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#40052 - 07/08/10 10:28 AM Literature for Self Improvement
Dakota Offline
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I am displease with myself, however, my life is currently running “okay“. The point is, my knowledge is lacking completely to the point that I consider myself borderline stupid in comparison to the world. At first I only had the assumption I was great, but then what made me realize I am inferior is that I have nothing superior about myself inside. If I was 45 years old or even 28, then I would be completely disappointed with who I am. This life of mine is barely good enough for my age, but still age is nothing, since I have to be there now. It’s like I am living in the body of a 45 year old, and looking at my life with great regret. I cannot be that person, since one day I‘ll wake up and realize it‘s too late.

I need some literature to help me on path to success. Does anyone know good books were they will help you with common knowledge, financial, and power (your definition)?

Not that books would completely change me from what I am without action, but if I find the right resources they could help me to become that person. I want to be a business expert like Henry Ford or Bill Gates, but the product I am selling is myself. I’ll worry about “myself”, and first learn how to market.

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#40060 - 07/08/10 11:44 AM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dakota]
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There are things which are called libraries.. many books and such. You can lend and read books of various writers such as Mark Twain, Mary Wollstone Shelley, Bram Stoker and others.
If you are not interested in reading the classics you can always get yer ass to the science, history, leisure and other departments at your local library.

Point being made: pick up a book and start reading, memorizing and learning. Keep your critical mind up (if you at least have any) and in the others case learn to make one. Self-improvement starts with the "self". I find your question quite useless in the sense you are relying on other to spoonfeed you. Take the action yourself, browse trough the various reading lists already posted on the "books and littrature"-section of this forum and you're off(ie, draw trough the other various topics in this board). Knowledge demands study and time, it isn't something you got born with.

If you want to achieve succes you'd better start thinking about the actions you take. And to burst your bubble: you'll never be at the same level as Henry Ford or Bill gates are. There is more then simple marketing.


Edited by Dimitri (07/08/10 11:57 AM)
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#40062 - 07/08/10 12:19 PM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dakota]
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Oh, Wicked Wanda aka Morgan, methinks I see the Bat-Signal for your excellent and subtle book here!

I will also contribute the following [I think I posted them previously here somewhere, but can't find the post]:

 Originally Posted By: M.A.A., The Scroll of Set 2/04
TWO EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BOOKS

The brightest ideas in your head are interesting and relevant to other people only to the extent you can communicate them. While we are in incarnate mode, this means writing and speaking.

It is an unfortunate by-product of the disintegration of modern primary and secondary education that neither one of these is currently taught very well. Nor, equally regrettably, are most people even objectively aware of their own inadequacies in these skills.

We have all read articles, essays, and theoretical/magical papers in which the author appears to be very excited about something - about which we might be similarly excited if we only had some idea what on earth he’s trying to explain.

Confused, clumsy, and incoherent writing doesn’t happen only within the Temple of Set, to be sure, but it has crept through the door more than I would personally like to see.

Therefore I commend everyone to check out a slim, cheap (US$5) book from Barnes & Noble entitled How to Write: Communicating Ideas and Information by Herbert E. Meyer & Jill M. Meyer.

Not only does this little gem tell you how to construct a piece of informative writing, it also takes note of the blizzard of media in which modern society is constantly buried. In other words, your item is going to get a relatively brief shot at someone else’s attention, much less retention. You’d better make it a good one.

Book #2 is also a Barnes & Noble book, also a slim hardcover, also cheap (US$7). Buy it at the same time you buy Book #1 - Trust me! It is called Say It In Six: How to Say Exactly What You Mean in 6 Minutes or Less by Ron Hoff.

The counterpart experience to reading the unreadable is listening to the unlistenable. How often have you writhed [in a meeting, group, or personal conversation] in polite torture, while someone raved or droned on incoherently about a topic which you had naïvely supposed would be interesting?

Have you ever considered the Lovecraftian possibility that you might be guilty of the same Liveliest Awfulness?

SII6 tells you how to make what you say interesting. But not just that, because you probably don’t want to merely entertain - you want your audience to take something useful away with them. So you need to structure what you say to frame and support that.

What’s magical about “six minutes”?

(1) Attention span: People other than Yogis are disposed to concentrate on any idea for only a few minutes. After that they begin to daydream, scratch, snooze, etc.

