New Book Gives Tips on How to Talk to Kids About Their Eating Habits

July 23, 2018

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Sanjay Raja’s new book The Food Talk offers advice on how you can talk about food with your children and change their eating habits for the better. In the book, he makes the excellent point that talking about food with your children is just as important as talking to them about sex-food and sex are both very pleasurable but there is always risk involved. He also points out that if your children are able to say “macaroni and cheese” or “chicken tenders,” they’re able to say “carbohydrates” and “protein” and know what those words mean. We all want our children to eat better, more nutritious and healthier food. We just don’t know how to make that happen, and there are many culprits that try to sabotage us along the way.

Raja offers step-by-step instructions in this book for parents so they can do everything from beginning to have the food talk with their children to getting them to read food labels and to eliminate sugar from their diets. He is not delusional-yes, children are bound to eat sugar-but we can also teach them about the effects sugar has on the body and teach them to cultivate tastes for nutritious foods-even broccoli and cauliflower.

Raja also has advice for navigating around those culprits that would sabotage you and your kids-the birthday parties full of sugary cake and brownies, the grandparents who want to treat the grandkids, and the school lunch that offers cheese pizza and chicken tenders instead of green vegetables. Based on Raja’s advice, you’ll be able to create a plan for dealing with each of these situations and get your kids to learn how to make the right decisions for themselves.

You’ll also be surprised by many of the myths about food and children’s eating habits that Raja exposes and that we, too often, accept without second thought. For example, one myth or belief we may not give a second thought to is “Kids shouldn’t eat off the adult menu.” In response to this, Raja states: “What a crock. While the portions might be smaller, children shouldn’t be limited to what is routinely offered on kids’ menus: pasta with butter, grilled cheese sandwiches, fried chicken fingers, pizza, hot dogs, corn dogs, and fried foods in general.” None of these foods are really nutritious. Instead, kids should be taught to eat what adults are eating and to be adventurous in their food choices. Raja offers advice on how to make that sense of adventure prevalent.

As Raja explains, every meal is actually an opportunity to talk to your kids about food and the nutrients that the meal is offering to their bodies. Based on his own experience, Raja states, “Knowing more and more about the food they eat has become increasingly interesting to my twins. When we buy ginger, we talk about the fact that ginger is a spice that’s good for you because it helps reduce soreness in muscles. When a recipe calls for cinnamon, we remind one another that cinnamon helps keep the blood healthy by reducing sugar-and that, yes, sugar is bad. My kids understand that pod vegetables-like green beans and wax beans and snap peas-and fruit vegetables-like zucchini and eggplant and tomatoes-are low in calories and have fiber and other vitamins. They understand that seed vegetables-like lentils-are a little higher in calories because they contain carbohydrates, and are very high in fiber, iron, and magnesium. They also know the difference between a seed vegetable and a flower vegetable and what vitamins they’re individually packed with.”

You may be thinking: “What are these, miracle children? My kids would never do that,” but as Raja states, “There’s a fallacy in the American mindset that nutrition is a challenging and tough subject, best left to scientists with multiple degrees in biology and chemistry-certainly not a topic for children! Nothing could be further from the truth. These aren’t tough concepts. They are things your child needs to know in order to begin making informed decisions-and to start eating smartly with no excuse. No parent would be upset if his or her children started learning the ABCs or numbers before they even started school-they would have a head start! We expect our kids to learn the fundamentals of math and reading at an early age because everything they do is based on these concepts. Even more so with nutrition! It is literally the building block of your child’s body and mind. So there should be no hesitation about teaching our kids the basics of good nutrition and healthy eating.”

With each chapter of The Food Talk, I found myself agreeing more and more with Raja. Is talking about food with children really that difficult, or have we just never given enough thought to doing it? I think The Food Talk is the perfect book to get parents started on having these educational talks with their kids. I also suspect parents will realize they have to practice what they preach, meaning they’ll be eliminating some of their bad food choices and making better ones for themselves. If you read this book and start implementing its advice, soon you and your children will be happier, healthier, and able to pass up those candy bars in the checkout aisle. It’s not a dream that can’t come true. Make it happen by beginning with this book.

