Resources, Bibliography, and Links


Published soon: Book “The Happy Colorful Growth Way” (Author: Mathias Sager)

Latest readings

Personal development & Philosophy
  • 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever (Steve Chandler), 2007
  • 17 Lies that Are Holding You Back and the Truth that Will Set You Free (Steve Chandler), 06-13-00
  • Assertive Behavior: Assertiveness Training (Kass, Abe), 2016
  • As A Man Thinketh (James Allen), 03-26-14
  • Being in Balance (Dr. Wayne Dyer), 2011
  • Beyond Religion (Dalai Lama)
  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Elizabeth Gilbert)
  • Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life – Tao (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer)
  • Choose the Life You Want (Tal Ben-Shahar)
  • Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication (Andy Stanley), 02-06-13
  • Creating Your World the Way You Really Want it to Be (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Deepak Chopra M.D.), 03-04-04
  • Effortless Success (Michael Neill), 10-31-08
  • Essentialism (Greg McKeown)
  • Everyday Wisdom (Dr. Wayne Dyer), 2005
  • Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits (Wayne W. Dyer), 06-24-09
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Angela Duckworth), 05-03-16
  • Healing the Core Wound of Unworthiness. Redemptive Love (Adyashanti), 2016
  • Himmel auf Erden ist kein Ort, es ist eine Entscheidung (Dr. Wayne Dyer)
  • How to Find a Job, Career and Life you Love (Louis Efron)
  • How Successful People Think Differently (Akash Karia)
  • If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence, and Spirit (Brenda Ueland), 04-03-08
  • Imagination Creates Reality  (Neville Goddard)
  • Infinite Power (Neville Goddard)
  • Instant Law of Attraction: 3 Untold Remarkably Simple Exercises to Get Whatever You Want (Olivia Beck), 01-26-15
  • Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive (T.D. Jakes), 05-06-14
  • It’s Never Crowded Along the Extra Mile: 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer), 03-04-04
  • Living Well, Spending Less (Ruth Soukup)
  • Meditations (Marcus Aurelius), 01-10-11
  • Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits (T.D. Jakes), 04-23-07
  • Spontaneous Awakening (Adyashanti)
  • The Compound Effect (Darren Hardy)
  • The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living (Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman), 10-18-16
  • The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity (Edwene Gaines)
  • The Heart of Truth (Neale Donald Walsch)
  • The Law of Attraction: The Secret to Creativity & Personal Wisdom (Benjamin Bonetti)
  • The Miracle Morning (Hal Elrod)
  • The Obstacle Is the Way (Ryan Holiday)
  • The Power of Inner Ability: 3 Most Powerful and Infallible Laws of Life (Nicholas Y Mensah), 07-06-15
  • The Power of Vulnerability (Brené Brown)
  • The Practicing Mind (Thomas M. Sterner)
  • The Rich Switch: The Simple 3-Step System to Turn on Instant Wealth Using the Law of Attraction (David Hooper), 12-18-13
  • The Secret of the Power of Intention (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer),
  • The Secret to Attracting Money (Joe Vitale)
  • The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master Volume 1 (Seneca), 01-19-16
  • The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth (Dan Millman)
  • The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety (Alan Watts), 03-07-16
  • Through the Dark Wood: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life (James Hollis), 2014
  • Time Warrior: How to defeat procrastination, people-pleasing, self-doubt, over-commitment, broken promises and Chaos (Steve Chandler), 4-25-16
  • Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else (Jon Gordon), 05-03-10
  • Wayne Dyer’s Ultimate Library (Wayne Dyer), 10-31-17
  • Wisdom of the Masters (Wayne W. Dyer), 1999
  • Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting (Wayne W. Dyer), 03-16-12
  • Zen and the Art of Happiness (Chris Prentiss)
  • Being in Balance (Dr. Wayne Dyer), 2011
  • Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment (Ezra Bayda)
  • Bodhisattva Mind (Pema Chodron), December
