Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Inventing Joy by Joy Mangano

Inventing articles you need because no one else has thought about it is something very few of us have the follow through to accomplish.

Gutsy women with a plan for business can’t be stopped.

This is the feeling I got as I read this book. Joy Mangano always was one person who saw something and said, “there has to be a better way.” She has a mind that could see the possibilities and the ability to conceptualize what it would look like.

She rarely took no for the final answer. She fought back limitations that men put on her because she was female. Some of her items brought to market was the Miracle Mop (the patent for which she fought to regain when some shifty business people treated her poorly and tried to claim ownership of the product.)

The business gave her backbone as she developed her brand.

Some suggestions she shares are: speak directly to the customer, Also, be honest, don’t forget the customer always decides what is a success.

Joy shares her low points as well as the high points of being an entrepreneur.

This is not a how to book but a story of one gutsy female, as I have said earlier.

No business is a one-person enterprise. You need workers and you need good working conditions. Joy was able to get a good group behind her once she reestablished her right to her inventions.

This book is not a how-to so much as a delightful story of a dreamer who put shoe leather to the dream. And this is what needs to be done. You need more than a dream to succeed. you need the muscle applied to the dream to make it a reality.

 It is important that one sits down and does the work of defining what success means to them. Don’t let others define it for you    Success as defined by Joy is doing what you like and enjoying it. Or another way to define success to stay focused on the product—the core of who you are.

She has said “I see objects that aren’t here. I solve problems no one asked me to solve. I’m an inventor, and I make things.” Product is King in her world.

This book should be read by all dreamers.

It is published by Simon and Schuster and costs $26.00 retail.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Soar ! by T.D. Jakes

“If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you are what you know”, is the way T. D. Jake puts it.

If you have within you the dream or entrepreneurship you need something that can help you attain that goal. This book offers you that help. You need to realize you mustn’t give up if the business doesn't take off on day one.

Jake uses the illustration of an airplane to represent the entrepreneur spirit of starting and maintaining a business idea. “Whatever your business may be, it will never work if you can’t get it off the ground and into the air”

When it comes to certain authors there is an expectation. I was surprised to pick up this book and find it a guide book of encouragement for people who have a dream but lack the  pep talk needed to get started.

Jake handles the need for motivation needed to get started. And once you do that, he points out, there is a need to plan the flight and the landing. That is, what do you see as the outcome of your venture? Most of all it is good if you can plain backwards.

In planning backwards, you put down your goal and work back to what is needed to reach that goal. It takes work and time to be a good entrepreneur. Jake does a good job providing that needed guideline to follow to get your plan in the air.

He suggests wings to your plans.  Inspiration is one wing and innovation is the second. And then you are to practice.

This book is a good needed ‘kick’ for those who dream and wish to venture out.

I would recommend this as a starter business book. I don’t feel it will be much help to one who needs help in the middle years of the venture. But it does light the fire under the dreamer future entrepreneur.

It is published by Hachette Book Group under the imprint FaithWords. It retails at $25.00.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton


She asks a good question. The answer is simple. She lost. She just must get over it and face the truth.  The people didn’t want her in the White House.

There is a principle I learned in my Psychology class—the more you talk about a subject trying to justify an action, the more likely it is that you are trying to convince yourself of a truth which isn’t true.

When I pick up a book written by Mrs. Clinton I get the feeling a snow job is being presented. We may never really know what happened if the only document you depend on is written by a politician. Their job, as I see it, is to snow the people. And with a history such as Hillary has going into this book, the more your snow discerner should be active.

Not that she doesn’t believe her explanation to be truth and as such only she can properly present the facts. In this book she whines (in the fourth grade I wore glasses and the children called me four eyes. That hurt.) and blames.

When the dust settles and historians in years to come research the time covered in this book, from the start to the end, the massive tomes left behind by Clinton will be one of the documents they use. Care must be taken to understand the context, the time in which it was written, and the internal factors that went into the reporting.

This seems to be a popular book. I got my copy through the library. I had to put it on the hold list and I was one of the 325 people who were waiting for one of the 26 books held by the library to be made available. So that is why I am doing this book in 2018

Reading this book, I still don’t know why she lost. What I do understand is her view of the journey. She tries to justify her deserving of the position she didn’t get. She whines and seems in shock. Ultimately, she talks about herself, and do we really need another book about Hillary?

