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Top 10 Books For Men About Self Improvement and Self Awareness

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Sometimes life as a man isn’t easy.  We try to have the traits we think appeals to those we want to attract.  We make our best effort to look good, be funny, sensitive and talented.  If none of the above, we try to project our success, show our good pedigree, smarts and sexual abilities.  Most men have a combination of these traits in their arsenal to illustrate their sociability and confidence.  These ten (OK, it’s 11) books illustrate the insight to be the man I think I am.

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10. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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As much as I hate to admit it, The 1983 Movie “Scarface” made a huge impression on me.  In it, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) states the steps for success in America.

“In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women”.  48 Laws of Power will prepare you for the challenge ahead.


9. Meditations on first philosophy by Rene Descartes

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My day begins by meditating at 4:15am from 22 minutes to 70 minutes.  This allows me to connect internally, be grateful, forgiving to all and myself, visualize my perfect future, see myself today doing thing to reach my perfect future and blessings.  Meditation on first philosophy by Rene Descartes is an ideal blueprint for testing your intellectual boundaries.  This is evident by Descartes’s quote, “If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things”.


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8. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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The utilitarian in me gravitates to Walden to help heighten my awareness of things I have to be grateful for.  Disconnect from a world of so many distractions and embrace the now!


7. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

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Living in the 1970’s & 80’s in The Bronx, New York, I grew up a latino male witnessing a fair share of hardship stories regarding people making ends meet.  Being egocentric back then, I felt only those around me and myself had it tough while the rest of the world had it easy.  The Jungle by Upton Sinclair illustrates the struggle is universal and made me more receptive to people of different ethnicities outside my own.


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6. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Despite going to college for 4 years for business, reading scores of business journal subscriptions and being an avid reader of HBR (Harvard Business Review) papers, the best advice I’ve ever received came from my mother.  She said, “if you can learn from your own mistakes, good;  if you can learn from the mistakes of others, better!” The Prince by Machiavelli offers a buffet of lessons through the mistakes of others.

5. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

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If you think outside the box and seek comfort through explanation, read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.

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4. Siddharta by Herman Hesse

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We wear many hats and play many roles in our life’s journey.  I try to read Siddhartha once a year to gauge if the life I’m living is inline with the person I want to be.

3. The Master Key System by Charles Haanel

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If you want to know were the author of “The Secret” got his inspiration, read The Master Key System.  Once you realize “we are spirits with bodies, not bodies with spirits, you’ll be able to be what you will to be”

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2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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I highly recommend reading The Alchemist to anyone not happy with their profession.  Arm yourself with the knowledge and confidence to chase your dream without a safety net.

1b. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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It’s all in the title!

1a. Manual For Living by Epictetus

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See yourself as a kid playing with another boy and girl.  The three of you grow up as friends and despite your friends shortcomings, 15 years later they fall in love and get married. In time, (with your love and support from the sidelines) your two friends start a family and navigate parenting with the best intentions through trial and error.  This imagined couple is how I view my parents when we’re in disagreement.  Moments like these I listen to my Manual For Living audiobook to help me self reflex and continue being the good son.

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