The magic of thinking big

By David J. Schwartz

This is a self help book which i found in my mother’s collection.The cover page is nicely designed with the keyword “BIG” highlighted in the title. It is this cover which got my attention and got me reading.

This book is based on identifying weaknesses in oneself and working towards getting rid of them. It also deals with the subject of preparing oneself towards attainment of goals. The book begins with the definition of success and then moves towards generating a positive attitude to achieve it. It then proceeds to identify the factors which deter a person like giving excuses, blaming luck, etc. The author has given a number of exercises to generate a positive attitude. One thing which remained in my mind was the fact that the book also mentioned about failures. In spite of positive attitude, perseverence and hardwork one may fail, yet one should not give up but take lessons from failure and move on. The author described it as a detour.

The author also stresses for a need to have future plans and work towards them. These plans need not be only for work but also family.The book has nicely mentioned that a goal can be achieved only if the family also supports it thereby emphasizing the importance of giving time to ones near and dear ones. Its a self help book so I would suggest that you should take it only if you wish to change the monotony of present. Its a great gift appropriate for all age groups. This may not be a very good choice for a long journey but rather if you are planning any competitive exam then this is the choice.

How to get from where you are to where you want to be

By Jack Canfield

This is a self help book. I was a little worried and bored because of a monotonous life when my mother handed me this book. What attracted me was the red cover of the book where the A(of are) and B(of be) are printed in gold. Also A and B are connected indicating a route to take.Once I started reading this book it became very difficult to stop.

The author has defined the route to success in 25 principles. Each chapter covers one of 25 principles required to attain one’s goals. The author begins with the basic thing of taking the responsibility of one’s present situation and then resolving to change it. The book contains beautiful stories of people who have managed to achieve their goals inspite of all odds. It also mentions some very good exercises to take up like visualizing the goals, remaining positive, keeping a list to get to the goals, avoiding negative thinkers, asking for help, etc. One major point the author stresses is to keep persevering until one reaches the destination. He also states that initially one might also face failure but that should not deter him/her. Infact failure should be taken as a learning experience to prepare for the ultimate success. The book is filled with amazing quotes by successful businessmen, sportstars, actors, motivational speakers, etc. Each quote is worth putting up on the table in office.

Personally I was motivated to change some of my old habits like procrastinating things till the last minute. The fonts in the book are large making it easy to read. Also the topics are covered in small paragraphs making it easier for the reader to grasp each point, think about it and incorporate it in his/her life. This is a great book to be gifted as a corporate gift. It is good for all people above the age of 12 and who have high ambitions. It can be read while travelling to and fro from work. As it requires to introspect a lot so it may not be a good idea to take this on a long journey.

Follow every Rainbow

By #Rashmi Bansal

This week I completed reading “Follow every #Rainbow”. I came accross this book in a #bookstall. There sitting amidst a pile of books, the title immidiately drew my attention. To add further was the synopsis which mentioned the book consisted of the story of 25 #women #entrepreneurs. That was enough for me to read this book.

As mentioned in the synopsis, each story consists of the struggles of a #woman #entrepreneur thus making them motivational. The struggle, the grit #determination and the will these ladies have shown against all odds is truely amazing. Each story is a treasurehouse of motivation. All of us face challenges but very few dare to face them and even few think of standing up after a failure. This book consists of stories of such bravehearts. I knew about the business of some of them like #biba, etc but I had no idea about the history of their start. I was left highly motivated everytime I read a story and felt like creating new goals to achieve. Each of these ladies are an epitome of hardwork, determination, focus and success.

If I had an opportunity to give my inputs on the syllabus of schools, I would have definitely added the stories of Nirmala Kandalgaonkar(Vivam Agrotech) or Leela Bordia(Neerja International). These ladies have successfuly shown that a working mother is the best inspiration a child can have. In fact they have achieved everything along with properly looking after their children. These women have shown that with true determination and planning anything can be conquered even if it is the tall #mount #everest.

The writing style is #simple, yet the stories are so motivational that a reader cannot give up unless the story is complete. This book is a must for all women. It is one of the best gift that can be given. This can be read by people of age group 12 years and above. Since its a collection of short stories it is an ideal companion for those travelling to #work. Also its good for long #journeys as one starts thinking about their personal #goals after each story.So the next time you see this book whether in a book exhibition, stall or with any friend, you can add it to your list of reads.

Seven #habits of highly effective people

By Stephen R.#covey

This book has been among the top 10 non-fiction #bestsellers and so I decided to read it. As the name suggests the book describes 7 habits that one must inculcate to succeed. They are:
1. Be Proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Put first things first
4. Think win/win
5. Seek first to understand than to be understood
6. Synergize
7. Sharpen the saw

As seen above the habits are same which one has from his/her childhood but the explanation and representation definitely makes a difference. Each habit has been taken up in detail and explained with examples. The author has also mentioned charts and tables that one can use to keep track of his/her progress. The habits range from behaviour to focus to discipline. If one has high ambitions than this is the book to follow. Somewhere while explaining the habits the author goes into extensive detail which makes the book rather lengthy. Nevertheless it is a good book for those planning #management studies.

All the youngsters planning for open tests or even #sportspersons, particularly those who are not able to get the right perfection, should definitely go for it. The book has been so popular that these days even #seminars are conducted over these habits which are extremely beneficial. The outcome of inculcating these habits is not visible immidiately but over the time they make a person positive and capable of facing any challenge. This is definitely not a book to be read at once but it should be read and practiced. Hence I would suggest to take up one habit at a time, incorporate it in your day-to-day activities and then proceed to the next. Therefore one must not read this after a hard day’s work but at the start of the day. It does not matter even if you read one or two pages a day as long as you understand the importannce of the words. Once you have your goal decided, then take up this book, align each habit to your goal and proceed. It is definitely a gift for #students who have just cleared their 10th grade and are preparing for their open tests. It is also not to be read while travelling to work as one needs to put indepth thinking at each page. Hence if you have a difficult goal then this is the right book for you.