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  • gilwilson 6:36 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: self help   

    Character Building Thought Power By Ralph Waldo Trine 

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    By Ralph Waldo Trine
    Narrated by Kent McKamy
    Length: 54 mins
    Release date: 05-03-10
    Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC

    Written in 1899 this book was ahead of its time in the self-help realm.  Imagine that the way you think affects how you perceive the world and how the world perceives you.  Pretty progressive thought for the turn of the 19th into the 20th century.

    Being only about an hour long, this audiobook is one to keep around and revisit on occasion.  The narrator, Kent McKamy keeps the content interesting with his delivery.

    A classic look at thought power and how we can control it to determine our future and place in life.

    Publisher’s Summary

    “A thought, good or evil, an act, in time a habit, so runs life’s law, what you live in your thought world, that sooner or later you will find objectified in your life.”

    A landmark in the New Thought movement that spawned much of the 20th century’s self-help writing, this 1899 classic inspires us to create the healthy habits we need to develop the effective character we want.

    ©2005 Gildan
  • gilwilson 5:16 PM on March 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , napoleon hill, self help, think and grow rich   

    Think and Grow Rich ‘Stickability’ The Power of Perseverance By: Greg S. Reid, The Napoleon Hill Foundation 

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    The Power of Perseverance
    By: Greg S. Reid, The Napoleon Hill Foundation
    Narrated by: Joel Fotinos
    Length: 4 hrs
    Release date: 10-10-13
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    Who doesn’t want to Grow Rich? Hey I think. Wait, what is Stickability? Well once again the Napoleon Hill Foundation has answers and more ways to better yourself. The gist of this book is take the principles of Think & Grow rich and make them stick.

    Combining author Greg S. Reid’s modern business wisdom, interviews with numerous business celebrities like Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), Frank Shankwitz (founder of the Make a Wish foundation), and Martin Cooper (inventor of the cell phone), and valuable information from the secret files previously available only to the Napoleon Hill Foundation and its members, this book reveals:

    • The “Three Causes of Failure” from Napoleon Hill’s hidden vault of wisdom
    • The importance of flexibility
    • The principle of relaxed intensity in action
    • How to define and conquer your “cul-de-sac” moments
    • How to overcome the ghost of fear
    • The importance of insight through necessity
    • And so much more!

    If ever a discouraging moment arrives and the temptation to stop becomes greater than the dream, to keep one simple observation from Dr. Hill in mind: “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step BEYOND their greatest setback and failure.”

    I haven’t grown rich but I have definitely found ways to make this information stick with me and how to use it in my work environment and better myself in many ways.

    Publisher’s Summary
    You’ve learned the principles in Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich—now give them STICKABILITY!
    The path to personal and professional success is not a one-way street. Most people encounter setbacks and obstacles that threaten to derail them from their chosen route. The most successful people, however, adhere to their principles and goals, capitalizing on hidden opportunities, even in the face of what many would consider unconquerable obstacles. To coin a new word – these people have STICKABILITY!
    This thought-provoking book shows readers of all ages and backgrounds how they, too, can not only apply the self-motivation principles of Napoleon Hill’s timeless and groundbreaking self-help volume Think and Grow Rich, but make them stick. Combining author Greg S. Reid’s modern business wisdom, interviews with numerous business celebrities like Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), Frank Shankwitz (founder of the Make a Wish foundation), and Martin Cooper (inventor of the cell phone), and valuable information from the secret files previously available only to the Napoleon Hill Foundation and its members.

    ©2013 Greg S. Reid and the Napoleon Hill Foundation (P)2013 Penguin Group

  • gilwilson 2:03 PM on February 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , daniel h. pink, , , sales, self help   

    “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others” written and read by Daniel H. Pink 


    “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others”

    written and read by Daniel H. Pink

    Published by Penguin Audio

    Approx. 6 hours


    Sales, just the thought of the word always gave me the heebie-jeebies. My long career in radio has allowed me to work alongside pretty much all types of what we lovingly refer to as sales-weasels. I’ve always thought that they were a completely different species (homo salesians?). I’ve worked with the best and the worst, the one who is your friend and confidant until the sale is done, and ones who are none stop sales pitch in every aspect of their speech. The sales force is necessary in all aspects of business, but definitely not for me, right? Well according to the latest book by Daniel H. Pink, one in nine Americans work in sales, and so do the other eight.


    In today’s age of information, the sales person’s method has changed. The example of car salesmen is the best proof. There was a day when a consumer would go onto a car lot and basically be at the mercy of the sales force. The salesman had all the information and the consumer had to rely on them for the truth. Today any consumer can go online shop for prices look for similar models available at other dealerships and go in fully armed. The consumer now guides the sales process.


    Whether you are pitching and idea to a colleague, enticing funders to invest in your project or teachers convincing children to study, we are all in sales now. Daniel Pink teaches in his latest book the science and art of selling. He shows how the old salesman stereotype is outdated and that the extroverted pushy sales person today will not make the sales, rather, what makes the sale is one who is able to be empathetic, and a good combination of the extrovert and introvert.


