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Reading and Writing

A few days ago I wrote a post about the value of reading.  I just want to add a short follow-up note on a Saturday night to recommend a few books.  The first title is:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.  It’s a very thought-provoking book!  Every few pages a thought just jumps off the page and totally grabs my full attention!  I don’t want to share any lines here to spoil it for you…so go to your public library as soon as possible and read this book!

Here’s another one I think you will enjoy…and it’s a very easy read!  (Well, I say it’s an easy read….but it will stay with you for a very long time!)  The title is  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, by Mark Haddon.  You may find it a bit strange in the beginning, but trust me, it’s a really well done book.  Don’t stop reading too soon!  And if you can find an audio version, it’s even better!

If you need a few great business books, I highly recommend anything by Seth Godin!  I especially liked Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us and  Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

On social media, I strongly recommend Wayne Breitbarth’s awesome book, The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand, and Job search.  I sincerely think it’s a must-read book for anyone in business, from entrepreneur to CEO!  If you are not making full use of the power of LinkedIn, you are making a serious mistake!

My tip for today is to read daily.  Read the newspaper, read from a trusted online news source such as Google News, or CNN, and follow the crumbs for more in-depth understanding of the issues.  Keep a book at work to read at lunch, keep several books in progress at any given time!  If your mind wanders, switch to another book.  Choose fiction, history, biography,  business, psychology, self-help, or one of many categories.

Step two is to write about what you read.  Share the wealth with others as often as possible.

One final thought….read to your children!  Start when they are still babies!  You will benefit as much as they do!  Give your children the gift of learning….the inspiration and pleasure of reading a good book.

Reading and writing can change the world!

By Tom Burns, Reader, Writer, Seller!

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Lame excuse if you ask me!  It’s never too late to learn something new!  Pick up a book, better yet, several books, and start reading.  Read until you lose interest and then pick up another book. Read books with very short chapters.  Here is a fantastic pick:

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Subscribe to Brain Pickings.  http://www.brainpickings.org/  This newsletter comes to your inbox every Sunday morning.  I’ve discovered so many interesting tidbits here, from art, to science and philosophy, writing and entertainment!

Another source of “smarts” is http://bigthink.com/  This site could keep you busy for days!  One subject leads to another, one path of investigation takes you in a new direction, and before you know it, you’ve stayed up past midnight….again!  

From the title page:

 

WE AREBIG IDEAHUNTERS…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at ourfingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World OrderEarth and Beyond21st Century LivingGoing MentalExtreme BiologyPower and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Oh, and don’t forget Google!  Here is a fantastic course on how to use google.  Take it slowly, do the exercises, take notes—you will be AMAZED at what google can do for you!  http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2012/09/power-searching-with-google-is-back….

So, don’t get old, GET SMART!  I did!

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By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….

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