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  • Inner Engineering

  • A Yogi's Guide to Joy
  • By: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
  • Narrated by: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 867
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    5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 757

The practice of what is commonly known as hatha yoga is but one of eight branches of the body of knowledge that is yoga. Yoga is a sophisticated system of self-empowerment that is capable of harnessing and activating inner energies in such a way that your body and mind function at their optimal capacity. It is a means to create inner situations exactly the way you want them, turning you into the architect of your own joy. A yogi lives life in this expansive state, and in this transformative book Sadhguru tells the story of his own awakening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read book

  • By TRANG on 02-05-18

Top shelf spiritual text.

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Reviewed: 09-28-18

Not detailed in any one aspect but touches on them all. Many people seem to want to meditate for X minutes a day and get the benefits. He points out the many paths and the many aspects of spirituality.

Being an athiest (yes an athiest spiritual seeker) I am not fond of dogma. This book is not free of it by any means, but it is presented open handedly. Not as something to be accepted but to be considered and possibly experienced.

I think the greatest strength is that he points out they it is a multifaceted and multi phasic, life-long journey. Not a fad. A lifestyle. Not a method of stress relief only but a way to experience life on a level of profundity most people can't conceive of. It's not given or earned. It is created. You are the creator.

Having already read many spiritual books I can say this is probably top five.

And his message about the urgency of a spiritually enlightened culture on earth is under promulgated.

If the shift doesn't happen soon enough we will likely perish at our own hands.

Five stars. Recomend.

  • Passage Meditation - A Complete Spiritual Practice

  • Train Your Mind and Find a Life That Fulfills
  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 121
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    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Easwaran's classic manual is a unique source of practical spiritual support for new and experienced meditators and gives all the instruction needed to establish a vibrant meditation practice and keep it going. In passage meditation you focus attention on passages, or texts, drawn from all the world's sacred traditions. You choose the passages that appeal to you, so this universal method stays fresh and inspiring, prompting you to live out your highest ideals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time to start meditation

  • By At Large on 04-30-17

Complete guide to spiritual living.

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Reviewed: 09-16-18

Not snly instruction for meditation. It is an 8 point plan for living the spiritual path.

  • The Manual

  • A Philosopher's Guide to Life
  • By: Epictetus, Ancient Renewal, Sam Torode
  • Narrated by: Sam Torode
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Epictetus (c. AD 50-135) was a former Roman slave (he was also lame in one leg, and walked with a crutch) who went on to become a great teacher. His philosophy, Stoicism, was practical, not theoretical - aimed at relieving human suffering here and now. The Manual is a collection of Epictetus' essential teachings and pithy sayings, compiled by one of his students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book to live by.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-05-18

Best book to live by.

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Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is a manual not a treatise. A booklet not a tome.

Simple rules to follow daily. You can understand it in an afternoon but it will take a lifetime to live it.

Really the most concise yet thorough book on applying the highest principles to your life.

If you want to learn this is not for you. But if you want distilled wisdom that you can use as a guide this very much IS for you.

A true path to individual honor and integrity.

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  • Don't Bite the Hook

  • Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment, and Other Destructive Emotions
  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 280
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying children - and before we know it, we're upset. We feel terrible, and then we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Pema Chödrön. It is possible to relate constructively to the inevitable shocks, losses, and frustrations of life so that we can find true happiness. The key, Pema explains, is not biting the "hook" of our habitual responses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always learning from Pema

  • By Kimm Harris on 05-23-18

Pema.....when you need tough love.

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Reviewed: 07-24-18

When I need to be told what I already know Pema always seems to say it in a way that impinges but doesn't enflame.

Not the very best intro to the subject. It's a reading and extrapolation of an old text. Start elsewhere. But if you could use a good, firm reminder grab it.

