Empowering Reads (1-10)

Empowering Reads (1-10)

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#1 America's Cheapest Family Gets you Right on the Money

Champion Recommends: America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money

We love the practical ideas in this book that help you to revise how you think about money. It will inspire you to develop new and different ways to pay off debt, go on vacation without regret and make wiser choices on how you spend your hard earned money!

About the Book

Do you have too much month at the end of your money? Is your credit card screaming for relief? Are you tired of robbing Peter to pay Paul . . . whoever they are?

Meet Steve and Annette Economides. They’ve been called cheapskates, thriftaholics, and tightwads, but in these tough economic times, Steve and Annette have managed to feed their family of seven on just $350 per month, pay off their first house in nine years and purchase a second, larger home, buy cars with cash, take wonderful vacations, and put money in savings. Without degrees in finance or six-figure salaries, Steve and Annette have created a comfortable, debt-free life for themselves and their children. In America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money, they show you how they did it—and how you can do it too.

Steve and Annette share many down-to-earth principles and the simple spending plan that they have used since 1982. They have taught this economizing lifestyle to thousands of people worldwide through seminars and their newsletter, and they include lots of real-life stories to make you feel as if you’re having your own private coaching session. Not only will you find solutions to your financial dilemmas, you’ll also discover a whole new way of life.

America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money puts meeting your financial goals—and living well at the same time—in reach for every family.

Categories: Business and Money

#2 Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

Champion Recommends: Banker to the Poor

This memoir chronicles one man’s vision of eradicating poverty by providing loans to a segment of society that traditional banks felt was too risky. If you are considering starting a business with a social mission, or you just want to remember that anything is possible—read Banker to the Poor!

About the Book

Muhammad Yunus is that rare thing: a bona fide visionary. His dream is the total eradication of poverty from the world. In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans. Grameen Bank, based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a fortunate few, now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh. Ninety-four percent of Yunus’s clients are women, and repayment rates are near 100 percent. Around the world, micro-lending programs inspired by Grameen are blossoming, with more than three hundred programs established in the United States alone.

Banker to the Poor is Muhammad Yunus’s memoir of how he decided to change his life in order to help the world’s poor. In it he traces the intellectual and spiritual journey that led him to fundamentally rethink the economic relationship between rich and poor, and the challenges he and his colleagues faced in founding Grameen. He also provides wise, hopeful guidance for anyone who would like to join him in “putting homelessness and destitution in a museum so that one day our children will visit it and ask how we could have allowed such a terrible thing to go on for so long.” The definitive history of micro-credit direct from the man that conceived of it, Banker to the Poor is necessary and inspirational reading for anyone interested in economics, public policy, philanthropy, social history, and business.

Muhammad Yunus was born in Bangladesh and earned his Ph.D. in economics in the United States at Vanderbilt University, where he was deeply influenced by the civil rights movement. He still lives in Bangladesh, and travels widely around the world on behalf of Grameen Bank and the concept of micro-credit.

Categories: Memoir; Politics and Social Sciences

#3 Countdown to College: 21 'To Do' Lists for High School

Champion Recommends: Countdown to College

Getting ready for college and knowing all the necessary steps is a mammoth task! This book distills the process down to 175 digestible pages.

About the Book

An easy timeline to help high school students maximize each of their 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years and optimize their chances of getting into the college of their choice. These ‘to do’ lists provide both students and parents with the ‘nitty gritty’ details necessary to prepare for the college admissions process. There will be no missed deadlines or missed opportunities as this step-by-step guide show students and parents WHAT TO DO and WHEN TO DO IT!

No family with college bound high schoolers should be without this comprehensive, easy to follow, resource.

Categories: School and Education

#4 Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Champion Recommends: Girl, Wash Your Face

This is like an antidote in book form for women who feel stuck…it helps readers recognize and transcend the 20 most common lies American women believe about themselves. We love this book because it is funny, poignant, real and changed our views on life in a positive way.

About the Book

Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that s a lie.

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we ve told ourselves so often we don t even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

Categories: Self-help, Motivational, Christian

#5 How to Be Your Biggest Fan: The Value and Power of High Self-Esteem

Champion Recommends: How to Be Your Biggest Fan

Our CEO recommends this book to everyone. Mary Lyn Hammer said that after reading an advanced copy, she found that Renee easily explains how our thoughts about ourselves determine our success, happiness and relationships. The book also provides thought-provoking self-assessment tools and practical exercises to improve your self-esteem. In fact, she loved it so much that she purchased 50 copies to give to our staff, family and friends! 