(2) Retention [again]: If you give an inspired, hour-long presentation, and ask attendees the next day about it, they’ll usually have a few sentences of summary at most. So figure out what you’d like those sentences to contain, and sock that to them.

SII6 tells you how to make the most of your six minutes. That’s important and useful to you not just at Temple of Set activities, but in your professional and personal/secular life as well.

Consider this extract from an academic study:

"Weinshall had 34 executives in an industrial organization record their daily interactions for a two-week period. He found that 75% of the reported interactions registered in the mind of one party only. Of the 25% of communications which were mutually remembered a few hours after their occurrence, 53% were not understood by the recipient in the spirit intended by the transmitter. Thus of the total interactions reported, only 12% 'got through'."

That’s how bad it is. These two little books will help enormously, and together they’re only $12.

P.S. Don’t buy them and leave them on your bookshelf unread.

P.P.S. Don’t read them once, retain 12%, and slip right back into writing and speaking mush.
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#40065 - 07/08/10 01:09 PM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dimitri]
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 Originally Posted By: Dimitri
There are things which are called libraries.. many books and such. You can lend and read books of various writers such as Mark Twain, Mary Wollstone Shelley, Bram Stoker and others.
If you are not interested in reading the classics you can always get yer ass to the science, history, leisure and other departments at your local library.

Point being made: pick up a book and start reading, memorizing and learning. Keep your critical mind up (if you at least have any) and in the others case learn to make one. Self-improvement starts with the "self". I find your question quite useless in the sense you are relying on other to spoonfeed you. Take the action yourself, browse trough the various reading lists already posted on the "books and littrature"-section of this forum and you're off(ie, draw trough the other various topics in this board). Knowledge demands study and time, it isn't something you got born with.

If you want to achieve succes you'd better start thinking about the actions you take. And to burst your bubble: you'll never be at the same level as Henry Ford or Bill gates are. There is more then simple marketing.


I am searching for books on my own time, but I also want to find books that if I didn’t post this message, then I would never had read to begin with. What books change you as a person? The last decent book I found was the Satanic Witch, which was a few days ago. Still it wasn’t enough, since I am starving for knowledge.

I only have a selective amount of time; 1 year to be exact. I work forty hours a week, and I have to go back to school in the fall which takes up more of my time for knowledge. Then I have to put in some sleep, so I have only like 2-3 hrs a night to do this knowledge research. So 600-900 hours to be exact, and in that I could only read like 180 books completely by time this month comes around again. I am giving up sleep for my goals, since I only need 6 hours of sleep to be functional.

So I have to be very selective about what I read then, and not waste time. I am wasting time right now, since I have to get things done like find my knowledge.

I do not want to be Bill Gates or Henry Ford either, but I want to be competent like them. If I get half as close as I am to one of them, then that’s great. But neither are my goals, since my goal is just me. I just use them as references in pop culture to use as a measurement of what I need to be close as, but then I want to surpass them as well. It is the belief in myself that will carry me through, it’s like naked ambition. I have all this drive with nothing to back me up. It’s like most of the shining stars in the sky, I can burn bright but what am I really? I am just a bunch of gas and nothing inside, if I cannot produce life. That’s what makes our star special, it can help produce life. It‘s a lucky star in some ways too.

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#40067 - 07/08/10 01:32 PM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dakota]
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It is very nice to see a person who is trying to set his/her life on a good track with the motivation to advance. But words are just words and I am quite a critical bastard.

Your current problem is not the lack of knowledge but the craving of wanting much in a fast time. I am quite sure that if you continue your plans the way you described them, you'll get a burn-out fast enough which can, and probably will, result in you not advancing. Organise, plan and keep everything in balance. The body is fragile when it comes to sleep-related issues. It is even more fragile combining the sleep-related issues with huge deals of stress you WILL encounter.

I suspect you clearly do not have an idea in what kind off adventure you are wanting to throw yourself in. Even more, I am quite sure you barely have an idea what you are going to do and what is to be faced when your ideas/planning comes into action.
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#40068 - 07/08/10 02:12 PM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dimitri]
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Well the adventure is very vague, but the goal is to head to New York City (next year August 1st), find a recording label, get a record play. Then have that guy mass produce that single, and a little luck and marketing I will have that single explode in New York city's clubs. Then it'll just explode, and from that success, create another single, and hopefully it'll happen.

