The Books I Use To Help Me Change My Mindset From Employee To Entrepreneur.

I’ve learned a lot since I decided to let go the idea that I have to get a job again.
I stopped looking for a job and accepted the fact that employers are just not interested in people my age (Baby Boomers). Despite all my 37 years of experience and the education I have had.

This “letting go” gave me such a relaxed feeling. I felt no stress anymore.
My mind became ready for new things. I started to sleep better and I feel so grateful for what I do have now and I enjoy learning new stuff.

Some of the books I’m using to help me change my mindset are books I had never heard of before.

The classics are:
“As a man Thinketh” by James Allen
“Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
“How to Win friends and Influence people” by Dale Carnegie
– “The Science of Getting Rich”; by Wallace D.Wattles

And of course “The Secret” About The Law of Attraction and
“You were born Rich” by Bob Proctor.

And for the update of my financial education, coming from the entrepreneurial mindset
I’ve read some books written by Robert Kiyosaki. like ;
– “Rich Dad Poor Dad”
– “Cashflow Quadrant”
– “Business school for People who like helping people”.

And then the book “Influence” by Robert B. Cialdini. (You need to know at least the basics of marketing if you want to have a business.)

I can not mention all the books about the industry I’ve chosen to get involved in. Here is not the place to do that.
I know that- knowing something and know of something are not the same.

But I figure I have to become knowledgeable and learn the basics of anything I decide I want to do. And also get the skills I lack for doing what has to be done in order to have success.

If you become knowledgeable you don’t need opinions of others to make your decisions.
Opinions of others are not the facts.

In the book Think & Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill writes something in the chapter “Decision” that I have seen so many people quote in their article.

I could so relay to that. But now I know better.

I want to close this post with that quote:
“Close friends and relatives, while not meaning to do so, often handicap one through “opinions” and sometimes through ridicule, which is meant to be humorous. Thousands of men and women carry inferiority complexes with them all through life, because some well-meaning but ignorant person destroyed their confidence through “opinions” or ridicule.” ~~Napoleon Hill~~

44 thoughts on “The Books I Use To Help Me Change My Mindset From Employee To Entrepreneur.”

  1. Hi, Deana:

    Two books you might also like to read are “4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss and “Wishcraft” by Barbara Sher. Both authors also have websites with forums.

    Your friend,
    Leigh

  2. Leigh Wood, Yes, my dear, you’re the first one again, I love you for that.

    Did you participate in one of these forums you mentioned?
    Thanks for your recommendation, I will look for these books.

    Did you see my tweet about this 2nd post? I only had one tweet about it.

  3. How nice of you to visit again Flowerluver. I hope you keep coming back.
    Does the quote at the end of the post resonate with you too? It did with me big time. And I saw it mentioned so many times in articles. It’s so true.

    We have to do something about it. Don’t you think?

  4. Yes, I have participated in both of those forums. I’ve been a member of the Sher boards for about ten years and the newer 4HWW since it started but not too many posts in that one. I believe my forum time has decreased since I signed up for Twitter several months ago!

    That quote at the end is a very true one. Not too long after I read it, I walked past a man with very bad parenting skills which only reflected his own very low values. Instructing a small child that it’s okay kick an animal is the kind of training that can lead to no good. What a sad childhood.

  5. Leigh Anne, When I decided that I would stop expecting to get a job again so I wouldn’t be disappointed and doubting my self if I was worth anything on the market place anymore and decided to start doing Network Marketing I noticed how this “other people’s opinions” thing had an impact on me.

    I was conditioned to be an employee and I had been that and didn’t imagine myself doing something else.
    When people I thought were friends, started to give their negative opinions and warning me about my decision, this raised my awareness about this problem I had.

    As I said in my post I’ve seen different people repeat that quote of Napoleon Hill, from his book “Think and Grow Rich”.
    Apparently there are many people with this problem.

