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Simona Rich

Self Improvement Blogger, Simona Rich

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What's a book that changed your life (if any)?

Did you ever read a book which made a big difference in your life?

For me personally it was a popular "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" book by Robert Kiyosaki. It taught me how to control money instead of money controlling my behavior.

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    Oct 2 2013: (I am a Chinese student ,forgive my poor English ability,and you can point out my mistakes,thx.) As for me , maybe it is The Kite Runner ,which I read 2 years ago.It let me understand what is friendship . Maybe we all have friends ,but it is hard to say that whether we will absolutely belive them ,even they are not perfect . I am lucky that I have some good friends and I value them much .
  • Oct 3 2013: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
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    Oct 4 2013: I'm going to be honest here. Harry Potter has changed my life by sucking up thousands of hours of my time. Time spent reading, re-reading, fantasizing, reading fan fictions, and watching the movies. But it's time well spent. I'd rather read than play video games any day.
  • Oct 2 2013: 'the power of now' by ekhart tolle and "mastery" by robert greene
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    Oct 2 2013: I read a book by Naomi Wolfe..it was short fairy tale stories with messages hidden in the plot..the story which repelled and confused me the most was about how if one does not make things by hand..you have NOT had a genuine life..this confused me..but stuck in my head...slowly I started to think "how will I know myself if everything i do,see,buy,isomeone elses work..so I started to make clothes,furniture,statues,jewellery ,because in some small way it authenticated my own beliefs and inner visions...I would attempt to no longer plaugerize my choices ,beliefs...
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    Oct 2 2013: The first book I ever read was one of the Dick and Jane series. I will never forget the feeling that followed immediately after reading a single line aloud without assistance and actually comprehending the living thought codified in those heretofore confounding printed words. Thus began a continuing voyage of lifelong adventure and learning. I have found no book since which compares to the dynamic, life-changing power of the Holy Bible.
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    Oct 2 2013: The Bible is a book that has changed my life and keeps changing my life.
    I started reading it as a child; and over twenty years from then I still find it as a wealth of treasure and light.
  • Oct 2 2013: No, not really, and somehow I feel as if I should have a top ten list, or a best book, or something where a book has inspired me. I can't say that. I have read books Iiked, just nothing that I can say was a life changing experience.

    I don't sit and read many books. In my life, I seem to go through technical books looking for specific techniques, applications or insight into how prior generations might have solved problems similar to the ones I am solving today.

    I remember going through an old set of encyclopedias when I was young, many catalogs, several magazines; a lot of Scout handbooks, field books, and merit badge books; the normal school books and reading assignments associated with school and college, and a few read for pleasure books. There were books I liked, authors I liked, genres I liked, just nothing that made me want to keep it around and re-read it, like I hear so many others tell me.

    It just seems that experiences, personal connections, and my own thoughts and writings seem to make me think more than books by other authors.

    Perhaps not the perspective you were looking for, but there may be others like me out there, waiting for that one book that causes internal bells and whistles to blare, that never seem to find the book that meets the expectation.
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    Oct 2 2013: Hi Simona,
    For me, Fritz Schumacher's "Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered" which I read in the 1970s as a student, was a key influence. I ended up doing a Ph.D in "Philosophy and Technology" 15 years later as a result.
    Another was "Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway" by Susan Jeffers, a popular self-help book in the 1980s (now a "classic" so I'm told). Good for those who are natural "worriers".
    More recently I read poetry: try the anthology "Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times", edited by Neil Astley (Bloodaxe Books).
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    Oct 7 2013: I just completed reading the biography of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson and I must say that this is one of the most inspirational stories I’ve ever read. Steve was one of the most influential figures of our time, his achievements span over a number of different fields and this book tells what can only be interpreted as a balanced story.

    Walter Isaacson is a successful biographer known for the biographies he wrote about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. His credentials are certainly there and Steve chose the right man for the job when he asked him to write his own biography.

    Countless articles have been written bout Steve, and that’s because there’s so much to say. With so much to say about one person, It’s easy to see why writing a biography about his life would be a complex challenge. I wondered how well Walter Isaacson would execute such task and I must say, I’m not disappointed. I’m sure there are things that are inaccurate and things with which people will disagree (people often remember things differently) Nevertheless, everything seems to have been covered; from how he developed his life philosophy, how he treated people at work, his relationship with his daughter and even how he dealt with romance. However, to me, more important than the minute detail is the big picture that was painted, which includes the major milestones in Steve’s life and the walls he had to climb over in order to build the empire that we all know and love called Apple.

