Empowering Reads (31-40)

Empowering Reads (21-30)

#21 Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

Champion Recommends: Always Looking Up

Micheal J. Fox has enjoyed incredible successes in life. For many people, a diagnosis and the subsequent challenges of Parkinson’s disease would be the end of any optimistic feelings about life…for Micheal, this drives him to dig deeper to protect and nurture these precious traits. We found it to be a very inspiring read.

About the Book

There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery: an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Michael’s exit from a very demanding, very public arena offered him the time-and the inspiration-to open up new doors leading to unexpected places. One door even led him to the center of his own family, the greatest destination of all.

The last ten years, which is really the stuff of this book, began with such a loss: my retirement from Spin City. I found myself struggling with a strange new dynamic: the shifting of public and private personas. I had been Mike the actor, then Mike the actor with PD. Now was I just Mike with PD Parkinson’s had consumed my career and, in a sense, had become my career. But where did all of this leave Me? I had to build a new life when I was already pretty happy with the old one..

Always Looking Up is a memoir of this last decade, told through the critical themes of Michael’s life: work, politics, faith, and family. The book is a journey of self-discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson’s.

Categories: Autobiography; Memoir 

#22 Close Your Tab & Don’t Look Back: A Guide to Getting Out of Debt and Getting Ahead in the Real World

Champion Recommends: Close Your Tab & Don’t Look Back

Angela Ortiz offers grounded, sound advice and wisdom about the difficult subject of repaying student loans and how to achieve financial independence. We found her writing style to be refreshing and so we invited her to become a guest contributor at ChampionEmpowerment.com!

About the Book

If you were gifted debt along with your diploma, and you are afraid of what comes after “the best four years of your life,” this book is for you. I’ve been there, and just like finals week, I survived (by repaying $30K in 3 years instead of 20). And you will, too.

Life after college doesn’t have to be intimidating. Let me be your translator for the important stuff so you can enjoy the perks of your new life. I’ll cut through the complicated so you can understand your government student loan and have a practical plan to pay it off quickly, (because no one wants to be celebrating their 40th birthday and still making payments on their loan).

“As a recent college grad, this book became my survival guide. This entertaining read became my go-to source while navigating the crazy world that awaits postgrad. Angela answered the questions I was afraid to ask and gave me advice before I even knew I would need it. She became the big sister I never had and instilled me with a sense of confidence in not only the way I manage my money, but also in my future.” (Caitlin, class of 2017).

Categories: Business and Money; Personal Finance

#23 Eat, Pray, Love

Champion Recommends: Eat, Pray, Love

So what if you had it all—great job, handsome husband, awesome home—and you are still miserable? That is exactly what happened to Elizabeth Gilbert and she chose to leave all her success behind and go on an incredible journey to Italy, India and Indonesia to go on a journey of self-discovery.

About the Book

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved and iconic book returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition, complete with an updated introduction from the author, to launch a whole new generation of fans.

In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

Categories: Memoir; Self-help

#24 Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting, Expanded Study Edition: The Astonishing Power of Feelings

Champion Recommends: Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting

This book will help you change your focus and look for things to feel good about. Grabhorn’s writing style is fun, wacky and memorable. She helps you learn how to focus on what you want, to eliminate negativity and allow good things will come into your life.

About the Book

Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting asks you to stop second guessing yourself and start believing in what you can achieve through the power of positive feelings. Have you ever been so wrapped up in day-to-day life that you stop paying attention to how you’re feeling? Something goes wrong and you blame other people. The key to getting back on the right track is simple: focus inward, on what it would feel like to have it all go right. And it will.

Lynn Grabhorn reveals how to invite the positive to you by focusing on what you want. She shows that all it takes is a few bursts of pure, intense concentration. Allow yourself to start believing in what you can accomplish instead of what you can’t and cut down on those negative feelings. Follow Grabhorn’s simple steps and soon you’ll be attracting the things you really want.

“Whether your want is to find the fastest way around the traffic downtown or to find a new mate, all you have to do is pay attention to the signs that will come to make it happen…and learn to trust them!”—from the book

Includes a 16-page study guide–for individual and group use.

Categories: Self-help; Inspiration

#25 How To Talk To Anyone: Overcome Shyness, Social Anxiety and Low Self-confidence & Be Able to Chat to Anyone!

Champion Recommends: How to Talk to Anyone

If you are shy or feel awkward in social situations, this book will give you practical insight you can put to work in to feel more confident when interacting with others.

About the Book

The fear of talking to people is very real and effects millions of people—but fortunately it is completely curable. Overcome it fast with easy practical steps.

Feeling incapable of chatting to people is a horrific curse and one which can effect every part of your life. Don’t let it ruin your life. Overcoming shyness, social anxiety and low self-confidence fast. Get on with your life!

