Here is Part 2 of my “Funnel of Greatness” list!
One of the key examples is that listening to the news or reading a magazine fills your head with a lot of negative or uninspiring thoughts, which do not enhance your life. A small change is to become aware of how much time this is happening in our lives, and limit it. At the same time, create daily opportunities to read inspiring, ‘Funnel of Greatness’ books. To learn about the “Funnel of Greatness”, watch my TEDx talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCOCiv2EGSw
They loved the concept of the Funnel of Greatness, and asked for a list of books and movies I recommend, which they have posted on their blog: http://www.leagueofextraordinarywomen.com.au/blog
If you feel that you don’t have enough time to read, or if you don’t really enjoy reading, there is a solution – AUDIO BOOKS.
I love audio books, because I can ‘read’ a book while I am traveling, driving, doing chores around the home, walking, at the gym, etc.
I don’t buy many books, as I find many wonderful books, audio and DVDs at the local library. I start by going online to the public library website (in Victoria it is ERL), and I search for everything on ‘audio’ – if it does not exist on audio, then I look for the paper copy.
I place a Hold on all the items I want, from any library that has them and have them sent to my local library. I receive a notification when they arrive and then the fun begins!
Bellow is the first half of my list of “Funnel of Greatness” books (the rest to be posted next week).
Inspiring true stories
This Is Me – Ian Thorpe. I love biographies, and learn so much from them. From Ian I learnt about commitment, discipline, staying true to you no matter what the media says, and being willing to face your own internal struggles. This is an easy read, I highly recommend it.
A Long Walk To Freedom – Nelson Mandela. He inspires me so much. What he did, how he forgave, is exceptional. Being born in South Africa I feel even more connected with his story – my parents have shared with me what it was like in South Africa before he was President, and how he brought the country from the brink of civil war to a functioning society through his forgiveness. An exceptional man.
Open – Andre Agassi. Wow is he open in this book! He shares everything – and you finish it feeling like he’s your best friend. His journey too was an amazing one, with incredible highs and incredible lows. I loved reading it.
Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson. His life story is amazing. What I learnt from Richard is his ‘lets do it’! Attitude. He loves adventures, and can pass up a challenge. He was also willing to work incredibly hard for years and years, earning hardly anything, before achieving the huge success he has today. What I love about Richard’s story is that he always did what he wanted to do, followed his heart. He didn’t let others speculations stop him from working on his dream, tackling his latest challenge.
Lovey – Mary McCracken. This is an inspiring story, of a teachers relationship with a troubled child. I was greatly moved by it.
Miracles Happen – Mary Kay Ash. My biggest lesson from Mary Kay Ash is that it doesn’t matter what your age is – you can achieve great things. She began her own company once she had retired from a long and successful career… and look at what she created! What I love about Mary is that she used her company as a vehicle to transform peoples lives – not just earn money. She empowered thousands of women across America and all over the world – imagine if all corporations focused on empowering their employees!
Make The Impossible Possible – Bill Strickland. Such an inspiring story! Bill comes from ‘the wrong side of the tracks’, and through his absolute belief in his vision he has achieved the “impossible” and chaned countless lives through his centre. Read this book, it inspires you to make your own dreams possible.
The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy. A fantastic book, quick to read and implement. It’s those small little changes that over time create huge results! Very good for helping develop healthy habits and routines that promote your success.
Become A Key Person of Influence – Daniel Priestly. This book gives many clear action steps to position yourself in any market. It has helped me greatly.
Business Stripped Bare – Richard Branson. If you are in business – read this. Full stop 🙂
Screw It, Let’s Do It – Richard Branson. Again this shows Richard’s incredible attitude of giving things a go, testing the boundaries, seeing just how much life can be squeezed out of each day…
Golden Rules – Naploon Hill. This is about mindset – conscious and unconscious mind, training my mind to support me and be the best it can be.
Conversations With God Trilogy – Neale Donald Walsh. I have always been interested in, pondered on, and discussed for hooooours on end: ‘Why are we here? Why am I here? What is life? What are we all doing? Why do we behave in this way? Why is there pain as well as joy? What are morals, what are society’s brainwashing, what values are mine or have I just unconsciously adopted? Why does it take so long to build, and seconds to destruct? What is faith? What is ‘God’? Is there a ‘God’? Are all religions actually just talking about the same ‘God’, the same ‘energetic/powerful presence’, all simply interpreted slightly differently? What is reality? Does reality exist or is it just perspectives conglomorated and commonly seen? Is there such a thing as a ‘common reality’? If reality is perceived through my senses, how can a common reality exists because my dogs senses perceive differently to me..? Therefore is there a common physical reality? Is there a metaphysical reality? Those who don’t believe in anything beyond the physical, because they can’t see it – how do they convince themselves the wind exists? I can’t see the wind but I can feel it… and the wind isn’t the only thing I can feel… Am I awake or dreaming now? What is lucidity? Do I believe in reincarnation? What happens when I die? Why is sex deemed naughty and bad and ‘sinful’? What is the point of life? Or is that it – there isn’t a point, besides the point we choose it to have? Wow I could go on and on… haha but I’ll stop my tirade of questions now – I think you get how fascinated I have always been with these questions. So for me, Conversations With God Trilogy provided me with so many answers to ponder on! Absolutely love those books.
When God Steps In, Mirracles Happen – Neale Donald Walsh. I love this book because it is a collection of real life, factual stories from lovely, ordinary people, who have had ‘extraordinary’ experiences – though by the end of the book I was wondering if perhaps these experiences are a lot more ‘ordinary’ than we commonly seem to believe.
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tölle. I love this. I actually have an audio recording from a conference he gave – and I have listened to it so many times. Eckhart always brings me back to my core/who I really am, what is really important – and most importantly he brings me back into the NOW. Read it/listen to it just do it!
Marva Collin’s Way – Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin. This inspired me greatly, it could be in the Inspiring True Stories Category as well. I am passionate about transforming our school systems, and always love reading anything about different ideas on teaching/education, to formulate my own ideas on how schools could be run. Reading Marva’s journey taught me a lot, including the importance of the teachers LOVING their work, and of perseverence, determination, following your heart and doing what you know is right. A very inspiring read.
The Element – Sir Ken Robinson. I love Sir Ken, and in the coming posts you’ll see links to youtube clips of him that I recommend. This book discusses the Element inside all of us, and speaks great truths on our current education system, and how it could be improved.
The following are recommendations from my Mum for every parent, as they helped her a lot:
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk – Faber and Mazlish. This book is a fun read with lots of useful scenarios to illustrate how to change the destructive dynamics and habits that saddens so many relationships with children. Easy to implement the tips and create new dynamics that bring ease and joy.
When Your Child Drives You Crazy – Eda LeShan. This is a life-saver for any new parent, especially anyone who has guilt for ever having lost their cool with a child, or confused by all the different opinions of the experts out there. Each topic is covered in just a few pages, so it’s ideal for new mothers who are too exhausted to read a book.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League. This book is a fully comprehensive manual for parenting, as well as for breastfeeding – It would be mandatory reading for every prospective mother during pregnancy if I had my way. I read it during my second pregnancy and regretted that I did not have this knowledge for my first child…
Super Parents, Super Children – Frances Kendall. This is an interesting perspective on parenting – a quick read, with a focus on common sense (which isn’t necessarily ‘common’ anymore).
Look out for Part 2 of this list next week 🙂