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See the World!


Travelling can open up wonderful vistas that colour your world. Travel with your mind’s eye and live a truly rich life through the eyes of writers famous and unknown. 

      

2020 for us is about living a deeper and more spontaneous life. What good is it to have seen everything but have experienced nothing. Take it slow:’ SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE’. As simple and cliche as it sounds, it is the ‘distilled’ wisdom of the ages.

     

 

2020 is the year we REDEDICATE purselves to God, RECOMMIT ourselves to our dreams, and a year that we get double portions for our blessings as the ever-inspiring Bsihop TD JAKES said. 

    

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BENEFITS OF READING

READING FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Reading, first and foremost is good for mental health. Am talking from personal experience. It’s well and good if you can stay physically active but what if weather conditions don’t permit or if it is winter in the land lol. Personally, I’m not a fan of going to the gym as I find it too artificial. Nature is my gym and I do favour long walks and a good hike. 

 

When you sit down and really immerse yourself in a book, you start being transported to different places and events shared to you by the writer. Good writers don’t just share their story, they take you with them, thus being ‘transported by a book’. 

 

 My personal favourites have been DRACULA and Jane Eyre. 

 

I don’t love the story for his evil. Dracula is the master of long-suffering. The longer that he is in pain, the stronger he gets in ‘life’, well for him ‘eternity’. Perhaps, by reading this, it is not always the ideal to have it smooth-sailing in life because we become too ‘entitled’ that we just expect prosperity to come our way. He suffered so much in his early life, that in his later life, he used his suffering to fuel his mission or vision. 

 

Jane Eyre has some similarity in that she started as a governess in the household of Lord Rochester and despite the dreary days of her existence, she found triumph in the end. Jane is not your typical English heroine in which you might expect Lord Rochester to have proposed to her but instead, the closing phrase says: reader, I married him.  

 

If you are reading these books, you feel like you know Jane Eyre or Dracula very well you start becoming like them lol. 

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Dracula by Bram Stoker : Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia  

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

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 Some of you may argue, well it takes too much time to read fiction and I’ve got not time to waste so I’d rather watch the movie versions of them. Well. let me tell you the truth, you are doing yourself a disservice. The movies are the shallower forms of these beauties. If you read instead, you are giving yourself the luxury of therapy because you have time and space to contemplate your thoughts and form a deeper relationship with your characters. 

 

Talking about therapy, I’ve read that one woman was drawn to War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy that she created something of a phrase herself she called Tolstoy Therapy. She related that the length of the book has made her very intimately involved with the story, and thus have given her some sort of escapism from the harsh and mundane realities of life. 

 

When you start having the same experiences (at least mentally) as with those of your characters, you will also see that your reading adds DEPTH & BREADTH to your thinking, thus seasoning and maturing you to become a more thoughtful and deeper person. 

 

UK takes mental health very seriously. The high prevalence of addictions, depressions, and suicide in the UK has led the NHS to create the initiative ‘Every Mind Matters’. To learn more, click on this link : https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

 

If you are someone who has tendencies to feel low for longer periods of time or are suffering from mild form of depression, books written by Keith Foskett might enlighten you. Keith has suffered from depressions himself and has highlighted how walking and hiking has helped him alot. Please don’t take mental health lightly, it is ok to feel the way you feel and asking for medical help is not bad at all. This is not a confirmation of a weakness. It is a step towards being responsible towards your health and not letting it slide through the cracks. 

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KEITH FOSKETT

 

The Journey in Between: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on El Camino de Santiago: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia  

 

High and Low: How I Hiked Away from Depression Across Scotland: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia  

 

Travelled Far: A Collection of Hiking Adventures: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia  

 

Balancing on Blue: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia  

 

Last Englishman: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia 

 

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READING FOR DEPTH & KNOWLEDGE

It was said, Readers are Leaders. Okay, that is very cliche, but if you have studied the biographies of Warren Buffet, Charles Munger, and Bill Gates, you will notice that they all share a deep love and an insatiable thirst & hunger for reading. Warren Buffet once said in his book and in some interview, that his job as the CEO of the eternal Berkshire Hathaway is to read, he said he is paid to read; that he spends about 90% of his time reading reports, newspapers, and books. 

 

Bill Gates, another formidable figure in corporate America is famous for his voracious reading habits. He is known to carry around a cloth shopping bag and wherever he goes, he makes sure he fills it up with his choice of books. I actually read that one from an article in Writing Magazine. To learn more, visit their website:  https://www.writers-online.co.uk/

     

I used to have several magazine subscriptions from Reader’s Digest UK, Woman’s Weekly, several UK property magazines, Harvard Business Review, and the Economist but have given those all up. It is not that these publications do a lousy job, I feel like with so much information bombarding me both online and offline, I feel that I’m drowning in information but starving in wisdom (Tony Robbins in his book Money Master The Game). I still do have a subscription with the Writing Magazine because honestly, it is the best in class- or maybe I’m just biased lol.

