Several people asked me to post a list of recommended books. Since I’m a bookaholic, that’s easy to do, but I haven’t done it in five years. Here’s my most recent “secret list” of gems.* I’d love to know which you have read, and what you would add to my list. Enjoy! – Love, Joe
The Secret List
The Most Life Altering Books of All Time
Compiled by Dr. Joe Vitale
Moonshots by Naveen Jain. Think the world is void of opportunities? Think again. Jain is mining for minerals on the moon and working to make illness optional. There are no limitations in the real world of abundance. An exhilarating manifesto.
Principles by Ray Dalio. Wisdom from the life experience of a billionaire. Not something you’ll read in one day, but something you’ll eat every day for a year. This is an operating manual for life and business. Detailed. Overwhelming. Mind boggling.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I know you’ve heard of it. But have you read it? After reading a biography of Carnegie (Self-Help Messiah), I decided to read it again. It is a masterpiece. I am in awe of Carnegie’s conversational writing style, powerful stories, and crisp message. Priceless.
The Power of Impossible Thinking by Yoram and Cook. Life changing. It helps you think about your thinking, which frees you to think differently than your standard predictable pattern. I’ve put this title on every book list I’ve ever created. Read it.
The Book of est by Luke Rhinehart. Hypnotic. Loved it so much I published it after it went out of print. It’s a fictional account of the infamous confrontational self-help seminar of the 70s. Written so well you feel you are in the room. All about self-empowerment and personal responsibility. It’ll make you squirm.
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Incredibly terrific. Even “Fantastic!” I hyperventilated reading this autobiography by the bodybuilder, movie star, governor and more. He learned his hardcore rules for success in the gym, and applies them to everything. Exciting.
I, Mammal by Loretta Breuning. Enlightening. Read all of her books. She basically points out that you are a monkey with a reactionary monkey brain. As soon as you realize it, and with awareness and discipline, you can become less a monkey and more an awakened ape.
You Are the Placebo by Joe Dispenza. The author explains how it is possible to heal many “incurables” with thought alone, by detailing how the mind influences everything. In a way, this is a manual on how to create the placebo effect as needed. Fascinating.
The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth. Fun, funny, flippant. It will spin your writing into a spell generator. (“Spell” as in “I’ll put a spell on you!”) This charming book demonstrates the elements of eloquence while explaining them.
The Magic Power of Emotional Appeal by Roy Garn. I love this book so much I buy every edition I find and have read it a dozen times. Garn reveals that we are all emotionally led by the nose, and shows how to use that fact to influence others. A gem.
The Third Door by Alex Banayan. When you want to achieve a goal, most people make a straight line to the front door. They do what everyone else does. Others join the inner circles of the influencers who might help them get what they want. But what if the front door is locked and the inner circle is barred? You look for “The Third Door.” Anything is possible, but you may have to open the third door. Terrific book.
The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill. Get the 1928 (not 1925) version of this massive work by the famous “Think and Grow Rich” author. This was his magnum opus. Everything you need to know about success is here. Devour it.
The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr. Let me tell you a story…You buy, sell and share with stories. The better the story, the better the result. This brilliant book opened my eyes to how our minds work, so we can better communicate in a way that gets the results we want. Loved it.
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. I hate the title. But I’m sure that’s my ego objecting to it. Holiday has single handed brought Stoicism to the masses. All three of his philosophical books are brilliant, including The Obstacle Is the Way and Stillness Is the Key.
The Will to Live by Dr. Arnold A. Hutschnecke. This 1951 masterpiece reveals that your unconscious mind is running the show. You may not achieve what you want due to subconscious influences. This riveting book demonstrates how the inner mind works, and helps guide you to clearing the hidden blocks to freedom.
The Robert Collier Letter Book by Robert Collier. Hands down the single most powerful book on copywriting. The metaphysical author was a legendary copywriter. His samples may seem dated but I’ve modeled many of my most successful letters on his work. Pure gold.
The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts. This is the “channeled” book that started it all. It’s big and detailed and was the first to introduce me to beliefs and how they create reality. The ghostly “Seth” may or may not be the source, but the wisdom is practical and head spinning.
Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang. I stopped worrying about being rejected after reading this book. Great stories. Great fun.
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. Old (1910) but relevant. It inspired the movie ‘The Secret’ but it’s more practical than woo-woo. Read it with focus to understand it.
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga. A runaway bestseller in Asia. About understanding that you are a meaning creating machine. Change the meaning, change your life. Be ready to be fully you.
Sanity, Insanity, and Common Sense, a 1987 book by Rick Suarez, Roger Mills and Darlene Stewart. A few gems from the book reveal its depth: “The fact is that in separate realities, everyone is right and everyone is telling the truth as they see it.” “Stress is a byproduct of thinking; it is not inherent in situations or circumstances.” “A reality is an apparency. It is how something appears to be.”
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter. Yes, I saw the movie too, but did you read the book? This 1913 classic is delightfully written with all the energy of an action movie, and at the same time brilliantly conveys one of the simplest and most profound self-help methods of all time. Read it and learn how to play The Glad Game, too. Entertaining, profound and not just for kids.
The Power of Neuroplasticity by Shad Helmstetter. Conversational guide on how to scientifically use your brain to achieve goals. Based on solid research. Genius.
The Practical Visionary by Corinne McLaughlin. Offers overwhelming proof that every social problem you can name is being addressed. While the mainstream media rarely nods in the direction of the good deeds people are doing, seeing all this evidence for the positive is wonderful. Shows you how to be a practical visionary, too. Inspiring. Refreshing.
The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele. A spiritual masterpiece. Explores how to use the ten ethical guidelines of yoga practice to have a meaningful life. Beautifully written with examples that bring the tenets to life.
Stratagems by Frontinus. Written in the first century AD by a General from ancient Rome, this fascinating collection of true stories reveals creative military strategies from Greek and Roman history. Very readable, surprising and entertaining.
Personality Isn’t Permanent by Benjamin Hardy, Ph.D. Empowering. Liberating. The idea of making choices now that my “Future Self” will thank me for later is enough to recommend this great book, but there’s far more juice in it, all about breaking free of mental limits. Read it.
There’s A Customer Born Every Minute by Joe Vitale. Forgive the self-promotion but many business people (like Dan Kennedy and Mark Joyner) worship this book about the ten proven methods of the titans of modern history, especially the outrageous P.T. Barnum.
*Note: My last list of recommended books (posted 2015) is here: https://www.mrfire.com/law-of-attraction/best-books-ever/
My 2014 list of recommended books is here: https://www.mrfire.com/law-of-attraction/best-books-2014/
My 2013 list of recommended books is here: https://www.mrfire.com/law-of-attraction/best-books-of-2013/
Dr Joe Vitale is the bestselling author of way too many books to list here.
My father passed away last month. He was 93. One of my proudest moments was turning him into an author when he was age 90. Here is that moment:
I went to a sleep study center recently. I needed to find out if I have sleep apnea. I don’t know the results yet, but I want to share this story of what happened while I was there.
It’s another miracle.
Tell me what you think…
The woman hooking me up with wires and sensors had an hour to kill, as she had that much set up to do, so she asked me what I did for a living.
“Lots of things,” I said. “I’m primarily an author.”
“What have you written?”
“I’ve written over 76 books,” I said.
“Good God! Tell me about one of them.”
I told her about Zero Limits.
I explained the story of Dr. Hew Len and how he helped heal an entire ward of mentally ill criminals with a Hawaiian healing method called ho’oponopono.
“What’s that?” she asked.
I explained it was a way to change outer reality by changing your inner perceptions of it.
“Are you saying that the therapist changed his perceptions and the inmates got better?”
“Bogus!” she blurted.
I was slightly surprised.
I’m not used to meeting people so instantly close minded.
“I’m a psychologist,” she said. “I only look at the brain and empirical evidence for what works.”
“Then you’ll love my book,” I said. “I coauthored it with the therapist, and I interviewed the staff that worked at the hospital with him.”
She shook her head.
“Do you believe the stuff you write?” she asked.
That was a stunner.
