Currently, I have listed some of the better written resources that I’ve read.  I have managed to find good descriptions of the books and copied the pictures and summaries from Amazon.  Hopefully, this will make referencing and finding the books easier.  I will use a different color when typing my thoughts, opinions, and what I got from reading the book.  Many books may  seem to be geared toward sales and business – look a little deeper.  Most of the classics (“Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill or “What Color is Your Parachute”) can be directly related to your thinking process and changing it.  You don’t have to be financially focused to have richness in your life!

I will continue to add more as I read.  As I figure out the best way to set up my archives, I will include articles from magazines or journals.


Little Things Matter  by Todd Smith

Publication Date: October 28, 2010

As a dynamic entrepreneur for 30 years, Todd Smith has enjoyed professional success, ranking him in the top 1/100 of 1 percent of people in his chosen fields. He credits his success to the LITTLE THINGS MATTER concept that he has applied to every facet of his life—his careers, coaching, teaching and writing, developing relationships, building a marriage of 25 years and parenting four children.
Convinced that achieving success at anything comes from doing the LITTLE THINGS, Todd took important subjects that apply universally and broke them down into bite-sized pieces that everyone can understand and implement. This book reveals 100 of those LITTLE THINGS that can help you achieve greater success and enjoyment at whatever you pursue in life.
Little Things Matter
You will learn how to:
• Become more likable
• Develop deeper relationships
• Improve communication skills
• Become more respected
• Strengthen your self-image
• Improve time-management skills
• Develop positive character traits
• Enhance leadership skills
• Make better decisions
• Become more disciplined
• Enjoy a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life

Whether you are an employee, a sales professional, student, stay-at-home parent, or the owner of your own business, you will learn valuable life lessons that can enhance every aspect of your life.

I enjoyed Todd’s book because it gave me small thoughts or concepts I could understand in an easy-to-read format.  You’ve heard the concepts, but until I read these the way Todd presented them, and used his challenges at the end of each section, it didn’t really sink in.  It seems “too basic” to admit that I wasn’t doing some of these!  It’s easy reading and you can do a 10 minute or less section each night.  I keep going over the items that I need to work on the most, and my items change weekly.  A great self-development tool for anyone old enough to read it!


The Magic of Thinking Big   by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.The Magic of Thinking Big

The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction — but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. This book gives you those secrets!

I loved this book!  It never got too deep into the academic psychology, but gave very practical points the average person relates to.  It’s a great motivator and gets you thinking “Yeah, why shouldn’t I think bigger?”  This was one of the main books I read that made me decide to go for it and start a business.  After that, I decided I may as well try and put together my website.  There’s nothing wrong with dreaming bigger and not being able to do it.  If it doesn’t work, at least I won’t have the regret later of wishing I had tried!


The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business IdeaThe Go Giver       

by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Publication Date: December 27, 2007


The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.

Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of “go-givers:” a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the “Connector,” who brought them all together. Pindar’s friends share with Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving.

Joe learns that changing his focus from getting to giving—putting others’ interests first and continually adding value to their lives—ultimately leads to unexpected returns.

Imparted with wit and grace, The Go-Giver is a heartwarming and inspiring tale that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive.”

Don’t pass this up!  This is a great story that any adult who has worked in business can easily relate to.  Even if you’ve never really had to work on projects or deadlines, you can make inferences to your school days!  My mentors have blessed me in the way Pindar helps Joe, and they ALL recommended the book.  I got so absorbed in the story that I read it all in one day.  If you are wanting to find success in business, or in being a better person, this is a MUST READ!  I found myself smiling and laughing as I identified with parts of each character.

This book helped me see some supervisors and high level executives as people with knowledge to share.  When I started talking to them, I found that most are open to sharing their story, and have vivid memories of the journeys that got them to where they are now.  I want to be a CEO, so I need to hear stories and experiences of what it took different people to get to the top. You don’t know unless you ask….! 


Go Pro book

Go Pro – 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional

Over twenty years ago at a company convention, Eric Worre had an aha moment that changed his life forever. At that event he made the decision to Go Pro and become a Network Marketing expert. Since that time, he has focused on developing the skills to do just that. In doing so, Eric has touched and been touched by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Now he shares his wisdom in a guide that will ignite your passion for this profession and help you make the decision to Go Pro and create the life of your dreams. In this definitive guidebook, you will learn to: -Find prospects -Invite them to your product or opportunity -Present your product -Follow up with your prospects -Help them become customers or distributors -Help them get started right -Grow your team by promoting events -And much, much more. Eric’s wish is for you to make the decision to become a Network Marketing Professional. For you to truly Go Pro. Because it is a stone-cold fact that Network Marketing is a better way. Now let’s go tell the world.

I’m a big fan of Eric Worre since he advocates technique and not a product or company.  Any one will be able to use his advise to help them with their business.  I’ve enjoyed his annual Recruiting Mastery events through streaming, and attended the event live in Las Vegas in 2013.  I keep several of these books and CD’s on hand to work with my team.  I recommend his website Network Marketing Pro as he does free videos, almost every day, that give new people in business hope and encouragement.


Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways To Keep The Little Don't Sweat The Small StuffThings From Taking Over Your Life    by Richard Carlson

Publication Date: January 1, 2002
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff is a book that tells you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life.

You can learn to put things into perspective by making the small daily changes Dr. Carlson suggests, including advice such as “Choose your battles wisely”; “Remind yourself that when you die, your ‘in’ box won’t be empty”; and “Make peace with imperfection”. With Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… you’ll also learn how to:

  • Live in the present moment
  • Let others have the glory at times
  • Lower your tolerance to stress
  • Trust your intuitions
  • Live each day as it might be your last

With gentle, supportive suggestions, Dr. Carlson reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and stress-free.

This is a great daily reader!  Short 2-3 page thoughts and ideas that help you make your life better.  It’s easy to envision your life situation in every example.  Some of the idea sections I like are:  Search for the grain of truth in other opinions and Just for fun, agree with criticism directed toward you (then watch it go away).  He also writes on topics of relaxing, humility, and seeking to understand using common, real world examples without getting too abstract.