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I wanna share a few books with you today that have impacted my life in some kind of way. Now, if you've listened to the episode where I share how the rubs then came to be, you know, I've said that I stopped reading personal development books and I did, they have been a few here and there where I'm like, yeah, okay, we'll try it. Like usually I do audio books because I listen to them while I make art. I listen to and read way more fiction books than anything because I find more golden nuggets in those than in the actual self-help books. But there are four different books that in the last seven years have impacted me in some kind of way. And I, and I wanna share with you that I used to be a very much avid reader, mystery crime books, like Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell.
I read them all the time, probably three to four books a week, if not more depending on how big they were. Right. And then I went to college online for seven years altogether and had to read a lot of textbooks. And I lost the joy of reading because holy crap was that boring to read online. I mean, I had physical books by man. It was just so dry for a lot of it because it was accounting and then mental health stuff. And I love mental health, um, things I love psychology. Like I always have. I love how knowing how the mind works. Like I still explore these topics, but when you read textbooks for seven years and don't read anything else because you don't have time to read anything else, you kind of get burned out of reading. And so I didn't really start reading again when I started my business.
And then when I got tired of self-help books, I started reading the Paranal shift of romance more than anything else. And again, there are so many gold nuggets in those kinds of books. I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and find those nuggets. Anyhow, I do again, wanna share four books that have impacted me not only in my life, but in my business and Denise Duffield-Thomas, if you don't know her, she's an Australian money mindset, mentor, and author. And one of her books Get rich, lucky bitch release your money blocks, and live a first class life. I've read that several times and every time I've come away with something different, something new, along my own mindset journey, and a self-improvement journey. She shares a lot of her own personal staff in those books and gives the tools on how to include forgiveness, which may be really, really hard for some of us like I've struggled with forgiveness for a long time, but the way she has explained that it's funny, sort of clicked for me where I'm like, oh right, it's not about the person in the act. It's more about me and being able to let go and release and move forward with my life.
The other book I really, really enjoyed, is The Big Leap, where conquer your hidden fear and take life to the next level by Gay Hendricks. And yes, we all have barriers standing in our own way. And this book has probably provided me with some aha moments that I could have only imagined, well, I didn't imagine them, but it was just like, oh, okay, got it. So if you're ready to step in touch, true potential, then, this book is definitely what you would like to read and in the process, it can help you remove some upper limit challenges you might be experiencing.
And I gotta tell you when I first listened to it, it was, I brought that memory back where I was 18 and stepped on that airplane to move continents and never looked back and regretting that decision immigrating at 18 with an eight months old baby. Absolutely insane. Considering, I didn't know, I didn't know anything about the United States and I certainly didn't understand the culture and I certainly didn't, I didn't even speak English. Okay. I need some curse words, but not enough to hold a conversation with somebody. And, and yet as hard as may have been different parts since then, I don't regret that decision at all. Like, like it was meant to be kind of a situation. The next book, again, because I've been working on my mindset and really addressing some of the stories that I've had to tackle over the years.
This next book is Overcoming underearning a five-step plan to virtual life by Barbara Huson, formerly Barbara Stenny, and what I loved about this particular book is that there's only one person that sabotages your success and it's you like nobody else. And we receive these messages from childhood and then use those as self and post beliefs and hold them over our head with the thought, this is how much we can earn like no more, less, this is it done. We've reached a limit, but this book is really practical and helps through the process of removing again, those upper limits that are self-imposed and you can really start embracing yourself and earning to your fullest potential. I'm actually thinking about reading that again, and I might actually do that in the community. Let's do it. Well, we'll start a book club in the community. We'll start reading that particular book. I think that's a great idea.
The other book that really surprised me, in a good way is The One Thing, the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results by Gary Keller. And you've probably heard me say it again and again, I can't just focus on one thing, but this book has really helped me sort of focus on that one thing, even if it's just for a singular day, right? Because the main message is to focus on that one thing. And while this may not apply to the overall scheme of your life, focusing on that one project gets it done rather than thinking about all the other things you may need to do. Um, so focusing on one thing while that's not my good strength, because I'm a multi-passionate, it has helped me narrow down what to focus on for a particular project or a goal, and find a strategy that fits me in my personal ways of doing things I wanna know from you.
What book has changed your life?
I turned my passion into my profession! Not only do I get to create art every day, but I also get to help other creatives pursue their own dreams of bringing their ideas into reality, so they too can have the cake and eat it too!
I know firsthand how easy it is to make excuses and how to make those excuses disappear like magic.
I have a BS in Accounting and a Ms in Mental Health Counseling, and a dual “PhD” in overcoming adversity from the School of Life.