Saturday, March 8, 2014

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

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