The meaning of success by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a little better;
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived
This is the meaning of success.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Poem – I used to have a comfort zone

I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail.

The same four walls and busy work were really more like jail.

I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,

 But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much.

I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such.

I claimed to be so busy with things inside my zone,

But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.

I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.

I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,

I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you’re in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,

Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.

A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.

Reach for your future with a smile – Success is there for you.


An Extraordinary Life

Jack Canfield says “if you make a commitment to read one book a week, review what you have read, and apply at least one thing you learn from each book, you will be miles ahead of everyone else in creating an extraordinary life.”

I probably read two or three books s week. Not all are personal development but I love how such books stretch my mind, give me an alternative view and options or give me at least one thing to learn from them. If you’ve not tried reading personal development books before, here are 52 I would recommend, in no particular order. Some people call this self help, some people hate that phrase. My view is that I don’t have all the answers, and that personally I can do with all the help I can get even if that includes helping myself 😉

1. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
2. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
3. Success Principles by Jack Canfield
4. Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers
5. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
6. How to Have Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
7. How To Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes
8. Your Best Year Yet by Jinny S. Ditzler
9. Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch
10. Screw it, let’s do it by Richard Branson
11. How To Read Body Language by Barbara and Allan Pease
12. Eat that Frog! by Brian Tracey
13. Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck
14. Stand Up For Your Life by Cheryl Richardson
15. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
16. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
17. The Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley
18. The Jelly Effect by Andy Bounds
19. Take Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson
20. The Charisma Effect by Andrew Leigh
21. The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer
22. Self Esteem by Gael Lindenfield
23. If This is a Game, Then These Are the Rules by Cherie Carter Scott
24. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
25. Fulfilled by Deirdre Bounds
26. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
27. Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Ramen MD
28. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
29. Everyday Grace by Marianne Williamson
30. The Purpose of Your Life by Carol Adrienne
31. Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley
32. The Key by Joe Vitale
33. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
34. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
35. You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt
36. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
37. Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton
38. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
39. Zest for Life by Dawn Breslin
40. The 7 Rules for Success by Fiona Harrold
41. Use Your Head by Tony Buzan
42. Spiritual Intelligence by Danah Zohar
43. One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
44. Fish! By Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul and John Christensen
45. Chicken Soup for the Soul series
46. The Power of Now by Erkard Tolle
47. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
48. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
49. The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck
50. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach
51. Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom
52. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff