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I recently read "The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz. It talked about managing energy, not time, as the key to high performance. It had some interesting thoughts.   It talked about identifying your values and running your life accordingly.

Here are a few thought provoking questions from the book:

1. Jumping ahead to the end of your life, what are the three most important lessons you have learned and why are they so critical?                  

2. Think of someone that you deeply respect. Describe the three qualities that you most admire in this person.  

3. Who are you at your best?                                   

4. What is the one sentence inscription you would like to see on your tombstone that captures who you really were in your life?

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I just read "The Power Story" by Jim Loehr.  This book has questions about making the most of your life. But, it also addresses the fact that we learn best through the stories we hear from others and the stories we ourselves tell, especially the story of who we are.  The best point for me was to envision where I want to be, and develop a story to show myself how I got to where I want to be. Leaders tell a gripping story of where they are taking us. Jon  

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I just finished reading "The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success" by Andy Andrews. I highly recommend it!  Denise 

The author uses historical personalities (Lincoln, Anne Frank, Truman) and events (Civil War, Holocaust, World War II) to draw powerful lessons from the past for us today.

Andy Andrews' seven principles for successful living are:

1. The Buck Stops Here - Taking personal responsiblity
2. Seek Wisdom - Search for understanding and discernment
3. Be a Person of Action - Being a courageous leader
4. Have a Decided Heart - Overcoming double-mindedness
5. Choose Happiness - Possessing a grateful spirit
6. Forgive others - The power of grace and mercy
7. Persist - Perservering with faith until the end

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I just finished a book called "Book Yourself Solid" by Michael Port. What I liked about it was that the author said that the reason you network with other people is that it gives you an opportunity to connect and share resources, knowledge, and information. As you help others and are genuinely concerned about their buisness, they will remember your kindness to them and refer people to your buisness. It's a win-win situation.

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I'm reading a book right now called "The Likeability Factor: How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve Your Life's Dreams" by Tim Sanders.

I grew up with a very outgoing brother. It didn't take long to see that because everyone liked him so much he got a lot of perks. He was always being asked to participate in fun activities. I have to admit I was a little bit jealous. My personality is more quiet and shy. I didn't get the perks he got.

When I became an orthodontist assistant,in my early 20's, my boss made me talk to the patients. He said "They are nervous, you have to make small talk." So, I got in the habit of talking to people I didn't know very well. I'm so thankful he made me do that. It has been a habit that has helped me connect with people.

Tim Sanders's message in his book is that people who are well liked are more apt to get what they want out of life than those who are disliked. He offers a valuable look at the four personality traits he says contribute to a person's likability -- namely, friendliness, relevance (do you connect on interests or needs?), empathy and "realness" (genuineness or authenticity).

I like that fact that Tim Sanders says that likeability is a skill that can be learned and he gives exercises in the book to help in that area.

As I was reading this book I realized that sometimes I have so much on my mind that I don't take the time to smile and talk to people as I see them during the course of my day, like when I'm checking out at the grocery store. I'm determined to change that. I want to smile and be friendly all the time. Not to get something from people, but to help brighten their day.

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I just finished a book called "Crush It: Why Now is the Time to Cash in on your Passion" by Gary Vaynerchuk. He talks about identifying your passion, creating your personal brand, and using Social Media to promote your business. It had a lot of good information in it. I especially liked that he gave a step-by-step checklist of how to actually build your personal brand.

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