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I always feel confident in a prospective book purchase if it has become a New York Times Best Seller and this delightful compilation is no exception. Made up of 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Women it will make you cry over and over. I have to congratulate the authors Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne and Marci Shimoff  for having the vision to create such a heart-felt piece of work.

Chicken Soup for the Soul like some other books I have read recently didn’t appeal to me simply because of its title and now that I have read it, it is up there with my favorite books of all time! It touched every cell of my emotional body and has made me want to become a better person!

This shining collection brings you inspiration and comfort in special chapters on marriage, motherhood, aging, bridging the generations, attitude, self-esteem and higher wisdom. It is a must read book for all women young or old, married or single!


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Outliers the story of success by Malcolm Gladwell is what business books should really be like; part psychology, part business, part history, part sociology, and part anthropology. It is chock full of amazing, interesting, and educational lessons about opportunity, success, and failure. “It is not the brightest who succeed,” Gladwell writes. “Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities — and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”

One such lesson is the triumph of hard work over natural talent. Gladwell demonstrates that bands like the Beatles, programmers like Bill Joy, chess prodigies like Bobby Fisher, and billionaire software gurus like Bill Gates didn’t achieve success because they were talented. They achieved success because they were talented and willing to apply 10,000 hours of practice to their respective crafts and trades. “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

Gladwell also illustrates that it’s not so important that you have a high IQ above 115 (average level of university undergraduates) but a family with a business minded philosophy, strong social skills and networks to inspire children to achieve success.

This book will amaze you, frustrate you, inspire you, and leave you wanting more. But, most importantly, it will help you understand the roots of  pathways to success.

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How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie (1936) is written beautifully. You just don’t get books like that anymore, the language is fantastic. The morals and messages to this day are the foundation to any successful business, relationship and life.

Most people think that only spiritual or religious books have codes of conduct on how to be a better person and here we have a business book nearly 100 years old with ageless wisdom and the essence of living a harmonious life. Key points like; give justified praise, listen, be diplomatic, be humble, treat others how you would like to be treated and so many more please see below.

Business is one industry especially in these hard economic times where everyone is out for themselves.  I really promote anyone and everyone to spend some time and invest in these tried and tested tips on life. You can even simply read the quick chapter summary notes if you dont have much time or need a friendly reminder. I have mine printed out so I can consciously try and be a better teacher, employer, friend, wife, daughter and step mother.

The book has six major sections. The core principles of each section are quoted below.

Fundamental Techniques in Handling People

  1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
  2. Give honest and sincere appreciation.
  3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Six Ways to Make People Like You

  1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
  2. Smile.
  3. Remember that a man’s Name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  5. Talk in the terms of the other man’s interest.
  6. Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely.

Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking

  1. Avoid arguments.
  2. Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never tell someone they are wrong.
  3. If you’re wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
  4. Begin in a friendly way.
  5. Start with questions the other person will answer yes to.
  6. Let the other person do the talking.
  7. Let the other person feel the idea is his/hers.
  8. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
  9. Sympathize with the other person.
  10. Appeal to noble motives.
  11. Dramatize your ideas.
  12. Throw down a challenge.

Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment

  1. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
  2. Call attention to other people’s mistakes indirectly.
  3. Talk about your own mistakes first.
  4. Ask questions instead of directly giving orders.
  5. Let the other person save face.
  6. Praise every improvement.
  7. Give them a fine reputation to live up to.
  8. Encourage them by making their faults seem easy to correct.
  9. Make the other person happy about doing what you suggest.

The last section was included in the original 1936 edition but omitted from the revised 1981 edition.

Seven Rules For Making your Home Life Happier

  1. Don’t nag.
  2. Don’t try to make your partner over.
  3. Don’t criticize.
  4. Give honest appreciation.
  5. Pay little attentions.
  6. Be courteous.
  7. Read a good book on the sexual side of marriage.
  8. Listen carefully to what your partner says and make him/her feel important about what he/she says

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