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17 Books That Influence The Legacy Pyramid


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Don West, Jr.'s Legacy Pyramid is a system for multi-generational happiness, success, and prosperity. The Pyramid integrates the principle of generativity and Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success. This ebook explores 17 of the most influential books in the areas of self-improvement, new thought, psychology and success literature. Designed as a DIY reading list for the intellectually curious mindset who wishes to read their way down the path of the Legacy Pyramid.

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17 Books That Influence The Legacy Pyramid

  1. 1. Edited By: Don West, Jr. TM
  2. 2. Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Buy on Amazon Legendary college basketball coach John Wooden and Jay Carty know that when it comes down to it, success is an equal opportunity player. Anyone can create it in his or her career, family and beyond. Based on John Wooden's own method to victory, Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success reveals that success is built block by block, where each block is a crucial principle contributing to life-long achievement in every area of life. Each of these 32 daily readings takes an in-depth look at a single block of the pyramid, which when combined with the other blocks forms the structure of the pyramid of success. Join John Wooden and Jay Carty to discover the building blocks and key values--from confidence to faith--that have brought Coach to the pinnacle of success as a leader, a teacher and a follower of God. John Wooden Jay Carty Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50 Year Friendship On and Off the Court Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history. Summary Source: Related Book:
  3. 3. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Buy on Amazon Benjamin Franklin Few men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as the first great philosopher and great man of letters in the New World. Written initially to guide his son, Franklin's autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life. Stylistically his best work, it has become a classic in world literature, one to inspire and delight readers everywhere. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Walter Isaacson In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century. Summary Source: Related Book:
  4. 4. Law of Success What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Buy on Amazon Napoleon Hill Originally published in eight separate volumes, The Laws of Success was Napoleon Hill's voluminous masterwork in which he first codified the philosophy of success and the seventeen principles of personal achievement. However, Napoleon Hill understood that such laws were not static and immutable, but subject to new discoveries and new ideas and must therefore be capable of adaptation, change, and growth. Think & Grow Rich! Napolean Hill In Think and Grow Rich, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. Summary Source: Related Book:
  5. 5. Being In Balance What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Dr. Wayne W. Dyer In this inspirational work, best-selling author and lecturer Wayne W. Dyer shows you how to restore balance in your life by offering nine Principles for realigning your thoughts so that they correspond to your Highest desires. Imagine a balance scale with one end weighted down to the ground, and the other end—featuring the objects of your Desires—sticking up precariously in the air. This scale is a measurement of your thoughts. To restore the same balance that characterizes everything in our universe, you have to take up the weighty thoughts so that they match up to your desires. The seasons reflect the overall harmony of life. For example, winter passes and the blossoms emerge. This is balanced by a need to have the trees rest, so autumn arrives on time and helps the trees ready themselves for another period of repose. This book is dedicated to the idea that we’re a vital component of this creative process and have Within ourselves the wherewithal to create all that we want if we recognize and revise out-of-balance thoughts. Summary Source:
  6. 6. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Deepak Chopra This is a book you will cherish for a lifetime, for within is pages are the secrets of making all your dreams come true. Based on natural laws that govern all of creation, this book shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition. Instead, Deepak Chopra offers a life-altering perspective on the attainment of success: When we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, and material abundance spring forth easily and effortlessly. The Seven Laws of Success distills the essence of Chopra's teachings into seven simple, yet powerful, principles that can easily be applied to create success in all areas of your life. Filled with timeless wisdom and practical steps you can apply right away, this is a book you will want to read and refer to again and again. Summary Source:
  7. 7. The Greatest Salesman In The World What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Buy on Amazon Og Mandino The Greatest Salesman in the World is a book that serves as a guide to a philosophy of salesmanship, and success, telling the story of Hafid, a poor camel boy who achieves a life of abundance. If Mandino's suggested reading structure is followed, it Would take about 10 months to read the book. What you are today is not important... for in this runaway bestseller you will learn how to change your life by applying the secrets you are about to discover in the ancient scrolls. The Observer’s Chair - The Miracle of Healing Self-Esteem Dave Blanchard Become aware of the conversation you have with yourself, about yourself and to make any changes needed. Summary Source: Related Book:
  8. 8. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Buy on Amazon Stephen R. Covey In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity – principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness Stephen R. Covey This book will transform the way we think about ourselves, our purpose in life, our organizations, and about humankind. Summary Source: Related Book:
  9. 9. Thoughts Are Things What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Prentice Mulford Prentice Mulford was one of the leaders of the New Thought Movement. Thoughts are Things will help you to use the power of your thoughts to improve your life and to bring yourself the peace of mind you've always wished for. Learn how to think in a way that will help you succeed and make you happier in every aspect of your life! AMAZON EDITOR’S REVIEW Prentice Mulford wrote this book in 1889, long before more well-known, contemporary authors began writing about the power of thought. Despite being over 100 years old, this is a powerful book on thought. Mulford explains we have, in effect, two minds: the mind of the body and the mind of the spirit. The mind of the body is limited and fights change. It thinks things must always be the way they've always been. The mind of the spirit trusts in the Supreme Power which made all things and knows that anything is possible if you believe. Summary Source:
  10. 10. Modern Man In Search of A Soul What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon C. G. Jung Considered by many to be one of the most important books in the field of psychology, Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a comprehensive introduction to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology, including dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion. Additionally, Jung looks at the differences between his theories and those of Sigmund Freud, providing a valuable basis for anyone interested in the fundamentals of psychoanalysis. Summary Source:
