Books about leading a "principled", meaningful life, etc.?

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  1. Pure Peace Blue Belt

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    I guess I'm technically looking for (EDITED) novels, fiction, or other books I can read which discuss a certain principled lifestyle or system that I can draw some useful information or perspectives from.

    I am not looking for "self-help" money or friend making type things

    I know many people like Musashi's The Book of Five Rings for such purposes, so any recommendations of the sort are welcome.

    thanks in advance


    for my contribution, I highly recommend reading "Getting Things Done", by David Allen
    it isnt so much a mantra based "self help" book, in the sense I describe above, as much as it is a simple system to improve everyday efficiency in completing personal and professional tasks and goals. It is a pretty easy read, and IF you employ the system properly and regularly, your life with improve dramatically, jus tin terms of time efficiency and managing your stress levels, via keeping all your tasks and projects in check
     
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  3. MeWithInfinityGauntlet Banned Banned

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    Yes!

    Also: epictetus enchiridion
     
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    Jordan Peterson 12 rules for life
    Halfway through, I think it’s good
     
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    I've read through both of these twice in the last 6 months.

    I wish I had these books in my late teens, it would have made my 20s much less painful.

    Short segment from the author -
     
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    Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche
     
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  8. tonysmasseuse Black Belt

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    You could get even more shit done if you don't waste time reading selfhelp books about getting shit done.

    I'm not trying to be facetious, either. One selfhelp book tends to lead to another selfhelp book and before you know it you'll be writing laundry lists to the universe about your perfect soulmate and stuff like that. People that are too much into all that selfhelp malarkey are universally god awful and 'all talk'. Just sayin.
     
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    Also Geneology of Morals.
     
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    All excellent recommendations. ( Read any of the above except buttholes, which I can't even...
     
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    The Mission, the Men, and Me by Pete Blaber
     
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    Very true. Some people like to tour their own weaknesses and shortcomings, reading up to give their sensation more texture and, in some cases, more validity to keep perpetuating. It's people who keep complaining but never change. The key here is to figure out why they don't want to, or perhaps more accurately why they believe they deserve such a self-image of unworthiness.

    Other people truly need to read these books because they don't know where to begin, and the concept is just too big and requires some serious parsing in order to get the burden down to manageable levels. Some people need help with theory.

    Catharsis can also be had by reading books that specifically instruct on non-mental matters. Rather than focus inward on what you already do, get outside of yourself and learn a new skill or trade. As such, I found reading David Mamet's THREE USES OF THE KNIFE quite mind-opening.
     
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    So true, if the insights gleamed from the 7 Habits/Secrets Of *insert coveted quality* type of selfhelp material are not followed up with action to actual change, it just becomes more useless trivia or another thing on life's big To Do list : Must become highly efficient. Must become enlightened by Wednesday. Must become a super duper parent. Must must must.

    I prefer my "selfhelp" set to better writing and from the anti-variety, big cautionary tales: The way Rodion Raskolnikov carried on in Crime and Punishment...? Yeah, don't do that :D Shooting an Arab on a whim, like Mersault in Camus' Stranger...? Tempting, but probably gonna lead to some legal trouble. And so on.

    My ex was big into David Mamet but i haven't read anything from him yet - i will seek out Three Uses Of The Knife, as per your recommendation.
     
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    Two very different books I like are Being Peace and the Wealthy Barber.
     
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    Mein Kampf
     
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    But seriously...

    "What the Buddha Taught" - I read this after my mother died and I found it helped with letting go.
     
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    Came here to say this. Also name and post checks out.
     

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