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50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom For Work & Life From 50 Landmark Books (50 Classics) Paperback – January 5, 2004
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A highly readable collection! 50 Success Classics presents a smorgasbord of some of the best thinking on what success really means.” — Ken Blanchard, co author of The One-Minute Manager
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Following his recent bestseller 50 SELF-HELP CLASSICS, Tom Butler-Bowdon is back with this wide-ranging collection of enduring works of the literary and the legendary: pioneering thinkers, philosophers, and powerful leaders who have shown us how to "Think and Grow Rich", develop "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", become "The One-Minute Manager", solve the challenging puzzle of "Who Moved My Cheese?" and discover "The Art of Worldly Wisdom". Mapping the road to prosperity, motivation and life success, this one-of-a-kind introduction to the success classics summarizes each books key ideas to make clear how these timeless insights and techniques can inform, inspire, and illuminate a path to enduring achievement.
Top Customer Reviews
First, Butler-Bowden has assembled excerpts and focused on key points from a wide variety of works which include (with authors listed in alphabetical order, as in the book) Horatio Alger's Ragged Dick, Andrew Carnegie's Autobiography, Jim Collins' Good to Great, Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom, Thomas J. Stanley's The Millionaire Mind, Brian Tracy's Maximum Achievement, Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Sam Walton's Made in America, and Zig Ziglar's Meet You at the Top. Obviously, some of this material would also be appropriate for inclusion in 50 Self-Help Classics.
Second, I appreciate the fact that Butler-Bowden also enables his readers to focus on issues of greatest interest to them by suggesting combinations of selections within these four categories:
Motivation (e.g. Tom Hopkins' The Official Guide to Success)
Fulfilling your potential (e.g. Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz's The Power of Full Engagement)
Prosperity (e.g. Russell H. Conwell's Acres of Diamonds)
Leadership (e.g. Warren Bennis' On Becoming a Leader)
The diversity of Butler-Bowdon's primary sources even within the same category is indeed impressive.Read more ›
Overall, I tend to favor this book, simply because of the introduction; the characteristics of successful people. It establishes the reader by quoting applicable authors in the sub-categories. Both books are indispensable for finding the true jewels of the self-development genre or as Tom puts it "the literature of possibility".
Even after all the efforts of Mr. Butler-Bowdon, this is still in my mind baby food. He has done all the hard work. He has chewed the food and given us the meaty morsels from the material. For true development use this book as a road map for the classics that pertain to your drive through life. That, in my opinion, is the true value of these works. The author, he isn't closed off like some. I emailed Tom and he was extremely prompt in a reply and answered my questions fully. How could a man who has been surrounding himself with such literature be any different? Buy these books to find the jewels, which will help you, chew your own food.
I really enjoyed being reminded of "The Inner Game of Tennis". I read that book a long, long, time ago and 20+ years later, I have used the information time and again. Perhaps this little book helped make me a lifelong self-learner. I'm pretty sure it helped me be a better parent, teacher and manager.
For fans of success and achievement books, some of these selections are like old friends you need to get in touch with, and many will probably be new stories you'll grow to love.
If, on the other hand, you are a new student of success, seeking a meaty source for success education and information this is definitely bang for your buck. It might inspire you to read some of the "whole" books, but even this condensed "cram session" will leave you inspired and informed.
50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Life and Work from 50 Landmark Books
50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books on Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose
In the first instance, I have bought these three books in one go because I have been fascinated by what the author had done: He has practised what is known as the highest level of reading. Mortimer Adler, in his classic book, 'How to Read a Book', written in the forties, had called it 'syntopical reading'. It's actually reading a number of books of the same genre, more or less simultaneously & then synthesising the key points.
Secondly, the author, who is a graduate of the London School of Economics, somehow impresses me with his ability to synthesise the big picture of each of the books that made up the entire collection. For apparently a left-brain thinker i.e. economist by training, this has been a very remarkable feat, as his synthesising endeavour has been essentially more of a right-brain activity. Well, I must compliment him for a job well done.
Before my final decision on buying the three books, I have been thrilled by the prospect of reading three books, which in turn will give me access to one hundred & fifty books.
For each book, the author has very artfully as well as skillfully selected fifty books to made up one collection. I may not agree with his selection, but I must admit that I can't default him at all.
Take the first book, '50 Self Help Classics', with timeless wisdom, as an example. Out of the fifty books he has selected, I have read only seventeen of them. I have those books in my personal library.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off, in my opinion, this is a pretty complete list. Secondly, I have had the pleasure of reading many of these books and the author does a great job of summarizing some of my... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Kirk
One of my friends suggested this to me, and its amazing book.Published 9 months ago by Viral R. Patel
I was coming back from a trip to Australia and visited the airport bookshop to kill some time and found this book. Bingo-just found out what to do for the trip back to the States! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Andrew Dahlburg
Great compilation, I if I reaaly like the summary then I buy the book.Published 20 months ago by Charlie Brown
50 Success Classics is a useful sampler that surely was much work to produce; in addition it’s true that writing your own ideas is easier than correctly sharing the ideas of others... Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Dr. Peter Fritz Walter
This book consists of brief recountings of 50 popular books about success. Each is only a few pages long and tries to boil down the contents of the books for easy digestion. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Rick Cook