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Christmas Book Gift Ideas – Personal Success

What is personal success? It’s how to improve yourself. How to become successful. There are lots of books on this subject. Too many to be honest. Most that I’ve read has been focused on increasing your personal securities, conquering your fears, etc. Today’s list is not about this. It’s about how to improve your own personal productivity. How to better understand other people, what their goals are, and so on. How to improve see past the BS, such as with the book How to Lie With Statistics.

For example I could have included this book in the marketing and sales section, but then I would have been advocating using it for evil versus good. I’m suggesting it here so that you can better understand what people are trying to tell you (sometimes wrongly but to their best interest). How they might be stretching the truth to convince you.

Others are as straight forward such as Get Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got. It’s to help you maximize your efficiencies.

One book that’s odd is the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. I appreciated this one because of this perspective on life. The book has some really great life lessons. For example, early on in his career he realized his opponents were just as afraid of him as he was of them. This realization was crucial for most of his success. But it goes beyond that. There is lots to learn from this great man.

For those of you who just found this page today, the categories of books I’ve been sharing this week include:

Personal Success Christmas book ideas:

How to Lie With StatisticsThe Personal Memoirs of U. S. GrantThe 4-Hour work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New RichHow to Win Friends & Influence PeopleInfluence: The Psychology of PersuasionOn Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing NonfictionFooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see remaining Christmas book ideas, the ones that didn’t really fit into one of these categories. You can also subscribe to my RSS feed so that you don’t forget. If you don’t know what an RSS feed is, don’t worry you can also subscribe to receive the articles by email here.

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  •     Philipp Schumann
    · December 13th, 2007  · 6:53 am  · Permalink

    Steph, those links behind the book covers seem to be broken, possibly due to Amazon.

    Thanks for posting these recommendations, though!

  •     Steph
    · December 13th, 2007  · 8:30 am  · Permalink

    Hi Philipp,

    Which ones are giving you difficulty? I just tried them now and they seem to be working for me. What I did notice though is that it looks like Amazon is doing a redirect, so it’s possible that you need Javascript, etc. turned on in your browser… I’ll see what I can find.

    And you’re welcome!

  •     Linda
    · December 17th, 2007  · 6:49 pm  · Permalink

    Hi Steph,

    I find it fascinating that you included the U.S. Grant book here — intriguing, in fact. Guess I’ll just have to read it! Loved Cialdini’s and Jay Abraham’s books, too. Thanks for this post.

    Here’s a book that I was able to read an advance copy (thanks to a friend) of but will be out soon per Amazon: “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg and John David Mann. It talks about becoming successful in business and in life. A great parable keeps you hooked from beginning to end — I found it very powerful. Hope you like it, too.


  •     Steph
    · December 17th, 2007  · 10:18 pm  · Permalink

    Hi Linda,

    Yes U.S Grant’s book was the one I debated about putting on this list. The reason it made it is because of all the life/business lessons I learned from it. And how many I’ve been able to apply.

    The biggest lesson for me was how he learnt his opponent was just as frightened of him as he was him. I think this is very applicable to business. But of course there is a lot more than that. He teaches concepts of leadership. If you think back to those days and how things were, leading an army is quite a task. It’s not just leadership. He talks about what it takes to be a success. It’s a great book.

    And yes, those two are great authors. And you’re welcome.

    And now it’s my turn to thank you. I just took a look at the website and it seems like you’ve just added another book to my list of books to read. Thank you.

  •     Jim
    · November 19th, 2008  · 7:21 pm  · Permalink

    You might want to check out https://www.timrussertbook.com/ and read the free chapter. I bought the book at Walgreens. It was amazing some of the things that Tim did. There are some really great stories in the book.

  •     Steph
    · November 19th, 2008  · 11:22 pm  · Permalink

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for the tip.

    And it looks like my Amazon images are no longer working. I’ll fix this very shortly.

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