Category: Book Reviews

A Book That Changed My Life: The Secret

Before I begin I want to remind you that this is not a traditional book review. This is a more personalized book review about how this book has changed my life. Also I want to share what this book might do for you.

The secret to me was the most influential book in my life. It enlightened me to the true power that the mind possesses. This book taught me how your thoughts shape the world around you.

I read this book my senior year of high school. It was the beginning of the school year and I knew that I wasn’t going to college. I wanted a half-day internship for a gym that I was a member at. I wanted to secure a future job as a personal trainer so that when I graduated I could make a living.

I thought that it would be a reasonable proposition. My grades were good and I would have enough credits to graduate if I went to school for half a day. But my school had other ideas about it. Long story short I was fighting to be able to get this internship. The superintendent never gave me the light of day to talk. I was even threatening to drop out at that point. I was a few days away from doing so.

I remember walking by this bookshelf in my parents house a thousand times. For some reason I stopped and there I saw it. The Secret. It was like the book was calling to me. I grabbed it and decided to read it that night. I read the entire book that night.

I went to bed that night deciding that I was going to use the law of attraction to my advantage. I got the internship approved the next day. It shocked me. From that point on I’ve practiced the principles of the secret into my everyday life. The secret changed the whole dynamic of my life and how I keep watch on my thoughts.

Since then I read the book at least once a year. I practice gratitude every morning for everything I have in my life, both present and future. I’ve realized that thoughts are energy and the universe will attract the frequency that those thoughts are on. Whether positive or negative.

The author, Rhonda Byrne made the secret easy to understand and comprehend for anyone. That is why the book had such a positive impact upon me. Applying the [principles takes little effort.

What The Secret Can do For You

If you are looking to start reading the self-help genre of literature, The Secret is a great introduction on how you may change your life. How to learn about the power of the mind and how your thoughts are powerful. How to use the law of attraction to your advantage.

The secret helps you with implementing gratitude into your daily life. Gratitude is a powerful emotion that creates a positive atmosphere for your life. It also shows you the power of positive thinking and the impact it can have on your life.

The secret has various topics of discussion such as money, love and health to name a few. Giving you multiple ways to improve your life in the aspects that matter most to you.

A Book That Changed My Life: How to Win Friends and Influence People

Before I begin I want to remind you that this is a more personalized book review. I’m going to share with you how this book changed my life and how this book might do the same for you.


I read this book about a year after reading think and grow rich. It was sometime about halfway through 2014. I was in the process of starting my own business while still working at a gym doing maintenance work and personal training. I remember one of the members of the gym telling me about this book so I decided to buy it.

By nature I am a very introverted person. I am usually quiet and shy, especially around new people. It took time for me to warm up to someone I didn’t know. I had trouble starting conversations even if I was knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. To put it frankly, I wasn’t the best with my communication skills. Not exactly a skill to be lacking in when you are trying to start a business.

All I can say is that I’m incredibly grateful that I read this book. It changed the whole dynamic of how I talk to others not only in business, but in daily life.

After reading it I began to practice the principles. How to win friends and influence people gave me a new confidence on how to effectively communicate with others. I learned that I didn’t always have to be the one doing the majority of the talking. Taking the time to genuinely listen to others and see things from their point of view. Most of all, it taught me how to influence others and become a leader. There is a reason why after over 80 years since being published it is still selling copies.

Now While I’m still an introvert by nature, my ability to have a positive impact on others through my communication skills has improved dramatically. I feel much more comfortable and confident in talking with others.

The language in the book is simple. That’s the way that the author Dale Carnegie intended it to be. There are several real life examples throughout the book to give a better understanding of each principle and how you may apply it into your daily life.

What can How to Win Friends and Influence People for You

We live in a world where communication is essential in our daily lives. Being able to effectively communicate with other people has more value than any form of education. If you can influence others, you can almost guarantee the outcome of your success. To learn effective communication skills can have a tremendous impact on your life.

For being shy and introverted like myself, it may help you in your ability to communicate with others on a more effective basis. This doesn’t mean that you have to talk more, it just means that you will be able to deliver your message to have a more favorable impression with the person you are speaking with.

If you want to win people over to your way of thinking subtly and genuinely. This is about building positive relations with others. Taking the time to show interest in others so that you can become interesting to others. I know that sounds weird but it works. Taking time to listen to others makes you a better conversationalist and become well liked by other people.

This one to me is the most valuable thing you can learn from how to win friends and influence people. The lesson is trying to see things from the other person’s point of view. If you can learn that, you can have a major influence on anyone you talk to. That is one of the most essential traits to have if you want to be successful in any endeavor in life.

A Book That Changed My Life: Think and Grow Rich

Before I start I want to state something. This isn’t going to be a traditional book review. What I want to share is a more personalized experience of how this book changed my life. Also what I believe that this book may do for you. That is what the self-help genre of literature is all about. So let’s begin how it changed my life.

I read this book around Christmas 2012. At the time I was working at a gym doing maintenance work as well as being a personal trainer. It was a job that I started immediately after high school because of an internship I got my senior year. I was a young man at the time. Around 20 years old. My job wasn’t giving me the satisfaction that I truly desired for my life.

