Books

What Is It About Old Books?

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Books, College, Dictionary, Nostalgia, Reading, Writing | 0 comments

I just looked up the spelling of “gratuitous” in my freshman English dictionary: Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, a Merriam-Webster, based on Webster’s New International Dictionary, second edition.  Copyright, 1956, the same year I bought it. The spine is held together with clear plastic packing tape.  I love this old dictionary. Maybe you’re wondering (probably not) why I haven’t replaced it, bought a new one, or how I function with a dictionary that is 56 years old. I muddle through with online help and spell checker, but they don’t give me comfort like  my Merriam-Webster.  I just...

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7 Ways To Teach Yourself Anything

»Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Achievement, Books, Coaching, Growth Strategies, Leadership, Personal Development, Reading, Self Improvement, Self-help, Success, Wisdom | 0 comments

It is important to be a self-learner, because change in the world is accelerating. We can no longer rely on our formal education to serve us as we speed through our careers.  We cannot act as if our education is a vaccination that protects us from the toils and snares of life and career. We must become self-learners.  These steps will help you increase your knowledge: Read. If you’re new to self-directed learning, there is no better place to start than reading.  Target your learning area.  Research sources for the information you seek.  The Internet opens the entire world of knowledge for us.  If...

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Be Happy; Be A Forgiver

»Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Anger, Bible, Books, Common Sense, Forgiveness, Happiness, Inspiration, Personal Development, Wisdom | 0 comments

Be Happy; Be A Forgiver Are you easily offended?  Many people are, and it makes them miserable.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  You can control your thoughts.  It isn’t easy, but it can be done.  I write about that in my book, Thought: An Awesome Creative Force. I encountered two unhappy people today while I was trying to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in a local restaurant.  They both dumped on me.  That’s what unhappy people do; they spread their misery.  “Misery loves company.”  You’ve heard the saying. One person was on the telephone a couple of tables over, giving someone on...

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One Small Act Defeated Discouragement

»Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Achievement, Bible, Books, College, Humor, Inspiration, Motivation, Personal Development, Self-help, Success | 0 comments

One Small Act Defeated Discouragement I was a 20-year-old college student 200 miles from home selling Bibles door-to-door in rural Indiana. Lonely, homesick and missing my girlfriend, I wasn’t doing too well selling Bibles.  And I wasn’t making any money. Reluctantly, I was knocking on doors, but my heart really wasn’t in it.  I was discouraged. I stopped at a pretty little clapboard house with a neat white picket fence in front.  After letting myself through the gate, I timidly knocked on the door. The biggest, hairiest man I ever saw jerked open the door.  He was wearing a greasy undershirt and...

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Thinking Like A Genius

»Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Achievement, Books, Common Sense, Genius, Human Resources, Inspiration, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Self-help, Wisdom | 0 comments

Thinking Like A Genius The natural function of the brain is to learn, to explore, and to expand its own mental powers.  We have in our head a vast, substantially-dormant super bio-computer, the human mind, given to us free at birth. The nature of genius is in all human beings; it is the nurture of that nature that is all-important; this view has been held by many of the great geniuses themselves. A study of 100 of the greatest geniuses in history proves that all our societal prejudices about genius are wrong. “Great intelligence is characterized by robust health, greater physical size, advanced...

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Thought and Circumstances

»Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Bible, Book Review, Books, Personal Development, Success, Wealth | Comments Off on Thought and Circumstances

A person who is eager to improve his circumstances, but refuses to improve himself, is bound by his current circumstances. Even if his sole objective is to achieve wealth, he must be prepared to make great sacrifices before he can accomplish his objective. The same is true for a person wishing to achieve a strong, balanced, and poised life. If a person is constantly fighting against his circumstances, it means that he is revolting against the effect on the outside, but is nourishing and preserving contrary thoughts in his mind and heart. A person is literally what he thinks, and his character and...

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