Welcome to Banned Books Week – September 21−27, 2014

Welcome to Banned Books Week – September 21−27, 2014 Reading is important because it is one of the best ways to shape a mind, and that is one of the reasons why I have done the personal libraries of successful people series. People should have the freedom to read what they want to read, but they should be responsible about how they apply the information. Many great men have read the great books, the same books that Hitler and Stalin read, yet they did not commit despicable acts such as the holocaust and labor camps – Hitler and Stalin embodied evil. I have read some of the books that were banned or challenged and I cannot figure out … [Read more...]

How Successful People Think by John C Maxwell – Book Review

How Successful People Think

How Successful People Think by John C Maxwell - Book Review I purchased How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John C Maxwell based on the title and the author. I did not flip through the book or look at the table of contents. If you are looking for a book with how-to advice nicely laid out, this book is not for you. As someone who reads a lot, and process large amounts of information, the content of this book is not new to me. Despite this, How Successful People Think is useful because I need reminders of things that I should be doing. How Successful People Think by John C Maxwell is a small book in … [Read more...]

Were you born to blog?

Born to Blog

Born to Blog by Mark W Schaefer and Stanford A Smith – Book Review If you have been performing in a role for five years, are you an expert? Would you know all the fundamentals? Or is there room for improvement? It is hard for me to believe, but I have been blogging at The Invisible Mentor for over five years. With the rate at which technology is changing, it is difficult to keep up with all the information on effective blogging. Recently, while I was in Indigo bookstore I noticed Born to Blog: Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post at a Time because the last copy was literally bent out of shape, and hanging off … [Read more...]

Emily Dickinson Personal Library

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson Personal Library Working on the series, Personal Libraries of Successful People, has been a good process for me because it allows me to see the shaping of the mind. of a very successful person. Like I have written before, from what I have observed so far, these successful people read books to improve their craft, and they read broadly. This is also true of Emily Dickinson, who was an American poet. She read the works of other poets, classic literature, fiction of her time, and various other genres. Born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson received a very good  education. She loved going for long walks, … [Read more...]

Relevance: One of the Keys to Successful Social Interactions


Relevance: One of the Keys to Successful Social Interactions Are you giving your time and energy to things that are relevant to you? What importance do you place on relevance in your decisions to interact with others? A few weeks ago I signed up for a digital storytelling event because I want to learn how to tell better stories. Over the summer, I read and reviewed The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio, which was a very good book, but when you are improving your craft you look for a variety of sources for information. And storytelling and visual storytelling complement each other because the most … [Read more...]