Her chapters are long and rambling somewhat. I do notice when she talks about women she portrays them as strong, independent individuals. Most all. She may be doing this to try to present herself as a strong woman.

 In her chapter about her youth her dad is somewhat absent.

What Happened is more a justification for her than an explanation of why she fought so long and still came short of the prize. She spends a large portion on her political carrier, justifying her right to be president. She tends in portions to become a bore.

It has 464 pages and an index.

Published by Simon and Schuster.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Trump's War by Michael Savage

A war is going on for America. This war, a type of world war 3, is presently taking place not with guns and bombs but with traitors in the ranks. It seems a nation is defined by its borders and language and culture. Such is the premise of this book.

Every president enters the office with the unpaid bills of the administration before. Obstacles stand in the way that must be worked with and conquered.

Each administration needs to make game plans and march forward to implement them. Such is what we have with Trump and his years in the White House.

He was placed in the White House because his vision resounded with enough people to get the votes. Now we must see that he is able to do that. Trump must carry out his promises made that got him elected. And he must watch out for the hidden traps. One such trap was the advice he got from Senator Dole to contact Taiwan, which made China mad and didn’t succeed in getting America any points in foreign policy.

We need to know what landmines have been planted and help navigate him through them. Savage calls it a war. In this book he names each obstacle laid by the previous administrations one by one. He doesn’t sweeten the list. What he does is lay out a guide to the mine fields, so we can choose to aid the President in the future war.

He is not a politician and will make some political blunders, but he seems to be a promise keeper. We should allow him the space. I am sure we shouldn’t expect one hundred percent of what he promised but even if he can fulfill a good amount of the promises it is more than others have done.

He needs to build the wall. Something we can see and touch and regulate. This can cut down on the diseases that are brought in by our illegal immigrants.

He will need to bring jobs back that have been outsourced. “It is Bill Clinton and NAFTA that put most middle Americans out of work.” Savage says. We need to bring jobs back.  

We need to interface with Russia.  Savage suggests some ways we can do that.

These are just a few of the ideas taken up in this book.

This is an important book and should be read by as many people as possible. It doesn’t matter what political party you claim.

This book is dangerous as it might expand your mind and you may start thinking. And when that happens—watch out.

The last chapter gives you solutions or bullet points to work with in formulating a battle plan. This book should be on every true patriot’s bookshelf. Read it often and apply it.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Understanding Trump by Newt Gingrich

With all the vitriol going on around Donald Trump we must ask ourselves, do we really know him enough to react with a clear mind or are we just responding emotionally to the liberal information that is being put forth?

In short, are we allowing facts to determine our reaction or the slanted news vomited out by the so-called news media?

Some will say the author of this book is also a person not to be trusted to be fair. But really? Come on. Use your intellect and realize freedom of speech means listening to both sides. It is freedom of speech not freedom from speech that is guaranteed in the Constitution.

If I sound slanted it is just that I feel to be fair, we must use our right to listen to both sides before drawing a conclusion. Trump is not aware of the game rules, but he seems to be a fast learner.

Books about Trump need to be written and read. He is a compassionate and caring person who is also brilliant and strong. Gingrich presents a person who is striving to do the best he can with what he has been elected to. He has an agenda which be contained in four boxes. He wants to make government work. He has a box for health. He has a box for American competiveness. Box four is keeping America safe.

We need to step back and read and use our brains. We should not let the false news be our only research avenue. False in the sense of putting opinion in the straight news articles as if it is the truth.

Trump’s venture as president so far has been a whirlwind of activity. It is unfortunate that we have plenty of information about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and not enough about Trump. But here we have a chance to rectify that.

Trump was not born in Trump towers but in a 2,000-square foot stucco house in Queens. He is someone who spent five years in a military prep school not some exclusive private high school. He was not allowed a silver spoon existence. He is more of an entrepreneur using knowledge as a tool to get things done. “He makes certain he knows what he needs to know to be successful at the time he needs to know it,” reports Gingrich.

This is how we learn things—by doing them. “Learning occurs when someone wants to learn, not when someone wants to teach” according to Roger Schank, a former professor of computer and cognitive sciences at Yale University, Stanford University, and Northwestern University.

If you feel this is not so, read the book and come to your own conclusions. Learn to think for yourself.