So to get there I have to persuade the DJs in New York to play a record, work everyday in the clubs, seduce various men/women to get what I want from them, get a person that I can live with, find odd jobs sugar daddies. Improve my image, improve my skills, get the voice.

So this year is dedicated to just improving my image, my mind, understand the music business, psychology of others, and get what I need.

Then from there on just explode into the super star I will become.

That is so vague, since it's not specific but I'll find out when I get there.

Back up plan: move to Los Angeles, become a porn star to afford community college/get into university to become a dermatologist. Age 26-36, no kids.



Edited by Dakota (07/08/10 02:17 PM)

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#40075 - 07/08/10 06:05 PM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dakota]
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You can't really gain knowlege by reading a book or two. It may help in some sense but the only way to gain real knowlege is to live your life. And eventually, over the years (many years, to be exact) you become knowlegable.

As Dimitri said, self improvement starts with the self. You have to have a natural innate sense of who you are before ever picking up a book. If you don't, then no book will ever help you.

As far as moving to NYC and making it in the music industry, good luck. You'll never seduce the people you want to. They are a lot smarter than you since they do what they do for a living. They see your kind come and go all the time...mostly go. I'm a musician in NYC and have been doing this for 25 years. My most previous band had a manager (who is the son of an extremely famous filmmaker/producer) and a music lawyer. We've had songs in major films, songs on the radio on the east coast, we've appeared in a few tv commercials for Time Warner Cable, we've appeared in newpapers, opened up for bands like The Gin Blossoms and still we didn't make it. We even had a $25,000 development deal with Sony. And all of that happened in the last 5-6 years of my 25 year span as a musician.

In order to make it in the entertainment business, you can't dabble in it - as Kevin Costner says. You have to have it be the only reason for your existence. If your torn between music and porn, go for porn.

If you want to understand the music business, by the book called, The Business Of Music. It'll turn your head around faster than Linda Blair.
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#40076 - 07/08/10 07:09 PM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dakota]
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There are so many books and so little time so I am guessing you want to choose the right ones.

You mention that you want to think or perceive the world and others like great business people like Henry Ford or Bill Gates, or even Rockefeller, Morgan and Carnegie?

Are you after books which illustrate the life of these sorts of people and what they did, what they thought and how they acted under certain given situations? If so, maybe straight biographies of these guys are the way to go. (I am sure there is a good book out there on Rockefeller called Titan?)

Are you wanting something more philosophical in nature, which looks at the types of thinking and perceiving which all of these people may have had in common? If so, then maybe a book like An Iron Will by O.S Marden is the way to go, along with even tougher works like Might is Right by Redbeard. In fact there are quite a few 19th century works, which I think, were addressed to capitalists, military and political leaders etc. which were just blunt and hard and almost solely concerned with power.

The works you want (I think) need to be tough and analytical and focused on economics, politics, tactics, strategy and war. Personal power, I think, cannot come from some new age book, but rather from cold and harsh works of realism where the way the world really works is explained and where practical strategies are provided.

Focus on the political, the economic and the purpose and conduct of war I think.

And that goddamned book by Robert Greene on seduction as well.

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#40079 - 07/08/10 09:49 PM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Knievel74]
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 Originally Posted By: Knievel74
You can't really gain knowlege by reading a book or two. It may help in some sense but the only way to gain real knowlege is to live your life. And eventually, over the years (many years, to be exact) you become knowlegable.

As Dimitri said, self improvement starts with the self. You have to have a natural innate sense of who you are before ever picking up a book. If you don't, then no book will ever help you.

As far as moving to NYC and making it in the music industry, good luck. You'll never seduce the people you want to. They are a lot smarter than you since they do what they do for a living. They see your kind come and go all the time...mostly go. I'm a musician in NYC and have been doing this for 25 years. My most previous band had a manager (who is the son of an extremely famous filmmaker/producer) and a music lawyer. We've had songs in major films, songs on the radio on the east coast, we've appeared in a few tv commercials for Time Warner Cable, we've appeared in newpapers, opened up for bands like The Gin Blossoms and still we didn't make it. We even had a $25,000 development deal with Sony. And all of that happened in the last 5-6 years of my 25 year span as a musician.

In order to make it in the entertainment business, you can't dabble in it - as Kevin Costner says. You have to have it be the only reason for your existence. If your torn between music and porn, go for porn.

If you want to understand the music business, by the book called, The Business Of Music. It'll turn your head around faster than Linda Blair.


