As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen is definitely one of the classics of motivational and self-help literature. This inspirational masterpiece was published in 1902 as a literary essay, and its title comes from a verse in the Bible: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” which is basically saying: “All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.”
Allen,pulled from many areas of philosophy and faith to compile this groundbreaking inspirational work. This short essay is a swift and highly motivating read. Its poetic style makes it sing along – and no matter how hard a man’s heart, this little gem is sure to affect him. As a Man Thinketh is old school “positive thought” meditation in written form, meant to be read again and again for inspiration.
Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell
Acres of Diamonds originated as a speech which Conwell delivered over 6,000 times around the world. It was first published in 1890 by the John Y. Huber Company of Philadelphia and is now one of the most famous and popular personal development books of all time.
Russell Conwell is best remembered as the founder and first president of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and for his inspirational lecture Acres of Diamonds.He was born in South Worthington, Massachusetts and was buried in the Founder’s Garden at Temple University.
The central idea of the book is that one need not look elsewhere for opportunity, achievement, or fortune—the resources to achieve all good things are present in one’s own community. This theme is developed by an introductory anecdote, told to Conwell by an Arab guide, about a man who wanted to find diamonds so badly that he sold his property and went off in futile search for them; the new owner of his home discovered that a rich diamond mine was located right there on the property. Conwell elaborates on the theme through examples of success, genius, service, or other virtues involving ordinary Americans contemporary to his audience: “dig in your own back-yard!”.
Unleashing The Ideavirus by Seth Godin
Unleashing The Ideavirus is really an interpretation of the way human interaction, the Internet and marketing have fused into a new beast. A virus that can spread like wildfire and can quickly turn your simple small business or product into all the rage or a “has been” over night. Seth Godin, inspirational keynote speaker for businesses, presents ideas in this book are going to be hard to swallow for many old timers and experienced self-employed people, especially if you have been successful over the years.
It is easy to fool yourself into believing that you have it all figured out because you made it this far. Unleashing The Ideavirus book is filled with many examples of companies and businesses who use antiquated marketing techniques and are losing ground quickly. If you don’t want your small business to go the way of the dinosaurs, then get this book and don’t just read it, think about it as you read. I can almost guarantee that you will start making some changes.Â You may even start to feel a little panic setting in. GREAT!! We all need a little extra motivation sometimes.