Books That Changed My Life & Inspired the “THINK OUTSIDE” Blog

I am a BIG fan of books! This surprises me as an adult because I hated reading as a child. I was told throughout my school years that I wasn’t the best reader, and it wasn’t my strong point. I formed a complex and by 9th grade I had lost all confidence on ever being good at it so I just did the bare minimum to get through. Sadly, this is how a lot of kids who struggle with reading in school feel & they carry it throughout their adult years. Some may never pick up a book again after graduating. According the Iris Reading, 72% of Americans read a book last year with the average of those people only reading 4 books over the course of 12 months. Of those 4 books 3 out of them were considered Fiction books and read for entertainment purposes. What this indicates is people are reading, however they aren’t reading to grow & self-educate. They are reading for pleasure. Adults don’t like to be challenged, or change their way of thinking so they stay away from the dreaded “SELF HELP” or “PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT” section and are perfectly content in their way of life. I was like this too, especially since I had such a negative outlook on reading because of my school days. The thought of reading was painful to me.

Then in 2009 I moved out, had gotten married and realized “I don’t know  S**T about life!” I didn’t  know anything about marriage, finances, eating healthy, or work life! I was scared and realized I needed help. Everyone at my local church were great coaches and had some amazing tools to give me. Tools are great, but if you don’t know how to use them they wont work for you. The most common tool given to me was books. Every response to my questions or concerns sounded something like this; “Have you heard of the this author?” or “Have you read this book?” I knew then that if I wanted my life to be different I had to read. The average millionaire reads an average of 12 NON-FICTION books a year. This is not to say that if you read you will become rich tomorrow, but reading non-fiction books can change your way of thinking, and when you change your way of thinking, new habits take place. New habits create a new you over time in a slow manner. Change is uncomfortable, however its in the changing of myself where happiness shines through. I don’t like to eat healthy, but I like the way I feel after I change my eating habits. I’m happier. I don’t like to exercise, but I feel more energized when I do. I’m happier. I hate waking up at 5 AM but when I do I get more done. I’m happier. I don’t like this discomfort of change at first, but discomfort is only temporary. Push through the discomfort and find your way on a Road Less Traveled. Here are the books that changed my life and inspired this blog! 

  • Crush ITGary Vaynerchuk Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. You can find it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon
  • Divine Direction – Craig Groeschel Is your life story reflecting the narrative you want others to see? God is dedicated to the wonderful plan he’s laid out for you. The reachable and powerful steps in Divine Direction take you there one step at a time, big, or small. This is available at Amazon & Mardel Books
  • Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey Your step by step guide to financial freedom. This is the book that started our entire journey! Check this one out at Dave Ramey’s Website or Amazon
  • The 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to “kill” your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. I recommend the Audio Book here or purchase hard copy at Barnes & Noble
  • Folks, This ain’t Normal – Joel Salatin Joel has been featured in the popular documentary Food Inc. In this book Joel recognizes the need for self sustainability and the benefit to working outside to do work that matters! This book influenced my love for the land and respect for our animals! Pick up your copy at Polyface or at of course…. Amazon lol. 

If it weren’t for books my life wouldn’t be where it is today. My marriage would be over, my finances would be a wreck, being a mom would be next to impossible, and my passion would be undiscovered.  Reading will change your life! By changing one life at a time we can change the world. Literacy is a gift and a powerful tool that every person should be practicing. If you or someone you love is illiterate please see Reading Horizons for information on helping adults read. Change starts with you, then pay it forward. 


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