Here are my happiness books. I have marked in the margins, quoted on FB and LinkedIn. These are my go to books when I’m stuck or struggling. I hope they give you some courage and insight.

Notes To Myself – Hugh Prather
The father of all little wisdom books. Open to any page and get a quick snap back into what’s important.

  1. Time and the Art of Living – Robert Gruden
    We lost this great writer too soon. Both of his books contain a lifetime of wisdom. This one is his masterpiece.
  2. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
    A masterpiece written as a coming of age tale. It is buddha? A book I read every couple of years to check on my own path and how I walk the Earth.
  3. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
    Not his best book, but the best road book ever written. His prose is like a cup of coffee for the soul. (see also Dharma Bums as my favorite rant.)
  4. Making Things Happen – Scott Berkun
    A project management book, yes, but much more. A great writer.
  5. A Writer’s Time – Kenneth Atchity
    A fantastic book about scheduling your craft no matter what.

And a shameless plug for my creative book:

Letters to a Young Artist in the Digital Age – John McElhenney
A raw series of letters written to my nephew before he left for college. Inspiring.

I’d love to hear what books have shaped your life and your work in the comments. I will add significant ones to my list. Thanks.

John McEhenney

@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)

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