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#1 zubby01

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 06:37 PM

Besides the Bible, I'm not sure I have ever read a book that has changed my life or had too significant an impact. However, I'm not too avid a reader either.

Just wondering if a book has changed your life and is so, in what way?


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Posted 24 January 2019 - 08:02 PM

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 08:35 PM

I've read a lot of books, none have ever changed my life. I have really enjoyed reading critical thinking books as they have helped me with a lot though.
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Posted 25 January 2019 - 03:08 AM

Season of Life, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Man's Search for Meaning (profound in a scary as s**t way.) Listen to Jordan Peterson's podcasts, have 12 Rules for Life on the shelf and should be getting to it in the next month. Really articulate, smart guy. Likewise the implementation of ideas change ones life but a book itself no. Words of Christ are pretty high on that list as well.

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 06:40 AM

I've read a lot since I was young.  Used to love the Sherlock Holmes stories, read them all in the 1970's.  Maybe, those stories gave me the desire to finish a college degree and become an accountant.  In one of the stories, I believe it was the "Stockbroker's Clerk", Holmes claimed to be an accountant in need of a job.  Watson claimed he was a clerk, looking for a position, with the fraudulent company Holmes was investigating.

Back in the 1970's, if you squinted, you could see a small remnant of the Holmes era.  Today has no resemblance whatsoever.

Haven't read any of those stories for decades.

PS:  My first business cards were printed "Consulting Accountant" in honor to the world's first "Consulting Detective."

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 07:34 AM

 shoot4par, on 25 January 2019 - 03:08 AM, said:

Season of Life, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Man's Search for Meaning (profound in a scary as s**t way.) Listen to Jordan Peterson's podcasts, have 12 Lessons on the shelf and should be getting to it in the next month. Really articulate, smart guy. Likewise the implementation of ideas change ones life but a book itself no. Words of Christ are pretty high on that list as well.

While I'm not a fan of Kiosaki's franchise: his book Rich Dad, Poor Dad did get me thinking differently about money and that did have a fundamental impact on my life.  Following that came The Intelligent Investor and A Random Walk Down Wall Street and my path was set.

I've read some interesting philosophical treatises:  Being Mortal, Killing Sacred Cows and Living in the End Times.  Can't say they've changed my life, but they do make you think.

For Golf it would have to be Harvey Penick's Little Red Book and Moe and Me.  

A couple of others that stick out from an historical perspective are The Greatest Generation  and 1491.
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Posted 25 January 2019 - 11:39 AM

Define life changing....  Most books do a little course correcting that can lead to meaningful change, but I'd imagine it's more one's willingness and desire to change that is the key.  

Some examples for me.....  I had some issues with negativity that led me to some books by Jon Gordon, an author that focuses on positivity.  The Energy Bus and Power of Positive Leadership are both excellent, and he has way more that I haven't dabbled in.  Dabo Swinney and Gordon are excellent friends and you can really hear it in any talk Dabo gives.  These books had a positive change on me.

Focus is another area....  I run a smallish software company and I'm always pulled in a million directions and it's really easy to get lost.  Essentialism by Greg McKeown has been great for me.  Rhinoceros Success is another fun, easy read that focuses on hard charging towards a goal without getting distracted.


There are lots of others of course.  Basically, when I find myself feeling deficient or wanting to improve an area, I find a book and it generally helps me implement change in a way.  I don't know if any have ever been like "OMG this came out of left field and I'll never be the same"

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 04:04 PM

Growing up in a mostly blue collar environment/town books werent really talked about much. Most conversations were more likely to involve deer hunting and beer drinking (which yea i can see people have fun with those im not judging). Until one day i was fortunate to cross paths with a VERY successful man and he suggested i read:
-7 Habits of Highly Effective People
-How to win Friends and Influence People.

Those 2 books just blew my mind and with my OCD/curiosity opened up a whole new wormhole into reading. Guess you could say those 2 books changed the direction of my life 180*. I went from the hard headed "books are useless" mindset to reading a couple books a week for the last few years.