  6. When a person makes the step from “I was conditioned to…” over to “I believed, I thought” etc that is a big leap and a powerful one. “I was conditioned to…” is passive [someone else did it] and “I believed, I thought” is active and expresses ownership of self. Are you there?

    From there you can always change your mind. This step is never ending as we are always taking in new information and situations and conditions are always changing.

  7. Wonderful post, Deanna! Love the ending quote by Napoleon Hill — it’s so very true.

    I’ve ghostwritten a few hypnosis e-books for others, and the experts all discuss how much damage our parents and others accidentally do by voicing negative things to us, thinking they’re funny and innocent. It can take us decades to “undo” that negative conditioning (i.e., subconscious bad brainwashing).

    We each have everything it takes to write our own success and destiny. Here’s to turning a deaf ear and making awesome things happen through the power of positive energy and imagination! 😉

  8. Hi Deanna 😀

    Letting go is one of the most important breakthroughs anyone can achieve. Especially the idea of letting go of your fear of loss.

    One of my favourite quotations is “Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.”

    As a young man I thought it was a cynical joke. Later, I realised that it had a more profound meaning.

    It’s actually a practical application of letting go — and becoming unconditional in my mindset, attitudes and behaviour.

    It was a turning point that led to my present state of gratitude, generosity and happiness.

    John

  9. Hi John,

    How nice of you to visit my blog. I hope you don’t mind, but in one of my next posts I will mention how I got to know you and all I learned from The Profit Clinic about Network Marketing. About how I stayed glued to your sites for hours and hours reading all the information.
    And about the good and sensible advises you gave me.

    Do you remember you rcommended me to subscribe to Talkbiz Newsletter of Paul Myers and Ali Brown, (at that time , she was the Ezine Queen)? You recommended a few Internet Marketers you found good and you respected. I’m still on their list. I’m a big fan of Paul Myers’ and his writing style. Ali Brown has become so successful now. She is making Millions. And she stays down to earth.

    She is on my Facebook firends list (I just joined 2 weeks ago) and she follows me back on twitter.

    You have a nose for people “Who are turning their seed of Greatness, we all have in us, into Greatness in life” way before they succeed in doing that.

    Once again, Thank you very much for your visit and your comment.

    Deana

  10. Viqi, I thought I did reply to you last night, apparently I didn’t.
    But I’ve sent you tweets on twitter and let you know that I did receive your comment.

    Thank you for your visit and for leaving your thought here.
    I appreciate that.

    Deana

  11. Hi Deana – I will continue our Twitter discussion here – more space.

    A couple of days a go a read a post on F/B saying that the majority of people were not interested in owning their own business.

    I wondered about this and felt it must be a cultural thing. I’m sure that in some cultures owning a successful (small) business would be the pinnacle of success. The escape from the slavery of a job and subservience to others. It might be assumed that the rejection of the self-employment/business option is more a feature of the advanced Western nations, I could be wrong, but that is the impression I get, when considering say the Asians or the sub-continent.

    My rationalization on this is –

    1. the Western education system ans society are set up to condition people to prepare for and seek employment (a JOB) and to plan their life round, qualifications, a secure job, saving for retirement (see Robert Kiyosaki “Conspiracy of the Rich” ,

    2. employment conditions and remuneration has been made just sufficient to make it seem attractive and the way to go

  12. Hi Deana – I will continue our Twitter discussion here – more space.

    A couple of days a go a read a post on F/B saying that the majority of people were not interested in owning their own business.

    I wondered about this and felt it must be a cultural thing. I’m sure that in some cultures owning a successful (small) business would be the pinnacle of success. The escape from the slavery of a job and subservience to others. It might be assumed that the rejection of the self-employment/business option is more a feature of the advanced Western nations, I could be wrong, but that is the impression I get, when considering say the Asians or the sub-continent.

