The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind: With the Bonus Book You Can Change Your Whole Life (A GPS Guide to Life) by Joseph Murphy


About The Book:

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind is a classic self-help book that has never been out of print since it was first published over a half century ago. In that time it has sold millions of copies.

A writer of the same class as Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, and Dale Carnegie, Dr. Joseph Murphy has helped millions of readers to harness the immense power of their subconscious minds to positively influence their lives. By showing how simply changing your thinking can produce dramatic changes, Dr. Murphy demonstrates that the strength of the unconscious mind is almost limitless.

By focusing your mental will, you can achieve professional success, build wealth, strengthen personal and professional relationships, build your self-confidence, and even bring about changes to your physical wellbeing—all through the power of the mind. With practical and approachable lessons, Dr. Murphy shows that the power to change your life lies within you.

This edition of the classic work also includes the bonus book You Can Change Your Whole Life in which Murphy offers a simple prescription to ban negative thoughts from your mind and, in doing so, change every facet of your life.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind is part of the GPS (Good, Practical Simple) Guides to Life series, which aims to introduce a new audience of readers to the life-changing writings of past generations. Combining an updated, modern design with timeless wisdom, this new edition of is perfect for millennial readers. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind is, in a word, life-changing.


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About The Author:

Joseph Murphy was a Divine Science minister and author. Murphy was born in Ireland, the son of a private boy’s school headmaster and raised a Roman Catholic. He studied for the priesthood and joined the Jesuits.

In his twenties, an experience with healing prayer led him to leave the Jesuits and move to the United States, where he became a pharmacist in New York (having a degree in chemistry by that time). Here he attended the Church of the Healing Christ (part of the Church of Divine Science), where Emmet Fox had become a minister in 1931.

In the mid-1940s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he met Religious Science founder Ernest Holmes and was ordained into Religious Science by Holmes in 1946, thereafter teaching at the Institute of Religious Science.

A meeting with Divine Science Association president Erwin Gregg led to him being reordained into Divine Science, and he became the minister of the Los Angeles Divine Science Church in 1949, which he built into one of the largest New Thought congregations in the country.

In the next decade, Murphy married, earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Southern California and started writing. After his first wife died in 1976, he remarried to a fellow Divine Science minister who was his longstanding secretary. He died in 1981.






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The Bottom-Up Revolution by Rob Kall

The Bottom-up Revolution: Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity by Rob Kall


About The Book:

Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Sir Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg have all said that that change or growth happens from the bottom up. But what does it mean and how do you do “bottom-up” better and smarter? Bottom-up is a way of life and a way of doing business.

The Bottom-Up Revolution: Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity, picks up where Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point left off. It is a how-to book for businesses, leaders, organizations, activists, and individuals, cracking wide-open humankind’s biggest trend in seven million years.

By understanding the roots and implications of “bottom-up” and “top-down” you’ll be better able to tap the incredible power of this trend, as the billionaire founders of Google, Facebook, Craigslist and Twitter have done.


Editorial Reviews:

“Kall’s well-researched book integrates knowledge from philosophy to economics and ecology. He shows us how, all over the world and across many fields of endeavor, we humans are organizing new and rewarding ways of acting for the common good. His book is both idealistic and realistic and gives us a vision of what we all most need―hope for the future.”

– Mary Pipher, psychologist, and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Reviving Ophelia and Writing to Change the World

“At we’ve always wanted to work from the bottom up, and it’s good to see people assembling a theoretical framework for understanding this decentralized approach!”

– Bill McKibben, founder, author of The End of Nature

“Rob Kall’s book, The Bottom-Up Revolution, offers a compelling vision of a way of being in the world, bringing insights from different cultures and fields together while offering concrete steps to make the vision a reality. This is one of the rare books that, once you read it, will change the way you see the world and your relationships.”

(Helena Norberg-Hodge, author of Ancient Futures, Producer and co-director of the film The Economics of Happiness, Founder of Local Futures and cofounder of the International Forum on Globalization)


About The Author:

Rob Kall is an award-winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. Articles by and about him have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffPost, Success, Discover, and other media.