Trump has proven to be a fast learner but a firm resister of being taught. A casual chat with him is the best way to impart instruction. He seems to be able to absorb information. He seems to test all that he absorbs as he integrates it and does something with it. He moves fast.

I would highly recommend this book for everyone. I would especially recommend it for those who are open minded enough to want to learn who we have in the White House and are brave enough to consider the Media is not telling us all.

It is 345 pages. It is published by Hachette Book and is $27.00 in the United States.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

Everyone likes to be able to understand themselves and others. It just seems to be a need. The unexplored self is not worthy to be presented to the world.

There have been many attempts to understand just what makes a person different. Some have called it temperaments, others have tried to say it is life experiences.

We all have expectations. They boil down to external and internal. Examples would be the work deadline and New Year’s resolutions. How we meet these expectations can be seen in response to them.

It is hardwired into us from birth, if I understand the point Rubin is presenting here.

The types she presents are four. 

They are: Upholder, Obligator, Rebel, and Questioner.

 The Upholder tendency is to do the things that are right both inwardly and externally. They tend to love schedules both keeping and making them. They tend to follow through on plans.

The Obligator will tend to do anything you ask even if it will inconvenience him. The moto would be by serving others I am serving myself.

The Rebel will tend to resist expectations. They will do things on their own schedule or not at all.  They want it to be their own choice to act.

The questioner will tend to research before following through. If you can convince them that it is necessary, they will act.

Each tendency has strengths and weaknesses so there is no best tendency. And even if there were, since they are hardwired from birth, you couldn’t change them.

Tendencies are seen in all aspects of life. Childhood, teenager, adult, work, retirement, marriage.

Rubin gives in a nutshell what a person should remember if they want to influence other tendencies.

“Upholders want to know what should be done.

Questioners want justifications.

Obligators need accountability.

Rebels want freedom to do something their own way.”

In short, there is no one size fits all when it comes to tendencies.

A good example would be the college student who has a report to do. He has known it was a requirement of the class since the beginning of the year. The prof has said it is part of his grade.

The Upholder does the paper and has it ready before time. After all, he has scheduled out the time for collecting information and outlining the paper and completing it.

The Obligator will do the paper as required because he honors the requirement. He has met his inner need to be a good student.

The Questioner will research, and research try to find the most obscure facts to put in his paper before realizing he has not much time left to complete the assignment. Then he will do it.

The Rebel will procrastinate and set up his own schedule for when to do the paper. He may or may not meet the deadline.

There is also a discussion of what can be expected when the tendencies fall in love and get married, that is very helpful as no relationship is doomed.

I found this book to be very informative. It will be useful for the general understanding of people. I would recommend it.

This book is $24.00. It is published by Harmony Books.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Success Intersection by Pat Williams

What does success look like? 

Williams, who is a vice president of The NBA’s Orlando Magic’s and a former jock, for fifty years tries to explain what it looks like.

When talent meets passion and they intersect, then the road to success opens. We become a dreamer We need talent married to passion to achieve success.

This book puts forth the idea that we all have talent. We need to find our passions and when our dreams are practical, that is finding a way to take the practical steps to turn dreams into reality, we find the backbone to achieve despite the dream busters around us.

It is not enough just to have a dream if we don’t put shoe leather to the scheme.

I have the feeling there are many grownups in the work force who are just passing time until they can acquire enough money to be able to retire. But a truly passionate person who is in tune with their real self aren’t like that.

Talent isn’t enough if you somehow feel you can’t do it.

To start the journey, one must be open to asking himself three questions such as what are your passions, what are you talented for or wired for, and what can you get paid for. No use having a passion and a talent if you can’t find a way to make it marketable.

That is what makes this different. Other books on this subject don’ insert the monetary aspect. In this I agree. What good is having something that no one wants?

You must ask, Williams points out a few questions to achieve your dreams. We all have dreams, but not all achieve them.

We must ask yourself the reason you want to achieve this dream. Why, in other words, are you passionate about it.

Secondly you ask yourself when do I want to achieve this dream? Put a time on it. You need to have a goal. And then you ask with that question just what are your specific steps that must be taken to achieve that dream. Or what are the defined steps that are both defined and measurable?

And fourthly, just what today must I do to reach that goal tomorrow? We need daily steps broken down to achieve the big goal.

I highly recommend this book. It is written in easy to understand segments with guidance questions in each. It will clarify for most what they need to do to achieve that success in whatever form it comes.