I did not dig school whatsoever, but I LOVE learning! These books are on my must read list for success. I would not be who I am today without the guidance of these mentors and so many others including but not limited to Anthony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, John Maxwell, Christian Simpson...and so many more
Awaken the Giant Within - Tony Robbins
This was the first book that opened my mind to the possibility of creating my own future. I learned so much from this giant tome, but my most memorable takeaway was the power of using different more empowering words to describe my emotional states.
Your Sacred Self- Wayne Dyer
My daughter was reading this book and the tidbits I gained from her inspired me to get my own copy. I learned that we are all connected and spiritual beings, this was a new frame of reference for me and has impacted my actions and beliefs since the day I opened the book.
Untethered Soul - Michael Singer
Wow is all I can say about this one. Truly insightful and thought provoking book about the inner voice in our heads, and that the walls we build to keep us "safe" lock us in and out of the light.
The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
I listened to this one on audio, and Eckhart Tolle's meditative voice was for me a huge part of the impact in his message. I learned that the only way to have peace and joy in the future is to be present and have it in the now.
The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
Our sales representative from Challenge Dairy (Our bakery's butter supplier) was the unlikely angel who gave me this book. It came to me in the early days of building our business, and I read and listened to it more than once. I credit Malcolm Gladwell's message with many of the small things we have done that have led to our success today.
21 Laws of Leadership - John Maxwell
I was first introduced to John Maxwell, a truly great leadership mentor, by one of my managers. This book is the foundation of what we teach the leaders we develop in our Denica's Real Food Kitchen organization. I learned that leadership is a process, not a destination and most importantly for me, to be a river not a reservoir.
Tribal Leadership - Dave Logan
I was struggling with a team cohesiveness after opening our second location, and this book shed light on about the stages a group (or tribe) goes through and how to help facilitate the connections between people to move to a higher level.
The Way to Love - Anthony DeMello
This is a tiny book, literally about the size of a passport. I keep this on my nightstand and often read a chapter of the short interpretations of key messages from the Bible. This is not a religious book, more of a book about values. I learned about true love that has no conditions, and how to expand my definition of unconditional.
Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert
In my searches outside myself for the key to happiness I picked up this book. What I learned in this book woke me up to the thought that what you think will bring you happiness in the future is rarely true. You are projecting what would make you happy right now. The future you will want very different things and have different needs.
The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
I received this book as a gift from my sister in law many years ago, and it sat on my bookshelf for years until one day it called out to me. The simple messages came at the perfect challenging time in my life as a reminder to remember not to take anything personally.
As a Man Thinketh - James Allen
So he shall become...I learned the power of our thoughts in developing who we are. Change your thoughts, change your life!
Psycho-Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz
This powerful book written by a plastic surgeon in 1960 was an early teacher for me about how our self image is what determines our success. If we change our outer world and do not change our inner world we cannot achieve the goals we want.
Seat of the Soul -Gary Zukov
Oprah didn't steer me wrong when she recommended this one. The message for me was about the law of motion, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Learning to always act from a loving place and learning to respond instead of react to the triggers and tests that are always coming our way. Karma as a non-judgemental force that will always seek equilibrium.
The Go Giver - Bob Burg
My good friend and mentor Misty recommended this book - one she keeps on her desk -as a guide to life as a leader. It is a fun story with a big message to stay humble and always serve.
Raving Fans - Ken Blanchard
An easy to read entertaining story with a key message to always go above and beyond with everyone. Exceed expectations always.
A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
Heavy duty super enlightening look at the ego and how it controls us unless we look at it and always consciously choose to rise above it. Also that the ego is always one step ahead- its the observer being observed. It's a process, not a destination.