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The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy
by Thomas J. Stanley  ,William D. Danko  

About the Author
Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D., is an author, lecturer and researcher who has studied the affluent since 1973. Dr. Stanley has written several bestselling books including The Millionaire Mind and Marketing to the Affluent. Dr. Stanley holds a doctorate in business administration from the University of Georgia in Athens and was formerly a professor of marketing at Georgia State University where he was named Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Professor. He lives in Atlanta, GA.  

Book Description
The incredible national bestseller that is changing people's lives -- and increasing their net worth!
CAN YOU SPOT THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR?
Who are the rich in this country?
What do they do?
Where do they shop?
What do they drive?
How do they invest?
Where did their ancestors come from?
How did they get rich?
Can I ever become one of them?
Get the answers in The Millionaire Next Door, the never-before-told story about wealth in America. You'll be surprised at what you find out....

 

The Power of Focus : How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty
by Jack Canfield  , Mark Victor Hansen  , Les Hewitt  
Editorial Reviews

 Canfield and coauthors Mark Hansen and Les Hewitt recommend that we concentrate on our strengths, set goals, and focus on them. Canfield and Hansen created the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which now has 27 titles and has sold 47.5 million copies. They have added new ingredients to their pot; their mix now includes a weekly television show, electronic games, and even refrigerator magnets. All the while, though, their basic stock has remained the same: inspirational, heartwarming, and homey stories that make people feel good. Now they detail 10 "focusing strategies" they say they used to get their first books published and to build on their success. The authors include new stories and their own personal anecdotes to show the importance of having successful habits, creating balance, maintaining confidence, building excellent relationships, etc. David Rouse

Book Description
Whether they are corporate professionals, budding entrepreneurs, or they own a home business, most people are looking to achieve more in less time, while earning enough money to live comfortably. This book reveals the proven techniques thousands of people have used to attain all of the money they wanted while living healthy, happy and balanced lives. The Power of Focus, the new blockbuster from the coauthors of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul, is a practical no-nonsense guide that shows readers how to reach their business, personal and financial goals without getting burned out in the process.
Canfield, Hansen, and Hewitt have taken the best ideas from their own successful careers (seventy-nine years of combined business expertise), and distilled them into ten powerful focusing principles. The result is a treasury of insights that is enjoyable to read and easy to understand. At the outset, the book identifies the three most important fundamentals for consistent success: developing unusual clarity; understanding that habits determine your future; and using a "no exceptions policy" approach to focus on what you want. Numerous anecdotes and inspiring stories help to reinforce each principle.
This is a must-read for business people, sales managers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who is serious about improving their personal awareness.

The Power of Focus for Women : How to Create the Life You Really Want with Absolute Certainty
by Fran Hewitt  , Les Hewitt  

Editorial Reviews
About the Author
Les Hewitt is one of the top performance coaches in North America. He has created more than 700 workshops and training programs that have helped thousands of business executives from 75 industries. He is the founder of The Achievers Coaching Program, currently operating in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Fran Hewitt is an internationally acclaimed workshop facilitator whose passion is helping women to create more joy and meaning in their lives. She is the founder of The Inner Circle Program, a unique self-awareness experience for women from all walks of life.

Book Description
Many women today feel their life is constantly in fast-forward mode-juggling careers, family and personal time. The Power of Focus for Women offers practical solutions for the real day-to-day issues that confront women from all walks of life. Similar to the format of the original best-seller, these solutions are highlighted as ten specific focusing strategies. Each chapter includes inspirational success stories and offers easy-to-implement action steps that will help women make significant improvements in their lifestyles. Topics include:
" Reality versus Fantasy
" The 5 Deadly Burdens
" Shedding the Masks We Wear
" Setting New Boundaries
" Creating an Excellent Balance
" Knowing What You Want and Why
" The Challenge of Change
More than any other time in history, women around the world are now ready and waiting to create the life they REALLY deserve. This book shows them how!