    Throughout the book (which is formed in the style of a textbook, with the concepts through the chapters and practice exercises at the end of each chapter) Pink demonstrates through examples in real life and through the social sciences how you can become a better modern day salesperson. The “ABCs” of sales is no long “Always Be Closing,” but rather “Attuned, buoyant and Clear.” Each concept is explained through the book.


    Pink even offers new sales pitch formats in this enlightening book. Some of the pitches he pitches are; the Rhyming Pitch, The Question Pitch and others.


    All the information about selling yourself or a product in today’s information age can be found in this book. This book is not just for sales people, I would recommend this book to parents, teachers, bloggers, well actually to everyone. I was just curious about the book and requested to review it from Penguin because of my job’s close dealings with sales people, but by the end of the book I found several ways to improve my own daily functions in my job and home life.


    The author, Daniel H. Pink, also reads the audiobook and from hearing this one book from him, I would say he is a great lecturer and teacher. His delivery kept the information interesting and at times entertaining. His sincerity and enthusiasm for the subject is clearly heard through his delivery and actually becomes contagious. I don’t think I’m going to go out and join my radio station’s sales team, but I will be able to offer ideas and even help my career move along.


  • gilwilson 7:54 PM on February 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , education, gary marcus, guitar, guitar hero, guitar zero, learning, , , , , self help   

    “Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning” by Gary Marcus 

    “Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning”by Gary Marcus
    read by (and with music performed by) the author
    published by Penguin Audio
    5 hours and 33 minutes

    I wasn’t really sure what I was in for when I decided to give this book a listen but I’m very glad I did take the time. All my life, I’ve wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument, I’ve tried the guitar, I’ve tried the keyboards (yeah I would say piano, but when I wanted to be in a new wave band, we called them keyboards), I even tried the harmonica. But like the author Gary Marcus, I had a bad sense of rhythm. Even when I tried breakdancing, I was good until the rhythm became an issue. So what’s a fella to do? After all they say that If you want to become a musician you have to start out when you’re younger, because your brain is wired in such a way at younger ages you can learn and absorb. Gary Marcus, is a research psychologist whose work focuses on language, biology, and the mind at New York University, sets out to find out whether that myth is true. Marcus wants to learn guitar and thinking he has no sense of rhythm, he can’t even play the video game “Guitar Hero” without getting booed off the virtual stage.

    What turns out to be one man’s search for whether or not he is too old to learn guitar turns out to be a very unique book that discusses the science of learning and then develops into the science behind music, creativity, thinking and training. As I listened to the book each chapter would engross me more and more when topics would be explored. Marcus used many musical examples and interviews in the revealing process. Some of the items mentioned are how Jimi Hendrix would modify his guitar to make it do what he wanted, how Hendrix spent every living moment with his guitar. How Pat Metheny says he never stops learning and practicing. How Bob Dylan decided to go away from the traditional folk music scene and start writing unique lyrics.

    Lots and lots of great modern music history references as well as examples in studies as to how the mind works and what all is involved in becoming musical. Basically it all comes down to all you folks that play Guitar Hero or even Rock Band and think, “Hey, I can do this for real,” and then go to pick up a real guitar only to get frustrated, Gary Marcus explains why you can press colored buttons in perfect rhythm but may not be able to master a real guitar anytime real soon. First of all the body and the mind have to learn many things. The body needs to learn to press down strings on a fret board in positions the human fingers weren’t meant to be in. There’s also the varying amount of pressure it takes to hold down the strings to get the right sound, the memorization of different notes and chord placements. Then there’s the ear training, what each note sounds like and what notes work with other notes (same with chords). Very different from colored buttons on a plastic guitar mold controller.

    Not only does the author cover the science behind playing instruments but he also discusses the science behind creativity. There is a section when talking about the difference between being musical and being creative where Steve Vai says that while he can play every single not Jimi Hendrix played and make it sound exactly like what Hendrix did, what gets him is how he was able to come up with the ideas in the first place. Which brings up another aspect of being a musician, whether one is born with the ability or if it is learned and if so why are some people more apt to be musical.

    This book is perfect for the professional musician or the novice and better yet for anyone with just the slightest interest in music. Another person that would benefit from this book would be anyone in the education field. So I guess just about anyone would find something in this book that would pique their interest, especially if personal re-invention is in the works and someone is seeking to reach their full potential.

    What I got out of the book is not only the old adage of “practice makes perfect” but how to make that practice more perfect for me.