    My rationalization on this is –

    1. the Western education system ans society are set up to condition people to prepare for and seek employment (a JOB) and to plan their life round, qualifications, a secure job, saving for retirement (see Robert Kiyosaki “Conspiracy of the Rich” ,

    2. employment conditions and remuneration has been made just sufficient to make it seem attractive and the way to go. and

    3. the impression of a caring society with womb to tomb protection from a benevolent government, sapping initiative and personal responsibility.

    Eric

  13. “The purpose of the foundation [the General Education Board] was to use the power of money, not to raise the level of education in America, as was widely believed at the time, but to influence the direction of that education…The object was to use the classroom to teach attitudes that encourage people to be passive and submissive to their rulers. The goal was—and is—to create citizens who were educated enough for productive work under supervision but not enough to question authority or seek to rise above their class. True education was to be restricted to the son and daughters of the elite… quote from Robert Kiyosaki – Conspiracy of the Rich

  14. Hi Eric,

    Thank you for your comments. Very interesting stuff. I don’t know much about the new book by Robert Kiyosaki.
    I’m on his list too, but I didn’t read along and commented as he was writing it. I’ve chosen not to do that.

    Sorry that it took me some time to give you a reaction on your comment. I think my reply will be a completely new post.

    Our mutual friend John Counsel says on his blog “Real Network Marketing”
    Quote: There’s a wealth of useful content in the comments on many posts. Be sure to read them. (they can be more valuable than the original posts).~Unqoute John Counsel~ I agree with John.

    This blog started quite conversational. I hope it continues to be like that.

    About the post you read on F/B; I can tell you that the majority of people around me are not interested in owning their own business either.

    And I can tell you why even when they don’t have a job and it doesn’t look like they can expect a job soon, they still prefer not to take the risk to start their own business, because by doing that they will lose their social or unemployment safety net they have. And because of their perspective regarding owning a business.

    And especially with network marketing where the ROI in general means, first investing lots of time, energy and learning before you start earning enough income that you can live from. I’m talking about most cases here.

    These people don’t think about owning a business as being free. They associate it with having to take a Bank loan. They think that you’ll need a building to run your business from etc.

    I can talk about my own situation. Network Marketing is relatively new in the Netherlands. It’s not easy to set it up and grow a team. I live in the Country side in a small village without much financial resources to travel to meet people.

    You can not change people’s mind for them, they have to want to change the way they think. Our beliefs are what make us what we are.

    Most of my working life, I’ve worked in an Accounting department and I’ve been responsible for the payroll for 21 years. I have studied Human Resources. The financial world is not completely strange to me and I know a thing or two about employee and employers relations and the social laws in the Netherlands. Believe me we have quite some social and enployment laws here in the Netherlands.

    I think you’re right, people think different, depending of where in the world they live. I think it is a cultural thing.

    About the post you read on F/B; I can tell you that the majority of people around me are not interested in owning their own business either.

    And I can tell you why even when they don’t have a job and it doesn’t look like they can expect a job soon, they still prefer not to take the risk to start their own business, because by doing that they will lose their social or unemployment safety net they have.

    And especially with network marketing where the ROI means first investing lots of time, energy and learning before you start earning enough that you can live from. I’m talking about most cases, here.

    These people don’t think about owning a business as being free. They associate it with having to take a Bank loan. They think that they’ll need a building to run your business from etc.

    I can talk about my own situation. Network Marketing is relatively new in the Netherlands. It’s not easy to set it up and grow a team.

    You can not change people’s mind for them, they have to want to change they way they think. Our beliefs are what make us what we are.

    Most of my working life, I’ve worked in an Accounting department and I’ve been responsible for the payroll for 21 years. I have studied Human Resources. The financial world is not completely strange to me and I know a thing or two about employee and employers and the social laws in the Netherlands. Believe me we have quite some laws in the area here in the Netherlands.

    I think you’re right, people think different, depending of where in the world they live.

