"To be awake is to be alive."
I read this book in high school, and I remember wondering if Thoreau might not have frozen his brain while living off the land at the pond for the time that he wrote Walden. In retrospect, this is actually a very well-conceived rumination on the individual's place in society and manifested by Thoreau's own basket weaving, house building, and farming efforts -- as expressed via the medium of journalling...something I have personally experienced at a very deep level (journalling -- not basket weaving, house building, and farming).
I dogeared 7 pages in my copy; it seems I will want to reread this book at a later date. If nothing else, Walden is the source of quote that my musician friend George Wurzbach paraphrased to start one of his songs: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."
60. Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul: Advice & Inspiration on Fulfilling Dreams by Jack Canfield et. al.
My favorite chapter was the one written by Jack Canfield in which he discusses his 10 step process for achieving success:
- Decide what you want. Be clear. this is something I am really, REALLY struggling with right now in my own life. What do I really want to accomplish in the next year, 3 years, 5 years, my life?
- Unleash the power of goal setting. Written goal setting with accountability.
- Visualize accomplishing these goals. See what you want, get what you see.
- Take action. On a daily basis.
- Use feedback to adjust goals and outcomes.
- Commit to constant, never-ending improvement. This one I have down.
- Exceed expectations. Oh, how I would love to exceed my own expectations!
- Stay motivated by reading, listening to, and speaking with masters, mentors, authors who have traveled this road before you.
- Hire a personal coach.
- Create a Napoleon Hill-style Mastermind (something that, thanks to my good friend Asim Khan, I am about to become a part of on my own road to self-improvement and success).