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Dec. 23, 1999, 11:05 a.m. EST

Paul Farrell's commentary: Holidays too hectic? Take a short break

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By Dr. Paul B. Farrell

LOS ANGELES (CBS.MW) -- After all the presents are opened. The turkey's gone. The game's over. After you've called all the relatives. You've hugged the kids and tucked them to bed. Finally, you can relax. Now it's time for you. A time for reflection. What's it all about, really?

"Success in trading is a worthy goal, but it is worthless if it is not accompanied by success in life."

Jack Schwager New Market Wizards

Stop, listen to the still small voice

Any regular reader of this column knows how much metaphysics gets linked to mutual funds. You know we regularly tie together the left-brain world of money, investing and personal finance with the right-brain world of psychology, spirituality and creativity. You also know we do this because we learned a long time ago that each one of us is a whole person and we're all struggling with this same fundamental issue -- balancing our business with personal lives.

So as the noise settles down, take a moment to reflect on the wonders of life, all your gifts.And if you only have a few brief moments for reflection, quickly jump over and read the ideas in my column, the 12 Principles of the New Zen-Millionaire, where I tried to build a bridge between these two worlds.

The Zen-Millionaire within you

If you want to dig more into this fascinating arena, take some time to browse through my list of favorite books. These are the 'best of the best' from a library of several hundred books read over the past few decades.

Pick a few at random, go read a summary of each, and meditate on their meaning. Each has lasted a lifetime for me, so I can highly recommend any one of them as a gift -- to yourself. Happy reading, the best is yet to come.

In one of the single best books for online traders, The New Market Wizards, Jack Schwager reminds us that, ?Success in trading is a worthy goal, but it is worthless if it is not accompanied by success in life.? How can you discover success in your life?

My own personal reading includes several works from the great mystics of the East, the Zen and Taoist masters. They speak volumes to the do-it-yourself investor. And each of these teachers is also a leader in their respective fields:

Mind over money -- the psychology of winning

Work in the new field of behaviorial finance reveals that our psychological make-up has more to do with our success as investors than our tools, data and systems, more than virtually anything else. And armed with a doctorate in psychology, I am especially tuned into this area. So, it shouldn?t surprise you that I also find the following books helpful for successful investing:

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