This page is designed to give you a quick insight into books I have read and recommend. With the exception of The King James Bible and The Richest Man in Babylon, I cannot name an author with whom I agree on everything, yet there are few who cannot teach me something.
“Successful people have big libraries; poor people have big T.V.’s” – Jim Rohn
Total Recall, by Arnold Schwarzenegger is a long, instructive and entertaining read. It is Arnold’s autobiography in which he candidly tells the story of his life. In the telling of his story, he often reveals his innermost thoughts, feelings and attitude about a given situation or opportunity. I strongly recommend this book for the person who wants to be the influencer, rather than the influenced, because it is loaded with Arnold’s real life experiences, revealing how he influenced himself and his circumstances to overcome in several unrelated fields of endeavor. On the big screen, Arnold is larger than life, but this book also reveals that he is just as human and faulty as the rest of us.
The book is not presented as a leadership manual, but Arnold’s ability to persuade and lead are apparent throughout and it serves the purpose of delivering easy to understand leadership instruction. I have a permanent bookmark in my copy on page 603, which begins the chapter titled “Arnold’s Rules.” Whenever I need a kick in the pants to get me going, I can quickly re-read that chapter and am inspired to get moving.
Life as I have known it has been “finger lickin’ good” by Col. Harland Sanders is another book that inadvertently teaches leadership by way of the presentation of Col. Sanders’ life. The book is short, loaded with humorous situations. it is a great encouragement that it’s never too late in life to succeed. Col. Sanders failed and was assailed by “bad luck” for most of his life, but at the age of 65 he successfully founded Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The Richest Man in Babylon (Original Version Restored and Revised, by George S. Clason
A delightful collection of short stories told by the richest man in Babylon on how to become wealthy. Very easy reading that instructs while entertaining. At only 108 pages the book can be read in little time. Provides imperative insights into wealth accumulation.
The $100 STARTUP; Reinvent the way you make a living, Do what you love, and Create a new Future by Chris Guillebeau is a great little book on how to start a business doing what you love and make a comfortable living doing it. The book is loaded with case studies of people who have approached business differently than most, who are successful and are enjoying their businesses and their lives. This book challenged me to start this business, shortly before my 70th birthday, and see if I can get it done for less than $1,000.00. In the book, Chris presents people who have started a business for $100 or less, but he admits that that is the exception, rather than the rule, but it can easily be done for less than $1,000.00 I set my goal at $1,000.00 because I need to pay for technical advice and services that many of you younger folks sort of inherently know how to accomplish. This is a very encouraging book.