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Although a lot of people wont admit it the game by neil strauss and the book of pook
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Superhero comic books that´s how I actually learned german. A biography about Galileo. Seewolf.
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(08-07-2013 06:45 AM)pheonix500000 Wrote:  Although a lot of people wont admit it the game by neil strauss

Yes, I'll back you on this one. I haven't really done much actual "learning" of game myself, but that book really fired my imagination, got me thinking about what was possible with life and women, and introduced me to the whole pua scene and eventually leading me to wander into the roosh forum. The techniques and mentalities I did pick up from reading it were very effective for me at the time too.

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To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you'll be lonely often, and sometimes
frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Kipling
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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott, 1884.

Only about a hundred pages, pdf available.

http://publicdomainreview.org/2011/09/19...her-plane/

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You should check out this book. It is like a follow-up to Flatland:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Surfing-Through-...27&sr=1-11
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Don Quixote... made me realize that I was not the only fool in the world that loved to pointlessly travel...
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It didn't change my life, but it came to me in a time of crisis and got me to seriously consider long term travel for the first time.

Hawaii - James A Michener.
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The life of a stoic
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I LOVE reading and I've been reading books for as long as I can remember it. I must have read a ton of books in every category. If I were to choose the 2 most influential to date, they would be:

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

The first book that really gave me the entrepreneurial bug me was Rich Dad, Poor Dad. As a young buck fresh out of high school at the time, in 2000-2001, that book was the single biggest influence on me at the time. So much that it was that book that shaped the rest of my entrepreneurial mindset. This was the book that taught me about money, how to make it, how to use it, how to respect it and how to leverage it. These should be mandatory teachings in school, however and unfortunately they are not.

The 4 Hour Work Week

Of course, the 4 Hour Work Week has been also of paramount importance to my life. This is what truly pushed me and gave me kick in the butt to get out, dare and not only start my first online biz but also to think in terms of long term travels. At the time, in July 2007, I had just returned from 2 blissful months in Brasil and Argentina and this book was like a godsend. Struck me like thunder in the deepest of my soul. Couldn't put it down. Read it twice in a row. This is one of the classic cases of you either love it or hate it, with no in between. I personally love it as it introduced me to notions and concepts that have literally changed my life, my mindset and the way I do things.
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(08-07-2013 09:38 PM)Vacancier Permanent Wrote:   Rich Dad, Poor Dad

The first book that really gave me the entrepreneurial bug me was Rich Dad, Poor Dad. As a young buck fresh out of high school at the time, in 2000-2001, that book was the single biggest influence on me at the time. So much that it was that book that shaped the rest of my entrepreneurial mindset. This was the book that taught me about money, how to make it, how to use it, how to respect it and how to leverage it. These should be mandatory teachings in school, however and unfortunately they are not.

Also a big one for me. Definitely a big influence on my life - and another book people paint with as hype and fluff, by the way. A great primer in entrepreneurial thinking.

(08-07-2013 09:38 PM)Vacancier Permanent Wrote:  The 4 Hour Work Week

Of course, the 4 Hour Work Week has been also of paramount importance to my life. This is what truly pushed me and gave me kick in the butt to get out, dare and not only start my first online biz but also to think in terms of long term travels. At the time, in July 2007, I had just returned from 2 blissful months in Brasil and Argentina and this book was like a godsend. Struck me like thunder in the deepest of my soul. Couldn't put it down. Read it twice in a row. This is one of the classic cases of you either love it or hate it, with no in between. I personally love it as it introduced me to notions and concepts that have literally changed my life, my mindset and the way I do things.

It's funny that people still call complete bullshit on that book when it's changed so many people's lives and created the exact type of people Ferris talked about.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.
To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you'll be lonely often, and sometimes
frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Kipling
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Walden - Henry David Thoreau

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If a book doesn't change you in some way, get a better book
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Is There Anything Good About Men? was absolutely eye opening to me. Even though I knew about PUA and all that shit at the time, reading that book, I felt like I could pinpoint a lot of my personal issues I had with masculinity with that book, and while I was on some feminism blame fest for awhile, that book during a later read definitely humbled me.

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Two books. Interestingly, neither of them is considered a great classic, but to me they really changed my life.

1. Nautilus Bodybuilding Book (Ellington Darden). Taught me the necessity of focus, discipline, coming up with a plan, and sticking to it. What better life lesson is there? It also gave me great results, and showed me the tangible benefits of having conviction and focus.
2. King Solomon's Mines (H. Rider Haggard). Taught me the joy of pure adventure and travel. I developed a taste for foreign lands and a wanderlust that has stayed with me to this day.

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(08-07-2013 10:23 PM)Beyond Borders Wrote:  
(08-07-2013 09:38 PM)Vacancier Permanent Wrote:   Rich Dad, Poor Dad

The first book that really gave me the entrepreneurial bug me was Rich Dad, Poor Dad. As a young buck fresh out of high school at the time, in 2000-2001, that book was the single biggest influence on me at the time. So much that it was that book that shaped the rest of my entrepreneurial mindset. This was the book that taught me about money, how to make it, how to use it, how to respect it and how to leverage it.

Also a big one for me. Definitely a big influence on my life - and another book people paint with as hype and fluff, by the way. A great primer in entrepreneurial thinking.