About the Book

What if you really, really, really liked yourself? What if YOU were your own biggest fan? What if you knew it really isn’t that difficult and is 100% in your control? Increasing your self-esteem is about bringing the biggest and best you to all areas of your life. When you bring the biggest, best version of you to the world, everybody wins: your significant other, your kids, your family, your business or career, and your community.

“I would rather have the whole world against me than me against me.” -Dr. John DeMartini

Every little decision contributes to how you view yourself. It’s time to turn the tables in your favor, every day and for the rest of your life! And to continue moving forward on your journey to success and high self-esteem, download the author’s companion workbook at reneecermak.com.

Categories: Self-help, Self-esteem 

#6 Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

Champion Recommends: Never Eat Alone

This is not a book about dieting, it is a book about networking and relationships.  We believe it is a  must-read that explains the art/power of networking in person and online.  Ferrazzi gives you actionable advice on how you can harness the power of good relationships and become an amazing networker to build a career you love.

About the Book

Do you want to get ahead in life? Climb the ladder to personal success?

The secret, master networker Keith Ferrazzi claims, is in reaching out to other people. As Ferrazzi discovered in early life, what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships—so that everyone wins. In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps—and inner mindset—he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his contacts list, people he has helped and who have helped him. And in the time since Never Eat Alone was published in 2005, the rise of social media and new, collaborative management styles have only made Ferrazzi’s advice more essential for anyone hoping to get ahead in business.

The son of a small-town steelworker and a cleaning lady, Ferrazzi first used his remarkable ability to connect with others to pave the way to Yale, a Harvard M.B.A., and several top executive posts. Not yet out of his thirties, he developed a network of relationships that stretched from Washington’s corridors of power to Hollywood’s A-list, leading to him being named one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 and selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the Davos World Economic Forum.

In the course of this book, Ferrazzi outlines the timeless strategies shared by the world’s most connected individuals.

Categories: Business

#7 Steve Jobs

Champion Recommends: Steve Jobs

What is it like to be a perfectionist + visionary + creative entrepreneur? It did not mean life was easy or that everything would go perfectly for Steve Jobs. This books gives you a peek inside of the process of one man who virtually changed the world by bringing technology into our everyday experiences. Read it to inspire your own visionary dreams.

About the Book

Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Isaacson’s portrait touched millions of readers.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with the author, he asked for no control over what was written. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. He himself spoke candidly about the people he worked with and competed against.

His friends, foes, and colleagues offer an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Categories: Business Management, Technology History

#8 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Champion Recommends: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Maybe an older family member or a teacher mentioned this book to you and that fact alone turned you off…yes, it  was published in 1989 but this is such a timeless read, and relevant to our life today and will help you to become more successful.

Covey  gives reader the following 7 simple habits that will transform your life in positive ways:

  1. Be Proactive.
  2. Begin with the End in Mind.
  3. Put First Things First.
  4. Think Win-Win.
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.
  6. Synergize.
  7. Sharpen the Saw.

About the Book

Stephen R. Covey’s book continues to be a best seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology and focuses on timeless principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.

One of the most compelling books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, have empowered and inspired readers for over 25 years and has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations

Categories: Business, Self-help

#9 The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Champion Recommends: The Four Agreements

In a world that is filled with ugliness in the news, take the time to read this timeless little gem of a book. Ruiz offers four simple ideas that can help you be at peace in a chaotic world. The four agreements are:

  1. Be Impeccable with Your Word
  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
  3. Don’t Make Assumptions
  4. Always Do Your Best

Read this book to be at peace and have greater understanding about life.

About the Book

In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

Categories: Spirituality, Self-help

#10 The Happiness Project

Champion Recommends: The Happiness Project

How can we get happy? Rubin chronicles her own adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

This is an awesome, uplifting read!

About the Book

Award-winning author Gretchen Rubin is back with a bang, with The Happiness Project. The author of the bestselling 40 Ways to Look at Winston Churchill has produced a work that is “a cross between the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love.” (Sonya Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want) In the vein of Julie and Julia, The Happiness Project describes one person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.

Categories: Self-help, Mental Health

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