After looking on amazon for self-help books I ran across this classic. I had never heard of think and grow rich. I purchased it and started reading it every night. I finished it before new years 2013. Think and grow rich stuck a chord in my very soul. By the end of reading the book I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I was going to start my own company.

I treated this book as a manifesto of sorts, continuously reading parts of it every single night. It put my mindset into a money consciousness. Even though at the time I wasn’t making a lot of money, I felt like a millionaire in my mind.

In think and grow rich it describes that an individual must have a definite purpose for their life. I choose mine. I wanted to open up my own gym. It wasn’t going to be just any gym. I would’ve described it as a fitness mall. Your one stop shop for all things health related. At the time I had no business experience but to me that didn’t matter. I believed that I could achieve it. There was a fire inside me that was forcing me to pursue this dream.

The next thing the book describes it to have a specific dollar amount. I only had a few hundred dollars in the bank at that time. I set a lofty goal that if I reached it would blow my mind. $10 million. I gave myself 2 years to achieve this. I wrote down my definite purpose, the amount of money and what I intended to give in return. I read it day and night. Believing that it could truly be mine.

The essence of think and grow rich is that you only have one limitation in life. That limitation is the one you set up in your mind. It is about mental conditioning that you can acquire anything that your life desires.

Now I’m going to fast forward 2 years because if I don’t this post would end up being a book. I had some major adversities along the way but they didn’t stop me. Just a few days short of the 2 year mark I was just some paperwork away from having the $10 million necessary to start my business.

This story doesn’t have a happy ending. In short I got greedy and felt like I needed more money. The investors fell through and I had no money to show for it. It was life’s way of telling me that I wasn’t ready. It was no one else’s fault but my own. Something that I take full responsibility for. Because I know from the principles in think and grow rich that your mind can either make or break you.

I didn’t include the 20 hour days that I put into building a business. The relentless pursuit of knowledge to learn about business and everything else that was necessary to learn. But this story does have a valuable lessons it taught me.

  1. That if you have an idea and believe in it so deeply that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it, you can move mountains to make it a reality.
  2. The mind is your most powerful resource you have. It can be your greatest ally or your worst enemy. The beautiful thing about that is it’s your choice to make.

These 2 lessons learned have more value to me than all of the gold and silver in the world.

Let’s discuss what this book can do for you any my recommendations for reading it.

What can Think and Grow Rich do for you?

First and foremost it can teach you the true power that your mind has over your reality in life. “Whatever the mind can conceive, and believe, the mind can achieve.” This is a true statement. The book can help you condition your mind to a money consciousness in the acquisition of riches for your life. But the book doesn’t stop there. It gives you the principles of success in any endeavor you choose. Napoleon Hill the author dedicated over 25 years to the study of success. Interviewing the most successful people of the time.

It can help you get to know yourself on a deeper level. It has a self-analysis questionnaire at the end of the book. By taking this questionnaire you can better understand your strengths and weaknesses. Aiding you in your path to success.

It may give you a spark of inspiration for finding your definite purpose in life. Something that everyone seeks for their life.

When reading the book I would highly recommend to have a pen or pencil with you. Highlighting or underscoring parts that have a favorable impression on you.

Take some time to think and reflect on what you have just read. Reread a chapter if it had a positive effect on you. Also reread the book from time to time. I’ve read this book 10 times already and am still finding something new.

Practice the principles in the book. Find ways to implement them into your daily life. It is about building habits that have a positive impact on your life.


I hope that you enjoyed reading this post. I wanted to give you a more personalized book review for think and grow rich. I believe that this is a book that should be read by everyone. It has a certain energy within the pages.

Book Review: Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You must ask Yourself By Henri Junttila

I ran across this book late one night skimming through Amazon Prime books. At the time I was at a crossroads in my life and wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with my life. The universe has a subtle way of delivering things to you when you are actively searching.

I decided to give the book a try and I’m grateful that I did. If it wasn’t for this book I wouldn’t have started this blog or rekindled the drive to actually write my book. About halfway through I realized how much I enjoyed writing and made me wonder why I ever stopped a few years ago.

Enough about what the book did for me in finding my passion. Let’s talk about the more important question. What can the book do for you?

Passion is something that we all want in our lives but often it is seldom found without first digging deep and finding out more about ourselves. That is just what this book does. Consider it more of a workbook than an actual literary piece. The author recommends that you write down each answer on paper.

The questions range in their variety. Some questions seem a bit repetitive but the reason behind it is for the reader to dig deeper to potentially uncover any hidden desires. These are thought provoking questions. Each chapter (or question) gives a brief explanation to how the reader should approach the question. At the end there are a few sub-questions for you to answer to help you get to the root of your answers.

This book is short, less than 100 pages in total. But by no means is this a book to be read in a couple hours. Unless of course you just read it for leisure. This book is more of a journey of finding that passion in your life and discovering more about yourself along the way.

As with anything worthwhile in life finding your passion doesn’t happen overnight. The author recommends that you take time to think about the questions and allow yourself to get the best answers possible. You’d only be cheating yourself by giving partial answers.

Overall if you are someone who is actively trying to find out what they are passionate about, this book is for you. Right now you can read it for free with Kindle Unlimited. Or buy it for $2.99 for the ebook version or $9.99 for paperback.


I give this book a 4.5/5 rating.



Do you have any suggestions for self-help books that I should read and review? I’d love to hear your feedback.