Thanks, I think I read that book a while ago. Wow, that's a very astonishing account of your career. I hope you make it, with all that work.


Edited by Dakota (07/08/10 09:52 PM)

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#40080 - 07/08/10 10:14 PM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dakota]
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I just wanted to add some additional thoughts.

I have to admit that I am a little bit concerned about you Dakota and I mean that in a kindly and non-critical way and from the perspective of somebody who does not know you personally, but rather see you as a presence on a computer screen.

I like that you want to succeed and want to acquire power in the real world – that’s great.

I feel that getting into porn or the music business are certainly goals you can pursue, but they may not be the best goals to pursue, as they may be goals which are either unrealistic, or set you up as a tool or an object, of those who pull the strings, rather than placing you in a position to pull the strings yourself.

In terms of your reading I would also suggest studying and reflecting upon the character and lives of Sir Basil Zaharoff and Huey Long, who were two guys who I believe Dr. LaVey really liked.

People like Zaharoff, Long, Rockefeller or Hearst or J.B Mayer etc. were so shrewd, self interested and calculating; they seemed to carefully evaluate every little thing, according to how it affected them and how it extended their influence and increased their power. They saw the world in a cold blooded manner, were exclusively goal oriented and were able to successfully manipulate governments and all manner of people.

Anyway don’t limit your options because you may be boxing yourself in. Choose carefully and then start towrds your goals through education.

Good luck

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#40092 - 07/09/10 07:52 AM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dakota]
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Autobiographies can offer real-world insights and practical advice from others who have already been wherever it is that you might want to go. There are plenty of examples out there, obviously. Study the lives of those you admire. Learn from their mistakes, as well as your own.


For music 'Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway' by Cherrie Currie, or 'Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana' by Michael Azerrad.

If you're seriously considering porn, try 'How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale' by Jenna Jameson.

As for dedication - 'Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder' by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mein Kampf might also be worth a look.

Might is Right has already been suggested, so I'll definitely recommend I Beheld Desmond As Lightening Fall— to Chicago! (The Story of Arthur Desmond, 'Ragnar Redbeard' and 'Might Is Right')
by Darrell W. Conder. http://www.darrellwconder.com/arthurdesmond.html

If you can find it - My Friend Doc Holliday.

Amazon.com is a great place to start.

Have fun.

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#40094 - 07/09/10 02:35 PM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dakota]
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 Quote:
...the product I am selling is myself.


You don't need books for that. Just stand on a street corner and show a little skin. You hold a very great power between your thighs.
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#40108 - 07/10/10 01:28 AM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dakota]
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If you're looking for a marketing strategy, especially in the digital age, I'm working in that field myself this summer. What you're essentially looking for, if you want to "sell yourself" (or your talent) as a product, is platform building, a strategy to "make a name for yourself" and get yourself a following that would buy what you have to offer.

One of the best consultants on platform building is Michael Drew, founder of PromoteABook. He's successfully gotten 67 out of 67 books on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists. Although many people think he may not be able to help them because they don't have a "book," per se, I've also seen him work with other businesses. Just this last week he helped the head of a real estate (rent to own) company and a Christian singer. He's really expensive, though, and he won't accept clients unless they're already moderately successful in their field, so that may be something to put on the back burner for now.

There's a book called Waiting for Your Cat to Bark? (Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing) by Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg. It is meant to explain how to use a pull-marketing method called Persona Architecture, that tailors advertisements (especially websites) to the types of people (personas) you anticipate as potential customers. While Persona Architecture is a good system, the book leaves something to be desired in its current state. While it was meant to be an instructional "how to," it turned out as something of an enthusiastic celebration of how wonderful Persona Architecture is without really explaining how to do it.

Don't despair, though: I'm working right now to reorganize it and flesh it out as an actual instructional guide. I'll be uploading my explanation and instructions for Persona Architecture on the blog of Beneath the Cover in the weeks to come. Reading the blog content is free, but it may take a while for me to get it all up. So if you want instructions on marketing, you may want to subscribe to that blog and wait to see when my posts pop up explaining how to implement the P.A. process. (My name is Vanessa, just so you'll know whose posts to look for. XiaoGui17 doesn't post there. ;\) )
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#49788 - 02/26/11 12:34 AM Re: Literature for Self Improvement [Re: Dakota]
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Bill Hicks: Love All the People.

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