9/23/11 A Weekend Thought Starter and Reading Recommendation

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Every week I offer you a thought starter and reading recommendation for those times during the weekend when you find yourself in the "Alpha State" of "relaxed alertness." That's when creative thoughts and musings can surface and splash about in your mind.

Weekend Thought Starter

Harry Connick, Jr. described playing with his friend, Branford Marsalis this way: "It's incredibly rewarding, emotionally fulfilling, and fun, but it's not easy."

Is that what great working environments are like?

Weekend Reading Suggestion: Secrets of the Self-Made

This week's reading suggestion comes from Forbes Magazine's feature: "The Secrets of the Self-Made." It's a great piece to dip into from time to time over the weekend. Here's the lead.

"It’s the American dream: The ability for people of all backgrounds to find fame and fortune. But self-made success (usually) doesn’t happen overnight. It is often marked by failures along the way. In fact the average successful entrepreneur experiences three or four failures on his way to success and even great investors like Warren Buffett make costly investment blunders. Through education, hard work and dedication, however, self-made mavens and moguls persevere until they reach the top. Whether you’re growing an investment portfolio, building a business or flexing your creative muscles, the wisdom of these self-made successes can help you on your path."

Another Suggestion: It's not about You

Not everybody likes business fables. I like them if they're good and my friend Bob Burg's latest is one of the good ones. If you're a boss people watch what you do and listen to what you say. They may even laugh at your jokes. After a while it's easy to get it backwards and start thinking that it's about you. It's not. Take a couple of hours to read this short fable. I found myself wincing at things I know I did and do, but nodding at the advice. The book is It's Not About You and I'm pointing you to the Kindle edition so you can start reading right away.

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