A Manual to Good Health for Diabetics and Non-Diabetics Alike

July 23, 2018

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Type 2 Diabetes may very well be the least understood and most over-treated common disease in America. That was my “walk-away” conclusion after reading “Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual” by Daryl Wein.

Wein, who himself has Type 2 Diabetes, is a medical professional who began personal research on the disease after contracting it. The result is a very informative guide that has a lot of valuable information for patients and doctors alike. I don’t have Type 2 Diabetes but I learned a lot of valuable tips that will help in my weight loss efforts.

The treatment regimen Daryl has come up with, if followed, means for many Type 2 patients that they won’t have to take medication but can control the disease and live a normal lifestyle simply by eating healthy and living a healthier lifestyle.

Wein’s biggest advice is to avoid all starches. Starches, which convert to sugar in the body, is public enemy number one for diabetics. More than once in his book Wein hammers home the point – “The single most important thing to do to manage Type 2 Diabetes is to avoid eating carbohydrates.”

Of course, all of us should avoid sugary foods. Diabetics should avoid all breakfast cereal, all breads, rice, potatoes, corn, tortillas, and all chips and crackers. It doesn’t matter much, stresses Wein, whether the rice or bread is white or brown. Foods lowest in carbohydrates that can be used for healthy meals include eggs, meat, fish, cheeses, green salads, nuts and beans in moderation, some condiments, any sugar-free beverage, and even pork rinds!

The back of the book contains very extensive tables of many foods and how many grams of carbs enter the body for specific volume sizes – cups, ounces, pieces, tablespoons, packets, etc.

“Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual” opened my eyes not only regarding diabetes but also to the real impact carbs of all kinds have on my body and my general health. Many readers can experience major improvements in their health simply by reading and understand, and then applying, the principles discussed in this book.

Business Brilliant

July 23, 2018

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In Business Brilliant, journalist and entrepreneur Lewis Schiff reveals what keeps the majority of the middle class from becoming rich: their belief in conventional success myths. They lack what the self-made rich have, “Business Brilliance,” or an innate understanding of how money is made. Through a survey of self-made millionaires and middle-class workers, Schiff has identified and distilled the “Business Brilliant” mindset into seven synergistic principles. Business Brilliant provides an in-depth guide to each principle as well as a four-step program that allows people of all backgrounds to integrate the principles into their lives, further their careers, and accumulate wealth faster.

What sets self-made millionaires apart is not work ethic or innovative ideas, but their subscription to a unique set of priorities. Advancing a career and accumulating wealth faster requires an understanding of these priorities. Lewis Schiff recommends professionals consider the following concepts:

• Question conventional ideas about business and wealth. It is impossible to break out of the middle class by adhering to ubiquitous ideas of how to achieve financial success.

• Acquire a substantial ownership stake in one’s work. “Business Brilliant” people continuously angle for an ownership stake in their work. By chasing equity opportunities whenever possible, they are increasing their opportunities for wealth.

• Focus on increasing income rather than decreasing spending. The middle class tends to believe the misinformation of popular frugality gurus that achieving wealth is only possible by scrimping and saving. Business Brilliant people understand that the only way to get rich is to earn more.

• Do not innovate; instead execute an established idea well. Innovation comes with a lot of risk and consequently does not make good business sense. It is more profitable to imitate an existing idea and execute it better than it has been executed before.

• Build a strategic, tight-knit network of people. Bankrolling a venture alone is foolish. By developing a strategic social network, it becomes possible to fund business pursuits with other people’s money and supports.

• Negotiate using the “win-win or no deal” approach. To avoid being taken advantage of in a negotiation, it is necessary to inform the other negotiating party that it is a win-win deal or no deal at all. To achieve this requires writing down the negotiation goals beforehand, researching what the other bargaining party is likely to ask for, and determining the point at which one is willing to walk away from the deal altogether.

• Delegate responsibility to others. Business Brilliant people focus on their strengths and delegate the tasks that involve their weaknesses to others. This prevents them from wasting the energy they need to become extraordinary.

• Learn from failure. Failed endeavors offer a wellspring of lessons and opportunities for the future. Business Brilliant people accept that failure is an inevitable part of the road to success and learn from it whenever possible.

