Personal Development

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“I am liken to a grain of wheat which faces one of three futures.  The wheat can be placed in a sack and dumped in a stall until it is fed to swine.  Or it can be ground to flour and made into bread.  or it can be placed in the earth and allowed to grow until its golden head divides and produces a thousand grains from one.  I am liken to a grain of wheat with one difference.  The wheat cannot choose whether it be fed to swine, ground for bread, or planted to multiply.  I have a choice and I will not let me life be fed to sine nor will I let it be ground under the rocks of failure and despair to be broken open and devoured by the will of others.  Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

Original Self

By Thomas Moore

Original Self by Thomas Moore

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Book Overview:  In Original Self, spiritual pioneer Thomas Moore guides readers back to their God-given personalities through fifty heart-lifting meditations. This inspiring collection offers fresh interpretations of living with originality rather than conformity, presenting multidimensional portraits of the creative self and different angles from which to top one’s primal emotions and possibilities. Learn what it means to live from the burning essence of the heart, with the creativity that comes from allowing the soul to blossom in its own colors and shapes.  With his usual grace and insight, Moore counters the prevailing assumptions of the day and offers strikingly unorthodox views on what is virtuous and healthy, opening up possibilities for a renewal of the way we live socially and in our private lives.  Click here for more info!

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“Today many people live the external life exclusively, and when the inner world erupts or stirs, they rush to a therapist or druggist for help.  They try to explain profound mythic developments in the language of behavior and experience.  Often they have no idea what is happening to them, because they have been so cut off from the deep self.  Their own soul is so alien to them that they are unaware of what is going on outside the known realm of fact.  Former methods of keeping in touch with the inner life have gone out of mode.  Diaries, letters, and deep conversations help focus attention on developments and materials that lie beneath the surface.  Only one hundred years ago, without benefit of typewriters and word processors, people kept elaborate, long and detailed diaries and notebooks.  We seem to have left behind these methods of reflection in favor of technologies for action.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

By Seth Godin

Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck by Seth Godin

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Book Overview:  Made for dipping into again and again, Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? brings together the very best of Seth Godin’s acclaimed blog and is a classic for fans both old and new. ‘Getting your ducks in a row is a fine thing to do. But deciding what you are going to do with that duck is a far more important issue.’ Since he started blogging in the early 1990s, he has written more than two million words and shaped the way we think about marketing, leadership, careers, inno­vation, creativity, and more. Much of his writing is inspirational and some is incendiary. Collected here are six years of his best, most entertaining, and most poignant blog posts, plus a few bonus ebooks.  Click here for more info!

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“In the connected age, reading and writing remain the two skills that are most likely to pay off with exponential results.  Reading leads to more reading.  Writing leads to better writing.  Better writing leads to a bigger audience and more value creation.  And the process repeats.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters

By John Stevens

Budo Secrets - Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters

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Book Overview:  In budo—which can be translated as “the way of brave and enlightened activity”—martial arts and spirituality merge at the highest level of skill. Budo Secrets contains the essential teachings of budo’s greatest masters of Kendo, Karate, Judo, Aikido, and other disciplines. Timely and instructive, these writings are not just for martial artists—they’re for anyone who wants to live life more courageously, with a greater sense of personal confidence and self-control, and with a deeper understanding of others.  Click here for more info!

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13 Deep Osho Quotes That’ll Make You Re-Think Love, Freedom, and Aloneness.

13 Deep Osho Quotes That'll Make You Re-Think Love, Freedom, and Aloneness.

We spend years of our lives – decades even – studying math, science, and history in formal educational settings from the time when we are first learning how to write until the time we graduate college and get our final degree – yet we rarely (if ever) take even a single class on love, relationships, or dealing with our being… Seems a little out of proportion wouldn’t you think?

This is not to say that math, science, or history are not important – each have contributed immensely in their own right – but rather to bring to light the importance of reading, researching and reflecting on the topics of love, relationships, and dealing with your being on your own time.  Changing the curricula and priorities of our educational systems is beyond the intent of this post – changing the way you view, “Personal Development” and “Self-Help” books, for example, is an idea and action that is well within our grasps.

Why is it that when it comes to understanding a subject like math, there’s an easy and direct connection – read books, answer challenging questions, and seek help from educators – but when it comes to understanding a subject like “ourselves” there’s only a, “ya-live-and-ya-learn” policy?   Continue reading

Love, Freedom, Aloneness:  The Koan of Relationships

By Osho

Love, Freedom, Aloneness - The Koan of Relationships

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Book Overview:  In today’s world, freedom is our basic condition, and until we learn to live with that freedom, and learn to live by ourselves and with ourselves, we are denying ourselves the possibility of finding love and happiness with someone else.  Love can only happen through freedom and in conjunction with a deep respect for ourselves and the other. Is it possible to be alone and not lonely? Where are the boundaries that define “lust” versus “love”…and can lust ever grow into love? In Love, Freedom, Aloneness you will find unique, radical, and intelligent perspectives on these and other essential questions. In our post-ideological world, where old moralities are out of date, we have a golden opportunity to redefine and revitalize the very foundations of our lives. We have the chance to start afresh with ourselves, our relationships to others, and to find fulfillment and success for the individual and for society as a whole.  Click here for more info!

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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

By Carol S. Dweck

Mindset by Carol Dweck

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Book Overview: Carol Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.  Click here for more info!

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“When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world.  In one world – the world of fixed traits – success is about proving you’re smart or talented.  Validating yourself.  In the other – the world of changing qualities – it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new.  Developing yourself.  In one world, failure is about having a setback.  Getting a bad grade.  Losing a tournament.  Getting fired.  Getting rejected.  It means you’re not smart or talented.  In the other world, failure is about not rowing.  Not reaching for the things you value.  It means you’re not fulfilling your potential.  In one world, effort is a bad thing.  It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented.  If you were, you wouldn’t need effort.  In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.  You have a choice.  Mindsets are just beliefs.  They’re powerful beliefs, but they’re just something in your mind, and you can change your mind.” ~ Carol Dweck, Mindset

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