  15. Hi Deana – looks as though you had a technical glitch, resulting in duplication too LOL.

    I understand what you are saying – effectively we are saying the same things. Individual initiative and responsibility has or is being replaced by a dependency on the job market and social security. Effectively society is moving to risk aversion, if you like like a flock pf sheep being lead out to pasture, under the watchful eye if the Shepherd. This makes life easier for society and people have the illusion of contentment.

    They don’t understand that the greatest risk they face is lost opportunities for wealth and happiness. Looking at the status of people now dependent of unemployment pay or aged pension – not much more than subsistance, sure they get by but no real quality of life.

    We have a number of messages to get out –

    1. the geater risk is in missing opportunities – not in accepting them
    2. that MLM is a low investment and low risk business opportunity
    3. that its possible and vital for them to start building their business within hours of starting out. Simple system, no protracted training – idealy they can generate their first business on their first day, out.
    4. that its quite possible for them to cover their initial investment and show 100s of % profit in the first few weeks – they just need the drive.

    Eric

    PS – to comment on your situation MLM is a global market. You live in the Netherlands – but your business does not have to be there – there are probably better places to be. Probably cultures with a greater respect for sersonal businesses and less dependance on government support. With the internet and communications being what they are is feasible to promote and support people round the world, with the right vehicle. If fact Ed Lubrok promotes the view that you can only really succeed by mastering the longe distance promotion, you don’t do it based on your home area.

  16. Hi Deana,

    Nice meeting you on Twitter.

    This was a very good and well written post. I have read/studied most of those books you listed above. I have also attended several Bob Proctor courses and found them very enlightening. You are on the correct path here.

    Love that Napoleon Hill quote too. It is SO true!

    Best Wishes & see you on the big T.

    Gary Simpson
    TEMPLE

  17. Hi Gary,

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate it. I’ve visited your blog several times lately and I’ve read your book about how to build Twitter muscles. I also watched some of your videos on your blog.
    You have Ebooks I’ll come for in due time. Now my focus is on getting this new blog going and make it a habit to load blogposts consitently.

    Your blog and another one are, my own examples of how people can express themselves so with their own unique voice.
    When I look at your blog I can see that you love martial art. The other blog, I will be writing my next post for my blog about today, you can see that this lady is very very special and that she likes different cultures. She has such nice images and photo’s on her blog. And of course fantastic written content.
    And lots of good quotes.
    I like quotes.

    I call her blog a feast for my eyes.

    And then the sense of humor you sometimes shows in your videos, your content and your tweets. I just like that. You will keep getting a reaction-tweet from me once in a while if you don’t mind.

    Once again thank you for your visit here. I appreciate it.

    You’re welcome to come back and keep the conversation evolving on this new blog going.

  18. It’s really cool that you made that decision.

    I think a lot of people would want to do that too, but it’s too scary for them – especially with bills to pay. The thought of being homeless because they get too far behind with the rent makes them cling to a job that hate.

  19. Hi Deana!
    It’s amazing how we both seem to be on the same path today, looking for sources of inspiration. I don’t think we’re looking for paths of others to follow, perhaps shortcuts and certainly reasons to believe that we too can be successful.

    You have three blog posts and already more reponses than to any of my my posts, and my blog is a couple of years old!

  20. Hi Edi,
    Thank you for your visit, Feel free to come back any time.

    My mantra is “Be yourself, everyone else is taken”. I can learn a lot from others, but I need to stay true to myself and I don’t try to be a copy of others. There are skills I need to develope, I’m working on them.

    Did you look at the blog I recommended in my 3rd post?

    What do you think of it?

    Thanks for your nice words.

  21. I love this post and I love your blog Deana! That quote at the end by Napolean Hill was SO TRUE. And when you wrote about the “letting go”, I can so relate. I’m working on that myself. I’ve worked for many years in corporate jobs back home and now that I’m living in this new place physically, I’m embracing living in this new place in my life with what I want to do in my life now. I’m having a bit of a shift 🙂 And that’s a great thing.