Here’s a preview of what you’ll learn when you buy this book:

  • Overcome conversational obstacles fast
  • The secret trick that makes conversation so much easier!
  • Quickly overcome difficult thoughts, feelings & bad habits
  • Do not let social anxiety hold your back
  • What people want from a conversation & how to deliver it
  • The top 15 skills required to be a great conversationalist
  • Dealing with specific difficult circumstances
  • Get over shyness fast, day by day
  • and much more.

Categories: Self-help; Communication Skills

#26 Is It Time to Make a Change?

Champion Recommends: Is It Time to Make a Change?

This powerful little book of poetry and prose is set in a beautifully designed package that has been created to  inspire readers…especially those experiencing great life changes.

“Life is a journey through time, filled with may choices; each of us will experience life in our own special way. So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be, because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the dreams that you know are meant to come true for you.”
― Deanna Beisser

About the Book

In this candid and upbeat first collection of her work, Deanna Beisser gives new meaning to the statement, “Anything is possible.” Her words capture all the doubts, fears, and excitement that occur whenever a life change is contemplated. Yet her refreshingly down-to-earth attitude and life-only-happens-once-so-enjoy-it! philosophy are quick to put the reader at ease. In short, this is a book about letting your life be the wonderful adventure it is meant to be.

The opportunity to redirect your life’s path and begin anew exists every day. The only person holding you back is you, and the only way your life is going to change is when you decide it is. Whether it’s a little motivation you need or a reminder of the power you have within you to make things happen, this book is the perfect place to start. After that, it’s up to you, because… “Life makes no guarantees as to what you’ll have. It just gives you time to make choices, and to take chances, and to discover whatever secrets might come your way.” – Deanna Beisser

Categories: Fiction; Poetry; Literature 

#27 Job Hunter Road: Comedy and Self-Help on the Path to Finding a Job

Champion Recommends: Job Hunter Road

If you are getting ready to look for a job, read this book! Job hunting can be brutal and overwhelming but this little book will give you excellent pointers on dealing with your search and make you laugh about the absurdities of the process. Highly recommended.

About the Book

A hilarious look at what it takes to find a job that you love. With sharp and irreverent humor, Job Hunter Road tackles some serious questions about finding work today: “Why don’t more people love their jobs?” “Why do we make it so hard to change careers?” “Why do we require unnecessary and expensive degrees for everything?” “What does it take to be an entrepreneur?” “Does networking have to be so ugly and opportunistic?” “What stops us from reaching our career potential?”

Journey down an unpredictably quirky highway of laughter as you encounter opera loving cats, crocodile hunting terriers, and levitating job seekers on the road to a more fulfilling career.

Categories: Business & Money; Job-hunting & Careers 

#28 Mindful Money: Simple Practices for Reaching Your Financial Goals and Increasing Your Happiness Dividend

Champion Recommends: Mindful Money

There are many good books out there that will teach you about finances—this one takes a different path because it helps you to look broadly into your own spiritual relationship with money and then create a plan, unique to your deepest beliefs, to achieve and maintain financial freedom.

About the Book

Is it possible to be a conscientious citizen of the world and grow wealth? The author, a Buddhist and a financial planner, says yes and explains exactly how. Money drives many of our decisions. We all worry about earning it, spending it, and saving it — regardless of our income level or spiritual perspective. Yet few of us understand money’s true nature. Jonathan K. DeYoe helps you create a unique financial plan that is guided by your deepest beliefs, and shows you how to save, invest, pay off debt, and fund your retirement and dreams by building a lifetime income stream. With a foreword by Pulitzer Prize–winner Alice Walker, Mindful Money does all this while emphasizing that money is a tool you can use to support your lifestyle, reach your goals, and earn the “happiness dividend” everyone deserves.

Journey down an unpredictably quirky highway of laughter as you encounter opera loving cats, crocodile hunting terriers, and levitating job seekers on the road to a more fulfilling career.

Categories: Business & Money; Finance

#29 Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era

Champion Recommends: Most Likely to Succeed

The current education system is long overdue for an overhaul. This book and the documentary give new methods to integrate into our schools and home that will help lead the next generation away from being not regurgitators and instead become a nation of amazing innovators.

About the Book

The basis for a major documentary, two leading experts sound an urgent call for the radical reimagining of American education so we can equip students for the realities of the twenty-first-century economy. “If you read one book about education this decade, make it this one” (Adam Braun, bestselling author and founder of Pencils of Promise).

