Planting Crops #2

Here’s another way to “plant” the right crops and to rid your mind of the “weeds” that are sure to spring up.

I start each day by putting the final touches on my daily to do list.  It changes everyday, but some things stay the same.  One of the items on my list Monday-Saturday is:

“Read 10″

What that means is I will read ‘at least‘ 10 pages of a good book that day.  Most of the time, I go a little beyond that.  A good book is one that is going to stretch your mind and make you think a little differently.  Currently I’m re-reading the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins.  I’m doing four webinars on it over the next several weeks, so I need a little refresher.

It’s also okay to read entertaining books along with the good books.  Currently, I’m reading a mystery by Stuart Woods called “D.C. Dead.”  It’s pure entertainment and puts me to sleep at night.  So I usually have two books being read at a time.

Years ago, I heard someone say, “A man who can read, but who doesn’t, is no better than one who can’t.”  Anyone can read 10 pages of a book a day.  Regardless of your busy schedule, you can find the time for 10.  If you just read the minimum 10, that would equate to 60 pages a week or about 270 pages a month.  That’s the length of an average book.  Do that each month for a year, and you’ve read 12 great books.  If you pick the right books, it can, and probably will change your life!!!

Here is a quick list of some of my favorites: 

  1. The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clayson
  2. The Law of Success – Napoleon Hill
  3. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
  4. Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  5. Linchpin – Seth Godin
  6. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  7. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
  8. Love and Respect – Emerson Eggerichs
  9. The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
  10. Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster
  11. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stepven Covey
  12. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  13. Cashflow Quadrant – Robert Kiyosaki
  14. The Greatest Salesman in the World – Og Mandino
  15. First Break All the Rules – Marcus Buckingham
  16. Now Discover Your Strengths – Marcus Buckingham
  17. Good to Great – Jim Collins
  18. Developing the Leader Within You – John Maxwell
  19. The Five Levels of Leadership – John Maxwell
  20. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – T. Harv Eker
  21. The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
  22. The One-Minute Manager – Ken Blanchard
  23. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Ken Blanchard
  24. Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson
  25. Getting Things Done – David Allen

Remember, your mind is fertile ground.  What goes in the mind will come out.  If you plant corn, tomatoes won’t sprout.  Corn will!

Remember too that reading books like these will stretch your mind and make you a better conversationalists also!

No doubt, I have probably left out some of your favorites.  Please send me your suggestions and I will add them to the list.


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