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Are You Mentally Malnourished? Here’s how to tell

Nourishing and exercising your mind is perhaps the single most important habit for a happy and successful life.
Garbage in, garbage out. Goodness in, goodness out.
Getting a great education with have a positive influence on every other part of your life. Life long learning is the key!
Ignorance has a devastating effect. Become a life long learner.

We Live in The Most Abundant Time in The History of The World 

As far as information goes, we live in the most abundant time in the history of the world. Never before has there been so much information that’s so easily accessible. What a great time to be alive! There is so much knowledge, so much truth and, literally, you and I can carry entire libraries in our pockets!

For example, the complete works of Shakespeare is only 5 megabytes. And there’s 1,000 megabytes per gigabyte. So if you were to fill the back of a pickup truck with books, it’s only one gigabyte. If you have a smartphone that’s on the smaller side, you have 8 to 16 gigabytes. The new iPhone 6 has 128 gigabytes!! And so depending on format and size you can fit between 500 to 1,000 books per gigabyte. To keep it simple, if you have a 16 gigabytes smartphone, you can fit up to 14,000 books!

Now let’s put that into perspective. The average American reads less than one book a year. It’s so sad! But let’s say that you are reading two books a week, that ends up being about a 100 books a year and 1,000 books every decade. So, it would take you a full millennium to read all of the books that could fit in the new iPhone 6!

It’s just astounding. We live in such a great time. And yet here’s a tragedy: people are starving to death mentally, emotionally, spiritually and socially. All these great information is out there and we have access to books, blogs, videos, great principles and life lessons and yet people are hurting and families are falling a part. People can’t figure out how to get along in relationships, businesses are failing, and yet, the information is out there! The truth is available, but we have to take advantage of it.

There is Never a Graduation From Education

My challenge for you is to literally have a plan, a growth plan and  a learning plan. There is never a graduation from education and don’t ever fall into that trap of ‘I got my education’. Always learn, always have a book in your hands; one you are reading and one you are writing. Have audiobooks on your phone and be constantly listening and learning and going.

When we were living in Guatemala we had a property there, and literally, you can grow anything there. You can take sticks of the trees, stick it in the ground and it’ll grow! Everything grows. There’s water, the soil is so fertile, there is a perfect climate and yet the people are so malnourished! It’s because they’re not eating the right things and they’re not growing the right things. For the most part they just drop down all the trees and plant corn! So how many of us are like that with our education! We’re really missing out. Our minds are suffering from atrophy.

Learn From The Deer’ Story

Here’s another true story. Many years ago there was a great snow storm in a really bad winter and the deers were starving to death because the couldn’t get to the food. In a good effort and with good intentions, people decided to feed the deer so that they wouldn’t die. And so they brought the deer to these huge corrals and threw in tons of hay. And massive amounts of these deer died that winter with full bellies. Their bellies were full of hay, and yet they died because they didn’t get the nourishment they needed. How many of us are doing the same? Are we getting all of that junk information? Are we are spending our time taking in useless or filthy stuff? There’s jus so much information out there that’s just not worth anything.

So I want to challenge you today to set up that plan I talked to you about. Make sure that you have a clear, concise plan that you work on every day to get a phenomenal education! Make sure it’s great. Put up big filters and only let the best stuff through. There’s more than a lifetime worth of information, so don’t waste it on garbage. Be disciplined about your plan, help your children, your friends and your family and get a great education! Let’s start a reading movement! Let’s start a revolution where with all of this great information, we’re getting a phenomenal education!

So, get excited! Get into those books, share what you’ve learned, get your friends involved and get going.



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Great Books Will Change You, But You Have to Read Them!

“Great books can literally and drastically alter your life. Create a plan and a habit of reading from good books every day. Seek book recommendations from and for leaders. This is probably the most important habit of highly successful people.

Leaders are readers. Start reading and keep reading. Apply what you learn and it will take you to the top. Start studying any important area of your life that you want to improve and thrive in.”


