Tag: self-help books

Journey of the Author #3: The Madness of Writing

It’s amazing how quickly a week flies by. Last week I shared with you that I was in the beginning stages of writing the first rough draft for my book. I also discussed that blogging has become a priority for me. Which it still is. So let me give you an update for where I currently stand with the book.

So I’ve made some progress with Rock Bottom: Rise From the Ashes. Rejuvenate your life. For the past week I have been making time every night to dedicate to writing the rough draft. I even set a daily goal for myself. 500 words a night minimum. Now I know that it isn’t an outrageous number of words to write in a day but I feel if I set a word goal. The book will continue to be written.

Have I stuck to that 500 words per day over the last week? Sadly no. There have been some night where I’ve only gotten 200-300 words written. Other nights I’ve gone over the 500 word goal to make up for lost ground. As of right now I’m at about 3,200 words.

I’m working on the book from start to finish. Part one is something that I had no old notes for so I’ve been starting from the ground up. I have to say it’s been an adventure to say the least. There are times where I’ll stare at the computer screen for 20 minutes before I even put a sentence down. Writer’s block has definitely gotten the best of me a couple days. But I keep moving forward with it no matter what.

As far as progress goes, I’ve written the first chapter of the book titled: Perspective of a Cruel World. I know it isn’t a pretty title for a chapter but my book is about rock bottom. Something that isn’t a pretty sight. I’ve also written about half of the next chapter titled: Influences and How They Shape You.

While I hoped to get you an excerpt from the book this week I feel that there is nothing worthy to share with you. I want to give you something great. With this being the first rough draft, my ideas are like dumping marbles all over the floor. They’re all over the place.

Next week I want to share an excerpt with you of the book. I’m going to make it a promise and do my absolute best to deliver it to you. Even if it’s just a paragraph of the book. So instead I’ll share with you what the first chapter of the book entails.

Perspective of a cruel world is about how you view the world when you are at rock bottom. It discusses the various reasons why one may hit rock bottom or is on the slide down the slippery slope. How you perceive the world and how you can change that perception to take the first step in turning your life around. To view the world with a new set of eyes and to change your thoughts in times when negativity reigns supreme.

The chapter is about having a better understanding of why you’re at this low point. It is the first step to coming to terms with where you are at and starting to make the changes necessary to make your life better.

I’ve learned from starting the actual writing of the book is that writing is a madness. I’ve gotten a taste of it from writing blog posts on an everyday basis but writing a book is a whole other animal. A challenge that I’ll gladly take on. With my daily writing goal in place I’ll be able to continuously make progress. No matter how small it is.

While writing can be frustrating at times. Especially when the words just don’t seem to flow, I’m happy that I’ve made it a habit to get back to writing after all of these years away. Writing gives me a certain peace within that I can’t experience elsewhere on a consistent basis. As weird as that sounds. Whether it is writing the book or writing a blog post for you, my amazing readers I am always happy when I write.

Thank you for stopping by to see my progress!

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.

Journey of an Author #1 Introduction

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to start this series. As I mentioned vaguely in previous posts my ultimate goal for writing is to become a published author. It is a dream of mine that I’ve had for over the past 5 years. It’s been an on and off experience in writing it. But I’ve made the decision to make it a priority in my life.

Rewind 5 years ago, I was getting ready to quit the job I had at the time to start my own business. I took a week off before and had the idea for the book. The little spare time that I had I would write down some bullet points or a few paragraphs. Time was limited. I was talking to VC firms trying to gain funding, looking at properties and a million other things involved with starting a business. But that is another story.

Fast forward to about two months ago. I realized that something in my life was lacking. Expression. I had gotten so caught up with the tasks of my business life that I wasn’t giving myself a balance in my life. I’m a workaholic to put it lightly, if I want something I make it happen. But that same attitude created a void that made me not feel a deep sense of fulfillment. Something that every person desires.

I was going through some filing cabinets that I had, cleaning out years worth of notes, documents and various notebooks that I had (I handwrite almost everything). There it was the notebook of my book notes that I had. I put it on my desk with the thought of getting back to after all of these years. It didn’t happen.

It wasn’t until I read Finding your passion that I realized how much I missed writing in the creative sense. After finishing the book I decided then I would make the time to finally write my book.

Originally I named the book, Keep Breathing: Going from rock bottom to living your wildest dreams. After looking over some of the notes and a lot of brainstorming I realized that I couldn’t fit everything I wanted into one book. It would be way too long. So I decided to break it up into three separate books.

I’m going to make it a series. Keep breathing series. Why keep breathing because if you’re still breathing there is still hope for you to live a better life. These are going to be self-help books. It is my favorite genre and reading self-help has made a massive transformation in my life.

Right now I am working on the first book in the series. Want to know the title of it?

Rock Bottom: Rise From The Ashes. Rejuvenate Your Life

The book is about how you can rise from the depths of rock bottom and turn the tide of your life.

Why am I writing something like this? Because so many individuals fall to the pits of their own rock bottom and unfortunately some stay there for the remainder of their lives. It is a crying shame of humanity. So much wasted potential, dreams left to die, and happiness that was never brought to light.

Right now I am in the first rough draft of writing the book (yes I do hand write it). Later this week I will begin typing up the first section of the book. I will share excerpts of it during this journey of the author series. I thought that writing a book was going to be easy. But upon further research it does have a lot to it. Marketing, choosing the right book cover, formatting, editing, etc… I will learn as I go and share with you anything I find of value for any of you aspiring authors out there.

My plan for Rock Bottom is to have it published sometime in early 2020. I will keep you posted on that when I get closer to completion. As with anything in life it is a journey and I want to share my experiences with you.

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.