One of my summer goals is to read a couple of non-fiction books a month. They could be on business, spirituality, or inspiration.
I thought it would be fun to start posting book reviews on this blog to share with my readers.
I heard Tim on “The Dave Ramsey Show” several weeks ago. At that time, I was not very familiar with Tim, but I had heard about of some of his other books, “The Likeability Factor” and “Love is the Killer App.”
Tim was extremely well spoken on the show and you could feel his genuine passion to help others succeed. I went to check out the book on my Kindle later in the week. To my surprise, Tim (and I assume his publisher) were offering this book for FREE for a limited time on the Kindle. I was going to buy the book anyway, but free is always ok with me.
This book does a great job of providing entertaining stories with solid principles. Tim discusses the lessons he has learned from his grandmother Billye who raised him. The lessons are recreated through seven principles. Here are the seven principles and my quick take on each one that Tim discusses in his book.
1) Feed Your Mind Good Stuff. One of my favorite chapters and one I will certainly do my best to implement. Start each day with positive reinforcement before you did into your work.
2) Move the Conversation Forward. These conversations could be with others or with your self. The important thing is to move forward not sideways.
3) Exercise Your Gratitude Muscle. “Gratitude is muscle, not a feeling.” Amazing principles that we often take things for granted. This one will make you stop and think
4) Give to Be Rich. Giving is the wonder drug. Tim tells and shows you why giving is so important in all areas of our lives.
5) Prepare Yourself. Do the hard work to prepare yourself at all times. Train yourself, read, network, mentor, rehearse, simulate situations, visualize, prepare yourself for hurdles, and take care of your body. Tim digs deep into this subject and has some tremendous insight.
6) Balance Your Confidence. My favorite quote from this chapter is “Total confidence requires a belief in yourself, other people in your life, and in something greater than yourself. When you possess all three beliefs, you’ll have a balanced confidence–something that can sustain you through uncertainties and difficulties.” Tim also discusses purpose vs. passion which was really powerful stuff.
7) Promise Made, Promise Kept. This chapter took me by surprise and made me do a little soul-searching. This chapter discusses accountability to ourselves and others in business and our personal lives.
Obviously, I am a big fan of this book and would highly recommend it to anyone. It makes you think and plan. The hard part will be execution.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Are there any others you would recommend?