    That’s where the real value is in reading this biography – the opportunity to have some insight into how difficult situations were dealt with by a man that most if not all of us admire. His story reminded me of the picture below I encountered on the internet a few weeks ago

    Success, whatever that may mean to you, is not something that comes without difficulty; reading the story of how Steve lead arguably the best company in the world will inject inspiration into everyone who reads it. This is more than a
  • Oct 7 2013: In-order of importance:
    I see "7 Habits" mentioned, which was really good, (but I would fail to list it as a real life-changer), and "The Power of Now," (which was also really good - and much much better than other similar ones).
    Mignon McLaughlin's "The Neurotic's Notebook"
    There was one by L.L. Constantine & Floyd Martinson.
    And by-a long, long nose: Stan Tenen's "The Alphabet that Changed the World: How Genesis Preserves a Science of Consciousness in Geometry and Gesture"!
  • Oct 7 2013: The 7 Habits of Highly effective people by Stephen R Covey. This has all the elements to manage both professional and personal life of a person
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    Oct 6 2013: Fermats Last Theorm by Simon Singh. I don't think I was a geek until I read it.

    Your book rich dad poor dad also made an impact but I'm afraid money still controls my life. Sadly.
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    Oct 6 2013: some may say it is cliché but for me it was "To Kill a Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee it taught me tolerance, equality and respect is the right of everyone no matter who they are colour , religion,, social status, sexual preference, or gender.
    We lived in a lot of countries as a kid and it I think related more to it as I saw the same kind of things and situations through the eyes of a child as related to in the book. As I grew older I also resonated with how lack of understanding/tolerance leads to hate and fear and the factors that feed it. Even today and through my working life I can still relate to that book.. You do not have to be American the similarities are universal
  • Oct 4 2013: THE QURAN-PAK, and i also want you to plz read it just once it can change your life not also here but after doomsday as well.
  • Oct 3 2013: The Razor's Edge.....Someset Maughm
  • Oct 3 2013: Hi Dear Simona:)I like reading very much.I think i have been inspired by lots of books.Here I think I like to mention one of those books,which is'The Road Less Travelled' by M. Scott Peck(America).

    If you like,go to read it,I would like to discuss it with you if we have chance:)
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    Oct 3 2013: Each people around me in my life is a good book for me to read. I can always find a lot of things to think about and learn from them.
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    Oct 2 2013: the republic by Plato ,i find it like almost perfect book did by human.
  • Oct 2 2013: the complete works of Shakespeare - read it different stages of life and got different views
    • Oct 6 2013: Hi Dear wayne,could you share more about'the complete works of Shakespeare'?websites links or?Thank you:)
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    Oct 2 2013: 'Why Love Matters' by Sue Gerhardt is a wonderful book. Also, 'This Is How' by Augusten Burroughs and 'Life Lessons' by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler.
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    Oct 2 2013: ”Tuesdays with Morrie“
    The story is about an old man Morrie Schwartz ,who was dying from ALS taught a young man named Mitch the lesson of life.It inspired me a lot.It made me cry with joy.
    Here are some quotes by Morrie Schwartz:

    When you learn how to die, you learn how to live.

    The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives your purpose and meaning.

    As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed as ignorant as you were at twenty-two, you'd always be twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, it's the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.

    Love wins. Love always wins.
  • Oct 2 2013: The book that changed my life huh...! "Two States" by Chetan Bhagat. Wonderful story written for every human...
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    Oct 2 2013: The Bible is a book that has changed my life and keeps changing my life.
    I started reading it as a child; and over twenty years from then I still find it as a wealth of treasure and light.
  • Oct 2 2013: What is wild I read The Grapes of Wrath almost fifty years ago in third grade. Of course, it didn't have much impact on me my understanding was limited I couldn't understand the meanness to the poor or that we sould do this again.
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    Oct 2 2013: I don't believe we ever change, we grow by our decisions we make. We believe the decisions we make are good or best but...that's a whole other topic. Sorry, I had to throw that out there.
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    Oct 2 2013: I listened today to a podcast in which two writers answered this question. One put forward the classic The Pelopanesian Wars. He appreciated it as illustrating a seldom matched standard for writing, narrative, and oratory. His second choice was Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. He valued that work for how masterfully Hemingway could depict human response to pain.

    As you are a self-improvement blogger, if you have not yet read Rachel Naomi Remens, that might be worth a look.
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      Oct 2 2013: Fritzie......any link to the podcast?
      Sounds like something I would enjoy.
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        Oct 2 2013: Go to the website for Steven Pressfield or for Black Irish Books. I expect you will find an easy pathway to it from either of those.