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Kristin Chenoweth

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Robert Attermann, Vice President of Abrams Artists Agency

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” ‘Breaking In’ is one of the most informative and inspirational books I’ve ever read. Really well done.”

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Cat Grieve

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Allison Windom

“Breaking In: Break Out your Wallet and Get Two!”

George Grieve, Parent of Aspiring Artist

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Suggested Reading List


Anderson, U. S.
Three Magic Words: The Key to Power, Peace and Plenty

(California: Wilshire Book Company, 1977).
Butler-Bowdon, Tom.
50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Life and Work from 50 Landmark Books

(London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2007).
Byrne, Rhonda.
The Secret

(New York: Atria Books, 2006).
Canfield, Jack, with Janet Switzer.
The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

(New York: Harper Resource Book, 2005).
Chin-Ning, Chu.
Thick Face, Black Heart

(London: Nicholas Brealy Publishng, 1995).
Chopra, Deepak, M.D.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams

(San Rafael, Calif.: Amber-Allen Publishing, New World Library, 1994).
Dyer, Wayne W.
Manifest Your Destiny: The Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want

(New York: HarperCollins Pub- lishers, 1997).
Gladwell, Malcolm.
Outliers: The Story of Success

(New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2008).
Hill, Napoleon.
Think and Grow Rich

(Mineola, NY: Dover Publica- tions, 2007).
Pink, Daniel H.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

(New York: Riverhead Books, 2011).
Robbins, Anthony.
Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement

(New York: Free Press, 1986).
Thomas, Peter H.
Be Great: the Five Foundations of an Extraordinary Life

(Brentwood, TN: Franklin Green Publishing, 2010).
Trump, Donald with Bill Zanker.
Think Big and Kick Ass in Business And Life

(New York: HarperCollins, 2007).


Bernard, Adam.
Muscle For Your Hustle: What Every DIY Musician Needs to Know

(Lulu Online Publishing).
Burt, Gabor George.
Slingshot: Re-Imagine Your Business Re-Imagine Your Life

(Brentwood, TN: Franklin Green Publishing, 2010).
Carnegie, Dale.
How to Win Friends and Influence People

(New York, Simon and Schuster, 1936). Note: This book has been reprinted many times in many different editions. All are equally helpful!
Covey, Stephen R.
The 7 Habits Of highly Effective People

(New York: Free Press, 1989).
Covey, Stephen R., A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill.
First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy

(New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994).
Crenshaw, Dave.
The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done

(San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008).
Lorayne, Harry & Lucas Jerry.
The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play

(New York: Ballantine Books, 1996).
Ries, Al & Laura Ries.
The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding

(New York: Harper Business, 2002).
Vaynerchuk, Gary.
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

(New York: HarperStudio, 2009).


Ferriss, Timothy.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

(New York: Crown Publishers, 2007).
Kiyosaki, Robert, with Sharon L. Lecter, C.P.A.
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money—That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

(New York: Business Plus, 2000).
Lechter, Sharon L. & Garrett Sutton.
Real Estate Advantages

(New York: Warner Business Books, 2006).
Pilzer, Paul Zane.
Unlimited Wealth: The Theory and Practice of Economic Alchemy

(New York: Crown Publishers, 1990).
Ramsey, Dave.
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

(Nashville: Thomas Nelson Pub., 2003).
Stanley, Thomas & William Danko.
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy

(New York: Pocket Books, 1996).


Here are just a few favorite books from my personal collection. When looking them up online to find out if they were still in print I ran across no fewer than one hundred more biographies and autobiographies that I plan on reading, and many that, frankly, I wish I had read long ago—even though in some cases they had yet to be written back then!

  When I was starting out in this business, my most valued investment was a monthly subscription to Biography magazine. Sadly, it is no longer in print, but you can search the Internet and find a million interviews from just about anyone in the public eye.

  An autobiography, however, is special in that it gives the kind of depth and nuance of a lifetime of decisions, risks, and rewards from the perspective of the person who made those decisions, took those risks, and reaped those rewards. Given the choice, I will always prefer reading books actually written by those who have lived the life being written about—to me, those are the words that will always provide the biggest insight to success.  

Abagnale, Frank W., Redding, Stan.
Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake

(New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1980).
Cameron, James.
James Cameron: Interviews

edited by Brent Dunham(Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012).
Chenoweth, Kristin with Joni Rodgers.
A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages

(New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009).
Fox, Michael J.
Lucky Man: A Memoir

(New York: Hyperion, 2002).
Frankl, Viktor E.
Man’s Search for Meaning

(Boston: Beacon Press, 1962).
Jordan, Michael, and Mark Vancil.
Driven from Within

(New York: Atria Books, 2005).
Judd, Ashley, with Maryanne Vollers.
All That Is Bitter & Sweet: A Memoir

(New York: Ballantine Books, 2011).
Kelley, Kitty.
Oprah: A Biography

(New York: Crown Publishers, 2010).
Lowe, Rob.
Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

(New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2011).
Martin, Steve.
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life

(New York: Scribner, 2007).
McBride, Joseph.
Steven Spielberg: A Biography
, 2nd ed.

(Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010).
Paisley, Brad, with David Wild.
Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me

(New York: Howard Books, 2011).
Parton, Dolly.
Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

(New York: Harper Collins, 1994).
Swayze, Patrick, Lisa Niemi.
The Time of My Life

(New York: Atria Books, 2009).
Tyler, Steven.
Does That Noise in My Head Bother You? A Rock ’n’ Roll Memoir

(New York: Ecco Press, 2011).
Walters, Barbara.
Audition: A Memoir

(New York: A.A. Knopf, 2008).
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