• Master Business Brilliance by integrating it into every aspect of professional life. Despite the fact that Business Brilliance is an innate quality many people are born with, it can be learned. This requires people to master the four areas of Business Brilliance: learning, earning, assistance, and persistence.

5 Best Books on Wealth Ever Written

July 23, 2018

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1. Think and Grow Rich

Originally published in 1937, this classic best-seller is undoubtedly one of the best books on wealth ever written. This book helped millions of people around the world to achieve their dreams. The author, Napoleon Hill spent a lifetime doing research on successful, wealthy and most powerful people on earth, including Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller and Charles M. Schwab. In this book, Napoleon Hill revealed his wisdom of research in the form of ‘thirteen steps to riches’ that will change your life.

2. The Richest Man in Babylon

Published in 1926, this classic is considered as one of the most inspiring books on wealth ever written. Beloved by millions, this timeless classic holds the key to all you desire and everything you wish to accomplish. This is the book that reveals the secret to personal wealth. This is the book that holds the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and making money earn more money. Countless readers have been helped with this famous book. This book offers an understanding of-and a solution to-your personal financial problems that will guide you through a lifetime.

3. Rich Dad Poor Dad

Rich Dad Poor Dad is the single best personal finance book ever written and has been a best-seller for many years. Have you ever wanted to know why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer or why many highly educated people struggle financially all their life? Then this book will give you the answers. This book will show you how rich, middle-class and poor people spend their money. In this book, the author Robert Kiyosaki gives you some excellent advice that can change your life.

4. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

This book has appeared on the New York Times best-seller list and was #1 on the Wall Street Journal’s business-book list. In this outstanding book, the author T. Harv Eker teaches you how to think and act like a rich person. According to T. Harv Eker if you think like rich people think and do what rich people do, chances are you’ll get rich too! Using the principles he teaches, T. Harv Eker went from zero to millionaire in only two and a half years. He believes that the key to attaining great wealth begins with thinking because thoughts lead to feelings, which lead to actions, which lead to results. A must read book on wealth creation.

5. The Millionaire Next Door

Millionaires are too often stereotyped as having extravagant lifestyles and irresponsible fiscal habits. But, the truth is more than 99% of millionaires are hard working, methodical savers and investors. In this best-seller, the authors: Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko reveal that most of the millionaires are remarkably frugal and careful with their money. Most of the truly wealthy in America do not live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue – they live next door. They are the people who own the dry cleaning business, the car dealership, the restaurant chain, the bread company, the jewelry store, the cattle ranch, the trucking company, and the plumbing supply store. Read this book to know how millionaires created their wealth.

5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Cash Flow

July 23, 2018

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Patience, perseverance, and personality are just three of the tips you need to be fully equipped with if your wish to become successful in life.

And although it might not be too ideal to become too materialistic, there is still no denying the importance of money, and a fluid inflow of cash in our lives at that. If you wish to improve your cash flow enabling you to provide a comfortable life, then here are some of the things you need to take into consideration.

Estimation and Forecast

One of the best tricks to help improve your situation is to become smart when handling cash Thus, it is important to always estimate and forecast the cash that you have at the moment and the cash that you expect to get in the coming days. This way, you will get a relatively good idea on whether or not your savings and expenses are still within budget.

Terms for Businesses

If your cash flow woes have to do with your business earnings, then one of the things you need to take into consideration would have to be your business terms. You have to be able to gauge whether or not your customer terms are beneficial and if you find out that it’s not, immediately change it to something more workable.

Practice Discipline

Another great way of improving cash inflow would be to practice discipline especially when it comes to spending. You need to always allot a bigger percentage of your budget to savings rather than expenditure. Although some circumstances might be unavoidable, doing this consistently can help prepare you for what is to come.

Segmentation for Business

Managing your cash flow from a general perspective is a very tedious process. This is why it is best to practice segmentation and divide different groups into different categories, making it easier to track your ups and downs. Allot a segment for your buyers or customers, suppliers, and necessary inventory as deemed possible.

Set Your Priorities Straight

Another great way of improving your cash flow can be done through carefully setting your priorities. Make sure that if you own a business, no matter how huge or small it is, you prioritize a solid and consistently growing cash flow because when this becomes a culture in the business, everybody will realize its importance. After all, if your cash flow improves, your people will also benefit from it.

