This is a far but complete list of my favorite books and sources of learning materials. I’m constantly borrowing books and CDs from friends and then passing them on to others who may need them. The photo below is of my favorite bookshelf in my home. It’s filled with all kinds of books that I draw on for inspiration and guidance with subjects that range from weight loss to ancient religions to philosophy. At any given time, I may be reading or re-reading a half dozen of them, furiously highlighting my favorite passages. (Yes, you see the Bhagavad Gita and my childhood Bible… two of my favorites.)
I kind of love having a real book to carry around in my bag with pages for dog-ears and margins for writing notes. But I’ve also learned that if I’m going to skip from book to book – drawing inspiration from all of them at the same time – I’m going to have to lighten my load. Something that also travels with me is my iPad, so I’ve FINALLY put my Kindle app to good use and loaded some of my old Kindle downloads onto it with a few new purchases. It saves so much space, but I still kind of miss my paper books. One thing I’ll never do is surrender to an electronic calendar.
snapshots of my dear moleskine journals
On my Kindle:
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? – Seth Godin
The Bhagavad Gita
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Michael Pollan
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Light on Life – B.K.S. Iyengar
Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
Love, Freedom, and Aloneness: A New Vision of Relating – Osho
The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual – Michael Pollan
The China Study – T. Colin Campbeall & Thomas M. Campbell II
I also spend an extraordinary amount of time in my car, commuting back and forth to NYC and airports. Motivational CDs are so amazing for using a long trip to learn something new. These are a few that I’m listening to right now.
Favorite Audio CDs:
Excuses Be Gone – Wayne Dyer
Personal Power – Anthony Robbins
Get the Edge – Anthony Robbins
What books have inspired you over the years?
I’d love some ideas on what to pick up next!