  • Confucianism & Taoism (Dr. Julia Ching)
  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Chogyam Trungpa)
  • Das weise Herz: Die univ. Prinzipien buddhistischer Psychologie (Jack Kornfield)
  • Destiny: Step into Your Purpose (T.D. Jakes), 08-04-15
  • Don’t Waste Your Life (John Piper)
  • Exploring Vibrational Medicine (Richard Gerber)
  • Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm (Thich Nhat Hanh), 2012
  • Heart Steps (Julia Cameron)
  • I Can See Clearly Now (Wayne W. Dyer)
  • Living ‘A Course in Miracles’ (Kenneth Wapnick)
  • Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are (Tim Burkett), 2015
  • Real Magic (Wayne W. Dyer)
  • Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice (Brené Brown), 06-01-17
  • Risk Is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Thank to Waste it (John Piper)
  • Shinto: The Way Home: Dimensions of Asian Spirituality (Thomas P. Kasulis)
  • Smile At Fear (Chogyam Trungpa)
  • Spiritual Madness (Dr. Caroline Myss)
  • Tao Te Ching (Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell)
  • Tao Te King (Laozi, Zensho W. Kopp)
  • The Art of Mindful Living (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure (James Redfield), 12-16-99
  • The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master (Kazuaki Tanahashi)
  • The Importance of Being Extraordinary (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Eckhart Tolle), 03-26-13
  • The Jewel of Liberation: … End of Suffering (Jack Kornfield)
  • The Journey Into Yourself (Eckhart Tolle)
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • The Secret of Shambhala (James Redfield), 12-07-99
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (Deepak Chopra), 12-17-99
  • The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision, A Concise Guide (James Redfield), 12-16-99
  • The Unfettered Mind (Takuan Soho)
  • The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)
  • There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer), 04-28-05
  • Understanding Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Living in the Now (A. J. Parr), 02-19-18
Psychology & The mind
  • Ageless Body, Timeless Mind (Deepak Chopra), 03-28-17
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)
  • Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity (Raymond Tallis), 07-18-11
  • Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks (Ben Goldacre), 01-13-12
  • Brain Imaging: What It Can (and Cannot) Tell Us about Consciousness (Robert G. Suhlmann), 05-07-13
  • Brain, Mind And Consciousness: Advances in Neuroscience Research (Petr Bob), 09-26-11
  • Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and The Human Brain (Antonio R. Damasio), 09-27-05
  • Healing and The Mind (Bill Moyers)
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert B. Cialdini), 10-11-16
  • Poems of Rumi (Rober Bly, Coleman Barks), 12-27-16
  • Spiritual Cleanse: Train Your Brain to Stop Negativity with Self-Hypnosis, Meditation, and Affirmations (Joel Thielke), 12-14-15
  • Stumbling on Happiness (Daniel Todd Gilbert), 03-20-07
  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (Steven Pinker)
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (Jonathan Haidt), 12-26-06
  • The Power of Awareness (Neville Goddard), 03-29-13
  • The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg)
  • The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way (Wayne W. Dyer), 05-12-04
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (Joseph Murphy)
  • Psychology Bibliography
Coaching & Learning
  • Challenging Coaching: Going Beyond Traditional Coaching to Face the FACTS (John Blakey, Ian Day), 09-11-15
  • Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching, and Life (Marilee G. Adams), 12-01-15
  • Co-Active Coaching, 3rd Edition: Changing Business, Transforming Lives (Henry Kimsy-House), 07-12-13
  • Coaching: Coaching Strategies: The Top 100 Best Ways to Be a Great Coach (Ace McCloud), 04-18-16
  • Coaching for Performance, 4th Edition: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose – The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership (John Whitmore), 07-12-13
  • International Human Resource Development: A Leadership Perspective (Elaine S. Protoker), 2010