He’s given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story.

He hosts some of the world’s smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom-up Radio Show. Rob founded and publishes one of the top Google-ranked progressive news and opinion sites,






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How to Handle a Narcissist Book Review

How to Handle a Narcissist: Understanding and Dealing with a Range of Narcissistic Personalities by Theresa Jackson


About The Book:

“How to Handle a Narcissist” is a simple guide to help you understand, handle and live with extreme narcissists. This personalized, sympathetic approach to narcissism combines leading expert opinions with real-life stories and practical advice.

Research findings will show you what works when handling real narcissists at various points on the narcissistic spectrum, rather than only those who have a personality disorder.

Most of us show some degree of self-enhancing tendencies, but as we move up the narcissistic scale towards extreme narcissism, behaviors and characteristics start to harm not only the individual but people around them.

Whether the narcissistic person in your life is your partner, family member, friend or coworker, this book will help you to understand what you need to do to regain control of your boundaries and guide the relationship in whichever direction is best for yourself and others.

Narcissists can make our lives hellish, but by understanding them and then following a few simple steps we can take back control of our boundaries and empower ourselves when dealing with these unavoidable personalities!

Here Is A Preview of What You’ll Learn… Learn how to identify and differentiate between healthy and extreme narcissism, and determine how the narcissist in your life ranks for both Discover how narcissism can be considered a dependence on narcissistic supply, mirroring a dependence on alcohol or other drugs Find out what the narcissist wants from you Discover practical research-based methods to making life easier with the narcissist Read about other people’s experiences with narcissists, and what they subsequently learned.

Download your copy today!

Take the first step towards freedom and peace of mind today and download this book for a limited time price of only $2.99! Download your copy of “How to Handle a Narcissist” to learn real, valuable and helpful tips to influence a narcissist and start seeing things improve in a matter of days.


Editorial Reviews:

“This book was really easy to read and avoided the blame, shame and label rhetoric that you see when you read about narcissists. I found it really useful to see the narcissist in my life as more of a person and why they were being so difficult. Then I could handle them from a much calmer place. Really helpful” – S. Goldberg

“I bought this to help me decide what to do about my narcissistic mother. I’m going to give the techniques a try and see if we can have something of a relationship, really hoping they work” – M. Winston


About The Author:

Theresa Jackson, Multiple Number 1 Best-Selling Author on Narcissism, and Grief for a Parent.

Okay, okay, the secret’s out… Amazon best-selling author, ‘Theresa Jackson,’ is a pen name. The alternative identity of a popular nonfiction writer. She’s relishing in the freedom to explore sensitive issues like family, grief, and relationships, without the risk of alienating her nearest and dearest.

Don’t you just wish you could say what you really think? Join ‘Theresa,’ and let it out. Jump on the exploration freight train and get a greater understanding of yourself and others.





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German Short Stories For Beginners (Easy German Stories) by Lingo Mastery

German Short Stories For Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories To Learn German & Grow Your Vocabulary The Fun Way! (Easy German Stories) by Lingo Mastery, Book Review


About The Book:

Do you know what the hardest thing for a German learner is? Finding PROPER reading material that they can handle…which is precisely the reason we’ve written this book!

Teachers love giving out tough, expert-level literature to their students, books that present many new problems to the reader and force them to search for words in a dictionary every five minutes — it’s not entertaining, useful or motivating for the student at all, and many soon give up on learning at all!

In this book, we have compiled 20 easy-to-read, compelling and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful German tongue. How German Short Stories for Beginners works: Each story is interesting and entertaining with realistic dialogues and day-to-day situations.

The summaries follow a synopsis in German and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about. At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson, as well as slang and sayings that you may not have understood at first glance!

Finally, you’ll be provided with a set of tricky questions in German, providing you with the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to any — we will provide them immediately after, but no cheating!

We want you to feel comfortable while learning the tongue; after all, no language should be a barrier for you to travel around the world and expand your social circles! So look no further! Pick up your copy of German Short Stories for Beginners and start learning German right now! This book has been written by a native German author and is recommended for A2+ level learners.