Today more than ever, we prize academic achievement, pressuring our children to get into the “right” colleges, have the highest GPAs, and pursue advanced degrees. But while students may graduate with credentials, by and large they lack the competencies needed to be thoughtful, engaged citizens and to get good jobs in our rapidly evolving economy. Our school system was engineered a century ago to produce a workforce for a world that no longer exists. Alarmingly, our methods of schooling crush the creativity and initiative young people really need to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Now bestselling author and education expert Tony Wagner and venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith call for a complete overhaul of the function and focus of American schools, sharing insights and stories from the front lines, including profiles of successful students, teachers, parents, and business leaders. Their powerful, urgent message identifies the growing gap between credentials and competence—and offers a framework for change.

Most Likely to Succeed presents a new vision of American education, one that puts wonder, creativity, and initiative at the very heart of the learning process and prepares students for today’s economy. “In this excellent book…Wagner and Dintersmith argue…that success and happiness will depend increasingly on having the ability to innovate” (Chicago Tribune), and this crucial guide offers policymakers and opinion leaders a roadmap for getting the best for our future entrepreneurs.

Journey down an unpredictably quirky highway of laughter as you encounter opera loving cats, crocodile hunting terriers, and levitating job seekers on the road to a more fulfilling career.

Categories: Education; Teaching; Parenting

#30 One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com

Champion Recommends: One Click

In the last 20 years, Amazon is the one business that has influenced the methods virtually every business on the planet uses. Read this book to get insights from employees and competitors on how Amazon rose to become so influential and use it as inspiration to develop your own plans.

About the Book

Amazon’s business model is deceptively simple: Make online shopping so easy and convenient that customers won’t think twice. It almost can be summed up by the button on every page: “Buy now with one click.”

Why has Amazon been so successful? Much of it has to do with Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO, whose unique combination of character traits and business strategy has driven Amazon to the top of the online retail world. Richard Brandt charts Bezos’s rise from computer nerd to world-changing entrepreneur.

Through interviews with Amazon employees, competitors, and observers, Brandt has deciphered how Bezos makes decisions. The story of Amazon’s ongoing evolution is a case study in how to reinvent an entire industry, and one that businesses today ignore at their peril.

Categories: Business & Money

#31 Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Champion Recommends: Present Over Perfect

This remarkable collection of essays will inspire you find simple ways to let go of the need to prove or earn your worth and create a more peaceful life.

About the Book

In these pages, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.

As she puts it: “A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.

“I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything.

Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.”

Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.

Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

Categories: Self-help; Spiritual Studies

#32 Rhinoceros Success : the Secret to Charging Full Speed Toward Every Opportunity

Champion Recommends: Rhinoceros Success

In 100 easy-to-read pages, this books helps you view life from the perspective of a 6,000 pound rhinoceros charging onto the road of success.  Alexander writes that pursuing real happiness in this world requires a rhinoceros mentality. As explained in the book’s third chapter How to Be the World’s Happiest Rhinoceros, “Cows are happy watching television or surfing the Internet. Rhinos are happy when they are charging at their goals.” You may not have recognized yourself as a rhinoceros in the past, but if you instantly relate to the happiness just described when you pursue your life goals, a rhinoceros is exactly what you are!

About the Book

Go get the life you want. Be a Rhinoceros! There is something dangerous about this book. Something big. Something full of power, energy and force of will. It could be about you. You could become three tons of thick-skinned, snorting hard-charging rhinoceros. It is time to go get the life you want!

Categories: Business & Money; Self-improvement

#33 Succeed and Grow Rich through Persuasion: Revised Edition

Champion Recommends: Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion

Persuasion is tricky. How do you know what the right level of pressure is? How can you engage other people to help you? Read this classic from Napoleon Hill to discover the best methods and get over 700 action-packed mind conditioners that will stimulate your thoughts and get you onto the path of success.

About the Book

In this remarkable book, Napoleon Hill, whose world bestseller, Think and Grow Rich, has shown millions of people the way to success, reveals the most potent and practical part of his famous formula: the art of persuasion.

Categories: Business & Money; Self-improvement

#34 The Alchemist

Champion Recommends: The Alchemist

This masterfully-written allegory of the  hero journey has inspired over 150 million readers worldwide to follow their dreams. Read it to recover and reignite your latent dreams.

About the Book

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Categories: Fiction

#35 The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence

Champion Recommends: The Gift of Fear 

This book acknowledges the natural sense of apprehension people have just before a violet attack and explains how to honor those gut feelings before it is too late. In a world where violence is ever-present, this book helps you learn to identify the danger signals many miss or ignore.

About the Book

True fear is a gift. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference.

A date won’t take “no” for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust—and act on—our gut instincts.

In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation’s leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger—before it’s too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including…how to act when approached by a stranger…when you should fear someone close to you…what to do if you are being stalked…how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls…the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person…and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.

