How to Win Friends and Influence People. This only child needed to understand some fundamentals which most people with siblings learned before puberty. It is amazing how many people still have not learned what is in that 80+ year old volume.
Books from the Harvard Negotiation Project, William Uri et al. The series includes Getting to Yes, Getting Past No, and other books. Principle based negotiation makes life so much simpler with much less friction.
Barbara Tuchman’s, March of Folly scared me because intelligence or power don’t keep decision makers from costly blunders.
The Winner Effect: The Neuroscience of Success and Failure by Ian Robertson is not well known. Testosterone and other natural bio chemicals carry more risk than most of us realize. Look at Putin for a terrifying example of a chemically enhanced fellow with nuclear weapons.
Bible – does this one need an explanation?
Ordering Your Private World by Gordon McDonald is a workbook to keep a Christian deliberately growing into the person he was created to become. In effect it is about being transformed instead of being conformed – Romans 12:1-2.
A Testament of Hope is a compilation of Martin Luther King, Jr’s writings and speeches. How to live with hope while trusting in God’s promises in spite of deep opposition.
Dr. Tom Stanley’s books, The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind, explain how most American millionaires earned and maintain their wealth. Since I make a living serving millionaires it was valuable for me to understand their thinking and practices.
Warren Bennis’s books, On Becoming a Leader and Still Surprised, seem to summarize his 40-year career. He, on his fourth marriage, was surprised that people with long marriage were also disproportionately superior leaders. Many of his other revelations were quite helpful. He gave permission to learn by doing and reminded us that failure teaches better lessons than successes.
That’s Terry Moore’s list of the books that have had the greatest impact on his life. What books are on your list?
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