Here is another set of some of my most recent, highly recommended reads:
I recently read the Steve Jobs biography. One of the most inspiring books I have ever read. I just want to share a little story with you about being persistent against the seemingly impossible.
Shortly after finishing the book I found myself in Reno at a craps table (I am not into gambling, but it was fun to experience something different). My travelling companion handed me a $500 chip from another casino to try and cash in at the cage since the croupier wouldn’t cash it in at the table. I went up to the cage with a big smile and asked if I could cash it in. The woman looked at it, made a call and then told me, “No.”
As I started to walk away I stopped abruptly and thought to myself. “What would Steve Jobs do?” Would he have just accepted that “no” and walked away?
So I turned around and went back. I asked her (nicely) if there was an actual written policy and if I could talk to a supervisor. She directed me over to the main cage in the next building very close by. I spoke with the manager there and she also gave me the same answer. “No.”
Now I was determined. I was not going to leave until I cashed that chip in. I knew that there must be a way, so I pressed on and asked the manager the same question, “Was there an actual written policy and could I talk to a supervisor?”
She made a call to the pit boss. He came over, looked at me, looked at the chip and said “No problem.”
I was so proud of myself.
Ultimately, between my travelling companion and I, we received 3 “No” answers before finally getting a “Yes.”
The main thing that I learned from reading the Steve Jobs biography is to not put a cap on what we think is possible. Being persistent against the seemingly impossible may not get you everywhere, but it can certainly get you further – in your yoga practice, in your business, in your MISSION.
Don’t take lazy “No’s” as a final answer from other people and especially from yourself! You have to be willing to keep taking that next step right past the nay sayers and your own negative self talk!
Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa, translated by Charles S. Terry
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill
The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra by Thich Nhat Hanh
I don’t have enough time to practice yoga!
I don’t have enough time for travel!
I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME!!!!!
Sound like you?
I used to feel the same way. Then one day I read the book The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris and all of my ideas about how I was using my time were thrown out the door! I began to read more and more about time management, effectiveness and productivity and it changed the way that I did everything. Instead of time being something that was difficult to manage or something that was managing me, it started to become a valuable playing piece in a fun game of life. I learned that it wasn’t that I didn’t have enough time, but that I didn’t know how to use my time wisely. Most importantly, I learned that I didn’t know what I actually wanted to be doing with my time, so it just got lost in activities that I didn’t care about and that weren’t fulfilling.
Now I know that I DO have the time to do what I love to do…and so do YOU! You just need the knowledge about how to manage your time and how to discover the ways in which you really want to be spending your time!
In homage to one of my favorite lifestyle bloggers, Steve Pavlina, I have compiled, designed and edited some of his best uncopyrighted articles into the book On Purpose: Progress, Passion & Prosperity Through Conscious Productivity
I even designed the book with a little larger print so you can easily read it while traveling!
Make progress in doing what you love
Become conscious of your time habits
Learn how to be truly effective
Support your passion
Take control of your life’s work
Steve Pavlina is one of the most popular & influential self-development writers today. Author of the blog, Personal Development for Smart People at StevePavlina.com, Steve touches the lives of countless people with thousands of articles getting millions of page views each month.
In this book you will find a valuable set of some of Steve’s best articles to help you on your way towards living a life of purpose, through the use of conscious productivity tips, so you can start achieving your life’s goals NOW.
This isn’t just a book about time management – it is a how-to-guide for being an effective, conscious and aware human being.
I have spent much of my life dealing with pain. Mainly back pain and foot pain for various reasons. Then after I had my now 3 year old son, I spent half of the first year of his life with my neck going out every few weeks. It was some of the worst pain I have ever had. Sometimes I couldn’t even hold my head up. Then I started taking yin yoga. I had already been practicing yoga for a decade and teaching for several years, but it wasn’t until I started practicing and teaching yin yoga that something occurred, which was nothing short of a miracle: I stopped being in pain. I started becoming a master at being able to release tension in my body at any given moment. It has been a few years now since I started, but every single day I still have a moment when I stop and think to myself “Wow, I am not in pain today!” Yin yoga is a powerful healing modality that is accessible to most people.
With that said, I am so overjoyed to announce the appearance of a wonderful new book on Yin Yoga. Letting Go: Roll & Relax Into Release by Bella Dreizler. Not only does this book cover many yin poses, but Bella also talks in depth about how to use foam rollers, “pokey balls” and tennis balls to release areas of tightness in the body and promote self-healing.
With almost 40 years of experience as a physical therapist, Bella shares with you a high level of knowledge about releasing restrictions throughout the body. I have personally taken Bella’s yoga classes, which offer a unique blend of yoga and physical therapy techniques leaving you feeling noticeably more relaxed and free from ingrained patterns of tension.
This book is perfect for the beginning yoga student and anyone looking to release tension and heal injuries in the body. As a yoga teacher and massage therapist I highly recommend this book to other yoga teachers and body workers to further support their students and clients.
You can buy the book as a hard copy for $25 (ncluding tax and shipping). It is an 8×10, 94 page book packed with info and photos, but light enough to travel around with. You can also buy an E-Book version for $12.
The book was designed so you can easily read the text and view the photos when you lay it out on the ground next to your yoga mat or when you are practicing from your computer or other device.
Aside from Bella being AMAZING…I have to tell you…I designed this book cover to cover. So needless to say, I am pretty proud of it!
It is my first book design and as soon as it was completed, I started working on 3 more books for other yoga teachers and a nutritionist!
Not only was I able to add a quality, passive income generating stream for both Bella and myself, I have a wonderful new skill that my clients are really excited about, which allows me to continue working as a location independent entrepreneur, doing what I love to do, for clients who are also passionate about what they do in life.