  • Life Coaching: Complete Blueprint to Becoming a Powerful Influential Life Coach (John Daniels), 12-07-15
  • Life Coaching: Life Coach, How to Motivate, Inspire, Influence & Help Anyone (Zac Dixon), 2015
  • Life Coaching: Life Coaching Blueprint: Save a Life One Person at a Time (ZD Coaching), Release date: 01-06-16
  • Self-Coaching: Become your own life coach … (Lyn Kelley), 02-07-13
  • Simple Strides Toward Positive Change: Lessons From Life Coaching (Susan Korwin), 12-26-13
  • The Chief Learning Officer: Driving Value Within a Changing Organization Through Learning and Development (Tamar Elkeles), 2007
  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever (Michael Bungay Stanier), 06-24-16
  • The Prosperous Coach: Increase Income and Impact for You and Your Clients (Steve Chandler, Rich Litvin), 03-08-16
  • Training and Development –  An Essential Guide for Students & Practitioners (Dr. Yogesh Pahuja), 2015
  • Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Success at an Elite Level (Mark Divine), 03-12-15
  • Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations (Michael K. Simpson, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith – foreword), 08-12-14
  • 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Coaches (Lyn Kelley), 12-28-12
Business & Leadership
  • 23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism (Ha-Joon Chang), 2011
  • Authentic Governance. Aligning Personal Governance with Corporate Governance (H. Rampersad, Saleh Hussain), 2014
  • Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life (Alan Deutschman), 2007
  • Do What You Are (Paul D. Tieger)
  • Leadership and Self-Deception – Box (The Arbinger Institute)
  • Lead With A Story (Paul Smith)
  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (Seth Godin)
  • Pitch Anything (Oren Klaff)
  • Stakeholder Theory. The State of the Art. Freeman, R. E., Harrison, J. S., & Wicks, A. C (2010)
  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth (John C. Maxwell)
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stepehn R. Covey)
  • The Economics of Inequality (Thomas Piketty), 09-22-15
  • The Happiness Advantage (Shawn Achor)
  • The ONE Thing (Gary Keller, Jay Papasan)
  • The Promise of a Pencil (Adam Braun)
  • Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)
  • Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work (John C. Maxwell), 2003
  • Virtual Communities, Social Networks, and Collaboration. Lazakidou, A. (2012)
Technology & Society
  • Brynjolfsson, E., & McAfee, A. (2014). The Second Machine Age. Work, progress, and prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies
  • Faust (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), 11-02-11
  • Goldsmith, J., & Wu, T. (2006). Who controls the Internet? Illusions of a borderless world
  • Karnouskos, S., Marron, P.J., & Fortino, G. (Eds.). (2014). Applications and Markets for Cooperating Objects
  • Kellmereit, D. & Obodovsky, D. ( 2013). The Silent Intelligence. The Internet of Things
  • Martin, E., Haya, P. A., & Carro, R. M., (Eds.). (2013) User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V., & Cukier, K. (2013). Big Data – A Revolution That Will Transform How We Life, Work and Think
  • McChesney, R. (2013). Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is turning the Internet against democracy
  • McEwen, A., & Cassimally, H. (2014). Designing the Internet of Things
  • Schmidt, E., & Cohen, J. (2013). The New Digital Age. Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
  • Scoble, R., & Israel, S. (2014). Age of Context. Mobile, Sensors, Data, and the Future of Privacy
  • The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (Jeremy Rifkin), 04-01-14
  • Townsend, A. M. (2013). Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a new Utopia
  • 33 Artists in 3 Acts (Sarah Thornton)
  • Bird By Bird (Anne Lamott)
  • Books That Have Made History (The Great Courses)
  • Classic Love Poems (William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning), 02-09-15
  • Contemporary Art (Julian Stallabrass)
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (Mason Currey)
  • Reflections on the Artist’s Way (Julia Cameron)


