About 10 years ago, I read a book that stated “learning is a lifetime activity”. I took that statement to heart and have tried to consume at least 15 to 20 books per year ever since. This year I am excited to share with you my Five Favorite Reads from 2010.
- My Take Away: Ever wonder why some people are successful and some are not? In Failing Forward John C. Maxwell argues that the difference between success and failure may be how you look at them. There are no failures only results. Keep your eye on the destination.
- My Take Away: Loving others is the ultimate networking tool. By sharing your resources, you build your own credibility and brand. The goal is to be the ultimate “love-cat”
- My Take Away: As we move further into knowledge based work environments, existing models of motivation need to be revamped. Motivation 1.0 was survival. Motivation 2.0 was external rewards and punishments. Motivation 3.0 is based on our need to find personal satisfaction, enjoyment and reward in the work itself. This was my favorite book this year. It should be in your personal library.
Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary By Bill Strickland
- My Take Away: Success flows out of doing what you love and what you are good at. You pick up the necessary skills along the way. Great story of finding your passion and helping others.
- My Take Away: A clear and straight forward treatise on using your mind to achieve your goals. It’s amazing this book was published in 1948. Some of the chapters in this book: Suggestion is Power, The Art of Mental Pictures, Mind Stuff Experiments, all sound a little hokey, but are the basis of today’s success literature. It’s a great book, especially for it’s time.