The Art of Happiness – by HH Dalai Lama (WYWL podcast)

“The Art of Happiness” – by HH Dalia Lama XIV & Howard C Cutler

‘A Handbook for Living’

According to Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, the purpose of life is happiness. Everything we do in life should be a move towards happiness. This book delves into a lot of different areas, from personal relationships to suffering to intimacy to meditating and training your mind for happiness. Whilst some of these lessons come from the Buddhist faith, you don’t have to become a Buddhist to practice compassion and happiness. Whilst it is impossible to go through life without experiencing loss and suffering, it is up to us to control how we react to situations and how we transform suffering into happiness.

Grab a copy here:

Four Hour Work Week – by Tim Ferriss (WYWL podcast)

“Escape the 9-5, live anywhere and join the New Rich”

This is an absolute must-read. Everyone. Read it. Asa the back of the book says though, “WARNING: Do not read this book unless you want a new way of living”.

This is a clear Top 3 book for both Adam’s. There’s so much in this book and it applies directly to employees as well as business owners. Follow Tim’s four-step process: Definition, Elimination, Automation, Liberation. Your eyes will be opened to a few uncomfortable truths, but you will be given the exact tools and tactics you need to create a new life for yourself.

Chapter One – by Daniel Flynn (WYWL podcast)

“You have the power to change stuff”

Three 19 year old kids dreamt big. They realised that 1 billion were living in poverty and decided to do something about it. It’s only the beginning of their mission, it’s only ‘chapter one’, but they are on their way to changing the world.

Thankyou Water took on the big corporates like Coca Cola and worked their way into big retailers like 7/11, Coles and Woolworths. The beauty is that 100% of all profits go to causes like providing fresh drinking water for developing countries.

Have a read, buy some Thankyou Water, and then go out and change the world.

Dr Wayne Dwyer – A Test to See if You Are Ordinary (James Altucher Show)

The late Dr Wayne Dwyer wrote over 40 incredible books, mostly centred around the theme of self reliance. His first 5 books were all New York Times Best-Sellers. His top selling book has sold over 100 million copies across 47 countries. He started his career as a college psychology lecturer and his early books were based around psychology, but he gradually found himself transitioning to a more spiritual approach. Loved this episode and love Dr Dwyer – here are some of my favourite bits:

  • When he was trying to promote his first book, he was told the only way to reach everyone in America was to get on TV. But Wayne found that there was another way to reach everyone in America – to literally go around to everyone in America! He loaded up his car with boxes of books and travelled around the country doing talks and visiting book stores and trying to reach as many people as possible. Safe to say it worked!
  • Dr Dwyer quotes Virginia Wolfe: “You have to arrange whatever pieces come your way”. We can’t control what pieces we get, but we can control what we do when we get them.
  • James and Wayne speak about Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich. That book isn’t just about making lots of money. But the difference between people who have abundance in their life and those that do is a “burning desire”. Everyone has a want and a desire but that’s not enough; you need the willingness, fearlessness and determination to seize every opportunity.
  • Most people accept that their destiny is to just be “ordinary”. Our subconscious mind controls almost everything that we do, so we have to reprogram our subconscious mind to remove our perceived limitations and the times we tell ourself that we can’t do it.
  • It’s important to find your passion. Dr Dwyer says that we need to find the things that make us feel good and the things that touch us on a deep level and get us excited. This is all a part of living in alignment with our true self. James adds that to find this, you need to expose yourself to a broad range of writings, teachings, philosophies, belief systems and activities. We need to always to open to the opportunities to find our true passion because it might come whern we’re 6 or it might come when we’re 60.
  • “You can’t escape the now,” Wayne says. You have to be present and live your life intentionally. Everything takes place in the Now. “Everything that has happened to me in the past didn’t happen in the past, it was happening at the present at that time. Everything that is going to happen to me won’t take place in the future, it will be happening in the now”.
  • Dr Dwyer talks about Bronnie Ware’s book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. She interview people who were dying and found that the #1 regret was “I wish I had the courage to have lived my life the way I knew I should, rather than listening to other people tell me what to do”.

Powerful. Listen to Dr Wayne Dwyer, read his books, watch his videos. He passed away in August 2015, but his teachings live on.