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6 Responses to Resources, Bibliography, and Links

  1. daodeqi says:

    Great Lists. Silly thought…. in that Disney movie, Mulan, the ancestors can talk and give advice. Were I to have the ability to choose my sages, I think Dyer, Watts, and Lao Tzu would be there in some squiggly cartoon form. No doubt telling me what to do by telling me absolutely nothing at all; tis the riddle of the tao/zen way. Absurd, I know, but still silly and fun to imagine.

    • Thanks for your stimulating comment! You’ve just picked some of my favorites. And, I love your idea regarding teaching ancient wisdom to (small and big) children that way! Maybe we could start such a children book project before Disney brings it in movie form?:-). Many of the great ancient wise teachings are timeless and yet, as you say, in some ways also useless; I agree. There are things today that should be changed (e.g., war, hunger). Therefore I’d like to politically engage either directly or in a way to accelerate the change in collective consciousness to make the changes happen. Instead of monk-like radiation of love only, why not pointing to what causes harm? Like Gandhi did. Without violence. I struggle with meditation as I prefer thinking actively about the past and the future (more specifically about the extreme ends, birth, and death) as the points in time where the timelessness of the human mind reveals much more than in the present. Running, and walking meditation (with audio-books) is fine though, but never tried it naked as you’ve reported your practices:-)). What do you think would make the (ancient) teachers more relevant/practical to you?

      • daodeqi says:

        They are still relevant in society today, which is why there is such a huge trend towards Zen practices. Sometimes, you need to change the setting all together though, while keeping the message, so a new generation can relate. But their wisdom is timeless. And since it is so accepting, it will continue for years to come as other philosophies/religions will fall due to antiquated morays.
        You can’t teach anyone anything they are not ready to learn, and for some reason, we have to learn things the hard way. Riddled fables and open ended inquiries are probably just the teacher’s way of having fun with the fact that no one will listen to them anyways, until it resonates and becomes the missing piece inside them.
        I wonder if you can’t invoke or inspire a person to get to that learning space quicker; where they are more receptive. Maybe that’s what ancient teaching styles attempted to do.
        Too funny, I’m right there with you… terrible meditator, too passionate to sit quietly, and wanting so badly to be able to help affect that change. Very unZen of me. 🙂
        So obviously I would love to collaborate, even if it only appeared like a think tank, in the hopes that one of those thoughts was able to take root.
        I’m trying something new this week. A child’s fable, with eastern symbolism, and a satirical reflection of today’s society. But instead of asserting righteousness, emotions, etc, I have been trying to keep it open for the reader to learn what they are ready to learn.
        I will shoot you a link to the draft when I’m finished this weekend.
        Thank you for the conversation.

      • Yes, you are (unfortunately) right: Only when the student is ready. And you name it: The central question, for me too, is in fact how to make people think. One aspect to consider is lifespan development. For example, because young people believe that they live forever, they also might have different priorities than later in life. As realistic as possible, I would induce the awareness of mortality to everybody, from early years. We all are the same distance from death! Only in the face of death, we can overcome our fears; the fears that stand between us and our time- and limitless nature. Secondly, I would uproot people from any specific culture/society, so they have to identify themselves as human beings and world citizens rather than as members of any mutually exclusive and separating society, community, or group, what is the cause of any conflict and war.
        Your idea with the child story sounds great. I think it is an excellent way to educate (especially things that parents and school do no tell). Yes, please let me know, and I am very happy to provide (early) feedback. It would be even an honor.
        Yes, let’s figure out how we shape and promote an evolved version of meditation (possibly with a bit more agitation than in the most tamed Zen monk version). I found (for me) a formula that might make sense more generally. I am currently documenting it. It would be great if I could share it with you also pre-publication.

  2. daodeqi says:

    Saddest sociological behavior for me by far: the need to separate an us vs. them.
    I would be honored, and most likely enlightened. I can’t find a meditation practice I can stick to, other than chi walking. I like the concept of agitated meditation, very intriguing.

  3. Patty says:

    Oh my…My list of ‘need to read’ grows rapidly, haha
    Fantastic list, Mathias. Thanks.

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