Sunday, June 27, 2010

L is for Library

Words have the ability to touch us spiritually, the ability to move us emotionally, and the ability to expand us intellectually. As the Declaration of Independence illustrates, well thought out written words can have a long term impact on the lives of generations to follow. As Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech illustrates, words spoken by a powerful orator can also have a dramatic and long lasting impact.

Considering the lessons and the power that words carry it only makes sense to gather the ideas from the best and the brightest persons both living and deceased. I simply cannot encourage you enough to start building your personal development and success library. Pretend you are a visitor in your home. Look at the books in the bookcase or on the shelf. What do they tell you about the person living in this home? Do you get the sense that the person living here is actively engaged in finding success in all facets of their life?

You have complete control over the answers to the two preceding questions. If you already have started a collection of written books, audio books, CDs and DVDs give yourself a pat on the back. You are already well ahead of most people. If you have not started your library yet do not despair – but make a personal commitment to start. Take a look at my Suggested Readings page for ideas. Spend time in your local book store or on Amazon researching topics such as personal management, personal finance, relationship building, and health management and exercise.

Why have a library you may ask. Your library becomes a storehouse of knowledge that you can refer to over and over again for inspiration and education. As you grow and develop more and more of a success mindset and your life experiences expand you will find that each book becomes more insightful each time you open it up. The way I look at it is this: The more you read and the more you have to refer back to can only help to make the journey along you path to success easier. Put the experiences and knowledge gained by others to work for you. That is why authors write books. To pass on what they have learned to a larger and larger audience than they could do in person.

Start or add to your library today. Take a moment to decide which area of your life (head, heart, health, wealth or world) that you want to focus on, and then find a book in that area. Open your mind up to new ideas and I promise you will be pleasantly surprised at how much you can learn and then apply to your own life. Life is about growth – books and the like will assist in your growth immensely.

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