  • Rationality: From AI to Zombies

  • By: Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • Narrated by: George Thomas, Robert DeRoeck, Aaron Silverbook
  • Length: 49 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

What does it actually mean to be rational? Not Hollywood-style "rational", where you forsake all human feeling to embrace Cold Hard Logic, but where you make good decisions, even when it's hard; where you reason well, even in the face of massive uncertainty; where you recognize and make full use of your fuzzy intuitions and emotions, rather than trying to discard them. In Rationality: From AI to Zombies, Eliezer Yudkowsky explains the science underlying human irrationality with a mix of fables, argumentative essays, and personal vignettes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content. Some chapters should be re-recorded.

  • By Geordie on 03-13-18

Must read, for those who are ready.

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Reviewed: 07-04-18

This is a long and winding book covering many topics with the obvious theme of being more rational as a human despite our flawed machinery of cognition.

If you don't know Yudkowski (I didn't) I would recommend kicking around on the Less Wrong website to get familiar with his style and theme. This book is not right for everyone.

This is NOT a good introduction to the topic. Its math heavy in parts. It rattles the very foundations of your belief system in others and, oh yeah, it's 50 hours long.

That said, if you got here because you are engaged in the life long business of ridding yourself of flawed thinking and have read considerable then I would HIGHLY recommend it.

A background in AI, heuristics and biases, basic philosophy, and familiarity with Beyes Theorem would help a lot. I didn't really have the tools to fully understand it. But I still gained a lot.

A willingness to rethink your most cherished beliefs is probably the strongest prerequisite. If you're not in possession of that trait, don't waste your time.

For me, it's fair to call the book life altering and believe that it has strongly affected the way my life will turn out. It made me rethink quite a few things. That's good. Because, as Eliezer is fond of saying "that which can be destroyed by the truth, should be".

Reading this will definitely red pill you if you are ready.

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  • The Undefeated Mind

  • On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self
  • By: Alex Lickerman
  • Narrated by: Phil Holland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

Legions of self-help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness, but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective: hardiness. Though that which doesn't kill us can make us stronger, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors today offer any insight into just how to springboard from adversity to strength. It doesn't just happen automatically, and it takes practice. New scientific research suggests that resilience isn't something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born, but rather something we can all take specific action to develop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Sigurd on 08-05-14

Science meets enlightenment.

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Reviewed: 12-19-17

The author is a Doctor and a buhhdist. He draws generously from the wisdom of his particular firm of buhhdism, without the unsubstantiated claims that pervade and (to me) corrupts most "spiritual" books.

You get the wisdom and the practice without the woo-woo. Everything is backed with studies and science when possible and when it can't be he readily admits it.

I first read this in the spring-time of an opportunity in my life. It was good. I relistened to it in the "winter" and it rang much truer. It is very good.

If you're trying to get though a tough time, buy it. It will give you a nice mix of empathy and compassion mixed with wisdom and perspective. It helped me. I'm glad I listened.

  • How to Own Your Own Mind

  • By: Napoleon Hill, Don Green - introduction
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Locked in a vault since 1941, here is Napoleon Hill's definitive lesson on how to organize your thinking to attain success! In How to Own Your Own Mind, you receive a one-of-a-kind master class in how to think for success from motivational pioneer and author of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill. In three compelling chapters, Hill demonstrates how to organize, prioritize, and act on information so it translates into opportunity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think and grow rich for skeptics.

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-08-17

Think and grow rich for skeptics.

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Reviewed: 12-08-17

This is a transcript of the original interview with Andrew Carnegie that Hill did. In it you see that Carnegie, the genus of the philosophy and the world's then richest man, had no woo woo in his thinking. All the principles are there, but without the "Secret" style pontificating about "manifesting".

Action! He repeated this word emphatically and at the end of every point.

