                    “As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live” – Richard Branson

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                      The Art of Happiness

                      by Dalai Lama

                      There is not a person I know who is not in the pursuit of happiness.

                      “The Art of Happiness” is a book that will encourage you to practice the discipline of self-reflection.The more you reflect on your life, the deeper you look into your inner self (your soul). This is where you discover what happiness truly means to you.

                      Knowing what happiness means to you, gives you purpose. With purpose, you’ll have clarity, focus, and a vision. These are the foundations that will empower you to embark on the journey to change your life.

                      “Both these people illustrate the essential point that happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.” – Dalai Lama

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                        The Four Agreements

                        by Don Miguel Ruiz

                        “The Four Agreements” are Don Miguel’s code for life.

                        “The Four Agreements” provide an inspirational code for life, for the way you handle your relationships, how you behave, and how you communicate with others. If you want to change your life, read “The Four Agreements”. This book will show you how to attain a happy fulfilled life.

                        “If you live in a past dream, you don’t enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self pity, suffering and tears.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

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                          The Magic of Thinking Big

                          by David J Schwartz

                          According to Dr Schwartz, to create change in your life and to attain all that you desire, you need to change your thinking and your attitude.

                          The importance of preparing your mind and your thinking for the journey of personal change is the key message of this book.

                          “Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.” – David J. Schwartz.

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                            Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create A New You

                            by Deepak Chopra

                            Deepak Chopra believes that personal transformation not only involves the mind, but also your body and soul. According to Chopra, you cannot transform your mind without transforming your body and soul.

                            Reading this book will encourage you to think about the potential energy force and power you hold within you. This energy grows when you are connected and aligned to your mind, body, and soul.

                            “The key to transformation is that you create the change you want to see in yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

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                              The Greatest Salesman In The World

                              by Og Mandino

                              This little classic has been around since 1968. Have you ever wondered what truly successful people have in common?

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                              This book doesn’t really tell you how to be a great salesperson. It will; however, give you some fantastic tips on how to be an entrepreneur, how to self-motivate, and how to think like a successful person.

                              The underlying message is the power of positive thinking – that you become what you think, say, and do. This book has great tactics for those of us in the process of change.

                              “My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.” – Og Mandino

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                                Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

                                by Richard Carlson

                                This book helps you to manage the small stuff in your life that is usually creating the most pain in your life. This very supportive book is full of great practical suggestions on how you can live a more joyful and peaceful life.

                                “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” – Richard Carlson

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                                  Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

                                  by Chip & Dan Heath

                                  Have you ever tried to lose weight or get fit and never reached your goal? You know that you have to make changes in your life, but you don’t know how?

                                  If you are nodding in agreement, then you need to read “Switch“. If I had to recommend one book that shows you how to create and maintain lasting change in your life – then it would be “Switch“.

                                  In this book, Chip and Dan share the Secret as to how you can create and sustain change in your life.

                                  Hint: It has something to do with knowing how to “Direct The Rider”, “Motivate The Elephant”, and “Shape the Path.”

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                                  This book, without a doubt, will show you how to change your life.

                                  “When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different once you get there. Just look for a strong beginning and a strong ending and get moving.” – Chip & Dan Heath

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                                    The Gifts of Imperfection

                                    by Brene Brown

                                    Do you ever feel that you are just not worthy enough, intelligent enough, or courageous enough to live a fulfilled happy life?

                                    Do you have secret dreams that you hold deep inside of you that you don’t share in case someone thinks they are silly? Or are you too scared to follow your dreams because you fear that you may fail?

                                    Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, will show you how to find your courage, as well as rediscover your self-belief and self-worth.

                                    This is the book that will get you prepared to embark on your journey of change. “The Gifts of Imperfection” is about you learning how to let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.

                                    “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy — the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown

                                    These 10 books were key to helping me change my life. I rediscovered hope for my future. I found my courage, strength, and my self-belief. I hope that by reading these books, you will find the same inspiration and motivation to take up the challenge and change your life.

                                    “If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” – Sherman Alexie

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