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The Pain

I finished the first chapter of The 8th Habit tonight. 11 pages. No, I am not a slow reader. But I am being challenged to think about what I am reading. The book offers a set of films through a website and I reviewed the film called Legacy here. Universal human needs were presented.

Life is short.

To live.
To love.
To learn.
To leave a legacy.

The voice of the human spirit — full of hope and intelligence, resilient by nature, boundless in its potential to serve the common good. Time to discover my voice.

Listen to the Voices

I started reading Covey’s The 8th Habit this evening. Chapter 1, The Pain:

Listen to the voices:

“I’m stuck, in a rut.”
“I have no life. I’m burned out — exhausted.”
“No one really values or appreciates me. My boss doesn’t have a clue of all I’m capable of.”
“I don’t feel especially needed — not at work, not by my teenage and grown children, not by my neighbors or community, not by my spouse — except to pay the bills.”
“I’m frustrated and discouraged.”
“I’m just not making enough to make ends meet. I never seem to get ahead.”
“Maybe I just don’t have what it takes.”
“I’m not making a difference.”
“I feel empty inside. My life lacks meaning; something’s missing.”
“I’m angry. I’m scared. I can’t afford to lose my job.”
“I’m lonely.”
“I’m stressed out; everything’s urgent.”
“I’m micromanaged and suffocating.”
“I’m sick of all the backstabbing politics and kissing up.”
“I’m bored — just putting in my time. Most of my satisfactions come off the job.”
“I can’t change things.”

Perhaps that is what happens when you reach a certain stage in life. Young enough to still make a difference and yet old enough to think about the journey. After I read the first chapter, I thought long and hard about passion, talent, need and conscience. How often do we engage in work that taps our talent and fuels our passion?

I’m not sure that I am enjoying this book.

A State of Mind

A few weeks ago I posted my reading list from 2005. I highlighted the books that I enjoyed reading and, by implication, I panned books that I did not enjoy as much.

I received a number of emails from various authors. Although I am an avid reader of books, I suspect that my newly found popularity as a book reviewer is directly related to my search position in Google. Since roughly two months ago, the traffic on the site has doubled and looking at the logs, I am getting hundreds of thousands of hits from Google searches.

However, the action of one author was really quite impressive to me. I had purchased Robert Gignac’s book, Rich is a State of Mind, several months back. His book made quite an impact on me. After reading it, I thought to myself: “I wish I had read this book when I was 20”. And then I thought: “I could use most of his examples as a way to teach my own children about money.”

Robert made contact with me over email and asked me if I would give him some feedback on his work. And I was pleased to do so. He then asked if I would be willing to chat with him a little bit over the phone. I thought about that for a moment. I’m sure you can all relate to being a bit hesitant to make contact with people you do not know particularly if your only contact has been through the Internet.

I am, perhaps a bit reluctantly, getting older. And with age comes more confidence. I also did not perceive an immediate risk on my life and limbs. After all, I do know some kung fu. So, with remarkable courage, I accepted his offer to talk over the phone. And we did.

A great book on financial planning for Canadians and, based on my discussion with Robert, a great Canadian author. There are not too many authors who would take the time to reach out to their readers. Very impressive.