I would venture that Life, the Universe and Everything can be found in two texts:
These two books should enable you to take stock of your place in the world, what role your family and friends play, plus how you perceive and react to situations. Â Also, how to discover the vocation that really inspires you, whilst exploring with the fortitude of a modern warrior, male or female.
The principlesÂ are universal and will integrate with your own religious outlook.
Underpinning or over-shadowing all of this dependent on your perspective, it is also fascinating to watch the out-of-control debt based death-spiral of the Western Monetary System, spoken in plain, well-articulated English by my favourite media mogul and wall street pundit Max Keiser (click to view).
The following books and websites have helped me to shape my current picture of the world, maybe you can benefit from them also? Â Please add your own in the comments 🙂
I have ordered them to begin with concepts related to the environment that directly influences us (Hayakawa), then challenging the central ethic of what we can and cant achieve (Hill), followed by a tool set to do this (de Bono), followed by an amazing reference for the business lifecycle (Bygraves), then leading to consideration of ethics, morality, life, energy and vibration (Trungpa).
Carnegies work is a classic and once you can see how to do it, Gary Hamel slaps the 1850 line-worker business evolution mentality right in the face and challenges you to do more than what our forebears did.
Understand principled negotiation (Getting to Yes) and move yourself beyond ever having a real argument again, then start to wrap your head around the fact that everything moves in trends and your success lies in predicting and amplifying the intersection of favourable outcomes (Soros).
Sun Tzu is a classic and so much more about how we exist as emotional creatures than about war. Napoleon Hill said of his own work; if you understand the title, you don’t need to read the book.
Rinpoche, de Botton and Khan are a space within and without, a microcosm and a bigger world. Should you tread make it lightly, for as you step the floor may give way and then.. what next? Who knows – but that’s the joy of it.
I put marketing specifics at the end, because well, if you are just trying to scrape out margin you will probably fail anyway, so get a grip on the world and THEN figure out how to manipulate it through the glut of available viral technologies.
I would highly suggest the capital raising for entrepreneurs, pitch guide and the angel capital guide along with the two startup videos by Guy Kawasaki on the resources page of the 2009-early 2010 Bravo Charlie website -Â http://www.bravocharlie.com.au/resources.htm
Hayakawa – Language in Thought and Action
Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich
Edward De Bono – Six Thinking Hats
Bygraves and Zacharakris – Entrepreneurship*
Chogyam Trungpa – Shambhala: Sacred path of the warrior
Dale Carnegie – How to win friends and influence people
Gary Hamel – The Future of Management
Fisher and Ertel – Getting to Yes*
George Soros – A new Paradigm for Financial Markets
Sun Tzu – Art of war
Traleg Rinpoche – The Practice of Lojong
Roger La Salle – Think Next
Leo Tolstoy – A Calender of Wisdom
Alain de Botton – The Consolations of Philosophy
Hazrat Inayat Khan – The Way of Illumination (Vol I-XII)
Robert B Cialdini – Influence: The psychology of persuasion
Hoffman et al – Marketing Principles and Best Practice*
* = Swinburne MEI course texts
Below are the digital resources I use to gather information; Â the biggest part of my inspiration comes from immersing myself in the goings on as much as looking backwards. It blows me away that technology is at a point where the following are only a click away 🙂
Staying on top of things;
Genius daily insights;
Image and text;
For the Ladies;
If you are not using Google Chrome as your browser, I feel you are missing out.