- My self-actualization skills needed a good makeover. I had immersed myself in the day-to-day work of operations management that I neglected to consider where I am, and where I should be, on my personal development arc.
- I have a lot of general knowledge, but few pieces of hard proof of my knowledge. In IT that translates to a paucity of certifications.
- I have a dismal record of keeping in touch with friends and family and I hadn't exactly made any new friends in the last few years.
Searching job sites, researching local businesses, crafting and submitting resumes and talking to agents, HR reps and a variety of other kind and helpful folks was to take up most of my day, as it should. I decided to set aside a couple hours of each day or night to address the rest. I will detail my excursions into social meeting, reconnecting with old acquaintances and chasing certifications another day. Today is a day for lists.
I like lists. They convey a good overview of interest and intention without all the overhead of conjunctions, gerunds and other standards of polite grammar. At this time I offer you my top ten list of motivational, organizational and inspirational personal development books (paper and audio) that I perused this summer. Don't think this is all I covered. I also read one historical non-fiction and four technical books. More about those another day.
Gary's Top Ten Favorite Personal Development (don't call them self help-that's so 80s) Titles in No Particular Order:
- Your First Year in Network Marketing
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
- How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
- The 8th Habit - Stephen Covey
- Psycho-Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz
- Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life - Wayne Dyer
- A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
- Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
- First Things First - Stephen Covey
- Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway - Susan Jeffers
Fair Disclosure: I only got around to the first six, so far. The list fell into the convenient ten title length based on what I read plus what I have committed myself to read. Considering my average reading speed, I figure I should be done with the rest by mid October.
Tomorrow I'll post my thoughts on a few of these.