If there’s one book, and one author, that has influenced me more than any other, I would have to say that it’s James Allen and his classic book “as a man thinketh.”
I literally have read this book dozens of times and regularly revisit it. It is the premise behind how I think. I recommend this to anyone looking to get more out of themselves and life. This is one of those books that should be required reading for life in general.
It’s essentially a life ‘how to manual.’
Click the link below to download and read the book. I highly recommend printing it off so you have a hard copy to mark up.
Here’s a quick intro letter from James Allen before he died. Hopefully it becomes clear how inspired this man way.
“I looked around upon the world, and saw that it was shadowed by sorrow and scorched by the fierce fires of suffering. And I looked for the cause. I looked around, but I could not find it; I looked in books, but I could not find it; I looked within, and found there both the cause and the self-made nature of that cause. I looked again, and deeper, and found the remedy. I found one law, the law of love; one life, the life of adjustment to that law; one truth, the truth of a conquered mind and a quiet and obedient heart.
And I dreamed of writing books which would help men and women, whether rich or poor, learned or unlearned, worldly or unworldly to find within them-selves the source of all success, all happiness, all accomplishment, all truth. And the dream remained with me, and at last became substantial; and now I send forth these books into the world on a mission of healing and blessedness, knowing that they cannot fail to reach the homes and heart of those who are waiting and ready to receive them.” -James Allen