100 Ways to Succeed #14:

Read (AND ACT ON) These Three Books …

I think 99 out of 100 self-help books offer prescriptions that are too good to be true—or require commitments that are implausible. But as to the 1 in 100, or 1,000: I think the following three (ALL METICULOUSLY RESEARCHED) self-help/how-to books are worth 100X their weight in gold—and are as good as Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

Namely …

GETTING TO YES … Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton.
LEARNED OPTIMISM … Martin Seligman.
CRUCIAL CONFRONTATIONS … Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler.

I avoid such books like the plague. HOWEVER: I HAVE BENEFITED ENORMOUSLY (personally & professionally) FROM EACH OF THESE THREE. They “fill a compelling need” … AND ARE DO-ABLE!

NB: Each of these authors/co-authors has produced a consistent body of work—c.f., Seligman’s Authentic Happiness—that is worth the price of admission; I’ve simply chosen my fav of each lot.

Tom Peters posted this on October 11, 2004, in Success Tips.
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