Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason

The Richest Man in Babylon is a book by George Samuel Clason which dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. Through their experiences in business and managing household finance, the characters in the parables learn simple lessons in financial wisdom. Originally a series of separate informational pamphlets distributed by banks and insurance companies, the pamphlets were bound together and published in book form in 1926.

This book is one of those that you’ll discover has been read by more of the people you’ll see producing results, mentoring and influencing than you’d expect.

It’s the simple idea that makes the big difference, and the simple ideas contained in these short stories are definitely useful.

If’ you’re looking to expand your wealth and influence, this book needs to be on your reading list.

 

 

 

Shibumi, by Trevanian

Shibumi, by Trevanian

I was asked to read this book by a mentor of mine and at first I really couldn’t get into it.

It is a deep and profound story highlighting the massive difference in culture between Japan and the West, especially American. Reading it I felt a great admiration for the attention to detail, sophistication and subtlety of the Japanese culture and something bordering on disgust for the crassness of the American ways – but that is how it is written and how we are “supposed” to feel I’m sure.

Some of it I felt went on for too long, for example some of the cave passages but one chapter in particular I found fascinating with many deep insights into nature, culture and character – the chapter with Monsieur de Lhandes. In fact this chapter was a real highlight of the book for me… and I love this quote “one of the difficult things for egocentric Man to face is that he is a minor character in every biography but his own” – which is of course why people worry unnecessarily about what people think of them because the reality is they probably aren’t thinking about them at all they are too self obsessed!

I can see that paying acute attention to subtlety, detail, attaining perfection for its own sake is possibly true mastery and that honour can be an elusive but prized attribute. But as a generalist rather than a specialist I found the fixations to be bordering on obsessions which appear to lead more to agony and heartbreak than to contentment and joy and as such it left me moved but questioning and wanting something different.

 

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Foucaults Pendulum

Foucault’s Pendulum

Title: Foucault’s Pendulum

Author: Umberto Eco

Foucault’s Pendulum (original title: Il pendolo di Foucault) is a novel by Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco. It was first published in 1988, and an English translation by William Weaver appeared a year later.

Foucaults Pendulum

This book weaves many concepts and ideas, and touches on the nature of conspiracies and wider plots and symbolism. Much as the books of Dan Brown have popularised the stories and myths of the Knights Templars and others.. this book points to what’s possible.

The pendulum of the title refers to an actual pendulum designed by the French physicist Léon Foucault to demonstrate the rotation of the earth, and has symbolic significance within the novel.

Wikipedia Link:

http://en.wikipdia.org/wiki/Foucault’s_Pendulum

Hidden By Order

Hidden By Order

Hidden By Order
The Truth shall set you free
Author: Graham J Forthergill
www.HiddenByOrder.com

Hidden By Order

Hidden By Order

This is an amazing story that leads you through the secrets of London from Egypt to the present day, and will get you thinking.

Remember – don’t forget your towel.

The book ranges from fun stories to deep facts and ideas that are purposefully going to have you think.

Revealed secrets of the Knights Templar, hidden for centuries for a reason, destiny has brought you here, everything you have ever done in your life has brought you to this moment in time, full of never before released truths about the Knights Templar, secrets of the pyramids, Magic and the Magi, Napoleon, Jesus’s face on the Sphinx, Priory of Sion, bloodlines and the Holy Grail, Da Vinci’s last supper, spiritual powers, how to see Angels, Devils and Draco (Dragons) and strange creatures of the night to mention just a few of the subjects covered in this expose book.

Have you searched for years for the meaning of life and the answers to the mysteries of the Universe?

The answers have been here on earth all along, the truth is waiting for you to discover.

A must read.

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist

The Alchemist
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
Author: Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Full of useful little metaphors and stories which inspire/cause you to question your current path. This book is well written, intelligent and weaves together a wonderful mix of tales, intentions and concepts that leave many people inspired through its simple elegance.

The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. The ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalucian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the “Soul of the World.” Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself,” the alchemist replies. “And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

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The Brand Messiah

The Brand Messiah – Jonathan Gabay

The Brand Messiah
Author: Jonathan Gabay

The Brand Messiah

The Brand Messiah published in 2012 is a book who’s time has come.

Jonathan Gabay is a well established expert on branding and marketing, and his book for many will seem like fantasy but for those with an inside track the connections and similarities will be closer than many would expect.

The books is a fictional tale set in 2012 around Sam, the head of a global media agency, who is rolling out the new initiative.

It has some great lines and messages, and is a book that we feel is set to become a cult classic.

If you loved the work of Steve Jobs and Apple, then you owe it to yourself to read The Brand Messiah.