Self-Help Books: Leadership, Luck, Likeonomics, and Five Classics by One of the Most Famous Thiinkers You’ve Probably Never Hard of Beforeby Larry Cox on Jun. 11, 2012, under Uncategorized
The Thing You Think You Cannot Do: Thirty Truths about Fear and Courage by Dr. Gordon Livingston (Da Capo, $19.99)
Fear is the roadblock that causes many of us to lose our way and detour from the goals we really wish to attain.
Dr. Gordon Livingston, a psychiatrist and frequent contributor to such publications as the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, knows something about overcoming fear. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor in Vietnam. In his new book, he explores how fear has evolved from the primal impulse to escape death to a modern-day compulsion to avoid failure and humiliation. Fear can often seem overwhelming and debilitating but when it is faced head-on the antidote to fear, namely courage, can be achieved.
Dr. Livingston is the author of several previous books including “And Never Stop Dancing” and “Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart.” He lives in Maryland.
Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: How to Retrain Your Brain to Overcome Pessimism and Achieve a More Positive Outlook by Elaine Fox (Basic Books, $26.99)
Elaine Fox, a neuroscientist and psychologist, is convinced that we can actually alter our brain’s circuitry and change our mindset.
For more than twenty years, Fox has researched the diverse ways in which people interpret the world around them, focusing not on just the negative but the positive as well. What she has discovered is the roots of our “sunny” brain are embedded deep in the pleasure part of our brain, the parts of our neutral architecture that respond to rewards a and the good things in life, while the roots of our “rainy” brain lie in the fear part that is constantly on the lookout for danger.
Since our brains are malleable, Fox believes it is possible to change the neutral connections and predispositions of our brains which will ultimately set ourselves on the path to flourishing. As she explains, lifelong pessimists can train themselves to think positively and find happiness, while pleasure seekers inclined toward risky or destructive behavior can take control of their lives. Fox shows how we can determine our own personalities, and that our lives are only as “sunny” or as “rainy” as we allow them to be.
Likeonomics: The Unexpected Truth Behind Earning Trust, Influencing Behavior, and Inspiring Action by Rohit Bhargava (Wiley Books, $24.95)
Likeability has become today’s new currency.
In this new book by Rohit Bhargava, an Adjunct Professor of Global Marketing at Georgetown University, the author explains how five principles, namely Truth, Relevance, Unselfishness, Simplicity and Trust (TRUST), can change our fortunes in a fundamental way.
Scouring studies from behavioral economics and psychology, Bhargava has uncovered some fascinating facts. For example, unexpected honesty about an inconvenient truth may be the strategy to win this year’s election. He also explores why so many million dollar deals begin on the golf course, why faking likeability to sell junk won’t work, and why research proves we all have a need to be liked even if we claim we don’t.
More than logic, likeability determines such basic things as who we vote for, who we hire, and to what companies we do business with whether it’s Wal-Mart or Apple.
Leadership by Example by Sanjiv Chopra with David Fisher (Thomas Dunne Books, $22.99)
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, Professor of Medicine and Faculty Dean for Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School, believes that good leadership hinges on ten tenets:
L – listen well (grow the ability to listen to ideas, needs, aspirations and wishes of others)
E – empathy (a good leader understands what another person is feeling)
A – attitude (should be both positive and upbeat)
D – dreams and decisiveness (that vision thing)
E – effectiveness (understanding what needs to be done)
R – resilience (being able to roll with the punch)
S – sense of purpose (why finding a reason to follow and stay a course is important)
H – humility and humor (keeping that ego in check)
I – intregrity and imagination (upholding high stands of moral and ethical behavior)
P – principles,and willingness to pack other people’s parachutes (good people skills and principles anr recognizing people as valuable assets)
The Half-Lived Life: Overcoming Passivity and rediscovering Your Authentic Self by John Lee (Lyons Press, $18.95)
As many people confront middle age, almost everyone wonders what happened to the person they once wanted to be. Where did that person go? Unfulfilled wishes and goals are also often present as some wonder if it is too late to change or if a half-lived life is their destiny.
John Lee, author, lecturer, and motivator, points out that passivity is the main obstacle that prevents us from escaping a paralyzing state of mind, body, and spirit. Freedom, he claims, is to be gained by compassionate assertiveness so that our authentic selves can take flight and soar.
Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business by Thor Muller and Lane Becker (Jossey-Bass Books, $26.95)
Is business success random or more than that? According to the authors, successful companies are not blessed by chance but in fact have learned how to diligently harness that one far too overlooked skill: Luck. Muller and Becker point out that by practicing a specific set of skills, luck can be maximized so that it works in our favor. They call this approach “planned serendipity.”
Inspired by their work at Get Satisfaction, the company they co-founded, Muller and Becker began to observe patterns exhibited by “lucky” companies and started researching the interactions between luck, serendipity, chance, creativity, and business. They soon realized that there are eight essential skills ro create planned serendipity: motion, preparation, divergence, commitment, activation, connection, permeability, and attraction.
Featuring case studies that include such heavy-hitters as PayPal, Google, and Procter & Gamble, any organization can succeed with the right skills and, of course, a little luck.
The Optimist Creed and Other Inspirational Classics by Christian D. Larson (Tacher/Pengujin, $14.95)
During the early years of the last century, Christian D. Larson published a series of books that remain relevant even when read today. “The Optimist Creed” was issued in 1910, followed by “The Pathway of Roses” (1910), “Your Forces and How to Use Them” (1910), “Mastery of Self” (1907), “The Ideal Made Real” (1909), and “Just Be Glad” (1912).
Larson was born in Iowa in 1874 and had insight and old-fashioned common sense from being raised in America’s heartland. When he was 27, he launched one of the first metaphysical journals devoted to positive thinking, “Eternal Progress.” After moving to California, he became a popular New Thought and inspirational speaker.
His five major works are together to be rediscovered by a new generation. His books are more than mere collection of catchphrases. Larson explores the power of positive thought as he teaches readers how to harness the spiritual forces that aid in bringing their dreams and desires to life.