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 11:35 PM

As a teen I read a lot of Steinbeck,  grapes of wrath, east of eden,  tortilla flats, of mice and men...all the classics. It definitely shaped the way I see the world. Everyone has a good and bad to them, everyone faces struggles and the importance of the battle inside ones self and relationships. Just really opened my eyes and thoughts.

Just my .02

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 10:20 PM

 scomac2002, on 25 January 2019 - 07:34 AM, said:

 shoot4par, on 25 January 2019 - 03:08 AM, said:

Season of Life, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Man's Search for Meaning (profound in a scary as s**t way.) Listen to Jordan Peterson's podcasts, have 12 Lessons on the shelf and should be getting to it in the next month. Really articulate, smart guy. Likewise the implementation of ideas change ones life but a book itself no. Words of Christ are pretty high on that list as well.

While I'm not a fan of Kiosaki's franchise: his book Rich Dad, Poor Dad did get me thinking differently about money and that did have a fundamental impact on my life.  Following that came The Intelligent Investor and A Random Walk Down Wall Street and my path was set.

I've read some interesting philosophical treatises:  Being Mortal, Killing Sacred Cows and Living in the End Times.  Can't say they've changed my life, but they do make you think.

For Golf it would have to be Harvey Penick's Little Red Book and Moe and Me.  

A couple of others that stick out from an historical perspective are The Greatest Generation  and 1491.

Likewise to the above quoted. Regarding Golf- Hogan by Sampson and I have a special place in my heart for the Legend of Bagger Vance which is equally matched only by my dislike of the film minus Will Smith and Kiawah Island.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 01:28 PM

His Dark Materials trilogy.

The very first night I met this girl, she had the book sitting on her bed. It kickstarted a long conversation and our first kiss.

Fast forward 9 years, and we have been happily married for over 3 years.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:36 PM

I've read a lot of books.  I'd say they've all changed my life at least a little.  I think you're referring to big paradigm shifts, radically changing the way you see the world.

Just off the top of my head:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Siddhartha and The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
everything that Tom Robbins ever wrote, okay maybe everything written before Invalids Home from Hot Climates
Pat Conroy books hold a special place in my heart as one of his friends was my first writing coach
Another big vote for Steinbeck re-read East of Eden recently such a special novel
My Antonia by Willa Cather
the transcendentalists although I don't know if I could stomach it all this late in life I loved it when I was in my twenties

Books are a one-way conversation with the greatest minds the world has ever known.  Can't imagine my life without access to books.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 09:45 PM

Of course, many. Incrementally, everything that we read that has meaning gains importance. For example,

"In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
     “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 10:25 PM

 bscinstnct, on 05 February 2019 - 09:45 PM, said:

Of course, many. Incrementally, everything that we read that has meaning gains importance. For example,

"In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
     “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

-F. Scott Fitgerald
I don't think there is a better opening to any book. With respect to Ethan Frome, I don't think any opener is more relevant to everyday living.
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Posted 06 February 2019 - 11:11 AM

 Imhappyinthe80s, on 05 February 2019 - 10:25 PM, said:

 bscinstnct, on 05 February 2019 - 09:45 PM, said:

Of course, many. Incrementally, everything that we read that has meaning gains importance. For example,

"In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

-F. Scott Fitgerald
I don't think there is a better opening to any book. With respect to Ethan Frome, I don't think any opener is more relevant to everyday living.

I just wish anything else he wrote lived up to the quality of that novel. Anyone else read Winter Dreams? It's kind of golf-related. Also no its possibly the finest introduction in 20th century literature.

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 11:47 PM

Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance

Mindset by Carol Dweck
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Posted Yesterday, 06:21 PM

 zubby01, on 24 January 2019 - 06:37 PM, said:

Besides the Bible, I'm not sure I have ever read a book that has changed my life or had too significant an impact. However, I'm not too avid a reader either.

Just wondering if a book has changed your life and is so, in what way?
The Bible is the top of the list for sure.  Just an amazing impact on my life.

On the other end of the spectrum...the early books I read by Stephen King (I know that doesn’t match up with the Bible). Just being enthralled with his stories made me want to be a writer.
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