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The Little Red Book of Wisdom Hardcover – June 13, 2011
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Much of the advice reminded my of lessons my father taught me while growing up that I didn't really listen to. I'm glad I had the chance to hear it again while my dad is still around, so I could thank him for it.
Additionally, I thought the book was going to contain shorter tidbits of wisdom. You know, kind of punchy pieces to ponder. Instead the book includes mostly personal stories from the author's own life, and as a result it ends up being biographical and anecdotal.
I liked the chapter titled 'Buy some stamps' - Reclaiming the lost art of letter writing.' However, instead of focusing on why letters don't get written much anymore and how meaningful they can be, I wish the chapter gave more pratical advice for what makes a memorable letter and how to proceed in writing one.
Here are some of the other chapters I liked...
1. A Matter of Death and Life - Life is brief
2. Stay Under the Umbrella - Keeping your focus in life
4. The Amazing Power of Understatement - Under-promise, over-deliver
5. Work Less, Think More - Good thinking requires some effort
9. Good People Are Everything; Money Isn't - Building a winning corporate culture
16. A Proverb a Day - Wisdom for every aspect of your life in one short book
18. Shut Up and Listen - Learning to listen more than you speak
20. Anticipate Deathbed Regrets - Take steps now to avoid regrets later in life
I was on the home turf of The DeMoss Group, and to my surprise everyone who knew Mark DeMoss spoke well of him, as a person and a professional. This was a minor consolation to my concerns.
To write a book on business or self-help is one thing; and to write a book of wisdom is another. Wisdom trumps truth: what we know about philosophy, science, etc. It is the very best of these things, being the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. So to sell something and call it wisdom is a bold gesture.
He had a positive introduction from the neighbors, but as I reread the title I thought again, "This better be good."
Wisdom is Knowledge.
Splitting it down the middle, the first half of DeMoss's book is wisdom for "professional life". It reviews the principles that guided The DeMoss Group (a public relations firm) to professional success. If you are a connoisseur of business books you will recognize some of the early points. For example, "stay under the umbrella" (Chapter 2) is nearly identical to Jim Collins' hedgehog concept in Good to Great. Other pieces of wisdom include: adversity leads to strength (Chapter 3), spend time thinking, not acting (Chapter 5), and write letters by hand (Chapter 6). Each chapter has one major take-home point, which is always backed up by an artfully told story.
Wisdom is Experience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful book that I ordered in bulk to give to young people with whom I have the privilege of mentoring in some small way. Outstanding !!Published 1 month ago by Alan Hays
Excellent book! I will be sharing this with my children, friends, and co-workers!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mark gives great nuggets of wisdom in this book. Much wisdom that has been lost and would add a lot of value to a generation whose values have tanked to an all time low in our... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chris M
So simple but so profound. This is great for teens and preteens, too.Published 16 months ago by Perky Pollard
May sound odd, but I love this as a "bathroom" book. I do not mean that in a derogatory manner in any way. Read morePublished 17 months ago by SuziQ