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    Books That Changed My Life Completely

    Yeah, it sounds like a cheap advertisment but...

    I am reading two books now and I have to say that these books are amazing. I mean:

    "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" (by Stephen R. Covey)

    and

    "First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy" (by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill)


    I read from somewhere that "7 habits..." is one of the most important business text-books. Anyway, there is very little about business and very much about life. I regret that I didn't read these books earlier, they have completely changed my life.

    It takes some times to read these books but it is probably the best way to spend your time because the influence to all
    aspects of your life is remarkable.

    I would recommend them to anyone, they are worth much more than the money you pay for them.

    Have anybody else read them? What are your opinions?

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    I haven't read them, but I've had a similar experience from a book...


    Tuesdays with Morrie - An old man, A young man, and life's greatest lesson, by Mitch Albom.
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    I've read "7 habits..." . Like you say, it really is a great book and you can learn a lot from it.

    Some others I recommend:

    "Timing is Everything - Turning your Seasons of Success into Maximum Opportunities" - Dennis Waitley

    Great book for maximizing your time and managing your work!

    "The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America" - Phillip K. Howard

    This book will blow your mind. I recommend every American read it..you will be astonished.

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    Re: Books That Changed My Life Completely

    Originally posted by dummy
    amazing. I mean:

    "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" (by Stephen R. Covey)
    Yep, a good book, But I like "The Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck better...If you liked 7 Habits, try it.

    But, my all time - Life changing book is Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Read it like 5 times!http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...333853-0757739

    This book will open your eyes to much!!!

    also try - "Ecology of Business" and "A Language Older Than Words"
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    Ender's Game.

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    "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie

    Oldie, but still valid.

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    Windows XP Professional - Comprehensive Study Guide

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    1984 by George Orwell
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    totally, completely chagned my life
    From here on, it's instinctual...even straight roads meander.

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    Might I recommend you follow it up with this.

    Probably Joseph Heller's Catch22 did alot to sharpen my wit but more recently The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami - reading about an unemployed person has never been this good.

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    For a view on government, politics and economics, nothing beats Ayn Rand. Start off with the Fountainhead and move on to Atlas Shrugged. Both are very long, but also very rewarding, especially Atlas Shrugged.

    On self-improvement, two big ones, the first one was already mentioned, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Canergie and The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandingo. Everyone hoping to better their lives should read both of these books and follow them through in their daily lives.

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    My favorite books are

    The complete guide to Unix by Bill Gates

    How to sing - Britney Spears

    The AOL guide to being l33t

    luxury cookbook - my mum :P

    hmmm more on topic personally I find it hard to think how a book can change someone's life, I wish it where true so i could read i nice book and be a better person, but that is not going to happen.
    Garlic bread, I've tasted it, it's the future

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    How times have changed...

    On The Road by Jack Kerouac

    I've never recovered...

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    My wife and I were engaged for just a few days short of a year. We decided to read the One Year Bible during that period and double up the last couple of weeks to finish it before our wedding day.

    We read it out loud to each other in just 15 minutes a day. We have continued doing it each year with different versions. We have now read all the way through the Bible 7.5 times.

    It's great because reading the Bible all the way through several times gives you a perspective of it that you don't have otherwise.

    It's even great for people who are not Christians. Sadly, most Christians have never read the entire Bible. As a non-Christian, if you have read the entire Bible all the way through once or twice, you can argue from a position of strength.

    If you want a free copy, check out http://marriedadults.com/entertainment.htm. If you would rather buy your own copy, try christianbook.com. I recommend the NLT version because it is easier for reading.
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    Originally posted by Nicky
    Ender's Game.
    That and Art of War by Sun Tzu
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    No books could ever really change or alter my entire life but these 3 books have helped me get a better understanding and awareness of both my professional and personal lives.

    No Logo - Naomi Klien

    Marketing - Phillip Kotler

    Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - Richard Carlson

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    Ishmael by Daniel Quinn is wonderful. It makes one think in new ways, and the story is astonishing. It'll blow your mind on some levels, and make you think in a new light about human beings.

    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is very good as well. It's a story about a family, four girls, their mother, and their narcissistic father, on a mission trip to Africa, and the life they lived there.

    I also like:
    • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
    • The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper.
    • The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is a must! Creole, I'm still waiting on you to get to these.
    • I'm just beginning the original DragonLance books; quite good.
    • The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein, of course.
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    More books...

    Looking for more life-changing books? Try these:

    Awareness, by Anthony DeMello
    Freedom from the Known, by Jiddu Krishnamurti
    The Power of Now, by Ekhart Tolle

    For a list of some very inspirational books, see:
    http://www.BestInspiration.com/books.php3

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    Books That Changed My Life Completely: Or, A Dead Topic Brought Back
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    Originally posted by Duchz
    "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie
    I third this one. The title sounds very corny, but it's a VERY good book for developing interpersonal skills.

    Another good one on self improvement is "The Now Habit". It's a very good anti-procrastrination book.
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    I'm currently reading "Valley of the Kings" by Wilbur Smith. It's about ancient Egypt. Page 1 was amazing. It get's better every page. I am now on page 354.

    But all LOTR were good also.
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    I prefer "How to manipulate people and bend them towards your great cause" . But other than that I liked.


    LOTR
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    "World Conquest for Dummies"

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    I am currently reading How to Make Friends and Influence People - its very clever.

    Already I've started paying an interest in what my work colleagues are intersted in and it has started to pay off already, I was always shy at school, but it has helped me to understand the importance of what these books have to teach us.

    They do an excellent job, a forum based on subject alone would be very interesting. The only people I know who say these books dont work are those who regret doing little with their lives, its always best to go with things instead going against them for no apparent reason.

    The biggest lesson i've learnt is: Its not what happens to you, its how you react to it.


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