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Richard Loek

The original "recovering software engineer" ™

Books I recommend

Favorite books - books I recommend

** Few books can keep my attention and have me read them start to finish. The books noted below with the ** accomplished that. The book about Ken Caminiti held my attention as its a story about a classmate, someone I did not know personally. 

  1. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill is a classic self-help book that provides a step-by-step guide to achieving financial success. Hill’s insights are based on interviews with successful individuals and his own experiences. The book emphasizes the power of positive thinking, goal-setting, and persistence. It offers practical advice on how to develop a winning attitude, cultivate good habits, and overcome obstacles. Although the book was written several decades ago, its principles are still relevant today. Overall, “Think and Grow Rich” is a must-read for anyone seeking to improve their financial situation.
  2. “The Dan Sullivan Question” by Dan Sullivan is a short but powerful book that offers a unique approach to problem-solving. Sullivan’s question – “What’s the one thing you can do such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” – encourages readers to focus on the most important tasks and prioritize their time and energy accordingly. The book also provides practical tips for increasing productivity, building relationships, and achieving success in all areas of life. Overall, “The Dan Sullivan Question” is a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their productivity and effectiveness.
  3. “The Science of Mind” by Ernest Holmes is a spiritual classic that offers a fresh perspective on the nature of reality and the power of the mind. The book emphasizes the importance of positive thinking, visualization, and affirmations in creating a fulfilling life. It also provides practical guidance on how to tap into the creative power of the universe and manifest one’s desires. While some of the concepts may be challenging to grasp, the book is well-written and inspiring. Overall, “The Science of Mind” is a great resource for anyone interested in spirituality and personal growth.
  4. “The Illusion of Money” by Kyle Cease challenges readers to reexamine their relationship with money and abundance. Cease argues that the pursuit of wealth and material possessions is ultimately unfulfilling and that true abundance comes from within. He encourages readers to let go of limiting beliefs and fears and embrace their true potential. The book is well-written and engaging, and Cease’s insights are both thought-provoking and inspiring. Overall, “The Illusion of Money” is a great read for anyone looking to transform their relationship with money and live a more fulfilling life.
  5. **”The Science of Creating Miracles” by Dr. Larry Farwell is a fascinating exploration of the power of the mind to achieve seemingly impossible goals. Dr. Farwell is a renowned neuroscientist who has dedicated his career to studying the brain and unlocking its full potential. In this book, he presents a series of case studies and scientific research to support his belief that we all have the ability to create miracles in our lives.
    The book offers practical techniques and exercises to help readers tap into the power of their minds and manifest their desires. Dr. Farwell emphasizes the importance of belief, visualization, and gratitude in creating a positive mindset and attracting abundance into one’s life. The book also provides insights into the latest neuroscience research on the brain’s plasticity and its ability to rewire itself to achieve extraordinary results.
    Overall, “The Science of Creating Miracles” is a well-written and insightful book that offers a fresh perspective on the power of the mind. Whether you are looking to achieve a specific goal or simply want to live a more fulfilling life, this book is a valuable resource that can help you tap into your true potential and create miracles in your own life.
  6. **”Outwitting the Devil” by Napoleon Hill is a thought-provoking book that challenges readers to examine their own beliefs and values. The book is presented as a conversation between Hill and the devil, and it explores the ways in which negative beliefs and habits can prevent individuals from achieving success and happiness. While the book is somewhat dated, its insights are still relevant today. Overall, “Outwitting the Devil” is a worthwhile read for anyone looking to break free from limiting beliefs and live a more fulfilling life.
  7. Be Your Future Self Now: The Science of Intentional Transformation Hardy, Benjamin P. In “Be Your Future Self Now”, Benjamin P. Hardy presents a powerful framework for transforming one’s life by envisioning and embodying one’s future self. Drawing on research from neuroscience and psychology, Hardy offers practical strategies for creating meaningful change and achieving one’s goals. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to make intentional transformations in their life.
  8. The Gap and The Gain: The High Achievers’ Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success by Hardy, Benjamin; Sullivan, Dan. In “The Gap and The Gain”, Benjamin Hardy and Dan Sullivan offer a unique perspective on achieving success and happiness. They argue that the key to fulfillment lies not in achieving more, but in recognizing and appreciating what one already has. With practical exercises and insights from their own experiences, Hardy and Sullivan provide a roadmap for achieving true contentment and success.
  9. The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives by Howes, Lewis. In “The Mask of Masculinity”, Lewis Howes offers a powerful critique of traditional notions of masculinity and provides a roadmap for men to embrace vulnerability and authenticity. Drawing on his own experiences and those of other men, Howes offers practical advice for creating more fulfilling relationships and living a more authentic life.
  10. How to Own Your Own Mind by Hill, Napoleon. “How to Own Your Own Mind” is a classic work by the renowned self-help author Napoleon Hill. In this book, Hill presents practical strategies for taking control of one’s thoughts and achieving one’s goals. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to improve their mindset and achieve success in life.
  11. ** “Playing Through the Pain: Ken Caminiti and the Steroids Confession That Changed Baseball Forever” by Good, Dan. In “Playing Through the Pain”, Dan Good tells the story of Ken Caminiti, a former Major League Baseball player who struggled with addiction and eventually died of a drug overdose. Good provides a powerful account of Caminiti’s life and career, and offers insights into the complex issues surrounding addiction and performance-enhancing drugs in sports.
    To this I’ll add Ken seemed to never know the level of love his fans had for him. I often wonder when someone this amazing is taken too soon from us – what can we, society, do to help these people before it is too late…
  12. “Yes Yes Hell No: The Little Book for Making Big Decisions” by Whetten, Brian. In “Yes Yes Hell No”, Brian Whetten presents a practical and humorous guide to making tough decisions. Drawing on his own experiences and insights from psychology and neuroscience, Whetten provides a framework for making decisions that align with one’s values and goals.
  13. “SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence” by Wigglesworth, Cindy. In “SQ21”, Cindy Wigglesworth presents a framework for developing spiritual intelligence, which she defines as the ability to understand and integrate one’s spiritual and material selves. With practical exercises and insights from neuroscience and psychology, Wigglesworth offers a roadmap for achieving greater self-awareness and spiritual fulfillment.
  14. “Mental and Emotional Release” by James, Dr. Matt; Thorp, Tris. In “Mental and Emotional Release”, Dr. Matt James and Tris Thorp present a powerful framework for releasing negative emotions and achieving greater mental and emotional freedom. Drawing on insights from neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and other modalities, James and Thorp provide practical techniques for achieving lasting change and transformation. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to overcome negative emotions and achieve greater mental and emotional wellbeing.
  15. Everything by Dr Stephen Covey, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, “The 3rd Alternative”, “The Eighth Habit”, honorable mention, books by his son, Stephen M.R. Covey.