  22. Deana, I have read the first blog and this one on the best books. We have so much in common. I am 72 and legally blind but want to stay active and young as long as I can. Napoleon Hill is the best method. He has taught me how to think. That is so important that it is not what to think but how to think.

    We do a chapter a week and discuss it on Mental Clease. This has helped me to get in touch with me. That one thing is the best gift I have ever received. The quote you mentioned in your blog by Napoleaon Hill is so true. The negative things others say to us about us seems to stay longer than the positive things that are said. In our group, we are asked to find our Why. The Why is why were created? What purpose does God have for us here on earth? I just discovered my Why after months of thinking about it. It came to me one morning and I feel my Why is to help others find the goodness in theirself. The reason and conclusion I came to this was, when I was a teenager, my best friends told me the reason no one liked me was because I was to good to others. Trying to find acceptance, I turned to Alcohol so I could be the person that I thought others would like. I really did not like myself but I thought others would like me. The alcohol nearly destroyed my life, marriage and many other things. I quit drinking about 30 years ago and have been working on me since that time. The MFF group has helped me to truly find me and love me for myself. I know this can sound selfish but it really isn’t because I found out that you must love yourself in order to love others.

    I just wanted to share a little about me. You sound just like a person I would love to be friends with. I am unable to call the Netherlands but I thought we could communicate by email.

    Success in 10 steps is a great ebook and it is just a start. We have other training and skill calls that are on audio. The site for them is http://mffaudios.info Let me know if you have trouble downloading them The Success in 10 steps is also on this site and has a 11 chapter. You can listen to it or download it to a MP3 player to listen to anytime. Everything is Free. The training and information you can get from this group is invaluable.

    Deana, I am looking forward hearing from you and I have added your blog to my favorites. You inspire me with your writings.

    Keep in touch and God Bless
    Maggie Kress
    maggie@maggiekress.com

  23. Deana, it appears that my last comment went though and also the one before. My computer said that page could not displayed so I thought it did not go through. Really glad it did and looking forward hearing from you soon.

    This is another site that I think you would like. It is called the Positive and Negative Effects on a drop of water. This site was done as a project to see the response. He speaks both negative and positive words over the same drop of water and you can see the difference in the pictures. Keep in mind, our bodies are made up of 70 percent water so it is understandable how the negative and positive words and actions can affect us.

    It find really profound. Let me hear your view. The site is
    http://mffaudios.com/water

    Thanks and God Bless
    Maggie Kress
    maggie@maggiekress.com

  24. Hi Maggie, thank you for visiting my blog.

    Yes, your comment came in as you can see.
    You’re free to comment and come back as you wish. I would love to have this blog evolve in a conversational one.
    So feel free to comment.

    Sorry for not replying to your emails yet, but yes I did receive them.
    I’m busy reading the Ebook and all the testimonials about your CD training of “color of success”. When I finish all of that I certainly will send you an email.

    Have a good week.

  25. Deana, thanks for calling me. My phone had a problem so it would not ring. I found out it was caused by lightning so I have had to send it back to be repaired.

    I do have Skype. I just got it working and should be on all the time my computer is. My computer goes off automately when I do not use it for a period of time. My Skype name is maggie.kress
    I would love to talk to you through skype.

    I hope you are enjoying Success in 10 steps and all the training that was on the audio. You speak English very good. What language do you speak. The ebook is in several languages now but I do not know if it yours or not.

    Maybe I can find someone in your area that will help communicate with you. I am very excited about you contacting me and I feel we will do just fine once we can make contact.

    Deana, I love your blog and I feel we have a lot in common. Let me know what is best for you. I also have email and I can email you. We can make this work for us.

    Thanks again and God Bless
    Looking forward hearing from you soon.

    Maggie Kress

  26. Hello Deana,

    I just came across your blog via Dean Holland’s blog. I also looked at some of the websites you have up. All in all, I like what I see and read. As a Baby Boomer my self and a brand new blogger, I am looking for inspiration and reading your posts has certainly inspired me to ‘stick to it’.