Now that you have some of the most important ways to help improve your financial position, whether this may be for business or for your personal gains, make sure to employ every single time and it will truly benefit you in more ways than one. In the beginning, doing these tips might be a little difficult because you’re fairly new but when you get the hang of it and start to incorporate it as part of your system, then there shouldn’t be any worries anymore.

5 Books To Keep You Healthy With Vegetable Cooking

July 23, 2018

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Neal Barnard and Robyn Webb team up to write The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great. The book with the length title offers many suggestions and great recipes that are intended for people who wish to lose some weight, lower their cholesterol levels, or reverse the symptoms of their type 2 diabetes. The book includes some useful scientific data that outlines the importance of having this low fat diet, and then offers many healthy, and easy to make recipes to have delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No matter what kind of plate you seek, this book will have the recipes that allow for you to make great meals with only vegetables, containing important information about calories, saturated fat, as well as vitamins and minerals.

John La Puma and Rebecca Powell Marx write ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover’s Road Map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Getting Really Healthy. In this book, there is plenty of medical experience, from an actual doctor’s point of view, so there is plenty of science to back up the claims of the importance of eating well, but there is also great cooking suggestions that will allow you to make wonderful food that not only tastes great but also keeps you young and fit, as well. He is like doctor merged with chef so you will not only be taking care of yourself but you will be eating well, too.

Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Matthew Ruscigno write Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes, a book that offers 125 recipes for a low-fat diet. You will be able to make a number of healthy dishes like Tamarind BBQ and Sweet Potatoes, Chipotle Lentil Burgers, and Onion Rings that are Oven Baked for extra healthy aspects and no fatty, greasy additives.

Daniel G. Amen brings you Change Your Brain, Change your Body Cookbook, a book specially designed to eat right by using wonderful, fresh recipes that will help you make things like spaghetti squash pasta and mushroom sauce, or sweet potato soup, or salmon curry chowder soup, or southwestern tacos, or tuna with avocado sauce, or veggie burgers, or pomegranate walnut salad, or veggie wraps, or turkey chili. All kinds of things will be able to be brought to the table with this book and also keep you and your family healthy and fit, as well.

Finally, Sally Fallon writes Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats. This book contradicts a lot of the others, as it insists that animal fats and cholesterol are really important and cannot be ignored if you mean to reproduce and grow properly and have a well functioning brain and nervous system. In order to stay healthy and fit, the author provides a diet that moderately balances the foods to eat without totally banning anything so that you get in the proper amount without overdoing it to the point where it does really become unhealthy and detrimental. This way, you get a balanced diet.

The Beauties Of Organic Cooking

July 23, 2018

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Jeff Cox writes From Vines to Wines, an engaging read that helps you create your very own wines! You will have tips that allow you to grow your own grapes and keep them flourishing from your own home. Whether you have your own vineyard or just want to learn about the art, this book gives you practical tips on how to get started on your own wine making practices immediately. You will be able to learn the entire process from grape to glass as well as enjoy lists and drawings that are really very helpful if you are thinking of making your own wine. For a great wine tell all book that can help you jump start your own hobbies, this is a must read.

Stephanie Tourles writes Organic Body Care Recipes, a book that provides 175 homemade recipes that can help you give yourself radiant hair and smooth skin, fine hands, smooth feet, and all kinds of other improved parts of you thanks to things you can make right around your own home. The aim of this book is to achieve natural beauty using natural ingredients so you can spare your body from the harmful effects of chemically enhanced products. You can learn how to create things for your own foot care, nail treatments, and even shaving cream all from things you can buy and then make yourself. If you want a book that covers the all natural aspects, then this is the one for you.

Gene Logsdon writes Small-Scale Grain Raising, a book that helps you figure out all there is to know about raising your own grains and wheat. Whether you have a farm of your own or something of that matter, you can figure out how to make barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats and sorghum, wheat, and a variety of other things, so that you can do it in a way that will assuredly give you the healthiest output of natural items. This book teaches how to do it in a way that avoids pests and chemicals so you will have thoroughly organic and delicious food.