 

The Greatest Salesman in the World
by Og Mandino  

Book Description
This tale, set in biblical times, follows the journey of Hafid, who rises from his position as a lowly camel boy to become the greatest salesman in the world by heeding the wisdom set forth in the Ten Ancient Scrolls of Success. But don't let the title fool you! You can apply the vision of the scrolls to any area of your life, and you will see a positive and remarkable difference
The Greatest Miracle in the World
by Og Mandino  
Book Description
4-million-copy bestseller offers priceless wisdom to those searching for a higher meaning in life

 

Time Management from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of
Your Schedule and Your Life

by Julie Morgenstern

Book Description
In this fast-moving world, no greater challenge exists-in both our personal and professional lives-than organizing and managing our time. Now Julie Morgenstern, whose best-selling Organizing from the Inside Out has become the new standard in this category, explains how to meet and conquer the time challenge once and for all. Morgenstern's groundbreaking "from-the-inside-out" approach helps readers uncover their own psychological stumbling blocks and strengths, and develop a time-management system that suits their individual needs.

By applying her proven three-step program-analyze, strategize, and attack-and following her effective guidelines, readers will find more time for work, family, self-improvement, or whatever is most important to them. As Francis Willet, founder and CFO of Day Runner, says, "Morgenstern shows us how to look inside at our own habits and style to create a plan that works, and have fun doing it."
Time management is a learnable skill, and Julie Morgenstern provides you with the tools to:

* Identity your personal preferences and styles
* Determine how long tasks really take
* Streamline, combine, delegate, and eliminate tasks
* Stop procrastinating-once and for all
* Put an end to chronic lateness
* Put technology to work for you
* Stick to your schedule while maintaining flexibility
* Cope with the inevitable unexpected crisis


Video Picks

Seabiscuit (2003)
Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com

Proving that truth is often greater than fiction, the handsome production of Seabiscuit offers a healthy alternative to Hollywood's staple diet of mayhem. With superior production values at his disposal, writer-director Gary Ross (Pleasantville) is a bit too reverent toward Laura Hillenbrand's captivating bestseller unnecessarily using archival material--and David McCullough's familiar PBS-styled narration--to pay Ken Burns-like tribute to Hillenbrand's acclaimed history of Seabiscuit, the knobby-kneed thoroughbred who "came from behind" in the late 1930s to win the hearts of Depression-weary Americans. That caveat aside, Ross's adaptation retains much of the horse-and-human heroism that Hillenbrand so effectively conveyed; this is a classically styled "legend" movie like The Natural, which was also heightened by a lushly sentimental Randy Newman score. Led by Tobey Maguire as Seabiscuit's hard-luck jockey, the film's first-rate cast is uniformly excellent, including William H. Macy as a wacky trackside announcer who fills this earnest film with a much-needed spirit of fun. --Jeff Shannon

The Joy of Stress (1997)

Description
Loretta LaRoche shows you how to prevent "hardening of the attitude" and use humor to break the negative and irrational thought patterns that cause stress, and reframe them into powerful, positive tools for change.

 

Groundhog Day (1993)
Description

Bill Murray plays a jerky weatherman who gets to repeat a very bad day until he gets over it.  A lesson in living life fully. "Groundhog Day offers a gentle, almost Zen-like philosophy. Phil, though he probably never realized it, was trapped in a life that made him bitter and insensitive. It's only when he is forced to take each day as his last and learn to make full use of that day - to live in the moment - that he achieves a form of self-actualization." MIKE GREGORY  Reel.com

 

Snow Dogs (2002)
Description

Make no bones about it -- Disney's SNOW DOGS is a hilarious action-packed comedy your whole family will love. Eight adorable but mischievous dogs get the best of dog hater Ted Brooks (Cuba Gooding Jr.) when he leaves his successful Miami Beach dental practice for the wilds of Alaska to claim his inheritance -- seven Siberian huskies and a border collie -- and discover his roots. As Ted's life goes to the dogs, he rises to the occasion and vows to learn to mush with his inheritance. Totally out of his element, he faces challenges he's never dreamed of. There's a blizzard, thin ice, an intimidating crusty old mountain man named Thunder Jack (James Coburn), the Arctic Challenge Sled Dog Race that's only two weeks away, and a life-and-death rescue. This fish-out-of water, tail-wagging comedy is nothing but doggone good fun and a celebration of family -- both human and canine!