Self Development Idea (10) - Reading Good Books

"It isn' what the book costs; it's what it will cost if you don't read it." - Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn been mentioned that most homes valued over USD500K in the US have a library. Does it tell us something? Do you think that these people read first and get the house later or the other way round?

"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read." Mark Twain

Reading good books is just like finding giants who allow us to stand on their shoulders, to get more ideas, see further, think deeper and broader, etc... Which can eliminate lots of trail and error in life.

Take for example, in the book "Buffettology", it reveals that Warren Buffett had put education in priority and perosnally spent time to educate his grand-daugthers, at the age of 10, in investment. And that these children can select stocks that out-perform the wall street professionals.

Well, as most public are not so lucky to born into those billionaire home where they can have private education on certain subjects that lead them to easier success in certain aspect of life. Therefore, one good way to over come this challenge is to read lot of good books. As this is fully within his personal control.

For the question as which book is good and which is not... One could easily tell, after he read a couple of them...

Here are some classic that are surely good one(on the aspect of Personal Development):-
* The Power of Subconscious Mind - Joseph Murphy
* Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
* Master Key System - Charles Haanel
* The Secret of the Ages - Robert Collier
* Release Your Break! - James Newman
* Your First 100 Million - Daniel Peña
* Psycho-Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz
* Silva Method - José Silva
* You Were Born Rich - Bob Proctor
* The Magic of Believing - Claude M. Bristol
* The Magic of Thinking Big - David Schwartz
* As a Man Thinketh - James Allen (Attached Below)
* The Art of Exceptinal Living - Jim Rohn
* 7 Strategies for WEALTH & HAPPINESS - Jim Rohn
* Mentored by a Millionaire - Steven K. Scott
* The Power of Intention - Wayne W. Dyer
* Mind Power - John Kehoe
* The Genie within - Your Subconscious Mind - How it works and how to use it. - Harry Carpenter
* Beyond Positive Thinking - Dr. Robert Anthony
* The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey

Due to some issue in browsers compatibility, if you can not see the picture book below, click on the link:->
As a Man Thinketh (Picture Book) (PDF version)

Continue: Why do we need to read lots of good books?

"People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing— that's why
we recommend it daily."
Zig Ziglar

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Make sure to install good software. :-)

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Something is Very Wrong - Spraying Massive Corexit 9500 (Highly Toxic) into the Gulf of Mexico

For any industrial chemical, by law, it always come with a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). Attached, below, is the MSDS for the Corexit 9500. Take a look at item 3. "Hazards Identification" and item 4. "First Aid Measures", then judge by your common sense whether this stuff is toxic or not.

URL Link:- < Corexit 9500 Material Safety Data Sheet (Why US Government allow BP to use More Poison to hide the problem?)

For those who care to find out more, just fire up your search engine for "BP Corexit 9500"... There are lots of articles and video been made and shouting for help. How come that the US government can send troops to other regions for made-up reason that are thousands of miles away, and do nothing in their own backyard?

"The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people
who are evil;but because of the people
who don't do anything about it."
- Albert Einstein

"If you think you're too small to have an impact,
try going to bed with a mosquito in the room."
- Anita Roddick

Self Development Idea (9) - Recognize that We Don't Know What We Don't Know

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The diagram above is known as the “conscious competence learning matrix”, it shows that mastering a skill divides into four different stages.
In stage 1: Not only that the person does not know how to do certain thing, but also that he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. In this stage, the person is just like a new baby.
In stage 2: The person has exposed to some new skills that other people can perform well, while he doesn’t know how to do it. In this stage, the person is just like a curious kid.
In stage 3: The person has put in effort to learn the new skill that he is interested in. He can then perform the task with full concentration. In this stage, the person is just like an apprentice.
In stage 4: The person can perform the task with ease as he already mastered the skill. The skill becomes his habit of handling any situation or task. In this stage, the person is the Champion in that field.
Well, this is just a very brief summary on the topic, and there are many literatures can be found in the web on this topic if one is interested… (Just search for “consciousness competence”.

On the other hand, based on this concept of this learning model, I think that there is one very interested aspect that we can questions and find some insights out of it…
Let imagine that we can quantify the number of skills in each of the different stage. How big would it be for each of them at any time? The picture above is designed to illustrate the relative size of each stage.
For example, the stage 1, “We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know.”, is by far the biggest as compare to the other 3 stages that it can only show an extremely small portion of it in our computer screen.
For any adult the stage 4 would be the second largest, although it is extremely small compare to stage 1. This is because that for any skill that had been mastered, it becomes part of the person behavior as a habit. It is like everyone has a "Wisdom Pot" that can keep all the skills that we had mastered for a life time. J
The stage 3 is the smallest, as we can only focus in learning one skill at a time.
While stage 2 is larger than stage 3, but one has the choice to choose whether to learn or ignore it.

Now, imagine that we can plot a curve for a person’s stage 4 against the time (or age)… How would it look like? How would the curves be different for a mediocre, an above average, and a super-achiever in life? I am sure you get the idea... The chart above illustrates the difference.
The next question would be... Given that everybody has the same among of time a day (24 hrs), How Come that the Super-Achiever can learn so much more valuable skills that the others cannot?
Perhaps that a quote by Jim Rohn, on personal development, can fully answer this question:->
"Learn to Work Harder on Yourself than You Do on Your Job.
If you work hard on your job, you can make a living.
If you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune."

Well, this is especially truth in today environment... As a survey made in 2008,

"Given that The median years a person stays in one job is 4.1 years (2008), an avg person will have to have 7-10 jobs."

Picture source from:-> Graduation Thesis

"We are all beginners, and indeed the hopefulness of life is in the realizing
that there are such vistas of unending possibilities before us, that
however far we may advance, we shall always be on the
threshold of something greater."
- Judge Thomas Troward

"One can not escape a prison if he do not know he is in one."
- unknown