Louisa Shafia writes Lucid Food which gives you many recipes for healthy items that are also highly eco conscious too so that when you make these items you know you will be doing so in the best interest of the environment. Written by a foodie and an environmentalist, the author comes from the right perspective to tell all about this topic.

Jeff Crump writes Earth to table a book all about how to take advantage of what is in season and bring it to the table, starting from chickens to cherries to pies to pastries so that you can have a recipe that will take all the fruits from an organic farm and make them wonderfully edible into remarkable dishes. This book is great if you have a farm nearby or own one of your own as it comes with a variety of tips and tricks to get this stuff on the table in a delicious way.

Easy Healthy Diet From Paleo Cookbooks

July 23, 2018

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Everybody in this universe wants to lead a healthy life. Most of us are not successful in achieving a normalized body health. Obesity is the main problem for many of us. It is not needed to waste time in gym sweating with the heavy objects. Simply boosting our levels of general daily activity can improve our health to a greater extent. Diet and fitness form a main part of our daily activity. When it comes to diet we have to be cautious about the type of food we intake and the extent of nutrition our body consumes. A proper proportion of the food intake and nutrients level are the causes for boosting our health.

When it comes to eating habits, all of us are designed to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and animals. This is the ultimate secret (which is not really a secret) to optimal health, losing weight, staying lean, improved performance, reduced risk of injury and faster recovery and healing.

After many trials and errors, I finally discovered that it is always better and safe to go by nature. Honestly speaking, I am not a good cook. Once I purchased the Paleo cookbooks, I found the recipes and instructions to be very simple and I was able to cook tasty meals. I found that my diet was just about the opposite of what everybody ate. I even spent less time thinking about food and more time just enjoying a healthy and vibrant life. I was able to create many interesting recipes that helped me to stay away from sweets and fried foods. My BMI (Body Mass Index) reduced to a greater extent within a month. I realized that I was smart in making the right changes in my life to achieve great health.

The Paleo Cookbooks introduced many delicious recipes which is a diet designed by nature. These books have shown positive results to many of us like good weight loss results, increased energy levels, bright & soft skin and a strong immune system. Eating natural foods that make up the Paleo diet promote such wonderful results.

The main reason to follow this cookbook is that it is always safe to follow a Paleo diet. The Paleo Diet is based on what our prehistoric human ancestors consumed. During the paleolithic age, our ancestors used to eat the food from nature. They didn’t suffer from diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, cancer, auto-immune system and other chronic disorders. Their natural way of living made them healthy, fit and strong. It is interesting to know that the mortality rates were very low in places like Japan and Mediterranean compared to other places. This is because their dietary habits were paleolithic.

In this cookbook we don’t find processed foods, preservatives, vegetable oils, sodas, legumes and dairy products. Instead there are a lot of recipes for egg, fish, fruits, vegetables, shell fish, seafood and nuts. For our convenience they have included guide to cook a healthy diet, easy cooking time charts, a guide to cook fats and meat charts to help us understand the Paleo diet and keep us on the path to follow a healthier diet and enjoying improved health. It is not too late to change our habits and establish a healthy lifestyle. So don’t waste your time breaking your heads, making a hell lot of trial and errors in searching for a healthy recipe. My best suggestion for the recipe that fits your body in all ways is the Paleo cookbooks.

The 5 Best Business Books To Put More Wonga In Your Wallet

July 23, 2018

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You’ve heard the saying, “You have to kiss a hundred frogs before you find your prince/princess,” right?

Well you’ll find exactly the same applies to reading books.

Especially business books.

I’ve read countless ones that offered about as much value as a copper penny in an Arab prince’s wallet.

But there have also been books that have genuinely transformed my business, and therefore my life.

Luckily for you, my friend, you won’t need to waste hours and hours reading rubbish, because I’m gonna put on my best chef hat and serve you on a plate, the top 5 books that have helped level up my business.

And, providing you apply what you learn, they’ll do the same for you.

1. The 10X Rule (Grant Cardone)

This book will completely change your mindset when it comes to HOW you run your business, as well as the goals you set yourself in both your professional and personal life.

2. Words That Sell (Richard Bayan)

Struggling to come up with words and phrases that trigger your prospects emotions?

Can’t think of different words and phrases that make people desperate to take out their credit cards and BUY from you, right there and then?