    Good job – keep on posting

    Richard

  27. Hi Maggie,

    Thank you again for the different comments you left on my blog.

    Yes, I did read the E-book and I listened to the audio too.
    Did you listen to Chapter 11? If not, you should listen to it. Now I need to obtain the CD “Color to success” !

    IN Chapter 11 Micheal is talking about Kim Klaver and her book I told you about on Skype.
    The Book’s title is “If my product’s so great how come I can’t sell it.”
    Michael completely agree with the way Kim Klaver recommends to retail your products.

    It was nice talking to you on Skype, the feeling is mutual.
    Today I tried again, but I wasn’t lucky to connect to you, but it’s no problem, next time better luck and we can email each other too.

    You’re welcome to visit again, and I appreciate your comments.

  28. Hello Richard,

    Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad that you like what you see and read.
    I hope you had the time to visit the blog I recommended in my 3rd post. It is worth it to visit.

    The blog owner has blogged about blogging, why she thinks we should blog and keep blogging.
    Very interesting really.
    I can’t recall which post it was, but when you read that it will surely inspire you to “stick to it” as you said.

    If you can’t find that post, let me know and I’ll look it up for you.

    I’ll visit your blog too.

    Thank you again and you’re welcome to visit again.

    Deana

  29. Hi Deana,

    Thanks for visiting my humble blog and thanks so much for your very kind words. You were quite correct about my name and I have rectified that. Good observation. I did visit Elizabeth’s Blog as you suggested – quite interesting, content filled and colourful. I have bookmarked it.

    Well, more later and in the meantime, I look forward interacting further with you and sharing anything I can as we go on this interesting journey.

    Take care,
    Richard

  30. Hello Richard,

    I’m glad you liked Elizabeth’s Blog. This week she has a post about procastination. And I can tell you I can relate to that.
    I went back to your blog and I noticed your name in your about page. I was not sure if I missed your name, but I couldn’t find it at first.
    I hope you too will feel free to share your thoughts here. As I said, I would like my blog to evolve in a conversational blog.
    I’m now going to launch my next post. I hope you will enjoy it. I would suggest you visit Elizabeth’s blog again. This week she has an interesting post again.

    Best Regards,
    Deana

  31. Dear Deana,
    I enjoyed reading this blog especially because it covers an important issue affecting millions of baby boomers in the USA and elsewhere. The shifting economic winds have had an impact on so many people and with unemployment at 14+ million in the US, many have had to start thinking of innovative, independent ways to earn a living. Gone are the days of working for 40-50 years at the same company and retiring with a gold watch. This information will be terrific for our chat. Have a great day!
    Elizabeth

  32. Yes Elizabeth,
    The shifting economic winds indeed has an inpact on many babyboomers and will have on many more as this impacts my own live.

    The Baby Boomers, being the largest generation and in general living longer, and getting older than the previous generations, need to realize that we are now linving in a new Era; the Information Era, and they were mostly prepaired and conditioned to function in the Industrial Era, which we’re leaving behind us.

    I intend to tell my own story, my journey. so you will, in this blog.
    The new way of thinking to become the person I need to be to become to think innovative, independent ways to earn a living. (As you put it.)

    I hope to relate to other Baby Boomers and prepair younger generations for this. As I do with my own two sons.

    I look forward to that chat with you.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  35. Hi MItchel, With all respect, I don’t think money force us to do any of the things you just mentioned in your comment. It’s up to us to decide what we do or don’t do. We are responsable for our actions. I think I can understand why you say this. I was also raised with these beliefs about money and more of these negative things.
    But I refuse to believe that now.
    I know that if I keep these negative beliefs I grew up hearing, I will never be able to attract the kind of money that can change my life and permit me to do all I want.

    It’s important that I believe that money is on it’s way to me. I think I deserve it. I have to take the actions to get it to me.

    Thank you for your comment.

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