  11. 11. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon John C. Maxwell What would happen if a top expert with more than thirty years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your life. John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He has combined insights learned from his thirty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. The result is a revealing study of leadership delivered as only a communicator like Maxwell can. Summary Source:
  12. 12. Awaken The Giant Within What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Tony Robbins Wake up and take control of your life! From the bestselling author of Inner Strength, Unlimited Power, and MONEY Master the Game, Anthony Robbins, the nation's leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life. The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, Anthony Robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny. Summary Source:
  13. 13. See You At The Top What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Zig Ziglar For more than three decades, Zig Ziglar, one of the great motivators of our age, traveled the world, encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring audiences. His groundbreaking best seller, See You at the Top, remains an authentic American classic. Its basic premise-that you can get everything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want-has guided generations of readers to personal success. This revised and updated twenty-fifth anniversary edition stresses the importance of honesty, loyalty, faith, integrity, and strong personal character. See You at the Top emphasizes the value of a healthy self-image and shows how to build it. Setting personal goals is an essential part of any program for success. This important book tells you how to set-and achieve-those goals and provides step-by-step instructions on how to change the way you think about yourself and your surroundings. Summary Source:
  14. 14. Make It Count What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon John Kotre, Ph.D The key to overcoming the obstacles that get in the way of finding fulfillment in adulthood is to shape a legacy that will last beyond our lifetimes. Expanding upon the psychological phenomenon of "generativity" -- a term Erik Erikson first coined fifty years ago to explain how individuals create forms of life and work or legacies that live on after their deaths -- Kotre shows us how to cultivate a desire to impact future generations. Building a solid business or developing a new idea can be as vital as raising children or sharing our wisdom with young ones -- and for each of us, finding the kind of generativity that is right is half the challenge. Kotre clearly outlines a step-by-step pathway we will move along to a more complete and fulfilling life. By listening to the past, finding a voice, and selecting an audience, we will be able to create and grow. Summary Source:
  15. 15. Family Wealth What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Buy on Amazon The landmark book that changed the way exceptional families think about their heritage, their wealth, and their legacy to future generations--now revised and expanded. Every family, looking at the next generation, hopes to confer advantages that are more than just material and financial--to inculcate character and leadership, to inspire creativity and enterprise, to help all family members find and follow their individual callings, and to avoid the financial dependency and loss of initiative that can all too often be an unwanted consequence of financial success. Yet many families never succeed in realizing that vision, much less sustaining it for three, four, or five generations and beyond. James E. Hughes, Jr. Family: The Compact Among Generations James E. Hughes, Jr. Why do some families thrive for generations? What accounts for the sad deterioration that others experience? This book provides answers. Summary Source: Related Book:
  16. 16. 48 Laws of Power What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Buy on Amazon Robert Greene This amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen, warriors, seducers, and con men throughout the ages. AMAZON.COM REVIEW "Learning the game of power requires a certain way of looking at the world, a shifting of perspective," writes Robert Greene. Mastery of one's emotions and the arts of deception and indirection are, he goes on to assert, essential. The 48 laws outlined in this book “ have a simple premise: certain actions always increase one's power ... while others decrease it and even ruin us." The Art of Power Thich Nhat Hanh With colorful anecdotes, precise language, and concrete practices, Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how the current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary. Summary Source: Related Book:
  17. 17. Tao Te Ching What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Buy on Amazon Lao Tzu Written most probably in the sixth century B.C. by Lao Tsu, this esoteric but infintely practical book has been translated into English more frequently than any other work except the Bible. The Tao Te Ching is fundamental to the Taoist school of Chinese philosophy and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism and Neo-Confucianism. This ancient book is also central in Chinese religion, not only for Taoism but Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Taoist words and concepts. Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and even gardeners have used the Tao Te Ching as a source of inspiration. Its influence has also spread widely outside East Asia, aided by hundreds of translations into Western languages. Living the Wisdom of the Tao: The Complete Tao Te Ching & Affirmations Dr, Wayne Dyer This book offers you an opportunity to internalize and directly experience the great wisdom of the Tao Te Ching... Summary Source: Related Book:
  18. 18. The Art of War What Is Your Legacy? TM Buy on Amazon Sun Tzu Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and cilivzation have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should be used to gain advantage of opponents in the boardroom and battlefield alike. REVIEW ''The Art of War is among the greatest classics of military literature ever written. Sun-Tzu warfare is as applicable today as when the book was written some 2,500 years ago.'' --Marine Corps Gazette Summary Source:
  19. 19. The Legacy PyramidTM is a visual model for a twenty-two part system for multi-generational success and prosperity. The Pyramid’s methodology incorporates lessons of great thinkers including: • Coach John Wooden • Benjamin Franklin • Napoleon Hill • Dr. Wayne Dyer • Deepak Chopra • Og Mandino • Stephen R. Covey • Prentice Mulford • Carl Jung • John Maxwell • Tony Robbins • Zig Ziglar • John Kotre • Don West, Jr, • James E. Hughes, Jr. and many more. What Is Your Legacy? Humility & Service Industriousness Legacy Pyramid Don West, Jr.’s Definitive Chief Aim Junto/ Mastermind/ Universal Mind Iron-Grip Control & Management Imagination Enthusiasm Exercise/ Physical Fitness Habit of Saving & Law of Giving Initiative & Leadership Concentration Acute & Accurate Thinking Pleasing Personality Cooperation Intentness Practicing the Golden Rule Universal Law Generativity Competitive Greatness Self-Control Self-Confidence Temet Nosce/ Know Thyself #LegacyPyramid #LiveYourLegacyNow #LegacyCenter “Greatness lies not in trying to be somebody, but in trying to help somebody.” ~unknown TM The American Institute of Legacy & Estate Planning 1 2 4 5 6 7 3 8 9 10 11 12 13 17 20 22 14 15 16 18 19 21 TM TM • Lao Tzu • Sun Tzu @legacypyramid