Off the Shelf: What I’m Reading

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

This is a slim, yet impactful guide book on personal financial management. Although the ideas are simple, they are powerful instructions for laying the foundation for wealth. Published in 1926, this book of parables has spawned many successive personal finance guides that seek to simplify and expand upon the advice provided. The key takeaways are the “Seven Cures for a Lean Purse” and “The Five Laws of Gold” that speak to earning, saving, and investing money. Check out the original or one of the modernized versions for a story-based spin on traditional money guidance.

The Personal Touch by Terrie Williams

Originally published in 1994, this book’s old school lessons on building and maintaining relationships has some tips and tactics that can still be used today to succeed in business. Ms. Williams includes great inspirational quotes throughout the book. I found it interesting to look up some of the business leaders and companies mentioned to see what their fates have been over the last 25 years, which provided a great business history lesson.

Getting Unstuck

Earlier this year, I met author Meredith Moore Crosby at a networking event, where she talked about getting unstuck and moving forward in your career (and life). Her book, Getting Unstuck, is a short guide book that packs a ton of usable, practical wisdom in its 134 pages. Meredith is a former global executive who has worked across multiple industries over the last 15 years. Her book provides a set of steps for getting unstuck, focused on the TRIBE methodology and based on your personal vision. T- Time, R – Resources, I – Innovation, B – Belief, E-Evolution. I read the entire book in one sitting and now plan to start again from the beginning to work through each of the exercises.

First up – exploring a week of possibilities!