The best books to get you to take bold actions to improve your life

Theo Prodromitis Author Of The Balance Between Hustle & Flow: Knowing When to Make Things Happen and When to Let Them Happen
By Theo Prodromitis

Who am I?

I'm a Greek mom and entrepreneur at heart. Growing up, we cherished spirited conversations, ideas, and researching topics we loved. The whole goal was to really push each other to higher states of intellectual rigor that would improve the quality of life. Ideas and communication rival great food and Greek dancing fun. I share my passion for Philotimo (Greek imperative of love of honor and working for the greater good) through my books, brands, and marketing agency. I'm a fierce advocate for women and small businesses and have been featured in USA Today, Small Business Journal, Amazon Entrepreneurs, and enjoy being a weekly guest on national radio shows. 


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The Balance Between Hustle & Flow: Knowing When to Make Things Happen and When to Let Them Happen

By Theo Prodromitis,

Book cover of The Balance Between Hustle & Flow: Knowing When to Make Things Happen and When to Let Them Happen

What is my book about?

Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and all those on a personal growth journey face two key questions: Should I hustle more to get greater results? Should I go with the flow and let serendipity unfold? Theo offers a powerful, intuitive roadmap for tapping into the sweet spot between hustle and flow - one that will change your business and your life. What do I really want? How can I serve?

By challenging readers to dig deep into their own souls and inner wisdom, Theo unlocks the potential of each and every human she touches. She shares immediately actionable tips for doing the most with the precious time you have here on Earth. The balance between hustle and flow is available to all of us. Are you ready? You’re ready.

The books I picked & why

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The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

By Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer,

Book cover of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Why this book?

The Success Principles is a timeless classic that is both inspirational and practical. I see Jack as one of the best personal development thought leaders of our time. When I had the great pleasure to meet him, he said he wanted “to help the most people, help the most people.” That sums up the driving force in this book that gets you to take action in your life and it even gives compelling examples and stories to bring the strategies to life. It can be read over and over to adapt it for any time of your life.  

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

By Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked The Success Principles as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, a revised and updated edition of Jack Canfield’s classic bestseller with a brand new foreword and an afterword for succeeding in the digital age.

Since its publication a decade ago, Jack Canfield’s practical and inspiring guide has helped thousands of people transform themselves for success. Now, he has revised and updated his essential guidebook to reflect our changing times.

In The Success Principles, the cocreator of the phenomenal bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, helps you get from where you are to where you want to be, teaching you how to increase your…


Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

By Joe Dispenza,

Book cover of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

Why this book?

This is a groundbreaking book on the power of your mind, thoughts, and habits. It is rich in scientific studies that illustrate what we know about why and how we do what we do. I personally had a huge shift in my understanding of the science of well-being and achievement. It moved me significantly to realize and learn about the innovations in manifesting the life you desire. This is one serious and ironically light-hearted journey of self-discovery.

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

By Joe Dispenza,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible. Not only will you be given the necessary knowledge to change any aspect of yourself, but you will be taught the step-by-step tools to apply what you learn in…

Skip the Line: The 10,000 Experiments Rule and Other Surprising Advice for Reaching Your Goals

By James Altucher,

Book cover of Skip the Line: The 10,000 Experiments Rule and Other Surprising Advice for Reaching Your Goals

Why this book?

Skip the Line literally changed my perception of human potential. His deep dive into the path to achieving any goal exposes his secrets of success and failure. He has been a multi-millionaire and broke. James leaves nothing to chance or imagination in giving his step-by-step ideas and examples of how he broke through the commonly accepted limitations on steps to bold change. His style is self-effacing and so real that the story drags you in and you absolutely can not put it down.

Skip the Line: The 10,000 Experiments Rule and Other Surprising Advice for Reaching Your Goals

By James Altucher,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Skip the Line as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The 10,000-hour rule isn't the only way to achieve mastery. Entrepreneur, angel investor and bestselling author James Altucher reveals a new mindset and proven toolkit that will empower anybody to quickly acquire the skills they need to succeed and achieve their dreams.

We live in a hierarchical world where experience has traditionally been the key to promotion. But that period is over! Straight, clear-cut career trajectories no longer exist. Industries disappear, job descriptions change, and people's interests and passions evolve. The key to riding this wave is to constantly be curious about what's next, to be comfortable with uncertainty so…


The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way

By Wayne W. Dr Dyer,

Book cover of The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way

Why this book?

Dr. Dyer takes a different approach to achieving your goals and desires. His years as a Psychologist and spiritual seeker led him around the globe. The infusion of the best of Eastern and Western approaches to wellness and fulfillment are masterfully woven in stories, poems, and examples. When he gets to the personal power of the energy that comes to life in our intentions, I was left smiling and speechless at its wisdom. 

The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way

By Wayne W. Dr Dyer,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Power of Intention as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.'
Wayne Dyer

For years Wayne Dyer has been researching the power of intention, the energy that surrounds all of us. He tells us how we can train ourselves to tune into this energy and step beyond our minds and egos. When we do this we become what Dyer calls 'Connectors' and make ourselves available to the energy of success.

Connectors are the people whom everyone sees as lucky, the people who get all the breaks. They don't say, 'With my luck, everything will go wrong,'…

Pick Three: You Can Have It All

By Randi Zuckerberg,

Book cover of Pick Three: You Can Have It All

Why this book?

This book takes on the question that every successful woman is asked, “How do you balance it all?”  Randi lives the concept that you can have it all, just not at the same time. Life is full of choices and this book breaks down a daily strategy to prioritize the most important areas of your life. She makes it so real, I could almost hear her voice, cadence, and smile. There is an honesty and vigor in the pages that really hit me hard to look in the mirror!

Pick Three: You Can Have It All

By Randi Zuckerberg,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Pick Three as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A New York Times bestseller!

In this motivational handbook-both a business how-to and self-help guide-the New York Times bestselling author of Dot Complicated takes on the fallacy of the "well-balanced" life, arguing that the key to success is learning to be well-lopsided.

Work. Sleep. Fitness. Family. Friends. Pick Three.

In an increasingly demanding world, we've been told that we can do everything-maintain friendships, devote ourselves to work, spend time with family, stay fit, and get enough sleep. We just need to learn to balance it all. Randi Zuckerberg doesn't believe in being well-balanced. We can't do it all every day,…


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