Currently Reading

  1. “Radiant Wildheart: A Guide to Awaken Your Inner Artist and Live Your Creative Mission” by Sun, Shereen. Let me start with a quote from the book, “Sometimes you have to take the leap only to discover your wings on the way down. This made me nimble, channeling impactful lessons and making things up as I went in order to get the job done. I came up against challenges, mistakes, and plenty of surprises, but I didn’t have time to dwell on the fear or my suffering. I had no choice but to figure it out, and fast.” In particular I found this to be very accurate and inspiring to me, “Sometimes you have to take the leap only to discover your wings on the way down.”
    I discovered that if one has the Kindle and Audible, one can use both together. I call it the bouncing ball. Meaning, start the Kindle App (iPad, phone, etc.). Then in the kindle app you can start the Audible recording… I’m getting off track. Search how to have Kindle highlight as Audible reads.
    The point is this – Shereen has created the highest quality Audible & Kindle synchronization I’ve ever seen. When there is a picture she is describing the picture! OMG – fantastic.
    In addition to the quote, Shereen has transmuted her fears into a powerful place to stand in life. As she figured this all out, it’s as if she kept notes, at some point writing this book became a clear way to solidify her process.
    I can swoon all day about how wonderful the book is and the quality of love and contribution that she brings forward for you (and me), the reader.
    As the quote implies… dive in and get your wings… “Take a leap and get your wings on the way down…” – Profound love for you, Shereen! I recently completed this book.
  2. “Hypnosis: A comprehensive guide” by James, Tad. In “Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide”, Tad James presents a thorough and practical introduction to the field of hypnosis. Drawing on his decades of experience as a hypnotherapist, James provides a detailed overview of the history, theory, and practice of hypnosis. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about hypnosis as a therapeutic tool or as a means of personal development.
    One person I wish I would have met. In reading about him and his body of work – I’m left highly impressed.
  3. “The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever” by Bungay Stanier, Michael. Thank you Chloé H. Bañales for recommending this book. In “The Advice Trap”, Michael Bungay Stanier presents a powerful critique of traditional leadership models and provides a practical roadmap for becoming a more effective leader. Through engaging stories and practical exercises, Bungay Stanier shows how leaders can cultivate a coaching mindset and empower their teams to achieve their goals. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to become a more effective and empathetic leader. To be frank, I’ve been incorporating what I’ve been learning and it is making a difference in my interactions.