Five Great Men I Admire
Don’t you find it fascinating that people whom you never met and people whom, you’d probably never meet, can help you change your life, can help you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be?
I have so many people whom I never met that I admire, who’s work helped me grow and develop over the years… Today I will present 5 of them ( I promise to keep this list going), and also a list of their books, to express my gratitude and appreciation for their work and their existence.
1. Wayne Dyer: I love this man, I love his work and I love that he is one of the very few people who really walks the talk, who practices what he preaches, and if you have followed his work over the years, you will understand what I’m talking about. He is such an incredible person and I am grateful for discovering him and his work. The first book I read from him was, How To Be A No Limit Person and from that point he became one of the people I admire the most. He has written more than 30 books and he continues to do so, even though he is 71 years old. Next year he will launch a new book, Wishes Fulfilled, and I can’t wait to put my hand on it. If you haven’t read any of his book, I recommend you too, and also, try watching his beautiful and inspirational movie, The Shift. You will be happy you did.
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” Wayne Dyer
Books: How To Be A NLP, Excuses Begone, Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life, Your Erroneous Zone
2. Eckhart Tolle: What I have learned from Eckhart is a very important lesson that we should all master, and that is, to be present in everything we do. To be engaged in our every day activities, to stop and smell the roses, to be present; to prepare ourselves for the future; to dream big; to work on making our lives a work of art, and while doing all of these things, to be present, engaged in the now.
“Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are cause by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.” Eckhart Tolle
Books: The Power Of Now, A New Earth
3. Lao Tzu: I can’t describe in words how much I love his teachings. There is something about The Tao Te Ching (more than 2500 years old) that I really can explain in words… it’s beyond words. No matter how many times I read this book, I can’t seem to get enough of it. The book- The Tao Te Ching, translated as The Way Of Virtue, contains so much wisdom, so much knowledge, and it can help you see yourself and the whole world from a totally different perspective. Even though you may not understand it all at first, it happened to me, in time things will become clearer and clearer… and as you get into the essence of these teaching, you will find yourself to “become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king.” Lao Tzu
Books: The Tao Te Ching- translated by Stephen Mitchell
4. Bruce Lipton: This guy is amazing and his book, The Biology Of Belief is really worth reading. If you are one of those people who think that they are limited, among others, by their genes, this book will help you a lot. You will discover that you, yourself have the power to change your genes by changing the way you see yourself; to change your genes, your life, your experiences, by changing your beliefs, the way you perceive yourself and the world around you.
“I was exhilarated by the new realization that I could change the character of my life by changing my beliefs. I was instantly energized because I realized that there was a science-based path that would take me from my job as a perennial “victim” to my new position as “co-creator” of my destiny. (Prologue, xv)” Bruce Lipton
Book: The Biology Of Belief
5. Viktor Frankl: If you aren’t familiar with Viktor Frankl, he was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust. In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, he describes his experience during those years in the concentration camps, how he managed to find meaning in all that suffering; how he managed to find a reason to keep on living. A really great man, who speaks with so much love and passion. If he found the strength and power and meaning to keep on going in the middle of all that pain, suffering, misery, etc. , we all can.
“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.” Viktor Frankl
Books: Man’s Search For Meaning
I know people who “tried” to read some of these books but couldn’t do it because of all the labels they had in their minds. Expand your mind a little bit and try something new; get rid of all the labels you have in that beautiful head of yours; allow new ideas, new beliefs and new concept to enter… How can you grow, how can you improve your life, how can you discover new worlds if you are afraid of all that is new, all that is different; if every time you see something you can’t understand, you reject it, calling it names? Open your mind, and keep it open. Step into the unknown.