To kick things off, here are four of my recommendations, which I had originally included in the back of The 4-Hour Workweek. I called them “The Fundamental Four....

To kick things off, here are four of my recommendations, which I had originally included in the back of The 4-Hour Workweek. I called them “The Fundamental Four.” - Tim Ferriss

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  • The heart of Anthony de Mello's bestselling spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in <i>Awareness</i> in a grand synthesis.<br /><br />In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace.<br /><br />Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.
  • E-Myth \ 'e-,'mith\ n 1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work<br /><br />Voted #1 business book by <em>Inc.</em> 500 CEOs.<br /><br />An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.<br /><br />Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working <em>on</em> your business and working <em>in</em> your business.<br /><br /><em>The E-Myth Revisited</em> will help you grow your business in a productive, assured way.
  • You've come up with a brilliant idea for a brand-new product or service you <i>know</i> could make you rich. Or maybe you currently own a business that pays the bills, and your dream is to become a fabulous millionairre. But how? <i>How to Make Millions with Your Ideas</i> has all the answers. <p>This book is packed with the true stories and proven advice of ordinary people who began with just an idea, a simple product, or a fledgling business and wound up with <i>millions</i>. It examines the methods and principles of dozens of successful entrepreneurs, including author Dan Kennedy's surefire, easy-to-follow Millionaire Maker Strategies. It helps you determine which of the three paths to success are best for you and guides you step-by-step down that path on your way to fortune. Discover:<br /><br /></p> The 8 best ways to make a fortune from scratch How to turn a hobby into a million-dollar enterprise How to sell an existing business for millions The power of electronic media to help make you rich The "Million Dollar Rolodex" of contacts and information you can use to get on the road to wealth
  • <i>The Magic of Thinking Big</i> gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don't need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction, but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.