Over the years, I have become an avid reader of books that deal with personal development. I have a sincere passion about either reading these books or listening to videos and audios on YouTube that pertain to this subject. I just want to state briefly that in junior and senior high, I was not much of a reader. This reflected in me having low SAT scores in verbal as well as having to work very hard to succeed and get through undergraduate and Optometry School. Some of this lack of reading could be attributed to my eyes not working well together.
The first two books I want to discuss which were written in the 1930’s were Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends and Influence People and Napolean Hill’s Think And Grow Rich. Dale Carnegie’s book, as described in the title, discusses ways of improving your ability to get along with others both in your personal life and in business. Such ideas like letting the other person do most of the talking and becoming sincerely interested in the other person are just two of the many concepts discussed. Napolean Hill’s book covers more about succeeding in business. Ideas like starting with developing a chief aim, developing a group of individuals whom you have similar interest with and discussing ideas of how to succeed (described as a “Mastermind” group in his book) and being persistent are just a few of the areas covered.
Another, more recent book, that I’ve read is John Maxwell’s Intentional Living. In part, he discusses his life where he has lead a “life of significance” helping and mentoring others. Of course he describes how other individuals (some in their teens) are leading a life that makes a big difference to many others as well as themselves. John Maxwell can also be followed on YouTube as well as Success Magazine. His other books on leadership are best sellers.
I will be discussing in future blogs both authors and lecturers who I feel are tremendous in the information they share.