What Makes a Book Great?

What makes a book great

What Makes a Book Great? You have been told many times that the most successful people, the greatest leaders and innovators who ever lived, are/were voracious readers. Many of these accomplished people seldom disclosed the names of the books in their personal libraries because that was a private matter. However, there is no shortage of lists of the best books of all time to read, but many of those lists are very subjective. For instance, Amazon published a list of 100 Must-Read Books, and as a powerful and well-known organization, many will pay close attention to that list. I printed out the list and looked closely at each book … [Read more...]

The Personal Library of George Washington

The Personal Library of George Washington I decided that I wanted to do a series on the personal libraries of successful people because I thought they would give me insights into the shaping of a mind. As you already know, this website is about invisible mentoring, which is learning from unique leaders by observing and imaging their wisdom and good traits. That also means consuming the books that they consumed and doing that requires knowing what books they had in their personal libraries. I figured that a good place to start was with successful people who are well known. Related Posts Why read, what to read, and Teddy … [Read more...]

Janice Lawrence-Clarke – Bringing a New Product to the Right Clients, Summer Series Interview

Janice Lawrence-Clarke

Janice Lawrence-Clarke - Bringing a New Product to the Right Clients, Summer Series Interview Once a week during July and August, I am featuring one of the interviews from my book,  Tales of People Who Get It, and post it on the blog so that you may learn from some of the interviewees, as well as introduce the interviewees to a new audience. This week, I feature Janice Lawrence-Clarke, who reminds us that our products and services must align to the right customers and clients. Learn how she successfully repositioned her services. Related:  Living an Authentic Life – Gabriel Draven, Summer Series Interviews Leading Women toward … [Read more...]

Advice to Writers from Top Writers

Advice to Writers from Top Writers Although the Creative Writing course that I took as a part of my informal liberal arts education was not what I expected, there were several pieces of advice that I found useful. After listening to the first session, I abandoned the course, but my instincts kept on telling me to return to it so I listened. Taking courses as a part of my informal learning has stretched my beliefs regarding what a course is supposed to be. The creative writing course consists of videos and audios of top authors and poets distilling their wisdom into segments of eight to eighteen minutes. If you took the Creative Writing … [Read more...]

The Personal Library of Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

The Personal Library of Carl Sandburg When it comes to reading books, quality always trumps quantity because the right books have the capacity to shape your mind and thinking. I have often wondered why people become successful, what books do they read that influence their thinking and perhaps catapult them to success? A few weeks ago while conducting research on the personal libraries of successful people, I discovered legacy libraries. I was very happy with my discovery because I wanted to do a series on the topic for this blog. I started off the series a few weeks ago with Theodore Roosevelt’s library. The intent of the series is to read … [Read more...]