shelley mizzi

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What was the book that influenced you the most?

What was the book that made you think, gave you an idea or inspired you to do something. to me a book can be anything fiction and non-fiction.

  • May 20 2013: I was an avid reader of myths, fables, and fairy tales when I was young, so I would probably give the prize to some Greek and Roman mythology anthology...I don't know which edition I had.

    The reason I think this was the most influential is because so much of it is referenced in other reading that has influenced me greatly. Namely,

    ...just a few, but the list is long.
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    May 26 2013: Friedrich Nietzsche "Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and For None"
    I'm reading his works on and on and, of course, sometimes I don't agree, but oh, he' s great!
    I still can't believe that you need one life and one person to write such a masterpiece! Strongly advise!
  • May 24 2013: the secret..I read it all content are convincing but I can't apply it
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    May 22 2013: Great question. There are so many that influenced me throughout my lifetime. At different stages in my life, there have been some stars, like Walden, Pride and Prejudice and many others.

    Right now I am trying to figure out what the future will look like for me (in my career - I am a law school professor) and my children (I know, that is incredibly impossible). In that quest, I have loved all books by Clay Christensen, starting with the Innovator's Dilemma. I also have been influenced by the recent books by Dan Pink and Clay Shirkey's Cognitive Surplus, among many others.

  • May 22 2013: Hi Shelley, great question!
    I'd like to read whatever Emanuel Swedenborg wrote.

    He made many contributions to science and philosophy, but his religious books, started at age 57, are by most of his followers regarded as the Second Coming.

    Right now I'm reading, and very much enjoying a book by Dr. Norman Berridge, The Natural Basis Of Spiritual Reality. How the many processes in the body have a parallel relationship, correspondence, with the processes of the mind.
  • May 22 2013: Who moved my cheese. I love how Spencer Johnson turns knowledge into a story.
    It is small and easy to read. Perfect for reminding yourself from time to time that change is not a bad thing.
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    May 21 2013: probably maasai days, by cheryl bentsen. After reading this book, I moved from the city where I was living, Los Angeles, out to the country and tried for three years to get a job milking cows. I also ultimately changed my diet, I went from eating the typical American diet to, for the last five years, I have been living on skim milk, every day I drink about two gallons of organic skim milk, and I don't eat or drink anything else.
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    May 21 2013: The Bible has changed millions of lives; mine included!

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    May 21 2013: Every book i read added to my growth as a person. There are some which are special.
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    May 21 2013: 1. Geet Govind Shri Krishna
    I find it best and most evolved philosophy of life.

    2 My experiments with truth.
    .As a teenager i was looking for a role model. We had few Film stars and cricket players who generated some reverence but nothing more. I was quite disappointed to know that there is not a single person from India who is recognised by the whole world except Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi). I got interested to know about him.

    Best way to know a person is from his thoughts so I read his autobiography. My experiments with truth..
    At best I call myself Gandhi admirer and not Gandhian. The day I practice what he preached, things will change for me.

    Other books are
    No Matter What You Can Be Happy by Richard Carlson
    Seven Secrets by Stephen covey
  • May 21 2013: Shelley, there were so many!!! And I bet, there are more to come...

    Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" taught me how to find my strength and keep my integrity. I still read this book once a year.

    Tom Stoppard's 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' helped me understand existentialism, and made me ponder how to take control of my role in life, and take advantage of the paths that lead me where I'm supposed to go.

    Tolkien's works propelled me into a fantasy world that taught me about my own vulnerability as a human being.

    William Goldman's "The Princess Bride" made me laugh, made me cry, helped me understand the literary importance of love with a healthy dose of humor.

    Toon Tellegen's "Bijna Iedereen Kon Omvallen" (Almost Everyone Could Fall Down), a collection of philosophical children's stories that inspired me to question things, so I could help my children find answers to their questions.
  • May 21 2013: I like reading very much.Here are some books impressed me a lot.
    1、《人生》《平凡的世界》----路遥 China
    2、《The Unbearable lightness of Being》----Milan Kundera French
    3、Most of books comes from Jiund Krishnamurti India
    4、《The Road Less Traveled》----M. Scott Peck America
    5、《The Power of Now》 Eckhart Tolle Geman
    6、《The Courage to Teach》 Parker J. Palmer America
  • May 21 2013: History The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    Fiction First - The Grapes of Wrath Now during the Great Disruption- The grapes of Wrath
    Poetry Poe or Kipling collections Okay we can't give up Blake.
    Communication Two books by Larry McLaughlan
    Sales Moine and Lloyd
    Physics Feynman's Lectures Vol.1
    Sci Fi Asimov Robot books and all the following.
    Randomness etc. Fooled by Randomness and Black Swan by Taleb.
    Martial Arts Anything by Bruce Tagner and Kim
    political science Fukuyama's Origin of the Political Order.
    The Bible Dry Depressing book Get it on CD's and make James Earl jones your co-pilot as you drive to work.
    Want to Hear The Raven by Poe James Earl Jones. No body does it better than Darth Vader.
    Now I've bored you enough
  • May 20 2013: Probably my family's set of World Book encyclopedias from the 60's.