139. Book Review | Art of War by Sun Tzu

It’s truly amazing the way the wisdom from Art of War has lasted, and most likely will last much longer. There’s tremendous advice relevant to those who may not be in war, but are vying for position or competing in some way. The wisdom in this book is timeless, although it may not apply in the same way.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”

Sun Tzu

While many of us will never direct troops in a war, we may lead a company, fight a political battle, or coach a team (even if it’s little league). Each of these is like going to war, but with lower costs. And, much of what works for war will work in other battles as well.

Grab your copy of Sun Tzu’s Art of War here.

If you’re looking for a quick, easy read that is packed with wisdom, then check out Art of War. The short excerpts of wisdom are in an easily digestible format and are packed with a lot to contemplate. Like Meditations or the Tao Te Ching, it is a collection of excerpts rather than a large, continuous work. I think this makes it easier to break down and digest what you’re reading.

I really recommend you grab your copy and read it for yourself. Then, let me know what you think.

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155. Book Review | How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie Conversation of Our Generation

About the author, Dale Carnegie Dale Carnegie’s life is a story of success – a true rags to riches tale. Though he shares the last name of the steel titan, Andrew Carnegie, they aren’t related. Dale Carnegie actually changed the spelling of his last name to match the industrialist’s spelling to gain clout. But, this book review is not about that. It’s a look at How to Win Friends & Influence People, a fantastic guide to dealing with people. Why I chose to review this book: I found this book tremendously helpful as I left college and entered the business world. It was difficult to talk to experienced professionals, and I needed a confidence boost. Before graduating college, I worked in retail and had no problem talking to customers. But, being thrust into a new world, I was out of my element and needed help. If you ask me, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to lead a successful life. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” -Dale Carnegie Readability of the book: I find it easily readable. Written in a conversational tone, it’s like he’s transcribing some advice he gave a friend. The stories are intriguing, although sometimes a bit outlandish. That said, the lessons you draw from them make it feel more like a parable than a lie or hyperbole. Grab your copy of How to Win Friends & Influence People here. Sections of the book: Twelve Things This Book Will Do For You Fundamental Techniques in Handling People Six Ways to Make People Like You Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment — This episode is sponsored by ยท Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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