Do you ever skim over the titles on the bookshelves in homes and offices you visit? Depending upon the location, you might even expect to find the titles you see. For instance in a physician’s office you expect to find books about disease, wellness, health and drug interaction. That’s pretty easy.
Here’s a test [answers at the end of the post]-where would you find these titles?
- Spikes-Exploring the neural code
- Visual C++ 6.0 Programmer’s Guide
- Calculus and analytic geometry
- Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
- Building Robots with Lego Mindstorms
- The Last Man on the Moon
- Caribbean Reef Fishes
- Shipwrecks of North Carolina
- Cephalopods of the World
- Principles of Color Technology
- Zone system for Fine B&W Photography
- The Encyclopedia of Insects
- Galls and Gall Insects
- Principles of Neural Science
- The Scientist in the Crib-what early learning tells us about the mind
- The Acrylic Artist’s Bible
- Finding your visual voice
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Rich Dad Poor Dad
- The Art of the Start
It has been said that we are what we read. It’s also been said that we are what we think about. If you are in a business of your own…meaning that you are the business owner, the leader, the vision holder and direction maker; and you are a home-based business owner, meaning your business is essentially you…you are also the entire management system seeing that the vision is implemented and runs smoothly. One way to achieve all this is to read. Read uplifting and insightful words that keep you informed and positive. Read that which keeps your mind on track and open to opportunities and possibilities.
Of the tests above, it really was a bit of a trick as all those titles are in my home. Tests One through Three are just a portion of the titles in my husband’s various collections. He’s a bit of a renaissance man as he has varied interests. He is a senior software engineer who also has an interest in robotics. He is an entomologist. He is a diver and collector of fossils. He has a deep love of space and everything to do with the moon landings…and now Mars. Our home is full of books.
The final test above is a portion of the books in my home office/studio. I’m an Independent Distributor with a direct selling company so that puts me in the category of home-based business person – and to aid in my business I read books by Robert Kiyosaki, Stephen Covey, Suze Orman, Jeffrey Gitomer, Donald Trump, Guy Kawasaki, Keith Cameron Smith and others. I’m also an artist so my art library includes books on color, use of various media such as acrylics or colored pencil and books about other artists or art movements. [well, I also have a love of mystery novels and have quite a collection of my favorite authors there, but that’s a different discussion]
“What we become depends upon what we read after all of the professors have finished with us.” – Thomas Carlyle
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller
“Books motivate us, teach us and encourage us.” – Linda C Smith
What books do you currently have in your library? What books will you be putting in your library this coming New Year?
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