Categories: Self-help; Abuse

#36 The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money

Champion Recommends: The Opposite of Spoiled

With student loan debt climbing to over 1.5 trillion dollars, it is evident that one of the most important things we can do for our children is make sure they are smart about money. This book will help you get started on the right track and give you ideas to implement with your own children to help them succeed.

About the Book

For Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids. Children are hyper-aware of money, and they have scores of questions about its nuances. But when parents shy away from the topic, they lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model the basic financial behaviors that are increasingly important for young adults but also to imprint lessons about what the family truly values.

Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world experience and stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is both a practical guidebook and a values-based philosophy. The foundation of the book is a detailed blueprint for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. It identifies a set of traits and virtues that embody the opposite of spoiled, and shares how to embrace the topic of money to help parents raise kids who are more generous and less materialistic.

But The Opposite of Spoiled is also a promise to our kids that we will make them better with money than we are. It is for all of the parents who know that honest conversations about money with their curious children can help them become more patient and prudent, but who don’t know how and when to start.

Categories: Education, Parenting, Self-help

#37 The Science of Success: The Secret to Getting What You Want

Champion Recommends: The Science of Success

This classic book is the perfect companion to Think and Grow Rich.  A century ago, Wattles had the big picture on how a positive attitude attract success in your life that is STILL relevant to our lives today. This is like a workbook that helps you to become the best version of you!

About the Book

Why be poor when you could be rich, mediocre when you could be great, sick when you could be healthy? You have within you the ability to get whatever you want! Prosperity guru Wallace D. Wattles reveals how to tap into this secret power to channel the abundance of the universe and make all your dreams a reality. His method is simple and straightforward, yet it opens up a world where opportunity is limitless, where we control of our own destiny, and where there are scientific answers to life’s great philosophical and religious questions. The Science of Success contains three prosperity classics in a single volume, and all in color, including Wattles’s most famous, The Science of Getting Rich, featured prominently in Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling The Secret. Together, these life-changing books reverse many accepted ideas about attracting wealth, and guide readers along a path to health, success, and fulfillment.

Category: Self-help

#38 True Balance: A Commonsense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit

Champion Recommends: True Balance 

This book is an awesome, grounded introduction to the seven energy centers of the body, and how to manage your energy so that you have the energy to allow your creativity to bloom.

About the Book

How can we balance our time and energy when our days are so hectic? How can we find harmony in mind, body, and spirit? In True Balance, renowned intuitive and spiritual healer Sonia Choquette presents a step-by-step workbook for finding balance within our seven essential energy centers, or chakras. Drawing upon her deep personal experience and practice, she offers a wise and down-to-earth guide to achieving harmony. With supportive questionnaires, practical advice, and many specific remedies, Choquette leads us to a balanced life filled with creativity and blessings.

Category: Self-help

#39 Who Moved My Cheese

Champion Recommends: Who Moved My Cheese?

This is a kids book, a motivational fable for adults who want to learn how to deal with change and become more successful.

About the Book

A timeless business classic, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a simple parable to reveal profound truths about dealing with change so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life.

It would be all so easy if you had a map to the Maze.
If the same old routines worked.
If they’d just stop moving “The Cheese.”
But things keep changing…

Most people are fearful of change, both personal and professional, because they don’t have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Dr. Spencer Johnson, the coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager, uses a deceptively simple story to show that when it comes to living in a rapidly changing world, what matters most is your attitude.Exploring a simple way to take the fear and anxiety out of managing the future, Who Moved My Cheese? can help you discover how to anticipate, acknowledge, and accept change in order to have a positive impact on your job, your relationships, and every aspect of your life.

Category: Business; Motivational

#40 You-nicorn: 30 Days to Find Your Inner Unicorn and Live the Life You Love

Champion Recommends: You-nicorn: 30 Days to Find Your Inner Unicorn and Live the Life You Love

If you feel like your life could be better and more focused, but regular self-help books aren’t your thing, YOU-NICORN is the book for you. Kirkus calls it “A frank, funny self-help book perfect for those who view the genre with a healthy bit of skepticism.” This is one of our General Manager’s favorite books!

About the Book

YOU-NICORN is an illustrated 30-day, step-by-step program to help you get a better perspective on your thoughts, build healthy relationships, clarify your goals, and find the path to get there. It’s full of no-nonsense practical tools that will help you wherever you are in your awesome journey of life — tools that you can start using today to make every tomorrow better.

In a little under an hour every day for just 30 days, you can uncover the life your heart wants for you. You’re worth it.

With the help of the book, you’ll work through common blocks like limiting beliefs, but also compassionately touch on some territories like depression and substance abuse, all while having fun in an irreverent book that’ll have you scribbling in the margins with revelations about yourself and others. You’ll read about the lives of dozens of inspiring people (including Bob Ross!) who have struggled and succeeded where you can, too!

Give you-nicorn magic a try today!

Category: Self-improvement


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