This is a WHOPPER of a writing prompt – directed at ME! Tim Ferriss’ release next month of Tribe of Mentors is a swift kick in the butt to making progress with my own book. Tim’s is a compilation of wisdom nuggets from every sort of mentor, from sports to spiritual, big business to creativity, mine is a thank you to the authors who helped me move from a mess to meshed. A book 41 years in development!
How to cut down the countless books that turned me from social nebbish to consistently effective to just 24? #1 is a lock – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective wasn’t the first book personal development book I read, but it’s the ONE the jump started my intentional journey to Now.
Which others to include? My criteria – honed this morning – is to include both books like Covey’s classic, ones that deeply affected my view of self & the world, and ones that provided a single Eureka! insight, like There’s Something I Have To Tell You, which revealed my well-meaning, unintentionally booby-trapped set-up of a monumentally disastrous encounter with a sister-in-law.
My current list, in no particular order, includes:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- There’s Something I Have To Tell You
- David & the Phoenix
- Point Zero
- A Wrinkle in Time
- From Aging to Saging
- In the Shelter of Each Other
- Still Here
- Rising Strong
- How to be An Adult
- The Pig Plantagenet
- Creating Time
- Excuses Begone
- Counting on Kindness
- The Creative Mind
- You are a Bad Ass
- Taming the Gremlin
- The Greatest Salesman in the World
- When Things Fall Apart
- Creating Moments of Joy
- The Happiness Project
- Seeking the Sacred
Three – – Die Empty, Boomer Reinvention, Engagement From Scratch – – stand alone. This past spring, the impact of reading these three, one after another, shredded my old brain into bright bits of confetti showering my mega Eureka! realization, “John & I are playfulness coaches!“
One more stand alone, stand apart, stand head & shoulders over my previous life – LIFE IS GOOD, which untied the bow around the gift of BEing, bring it all finally home. Quest’s end, journey’s beginning.
Now, THAT‘s a writing prompt! Am blocking out my story – get writing yours!
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou