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Resolutions and Books

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:59 pm
by karenkte
I don't normally make resolutions as such....but I do often spend time over Christmas mulling over the last year....what went well...what didn't....what I need to change...and where I hope to be this time next year....both in my home and work life.

This year I have found some unexpected inspiration in a book I bought just after Christmas. I found it by chance and its called Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill....its a cross between a mildly religious and self help book.....something that I wouldn't normally buy but it seemed to jump off the shelf at me. I read it in a couple of evenings between Christmas and Near Year and would recommend it...for a quick and easy read which is straight to the point.

Although I could sum up the book in a couple of sentences (find direction, stick at things, learn from mistakes, etc etc)..it has really helped me to see where I have been going wrong. I think I have been a bit of a grasshopper, flibbertigibbet and lacked focus...going off in tangents. Thanks to this book I can now start to put this right and concentrate on just the important things. Well thats the aim anyway for 2013.

I am wondering if the rest of you use books like this for inspiration and ideas and if so which ones do you recommend? Also where do you keep upto date with property matters...other than forums and the papers....do you subscribe to specialist property publications or the like?

My own thoughts are that its easy to get embroiled in reading book after book on how to acheive things.....whilst not actually taking any action whatsover to do anything....so it ends up all in your mind and not a reality.

Re: Resolutions and Books

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:19 pm
by Nick
I hardly ever read books, so when I do - I do it for pleasure. However I do read the Internet a lot, and listen avidly to people who don't have something to sell, but have achieved.

One of the problems I find with a lot of the "Get Rich" books is that you can learn the essential message in 2 or 3 pages, and the rest is fluff because they can't charge you £10 for 3 pages, but they can for 300. An example might be Stephen Covey's "7 Habits ..." - now it's an absolutely fabulous philosophy, to be recommended to everyone. But all you need to know can be summarised in 7 sentences on one page..............

Re: Resolutions and Books

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:31 pm
by karenkte
You are right Nick..sometimes with all the padding out its hard to remember the relevant points..and you end up having to re-read the book.

Where do you find the people who have acheived..with nothing to sell...on the internet? Have you just stumbled upon them by chance by trawling through internet forums over time. I have found a handful of people like this but it can waste hours of time before you separate the wheat from the chaff.

Re: Resolutions and Books

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:44 pm
by Nick
karenkte wrote:Where do you find the people who have acheived..with nothing to sell...on the internet? Have you just stumbled upon them by chance by trawling through internet forums over time. I have found a handful of people like this but it can waste hours of time before you separate the wheat from the chaff.


ROFL

They are here!

I guess maybe it does take time separating Wheat & Chaff, but I think things get quicker, easier and more effective as time goes on because you recognise patterns. You link up with people and swap advice and tips and things. Although the Internet is vast and swamps you with data - it's also provides great filtering. Good people recognise each other, and help each other out.

Re: Resolutions and Books

PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:54 pm
by Nick
I've been reading this book Shut The Duck Up!: Big Life Changes In 10 Little Minutes and I'm only a short way through it, but it's really rather good! I've already had my understanding of Cognitive Dissonance corrected, and I will be reading the book at least once. it has plenty of tips. As my copy is a Kindle I can lend the book to anyone who would like to read it.