Improvement

“Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

The key to a fulfilling life is always seeking to improve oneself, day after day and year after year. By doing so, one improves not only his own life but the lives of those who surround him. At a very young age, I decided I did not want to be average, I did not want to be less than the potential I felt inside and since that day I have always strived to give my very best to every challenge I have taken on and every to every person who has needed my assistance. Although I have not, at times, been perfect in that endeavor, I can say I have given it a perfect try.

If you are serious about improving yourself, you might want to read through some of the following books:

Rating:  stars-5

An excellent introduction to human motivation 1.0, 2.0, and the latest version 3.0. The author does a great job explaining how human motivation factors have become more complex as our societies have moved through the levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needsMaslow’s hierarchy of needs. Having managed groups of people performing both algorithmic as well as heuristic work, the theories explained in this book really do apply.

 

Rating: stars-5

A novel way to think about how businesses succeed. I really enjoyed the application of a well thought out research plan utilizing a decent scientific method. The author provides a lot of data to back up his claims. The book really does provide a good guide to finding a company’s core identity/competency and a great method for surrounding it with individuals who are wired for success.

 

Rating: stars-5

All about how important it is for leaders to start with ‘why’ something is important/good/beneficial for their followers, before trying to get them to act on it. We can spend exorbitant amounts of time/money/effort trying to motivate people to accomplish great things, only to have them fail in the end when all that is truly needed is for people to truly understand the ‘why’ causing intrinsic motivation to take over and authentic action to begin. A great read for those trying to motivate their teams in an authentic and efficient manner.

Rating: stars-3

The title is extremely crass and the offensive word is used excessively throughout, but if you can get past the fact the author was trying to use the ‘shock’ effect to draw attention to his book, it really does have some valuable insight. The author focuses on the fact that we tend to hyper-focus on just how much we are not measuring up to impossible expectations and that this hyper-focus leads us to make those negative thoughts a reality. This is counter to how we are all programmed to focus on our failures in an attempt to fix them instead of focusing on our successes and increasing them. It is a good read, despite the title.

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