This is (sincerely) interesting, considering that the author has been exposed as a complete fraud.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116052181216688592.html
http://www.johntreed.com/Kiyosaki.html

Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of the dumbest financial advice books I have ever read. It contains many factual errors and numerous extremely unlikely accounts of events that supposedly occurred.

Kiyosaki is a salesman and a motivational speaker. He has no financial expertise and won’t disclose his supposed real estate or other investment success.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad contains much wrong advice, much bad advice, some dangerous advice, and virtually no good advice.

Wikipedia says, “On August 20, 2012, Kiyosaki's company, Rich Global LLC, filed for bankruptcy in Wyoming Bankruptcy Court.”


Are you guys financially successful? Would it compromise your lifestyle to live for a year without pay?
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Kiyosaki is a genius, do some research before posting especially about that one bk he had. You will find out it was a small for a small side deal. His 13 cd set got me started in investments and let's just say I have done very well. His course was the foundation of m success, although I might add the book sucked but the cd set was amazing.
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Good call on the "No more Mr. Nice Guy" book. I just read it, good book!
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(08-10-2013 06:09 AM)kali Wrote:  Kiyosaki is a genius, do some research before posting especially about that one bk he had. You will find out it was a small for a small side deal. His 13 cd set got me started in investments and let's just say I have done very well. His course was the foundation of m success, although I might add the book sucked but the cd set was amazing.

I take it back,it wasnt a small side deal. It was a legal move for him not to pay 24 mill to Learning Annex:

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/rich_dad...W1TEAYYwXN

He is very far from being a fraud and it was only one of the many companies he owns.
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The Art of War
and Meditations from Marcus Aurelius, is currently doing so.
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(08-07-2013 10:23 PM)Beyond Borders Wrote:  
(08-07-2013 09:38 PM)Vacancier Permanent Wrote:   Rich Dad, Poor Dad

The first book that really gave me the entrepreneurial bug me was Rich Dad, Poor Dad. As a young buck fresh out of high school at the time, in 2000-2001, that book was the single biggest influence on me at the time. So much that it was that book that shaped the rest of my entrepreneurial mindset. This was the book that taught me about money, how to make it, how to use it, how to respect it and how to leverage it. These should be mandatory teachings in school, however and unfortunately they are not.

Also a big one for me. Definitely a big influence on my life - and another book people paint with as hype and fluff, by the way. A great primer in entrepreneurial thinking.

(08-07-2013 09:38 PM)Vacancier Permanent Wrote:  The 4 Hour Work Week

Of course, the 4 Hour Work Week has been also of paramount importance to my life. This is what truly pushed me and gave me kick in the butt to get out, dare and not only start my first online biz but also to think in terms of long term travels. At the time, in July 2007, I had just returned from 2 blissful months in Brasil and Argentina and this book was like a godsend. Struck me like thunder in the deepest of my soul. Couldn't put it down. Read it twice in a row. This is one of the classic cases of you either love it or hate it, with no in between. I personally love it as it introduced me to notions and concepts that have literally changed my life, my mindset and the way I do things.

It's funny that people still call complete bullshit on that book when it's changed so many people's lives and created the exact type of people Ferris talked about.

It's a knee jerk reaction. People think "What!?!? No way you can only work 4 hours per week!" and claim the book is garbage.

I don't take everything he says to heart, and I know the guy is a marketing genius. However, the book makes you look at things in a whole different perspective. Maybe there IS a better way to start a business and to live your life.

Outsourcing, 80/20, build a business to fund your desired lifestyle, etc. were all very useful ideas to me. The book changed my mindset, and without it I may not have been able to live in Thailand for nearly a year and a half now. Hell, I may not have even realized it was possible to make money online and live in foreign countries.
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(08-07-2013 02:44 AM)TopPanda Wrote:  Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

A bit dated in parts, but still a great read.

I see this book recommended the most by people. I just can't seem to read it. It doesn't hold my interest. I need to sit down and give it a good solid 1-2 hours while sitting by the pool I think, because the bit I've ready already is valuable, but the dated nature of the writing makes it hard to keep my attention and I end up day dreaming.
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(08-11-2013 01:58 AM)RioNomad Wrote:  
(08-07-2013 02:44 AM)TopPanda Wrote:  Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

A bit dated in parts, but still a great read.

I see this book recommended the most by people. I just can't seem to read it. It doesn't hold my interest. I need to sit down and give it a good solid 1-2 hours while sitting by the pool I think, because the bit I've ready already is valuable, but the dated nature of the writing makes it hard to keep my attention and I end up day dreaming.

That was my exact thought on it. It puts things simply and is still applicable in so many ways. Highly recommend it.
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RE: What book changed your life?
So many good books on this list. I love the mention of King Solomon's Mines. That was an AWESOME adventure tale. Also, Allan Quartermain was a good one.

Some books I'd add to this list since others caught some good ones:

Wild At Heart- John Eldredge
The Way of Men- Jack Donovan

Why Can't I Use A Smiley Face- Roosh
Deat Bat- Roosh- great adventure/coming of age account in our modern era.

And a current favorite:
The Fourth Turning- Strauss and Howe- reveals generational cycles and how our generations fit into the pattern. What to expect.
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(08-06-2013 05:01 PM)Mack Four Wrote:  The Autobiography of Malcom X by Alex Lena.

And I am not nearly the only one.

I love this book and would defo recommend it to anyone with a interest into civil rights, and American history.
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