I think Carnegie might have preferred a book called "Act and Grow Rich." That would be an apt title for this too.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Way of the Wolf

  • Straight Line Selling: Master the Art of Persuasion, Influence, and Success
  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Jordan Belfort
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876

For the first time ever, Jordan Belfort opens his playbook and gives listeners access to his exclusive step-by-step system - the same system he used to create massive wealth for himself, his clients, and his sales teams. Until now, this revolutionary program was only available through Jordan's $1,997 online training. Now, in Way of the Wolf, Belfort is ready to unleash the power of persuasion to a whole new generation of listeners, revealing how anyone can bounce back from devastating setbacks, master the art of persuasion, and build wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can’t believe he wrote this book

  • By Brett Ritchison on 10-04-17

Surprisingly good and ethical.

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Reviewed: 11-22-17

I didn't find a single ethically objectionable technique. Of course, some find the very idea of persuasion unethical, but that's a philosophical discussion. It is as clean as pretty much everything else out there.

This really is a "system" as in all the pieces work together in a specific way and a specific sequence. I haven't mastered it yet, but it definitely follows a logical path and intuitively I feel it would be VERY persuasive if mastered.

The one thing to know is that this is best for a one-call-close type scenario over the phone. This would probably make you an absolute beast. The closer to that model the more it will be an exact fit. It would be very useful, for instance, for a two step close in person too.

It doesn't too much touch on the complex, multi-call close with many decision makers where the actual decision happens when you are not present. He alludes to it, but has no real advice beyond making it as few calls as possible.

That said, there will be value for you if you have to persuade people on the phone or in person in any capacity. Honestly, the chapter on tonality was good enough to justify the price and listening time. He could make a whole book on that and I'd definitely be a buyer!

The book is good and does have some unique insights. I got a lot of value out of it.

Now, I am going to actually attempt to implement the entire system. I will try and remember to update this when I've completed that.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Fanatical Prospecting

  • The Ultimate Guide for Starting Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, E-Mail, and Cold Calling
  • By: Jeb Blount
  • Narrated by: Jeb Blount, Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,747

Fanatical Prospecting gives salespeople, sales leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives a practical, eye-opening guide that clearly explains the why and how behind the most important activity in sales and business development: prospecting. The brutal fact is that the number one reason for failure in sales is an empty pipe, and the root cause of an empty pipeline is the failure to consistently prospect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is pure sales GOLD!

  • By Darius on 08-20-16

No fluff.

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Reviewed: 10-26-17

What to do and how to do it to fill your pipeline and keep it full. No sugar coating it. It's mostly boring, scary grunt work.

An extensive treatment on the basics of phone and face to face prospecting with a solid primer on the supplementary channels of email, snail mail, social and even text.

It's a complete game plan. As a newbie to outside sales and being asked to create my own leads for the first time, this book was exactly what I was looking for.

Highly recommended for people who need to generate their own prospect list. This book is a keeper written by a real pro.

Get it.

  • New Sales. Simplified.

  • The Essential Handbook for Prospecting and New Business Development
  • By: Mike Weinberg
  • Narrated by: Mike Weinberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 360

No matter how much repeat business you get from loyal customers, the lifeblood of your business is a constant flow of new accounts. Whether you're a sales rep, sales manager, or a professional services executive, if you are expected to bring in new business, you need a proven formula for prospecting, developing, and closing deals. New Sales. Simplified. is the answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now read by the author!

  • By Ryan on 07-09-17

Actionable, practical, hard-won, experience shared

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Reviewed: 10-22-17

This is a guy who's feet are on the ground. He obviously has been there.

This is a focus on the basics. The theory behind what makes new business happen and the things to do to implement a workable strategy.

So many sales trainers want to say "sales has changed...." and it has, as the author acknowledges. Then they try to reinvent the wheel. But, people are people. Business is business and the basics don't change that fast.

This book does a great job of accepting the not-alway-pretty reality of the sales world and wresting a few really deserving babies (sales basics) from the bathwater of the old school high-pressure selling.

Really, this is just what I was looking for.

I think anyone who wants to nail the process of opening new accounts would have something to learn. I highly recommend it.