    • Jeff 8:34 PM on February 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I was interested in reading your review of this when I saw you were listening to it. I’ve played guitar since college. In fact, the first good guitar I bought was a cherry sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard similar to the one on the cover. I’ve never tried Guitar Hero as it seemed silly and nothing remotely the same as actual playing. I hope you revisit learning to play guitar, if that’s what interests you. –JEFF


    • gilwilson 8:49 PM on February 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Jeff, I may try again, especially since I have watched my step-son excel. I had the guitar (an old yamaha classical w/ nylon strings, yeah I wanted the fat fretboard) sitting around gathering dust and my , then 11 year old, step-son asked if he could check it out. Sure, no problem, I was too frustrated w/ my fat fingers and lack of coordination. Jump to now, he turned 19 today, and the “kid” is a musical genius. I watch him play and think wow, could I have done that? Of course he spent every waking moment playing guitar from the time he picked that guitar up to today. Not only did he have the talent but he’s developed it into something phenomenal and out of jealousy I may have to try to learn again. That means I’ll ask him to give me lessons.


  • gilwilson 9:34 PM on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , joshua swanson, , , , sam sommers, self help, sociology   

    “Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World” by Sam Sommers 

    “Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World”
    by Sam Sommers
    Read by Joshua Swanson
    Published by Penguin Audio (2012)
    8 hours and 24 minutes

    I have always had an interest in psychology and sociology, specifically I’ve always wondered what makes people tick and how can you make them tick differently.  In fact while in college In my general ed. psychology class, my professor and his T.A. kept trying to get me to convert my major to psychology, I seemed to always have the best questions in class, I guess, and the grasp I always had for the concepts behind what makes the mind work impressed them.  But I was determined to change the world by becoming the best audio production person the radio world has ever seen.  Maybe I should have listened.

    Anyway, I saw this audiobook in the new releases from Penguin audio and wondered if this could help me with my copywriting.  Yes, just like any other copywriter I use psychology to try and make the audience realize that they need the product I’m writing about.  Sneaky? yeah, but it works.  So I saw this book, and after reading about the book I thought, well this sounds like it is probably a self-help book, and really I don’t subscribe to all this Dr. Phil self help junk.  In actuality I probably would have been a thorn in the side of the Psychology department because I feel that Freud ruined Western Civilization. In my humble opinion, I believe therapy is just a way to not have to take the blame for any of our own actions.  Knowing all this, you can probably see why I almost didn’t give this book a chance, but, I’m glad I did.  It seems that the author, Sam Sommers is also not a fan of the self-help genre, he even goes as far as saying so in the introduction.  This book explores not how you can improve yourself but rather how the invisible forces influence your life, in turn this shows how understanding them can improve everything you do.

    Sam Sommers is an award-winning teacher and researcher of social psychology at Tufts University outside Boston. His research specialties include how people think, communicate, and behave in diverse settings, as well as psychological perspectives on the U.S. legal system.

    The book is presented in a factual yet easy-going and at times humorous manner that shows through personal examples from the author and through various studies world wide about how the world around you shapes your instincts and sometimes most private thoughts.  Through this easy-going manner the book expresses the ups and downs that are the human experience.  Our lives are full of situations that are humorous and serious and this is perfectly reflected in the tone of this book.

    The presentation from the reader, Joshua Swanson, makes this an audiobook experience that emphasizes the humor and easy-going presentation written by Sommers.   Swanson reads the material in a manner that keeps the listener listening and makes the presentation of some of the statistical studies not merely a presentation but as though you and the author were sitting down and discussing the concepts presented.   This actually makes it so that the learning is fun or rather as Bill Cosby used to say in the Fat Albert show, “And if you’re not careful, you may learn something before it’s done.”  I know I finished the book with a clearer perspective of my fellow 3rd rockers.

    Some of the examples of context affecting our attitude are pretty dark and include such cases as a man dying on a subway and no one notices he is dead for several hours, the 38 witnesses to an abduction of a child and no one steps in to question the situation, and several studies where the test subject relies on those around to decide how to act.  In the listening of the different cases and studies, I found myself saying, “Not me, I would have checked the man to see if he was okay, or I would have not paid attention to those around me and would pull the fire alarm if smoke was coming in under the door to a roomful of people.  But according to all the cases and studies the facts point otherwise.  And looking at some situations, I tend to agree when in a crowd, and there is an emergency, I do find myself thinking someone closer to the emergency will do something.

    As the author says, “Just as a museum visitor neglects to notice the frames around paintings, so do people miss the influence of ordinary situations on the way they think and act. But frames – situations – do matter. Your experience viewing the paintings wouldn’t be the same without them. The same is true for human nature.”  By understanding the powerful influence that context has in our lives and using this knowledge to rethink how we see the world, we can be more effective at work, at home, and in daily interactions with others. He describes the pitfalls to avoid and offers insights into making better decisions and smarter observations about the world around us.

    Sommers covers several issues throughout the book from gender differences in society, how we react to emergencies in different situations and even racism.  I will say the section on racism was the most eye opening for me.  I won’t go into this chapter, because I want you to be able to experience the eye opener presented for yourself.  I will say that the overall message behind the book I took out of it, is that we are not who we think we are, because our selves change through time and in context.  Just knowing this can alert you to maybe in the next situation you can do something to help or just make your life easier.

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