Personal Library of Wystan Hugh Auden (W H Auden)

Wystan Hugh Auden

Born on February 21, 1907, Wystan Hugh Auden was one of the world's best known poet when he died on September 29, 1973. Known as WH Auden, the poet grew up in York, England. He was born into an educated family, his father was a physician and his mother a nurse. Because of their influence, he developed an interest in science and engineering, and coupled with his intelligence, he won a scholarship to Oxford University where he started to write poetry. Although he had a natural intelligence, Auden did not perform very well while he was at Oxford. The poet was friends with other writers and poets such as Stephen Spender, C Day Lewis and Louis … [Read more...]

Marty Neumeier’s Rules of Genius

Rules of Genius

Marty Neumeier’s Rules of Genius I had the privilege of attending a presentation delivered by Marty Neumeier on the Rules of Genius, which he extracted from his book, The 46 Rules of Genius: An Innovator's Guide to Creativity (Voices That Matter). The presentation was excellent and gave me much food for thought, so I wanted to share the highlights with you. What is Genius? “Anyone who turns insights into innovation and in the process changes our view of what is possible.” Marty Neumeier cautioned the audience to become a genius in a small slice of the world. That means that you shouldn’t try to be all things to everyone. He also … [Read more...]

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday, Book Review

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday, Book Review

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday, Book Review The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday is about transforming the obstacles we face into opportunities by taking directed action that allows us to leapfrog much further. As I was reading the book, I constantly thought of the poem, If, by Rudyard Kipling, then I realized that many ideas and concepts in The Obstacle is the Way are built around the poem. “If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting … [Read more...]

Michael Moritz, Phil Knight, Shelly Lazarus – CEO Personal Libraries

Seven Pillars of Wisdom - Memoirs of a Geisha

I am a Bookaholic who refuses to enter any kind of addiction program for her book addition. I enjoy my addiction because it gives me pleasure. I am interested in shaping my mind, so I am always curious to see which books are in the personal libraries of  CEOs and other successful and accomplished people and which books they are reading. I have mentioned so many times on The Invisible Mentor blog how much I love the article, C.E.O. Libraries Reveal Keys to Success by Harriet Rubin, that I am sure some of you are now saying, “Enough already, Avil.” But what I have decided to do is to list some of the books mentioned in the article, as well … [Read more...]

Jim Rohn – How to Return to Profitability

Jim Rohn - How to Return to Profitability Jim Rohn’s words live on after his death! A few years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Jim Rohn for my book  Tales of People Who Get It. What struck me about our conversation is how humble the multimillionaire was. This reminded me that successful people such as Jim Rohn is just like you and me – they make mistakes and things do not always work out for them. Related Posts Book Review: The Seasons of Life by Jim Rohn Book Review: Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle Living an Authentic Life – Gabriel Draven, Summer Series Interviews Leading Women toward Self-Sufficiency, Anthea … [Read more...]