Do you have a habit of reading? I just want to encourage you as strongly as I can to start reading. If you don’t have a habit of reading, I want you to start today! And if you have it, but it is a kind of slow, I want you to pick it up and go for it!

This stack is a few of the books that I’ve finished in the last few months. A few of them, HAVE CHANGED ME! They have literally altered the way I think.                                                            

les-miserablesIn the last 90 days, I finished ”Les Misérables” by –Victor Hugo-, and this book is at the top, and probably the best book I have ever read. It is about fourteen hundred pages, but it is amazing! It totally transformed the way I think and the way I see people. I don’t usually cry, but when I finished this book I sat down and wept. It is that powerful!  

I also read many other books — a couple by Shakespeare, some on personal development books and many others.

Check out a list of the best books I’ve read in the last three months, with some awesome quotes and links to each of the books.


I just want to emphasize how important it is to have a reading habit, that is perhaps the number one habit of really successful people. Successful people read, they read voraciously!

Well you know my story, I grew up in a broken home, struggling and desperate to find the answers. How I could create a life of happiness, how to have the family that I wanted, how to have the lifestyle I wanted and how to be holistically successful in life. And it came because of reading.

Great books have literally changed my life! I am where I am today and I am going where I am going because of great ideas, the great classics. From the  great men and women who have been there and done that, and have captured their great ideas in books. It opens a new world! And like I always love to say: input determines output.


So I encourage you today to start right now, put together a plan.  Most people haven’t read a book since their last graduation. The average American reads less than one book a year!

I’m going to challenge you to read a book or two each week, and find the best books ( don’t know where! Click HERE ).

So read , start today and you will be shocked, amazed and so pleased with the changes and the positive benefit that comes from a voracious reading habit! So have a real plan to get great input to your mind so you can have a great output in your LIFE!



The Absolute BEST Books to Read

A GREAT education starts AFTER the first 1,000 best books.

Bibliotherapy is the process of using great literature to foster positive change in your life.

Whether for character development, relationships, parenting, financial freedom, health and wellness or surfing… there are great books which, if read the right way, can forever alter the course of your life.

With one thousand great books as the MINIMUM for a great education, we don’t have time to read ‘trash’, or even mediocre books.

We have to read the best.

And it’s a process that will take a lifetime.

(Because there is no graduation from education.)

You don’t have any time to lose.

Start TODAY reading a book from the list below. (It’s a work in progress, which means we’ll be adding to it regularly.)

Personal Development

As a Man Thinketh

The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

The Power of Positive Thinking

Man’s Search for Meaning

The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

You’ll See It When You Believe It

Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong Self-Defeating Thinking Habits

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: How to Unlock Your Full Potential for Success and Achievement

Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work

The Science of Being Great

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams


Wealth and Abundance

The Way to Wealth

The Science of Getting Rich

Think and Grow Rich

The Richest Man in Babylon

The Millionaire Mind

As a Man Thinketh


Family, Relationships, Parenting

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to a Love that Lasts

The Five Love Languages of Children

What Do You Really Want for Your Children

How to Win Friends and Influence People

The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents: Guiding Your Children to Success and Fulfillment

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Laddie: A True Blue Story


Great Literature

Les Miserables

Tale of Two Cities

Death of Ivan Illych



The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders


Health and Wellness

The Science of Being Well

As a Man Thinketh

Do you want books that will dramatically change your life?  Click here then!



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Reading For A Living: Improving Your Life One Book At A Time

Reading for a living! What a fantastic topic to talk about isn’t it? 

If you were to ask me what one thing would improve your life the most; without hesitation, I would say reading great books!

Currently-ReadingReading great books will improve your health, your finances, your relationships and your life.

Read for life.  Become a life long learner.

There is never a graduation from education!

Read for freedom, for work, for making a difference in the world!  Read for anything and everything you would like to improve.

Check out this brief podcast about the power of the habit of reading.



What great books have had a huge impact in your life?  How has reading changed you?