“Yes, of course! It would be the greatest crime in my life to write what I didn’t believe.”
“Well, it sounds bogus to me.”
I let it go.
I was there to have my sleep diagnosed, not get in an argument.
But then something miraculous happened.
Around 5 in the morning, I announced I couldn’t sleep anymore and she might as well return and unhook me from the test equipment.
She came out, moving slow, and I noticed she was red faced and struggling to breathe.
I asked if she were okay.
“I think I’m having a heart attack.”
I instantly perked up and sat up.
I still had wires all over me and electrodes on my head and face. But I was alert.
“I’ll call 911 right now,” I offered. “My phone is right here.”
“No, the hospital is right behind us.”
“Then I’ll walk you to the hospital. Just get this stuff off of me and we’ll go.”
“I still have two other patients to unhook,” she explained. “Then I can go.”
“Sit down here,” I said, patting the bed.
“Take your time. There’s no hurry.”
As she sat beside me, I began to practice the four phrases of basic ho’oponopono.
I repeated, I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me and thank you.
I didn’t say it out loud.
I just repeated it silently, as a mantra.
I noticed she seemed to relax.
Her breathing slowed.
She was still red faced and still anxious, but clearly more relaxed.
She started to remove the wires from my body.
As she did, I just kept practicing ho’oponopono.
When she was done, I told her I’d wait for her to finish the other two patients.
She left the room and I got dressed.
But even as I dressed, I continued saying the four phrases.
The other patients left.
I went out to the main area and saw her sitting at her desk, her head laying down like a student at school having recess.
“Are you okay?”
“I’m fine,” she said.
She was still struggling to breathe.
“I’m a cigarette smoker and haven’t had one in a while,” she confessed.
I waited and talked to her a bit.
Once I was confident she was truly stable, and that her supervisor would be coming in shortly, I left.
So, did ho’oponopono help her?
It helped me.
That’s the point.
Whenever you have something going on, do ho’oponopono on yourself.
As you relax into the miracle of now, you will feel better.
As you do, the outer may shift too.
But do it for you.
PS – I called a few days later to check on the nurse. She went on vacation. Maybe now she will truly relax. Maybe she’ll even read my books on ho’oponopono, Zero Limits and AT Zero. 🙂
Since so many people ask how to attract money, I thought it would be useful to share this money attraction secret from 36-year-old billionaire Andres Pira. It’s from the forthcoming 2019 book, Homeless to Billionaire.
A New Approach to Attracting Great Wealth
(An Excerpt from Homeless to Billionaire)
By Andres Pira
(with Dr. Joe Vitale)
Most people know that giving can lead to receiving. But most people do it wrong. I discovered a specific way of giving that has brought me millions of dollars. It helped me become a billionaire before I reached the age of 35. Let me tell you how I used this method to attract my first million dollars.
I am originally from Sweden. I moved to Thailand at the age of twenty to find my way in the world. But before I made any money, I became homeless. As I dug myself out of that dire situation, I noticed that Thailand has unique views about giving.
In Thailand, for example, on your birthday you don’t receive gifts, you give them. That was entirely new to me. But I started practicing it. As I gave more, I received more. As I gave more money, I received more money. I became fascinated and decided to experiment with this apparently magical law of giving. I wanted to see how it works, and if I could improve it.
The way most people give – if they give at all – is by tithing. That is the traditional way of giving ten percent of your income to a religious organization. Most religions teach that you need to give ten percent of the money you receive as a form of “payment” to God. While that has worked for centuries, and I have no argument with it, it’s not the way I do it.
Others have learned that giving money to any source that has inspired them will trigger a force that brings more money back to them. Dr. Joe Vitale, one of the teachers in the movie The Secret, tells people to give ten percentage of their income to wherever they receive spiritual nourishment or inspiration. That could be an Uber driver, a waiter, someone you meet at the store who says encouraging words, or an organization or anything else. I like this idea because it opens up the possibility of giving to others, including but not limiting to a church.
The trouble is, post people give only money and expect only money in return. While that works, it’s a limitation. The Universe (whatever you choose to call The Great Mystery of life) may have something better for you, but you limited the road back to you by insisting that what you get back is money. In my experience, the Universe may have many other gifts waiting for you, not just money, but your expectation of receiving only money is blocking the other good you could receive.