 

I don’t recommend you to read Tony Robbins’ Money Master The Game Book though. The book is long and voluminous, but Tony is a motivational guy, not a finance guy. So if you want to read more on practical (not dry theoretical) business and/or finance, you’re better of with the likes of Warren Buffet, Charles Munger, Robert Kiyosaki, or Dave Ramsey. 

 

They say readers are writers. If you asked a writer what advice they can give to aspiring writers, they will say read, read, and read. Do writers become one because they read? For me, it’s the other way around. If you read so much, you start talking to yourself (or inside your head for that matter) that you will naturally find a channel to express your thoughts. The natural form of self expression for readers is writing. 

 

Reading enhances your emotional intelligence and creativity. You become receptive and sensitive to the subtle things around you. You appreciate life better and deeper. You become naturally artistic, and perhaps more spiritual. Reading has some sort of refining fire to the soul. 

 

Someone once said (perhaps its Lewis Carrol, so sorry can’t remember now) that if you want to develop your habit for reading, you must have a book for every problem and every experience in your life. Humanity is that old that no human experience is so new and unique that no book has been written about it. It’s a bit like saying, if you have a problem, go get a book for it. If you can’t find one, it’s not that it doesn’t exist, you just weren’t looking hard enough. If you’re a Christian, you can relate to this the same way you understand this: If you can’t find God, it’s not that He doesn’t exist, you weren’t just living DEEP enough. 

     

READING FOR SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT

   

No, this is not about being religious. It is about getting to know our selves at a deeper, more spiritual level. 

 

Books that sort of embody this enlightenment are the likes of Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere , George Clason’s The Richest Man in Babylon, or the more contemporary take on the subject Steven Pressfield’s Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work

 

Also books or (youtube videos or podcasts) by  Jim Rohn have a simplicity to it but leaves a lasting impact on the soul. 

    

Bishop TD Jakes‘ books are some of the best sources of inspiration over the years and have contributed greatly in my spiritual and personal growth. Some of his greatest books are as follows: Crushing God Turns Pressure into Power (2019), Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground Up (2017), Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose (2015), Identity: Discover Who You Are and Live a Life of Purpose (2015), Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive (2014), Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits (2007). 

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Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

 Get in from:  Amazon UK , Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

    

George Clason’s The Richest Man in Babylon

Get in from:  Amazon UK , Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

Steven Pressfield’s Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work.

Get in from:  Amazon UK , Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

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BISHOP TD JAKES 

     

Crushing God Turns Pressure into Power (2019)

Get in from:  Amazon UK , Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground Up (2017)

Get in from:  Amazon UK , Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose (2015)

Get in from:  Amazon UK , Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

Identity: Discover Who You Are and Live a Life of Purpose (2015)

Get in from:  Amazon UK , Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive (2014)

Get in from:  Amazon UK , Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits (2007)

Get in from:  Amazon UK , Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

 

JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE BY SARAH YOUNG

Having been in search of a guiding light, Jesus never fails.

    

For the believer, this is hope, and therefore power.

   

Commune with Jesus one day at a time and feel His guiding Spirit direct your steps. 

   

There is physical life and there is spiritual life, but in order to live your highest self, you know you’ve got to work on your spiritual wellbeing. 

    

Get your copy now: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

STEP BY STEP: The Life in My Journeys by Simon Reeve

First on our wishlist for 2020 is the Sunday Times Bestseller : STEP BY STEP: The Life in My Journeys by Simon Reeve. Simon is one of our favourite BBC travel/documentary presenter. He is so natural and spontaneous and we expect his natural charm and charisma to be all over the pages. We can’t wait!

    

 Get it from:  Amazon UK , Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia

EntreLeadership: 20 YEARS of PRACTICAL BUSINESS WISDOM from the TRENCHES by DAVE RAMSEY

Another book that lands on our bookshelf for 2020 is from the New York Times Bestselling Author DAVE RAMSEY. 

‘This book is a gift to myself. With this new decade comes a new set of values for me. My motto for 2020 (and perhaps for the years to  come) is slow and steady wins the race; simple, but simplicity is in reality a distillation of the wisdom of the ages.’ – H. Mina

 

 

In this book, you will discover that Dave, at a young & aggressive age of 26 has already built a formidable real estate empire with a portfolio of about 3 Million USD. 2.5 years later, after all that hardwork, and of course over-leveraging, when the lending company folded, the banks started calling all their notes at once. Dave shared, that they have been sued a gazillion times, foreclosed several times, marriage hanging by a thread, no food for the kids, and ultimately made bankrupt. 

 

 

After this ordeal, he had to succumb to the valley of his life and he finally surrendered. It is in his surrender that he said his personal faith deepened and was strengthened and it is with this renewed strength from the Lord that he discovered his new way of building and running a business. He related that he lets the Spirit guide his ways in any business move or decision he makes. 

 

 

This book is not just for people of faith but for anyone who wants to do business in a deeper and more meaningful way. 

 

This is the book that has finally hit our ethos in the bull’s eye. Thank You Dave Ramsey. This is indeed your living legacy to the world! 

 

 

Get it now from: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia 

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