Erik's Book of The Month

"The man who does not read a good book has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."-Mark Twain

Last year 85% of North American households didn't buy one nonfiction book. 90% of those who did, did not read it. You want to be different? Buy a book! You want to be really different? Read it!!

August Book Review: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne


It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen and bought for vast sums of money. This centuries-old Secret has been understood by some of the most prominent people in history: Plato, Galileo, Beethoven, Edison, Carnegie, Einstein—along with other inventors, theologians, scientists and great thinkers. Now The Secret is being revealed to the world.

“As you learn The Secret you will come to know how you can have, be, or do anything you want. You will know who you really are. You will come to know the true magnificence that awaits you in life.”       

— from the Introduction                                                                                                                            

If you don’t know the Secret, then you need to read this book or see the documentary that was made by some of the leading business leaders, philosophers, authors, speakers and quantum physicists of our time about the Law of Attraction.

The Law of Attraction states that what you think about, you bring about. You control your destiny with the power of your mind. You become what you think about most, but you also attract what you think about most. Like attracts like. If you have positive thoughts, you will have positive results. The Law of Attraction gives you what you want—period! If there was ever a book that I could recommend that would start you on the path to changing your life, this book is it. Further, I suggest you get the DVD and the book and use them together.

July 2009

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, by Dr. Robert Fulghum – July Book Review 

Like most people, I have a going on in my life. Between work and family and keeping up with the normal hustle and bustle of life, I, like others, tend to forget the simple pleasures in life and miss the bigger meaning in the little things. This book by Dr. Robert Fulghum reminds all of us of the significance found in our relationships with others and in everyday occurrences.

So often I find myself forgetting to slow down and smell the roses. My schedule is extremely full. When life starts to overwhelm me, the essays in this book help bring me back to the basics and remind me what is truly important in life.  And when I get right down to it, I did learn it all in kindergarten.

(From the book)

ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday school. These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life: learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

Wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: they all die. So do we.

And remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned—the biggest word of all—LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere: the Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation, ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all—the whole world—had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are: when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

(End of book excerpt)

I have read this book three times in my life. As far as I’m concerned, that is way too few. As complicated as I have made my life, I need to be reminded more often to keep it simple. We all want the same basic things in life. They just come wrapped in different packages. This book will help you realize how truly special the gifts in your life are.


June 2009

Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want by James Arthur Ray


This book is not only a must read: it should be kept and referred to daily. If you want to become wealthy—I mean truly wealthy—then this book can show you practical ways to do so. Harmonic Wealth will help you achieve real wealth in the “five pillars”: financial, relational, mental, physical and spiritual. This book helps make clear that true wealth will never be attained without success in all five areas.


James Arthur Ray combines teachings from some of the world’s premiere spiritual leaders with theories from top physicists and scientists to explain the Law of Attraction and how to create for yourself the life you have always desired. As a featured expert in the book The Secret, Ray knows the keys to getting what you want by unlocking the powers of the universe.


Harmonic Wealth is not some feel-good, motivational book filled with pie-in-the-sky fantasies. It encourages you to get real and be creative in identifying and living the intentions you have for your life.


If you want to break through personal limitations and acquire true financial, relational, mental, physical and spiritual wealth, start by reading this book. Then Live It!



May 2009

Slow Down–The Fastest Way to Get Everything You Want


This book has meant a lot to me. I picked it up, early into my sobriety, as part of a course I was taking to get my life coaching certification. The course was taught by the author himself, David Essel. I was not sure at the time that I wanted to be a life coach, but I knew that I needed to make some major changes in my life if I were going to maintain my sobriety. I was willing to try anything–even slowing down.


Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile know that my passion is racing. Going fast is just the way I am wired. David’s book Slow Down and his course have taught me a lot about how to slow down in order to achieve my goals faster. He debunks the notion that I personally held that in order to be more successful you have to work faster and harder and always be first.


David Essel is an author, lifestyle coach, speaker and TV/radio host whose nationally syndicated motivational program was heard in over 220 cities for nine years. An athlete, poet, and more, David has been labeled a “21st century Renaissance man” for his ability to inspire millions through the combination of his creative, authentic and philosophical energies and drive. David’s mission is to inspire others to reach their own personal potential, and his professional presentations have drawn rave reviews from Fortune 500 companies across the U.S.


David’s book, his course, and his theories have helped me shift my beliefs about what it takes to be successful and has helped me maintain my sobriety. I highly recommend this book if you are facing any challenges in your life, in business or with spirituality. This book will offer you a formula for achieving all that you desire in life. You can find Slow Down by visiting


Erik Elsea




April 2009

Rules for Renegades; how to make more money, rock your career, and revel in your individuality by Christine Comaford-Lynch.

 Want a richer life? Break all the rules. Renegade entrepreneur- and runaway success story-Christine Comaford-Lynch has lived the kind of life most of us can only dream about. From model to monk to multi-millionaire, she does what she wants-and things get done.

 Now, in ten outrageous life lessons, she’ll show you how to make your dreams come true. Your way. Your rules.

 Rules for Renegades distills what Christine has learned as she succeeded (and failed) in business, built strong relationships (and some disasters), and evolved spiritually and professionally. If you want to become financially independent, she’ll show you how to do it. If you want to build your confidence and self-esteem, she’ll give you a crash course. If you want a meaningful life full of rich connections, she’ll share her secrets.

 Ultimately, she lets you in on the greatest secret of all-how to build a fulfilling life while rocking your career. She has also filled her book with lots of cool free stuff: links to sample business plan outline, tutorials on sales and marketing techniques, and tools to help you enhance your own power.

 You’ll learn the surprising truth behind her most off beat rules…

-Everything’s and illusion, so pick one that’s empowering

-Rock rejection and finesse failure

-Learn to love networking

-Work your money mojo

 Rules for Renegades is not just the story of a remarkable entrepreneur. It’s and amazing approach to life that breaks the rules-and makes life work for you.

 Christine Comaford-Lynch is a five-time CEO and company founder-and all five businesses grew to be acquired or take public. She has over 20 years’ experience in operational high tech positions with Microsoft, Lotus, Adobe, and Apple. She has assisted 700 of the Fortune 1000 companies and 300 small businesses in accelerating innovation and has consulted with the White House on tech and small business strategies.

 I loved this book because I can relate to Christine. Life can be challenging but if you have the guts and are willing to think outside the box then you too can accomplish your dreams. Christine’s amazing career came together in a very unorthodox manner. She is an example that no matter what problems you face in life there is a solution if you are willing to be a renegade. If you want to succeed in business and in life then this book is for you.

I also highly recommend you get some of the cool free resources Christine is offering at Mighty Ventures. Just hit the Mighty Ventures button in the right column to take advantage of this offer.