Then “Words That Sell” is just the book you’re looking for.

It’s the ultimate copywriting “thesaurus”.

3. Copywriter’s Crib Sheet (Ben Settle)

Ben’s one of my biggest inspiration’s when it comes to writing copy.

I love the way how he doesn’t over-complicate things (like most of the egg-sperts do) and makes it easy for you to implement his teachings.

4. The Boron Letters (Gary Halbert)

Gary’s a copywriting LEGEND.

If you’ve never heard of him, he should be the first guy you study.

He’s unfortunately passed away now, but his legacy well and truly lives on… especially in “The Boron Letters”.

5. The 4 Hour Work Week (Tim Ferriss)

This book will seriously make you FAR more productive. It’ll also show you how to set up a business that you can operate from anywhere in the world.

So there you have it.

Read these books and you’ll become a better marketer instantly.

5 Interesting and Unexpected Books To Improve Your Business

July 23, 2018

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One of the biggest and most profound shifts in my business was prompted by a book. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor described the shift in her world view after a stroke.

While I gratefully did not have a stroke, her book affirmed a similar shift I underwent when I sold my house and most of my belongings and became an intentional nomad. That was the catalyst for my business coaching adventure. A wild and wonderful ride that I’m still on!

That’s why reading broadly is a great thing. You never know what great new idea will come to you when you read that Asterix comic book or that biography of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Here are 5 books that you’ll likely never read on a business book list. They are books that significantly changed my business for the better. They could do the same for you!

1. Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story by Gail Larsen

Not your usual book about speaking, Gail’s book is not in any way a conventional how-to for better PowerPoint slides or overcoming stage fright. It takes you on a journey that will help you clarify your core message and the impact that you want to have. You can be a passionate visionary. When you articulate your message authentically, you’ll have far more impact after this deep exploration within.

2. Time Warrior: How To Defeat Procrastination, People-pleasing, Self-doubt, Over-commitment, Broken Promises and Chaos by Steve Chandler

Whew! That title is a tall order for a short book. This isn’t the usual time management book. Its fresh approach takes you from fear of the future. That thing you haven’t gotten done. That issue that you’re really not sure how much to be scared about because you don’t even want to go there. Instead, Steve encourages you to go non-linear, to take action, right now, in short chapters that provoke quick response. That switch from thinking to action will change your relationship to your time.

3. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

OK, true – Elon Musk is a business person and the book does talk about his businesses. Also true – reading biographies of successful business people is valuable.

For this list of out-of-the-box books, though, and what makes this book unique is hearing about how this guy thinks. Calling him innovative does not even begin to cover it. Elon makes connections you wouldn’t expect, something I hope that reading these books will do for you!

Even more important, he is willing to take action on them. No brilliant idea of yours or mine will matter if we don’t take action.

Finally, Elon thinks big. He treats putting people on Mars with the same matter-of-fact problem solving as he does solar roof tiles. He isn’t held back by fears that his vision is ‘too big’.

Check out the book – you’ll never think of your business the same way again.

4. The Surrender Experiment: My Journey Into Life’s Perfection by Michael Singer

Oprah’s Emmy award-winning SuperSoul Sunday guest and also author of The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer describes his experience of deep surrender to life. He decided to accept whatever came his way and stop letting his life be dictated by fears or even desires.

Through this practical spirituality, he created the environment for spiritual freedom and outer success, creating a billion dollar company in the process. Reading this book, you may look at your own life in a very different way.

5. The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony

I feel a deep connection to elephants. Tears spontaneously run down my face when I see them in the wild. Elephants have an amazing ability to communicate and form connections.

In this book, the late animal conservationist Lawrence Anthony takes you into a heartwarming, funny, and poignant experience of his own with elephants. When Lawrence died, the elephants in this book freely traveled to his house and stood vigil for him. They knew. They wanted to pay homage. Their connection to Lawrence was deep.

Elephants made me rethink the way I connect with my community. Your business is built on connections. You can’t do without them. What you do with them is always open to innovation. This book will help you look at connections and how to nurture them with new eyes.

Who you become as you reach for your goals is crucial to helping you achieve them. I encourage you to check out these books. They’ll provoke your thinking and may just inspire you to grow in new ways and create something great in your business!