My own method is more refined and more focused. And it doesn’t always have to do with giving away money. In short, I’ve discovered that the emotion you feel as you give anything at all is what you will receive back. This is far more important than you may realize. If you feel hate as you do anything, you are setting up an “attractor field” to experience hate later. If you feel love as you do something, you are also engaging in a principle to attract love back to you later.
When I wish someone a good day, I do it with genuine feelings of wanting him or her to have a good day. Most people say, “Have a good day” with no feeling at all. It’s automatic. It’s dead. But I say it wanting to change the emotion of the person hearing it. I truly want them to have a good day. The feeling I give out as I say the words is one of love. As a result, what I expect to get back sometime later is the feeling of love. It may come as great news about a project, or a check, or a profitable idea, or a new connection, or some other reason to celebrate. But I give out love and what I get back is love.
In other words, when you give money, feel ecstatic as you do so and what you will receive in return is something with the feeling of ecstasy attached to it. That may be a return in the form of money. But it could be anything else. It could surprise you. It could be something unexpected, and not just money. What you gave was some emotion, so what you receive will be the same emotion, but multiplied at least ten times.
I’ve learned that this “vibrational giving” or “frequency giving” is the real secret to making giving work. While giving anything is a good policy, giving with conscious awareness of your emotions will bring wealth beyond all imagination.
Now let me share my story of making my first million dollars with this method.
Many years ago I visited an orphanage in Thailand. It was sad because all the kids had HIV. They didn’t have any government support and they were struggling. I wanted to help. I agreed to paint the building, all the rooms, and give the kids toys. I didn’t do it to receive money. I did it because I felt great in helping.
And that’s the secret to giving: feeling. How you feel when you give is what you will receive in return. Emotion creates vibration. And you can’t create anything without emotion. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of their feelings when they do anything, let alone when they give.
While I had been visualizing making my first million dollars, I also didn’t know how it would happen. But when I was at that orphanage, I didn’t think spending money there would bring me a million dollars later. All I knew is the kids need help and it would make me feel good to help.
So I invested about eighty thousand dollars in hiring people to paint and rebuild the place. I felt great as I paid for the services. Again, I was using “vibrational giving” as my tool. I knew that the feeling I felt as I gave is what I would get in return later, in some unexpected way. There was nothing calculating in my action. I didn’t give money to get money.
Instead, I did something that made me feel great, and I expected something to happen later that would also be a great feeling. But money wasn’t the focus. I just made sure to feel great. While eighty thousand was about a fourth of my yearly revenue at the time, spending it didn’t make me feel stretched or worried. It made me feel good.
As a result, a real estate deal I had in the works went through. I closed a property worth so much that my commission was more than one million dollars. In fact, it was one million plus about eighty grand. So I not only made my first million, but I also got my investment back.
And how did I feel? Fantastic, of course. The feeling I had when I invested in helping the orphanage (feeling great) came back to me to multiplied (feeling fantastic). I copied that check, framed it, and still look at it every day. I still feel great every time I see it.
Mother Teresa had it right when she said, “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”
Again, this isn’t only about money. It’s about what you feel as you give anything. The feeling you give out is what you will receive back. Practicing this “vibrational giving” works for me, and will work for you, too. Try it and see.
Andres Pira, President of Success Events and Blue Horizon Development, is the largest real estate developer in Southern Thailand. He and bestselling author Dr. Joe Vitale are completing the book, Homeless to Billionaire: The 18 Wealth Attracting Secrets for Becoming a Money Magnet. For details please see http://www.homelesstobillionaire.info
Jaime Vendera is a famous vocal coach who challenged me to write a book on using Law of Attraction and mind power etc for musicians. I threw the challenge back at him. The result is our new book, already a bestseller, titled Mind Over Music. Here’s my introduction, which explains the back story:
Why Anything Is Possible
An Introduction by Dr. Joe Vitale
One day I checked Facebook and there was a curious message from Jaime Vendera. I knew Jaime from his books on singing, which helped me with my own vocal technique. I had gone from zero to musician in the span of a few years, and Jaime was one of my never-met coaches along the way. I had bought and read his books. I knew he was a badass vocal coach. His ideas had helped me, and still do.
