Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Simple Life

My wife and I decided to spend the weekend at Calico Rock Arkansas.  My mom's birthday is this weekend and I wanted to be here to say Happy Birthday and hug her neck.  It was kind of a last minute decision so we didn't get here until about 10:00 last night.  I wish I could have taken a picture of the moon and stars.  Wow.  I had forgotten how many lights are in the sky.  Living in Springfield MO only the brightest stars make it through the glow of the urban night.  The rural Ozarks aren't heaven but it has to be close.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Things I don't understand

Things I don't understand or would like to know the answer to:

  • Why the winter's seem to be colder and the summers seem to be hotter?
  • Why the concept of God has gotten so complicated?
  • Why it is so unpopular to be a proponent of compromise instead of divisiveness?
  • Why moderation is considered a bad thing?
  • Why one day I stepped out of the shower and their stood a "not young man" in the mirror looking at me?
  • Why my grand children are near perfect and everyone else's are just kind of perfect?
  • Why the US Tax Code is over 3000 pages long and so complicated?
  • Why so many people currently incarcerated in the US prison system are poor and minority?
  • Why there is a movement to drug test people before they can receive food stamps but there is no movement to require executive's on Wall Street to be drug tested?
  • Why the middle class in the US is disappearing?
  • Why I didn't make better financial decisions when I was 25?
  • Why I didn't go ahead and get my master's degree when my dad wanted me to and is it too late to get it at my age?

Knowledge - How to grow and prosper

I had a conversation with my 23 year old son this morning over our regular Saturday morning breakfast.  Our conversation this morning was about reading and critical thinking for the purpose of gaining knowledge and being in a state of continuous learning.   Sam is about to graduate from college.   He is interested in those things that will define who he is as an individual and as a young professional.   The current buzz phrase is “personal brand.”

I wrote Sam an email listing the books he should read and have in his library.   I thought it was worth blogging the email.    Here it is:


These are books I think you should read in order:

1.       The Dip – By Seth Godin (should read at least once a year)
2.       48 Days to the work you love – by Dan Miller (should get the actual book, not digital, to use for reference)
3.       The Millionaire Next Door – by Stanley Thomas
4.       The Dan Sullivan Question by Dan Sullivan
5.       The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
6.       7 Habits of Highly Successful People – by Stephen Covey (as I suggested, you should listen to the abridged version of this.  Might get a copy of the book for reference)
7.       Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute (this is another one you should add to your “once a year list”)

Other books that need to be on your reading list:

1.       Unbroken – by Laura Hillenbrand
2.       The Outpost – by Jake Tapper
3.       Good to Great – by Jim Collins
4.       Great by Choice – by Jim Collins

Be sure to go to TED.Com and watch How Great Leaders Inspire Action – by Simon Sinek.   Here is the link to the video -

Another Simon Sinek video you should watch is on youtube – “Love your Work”  - Here is the link -

There is a book I have never read but should.  Maybe we could read it at the same time.   It is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

You should look for books that are highly rated that talk about developing your personal “brand.”

I suggest you setup an Amazon account.  You can start a reading list there.   Once you have books on your reading list, Amazon will suggest others.  See where it will lead you.

Love you,  Dad