So I looked at his message. He wrote:
“Listen up, Vitale, the Universe smacked me again to put this in your brain…and I am pretty sure I told you this a few years back:) You REALLY need to write an “LOA/Ramp up your music making mojo” type book. It’s not a book about the art songwriting, but more a book lining out the steps to get a musician off their butt and finishing their songs and recording/releasing them… You are THE perfect person to write this considering what you’ve accomplished!!! If you don’t write this, that voice in my head will never leave me alone. It will pester me to pester you until you hear it too;) There, I told you, just as I was instructed to do. So now please write the book so it will make the voices stop, hahahaha;)”
I admired his playful audacity. I’ve written over 70 books and Jaime knew it. He also knew my expertise in self-help methods, as well as the Law of Attraction, applied to would-be musicians, would be a hit.
He also knew that my appearance in the hit movie The Secret, and my books on the Law of Attraction (LOA), made me qualified to teach musicians.
But I also felt that this idea was his, not mine. I suspected he was just tossing a monkey at me and hoping I’d adopt it. I already had enough monkeys.
So I wrote back to him saying:
“hmmmm Maybe it’s in your head and not mine so you write it and i add to it to be coauthor…”
Seemed like a fair counter offer to me. Jaime could blow me off but at least I didn’t dismiss him. I was acknowledging his idea but turning it back in his direction. I was sending the monkey home. To my surprise, he accepted my challenge.
He wrote back saying:
“Hahaha well that will work then. I just had this image of you explaining how you knocked out so many songs so quick. I’m knocking out 4 new products right now but I’ll start writing soon.”
He did, too. Not only did he start writing, but he caught on fire and wrote the entire book by himself – in only four days.(!)
A week later he wrote to me saying:
“Just letting you know I never back down from a challenge;) I am writing three new books, filming two new videos, two new audio programs, and writing/recording as we speak, and it is all part of the focus of this book. feel it should be called MIND OVER MUSIC and show the musician that Writer’s block is only a state of mind, as well as teach them how to get it out of their heads and recorded in record time. So, I had a quick question for you. Do you have a musical bio I can copy/paste. i want to mention the day you decided to become a musician and record and ALL the albums you have released since then. I am blown away by your energy and what you’ve done. It is soooo refreshing.”
He was referring to my becoming a musician with 15 albums recorded in about 5 years. That seemed impossible to most people. But I teach “Anything Is Possible” (and wrote a book titled that very statement.) I sent him the material he wanted and he inserted it into his book. Then I read the book.
Now it was my turn to be blown away.
He wrote the book with a passion I rarely see in other authors. And he gave steps and secrets and insights along the way. He included me and my story of becoming a musician, beginning with zero experience, and going on to record numerous albums, study with rock icon Melissa Etheridge, and even overcome terror to sing on stage with my Band of Legends.
In short, he had created the very book he wanted me to write. And he did it without me.
But being the kind and generous soul that he is, he wanted my name as coauthor because he said I inspired the entire project. He wanted me to have credit. That’s the kind of loving person he is. So I accepted.
The good news for you, the reader, is you get to benefit from the combined experience of two authors, teachers, coaches, and musicians: us.
I’m living proof that you can dissolve blocks and get in the studio and on stage, no matter who you are, where you are, what your level of experience, your age, or much else.
And Jaime is living proof that when you adopt his methods, you will shine in the studio and on stage, too.
All in all, you are about to read an illuminating guide to getting past the excuses and blocks and into the studio and onto the stage. Bright lights and applause await, as well as the deep satisfaction of sharing your music with the world.
And now, curtain up…
PS – Our bestselling book, Mind Over Music, is more than Law of Attraction and self help principles; it is about facing fears and overcoming doubts so you can get in the studio or onto the stage. It is on Amazon for Kindle and in print at https://smile.amazon.com/Mind-Over-Music-Through-Blocks/dp/1936307456/