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About The Author:

Lingo Mastery is an innovative language education brand that is transforming the way we learn languages. Lingo Mastery is on a mission to make language learning not just easier, but also a lot more fun.

Besides the fantastic books that can be found on this page, Lingo Mastery also has an active website, packed with golden nuggets that will help you on your journey to fluency.






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-The German language is the official language in three different European countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It belongs to the West Germanic of the Indo-European language family. Other languages from this category include English, Frisian, Dutch, Netherlandic, and Flemish.

German is the native language of over 95 Million people and is the 6th largest language with the most native speakers. It is one of the main cultural languages of the western world and is studied and learned by millions of people. The German language has many different dialects depending on in which country or region you are in but in written form, it looks very similar wherever you are.

When it comes to actual speaking, there are a lot of different dialects, some of which are nearly impossible to understand for a foreigner. The most difficult dialects of German you will typically come across in Austria and Switzerland. So if you’re looking to go on a learning vacation, maybe try Germany first.

German is a key language in the European Union and the new economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Even abroad, the German language seems to be in great demand. According to ZAF (Center for Education and Training), in 2015 about 15.4 million people attended German courses at schools, universities or language institutes. That is 500.000 more than just 5 years prior. The language is gaining more and more popularity.

It may be important to note at this point that having a basic to intermediate level of German may be an important tool for your professional future, as well as opening several doors for you on your resume if you feel the need to either migrate or work in a multi-cultural environment. German speakers will usually greatly appreciate your effort in having partially or fully learned their language, and they will happily collaborate with you in solving your doubts.


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Stoicism: The Art of Living a Modern Stoic and Happy Life Now

Stoicism: The Art of Living a Modern Stoic and Happy Life Now, Book Review and Summary


About The Book:

It is natural for us to believe in something — anything — that could help us get closer to what we have always wanted. Even to the most logical and practical of people, believing in something usually helps. Every day, many of us wake up to seek happiness. Many of us have the same goal of acquiring more of what we already have — whether it is wealth, knowledge, relationships, or something else.

More and more people are becoming aware of the Stoic philosophy and are now enjoying every moment of their lives through the wisdom passed on by the great sages thousands of years ago. Stoicism can help you live a life to your fullest potential without worries and remorse from your past, your present in this modern society, and your future as an individual who can contribute a lot to the society.

In this book, you will learn about what it means to be Stoic and how you can integrate Stoicism into your life. There are specific tips on how to use Stoic principles to have a thriving career, good health, and harmonious relationships. You will uncover actionable tips and techniques such as the Five Why’s technique and the View from Above technique. These will enable you to cope and know your true self.

The limits of the key principles of Stoicism emanate from the contrast between the events of our lives dictated by fate, as well as the inner freedom that we can cultivate. If that sounds too New Age to you, let us put it this way: There are things that we can control, and there are things that we cannot. That is why Stoicism has its limits. However, Stoics will also allow you to manage those limits and have a magnificent life despite such limits. Followers of Stoicism believe that the majority of things are beyond our control.

This includes the movement of nature, the opinions of other people, our public image, and even the amount of money we earn. We can influence these things in one way or another by our responses, but they are external things that we cannot totally control. On the other hand, our goals, desires, judgments, opinions, are the things that we can completely control. Notice that these things are within our mind.

  • Here Is a Preview of What You Will Learn:
    The Origins of Stoicism
    Fundamental Philosophies of Stoicism
    The Cardinal Virtues of Stoicism
    Stoic Tools and Techniques
    Practical Applications of Stoicism in Modern Life
    Much, much more!

The first step to achieve a healthier life ultimately starts with your mindset and your mental health. This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to live a virtuous and purposeful life by embracing the Ancient yet practical philosophy of Stoicism.


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Flex: The Art and Science of Leadership in a Changing World by Jeffrey Hull PhD

Flex: The Art and Science of Leadership in a Changing World by Jeffrey Hull Ph.D. Book Review


About The Book:

From one of the world’s preeminent leadership coaches, an insightful, indispensable guide to effective leadership. For the first time, leadership expert Jeffrey Hull shares the secrets, strategies, and science underlying his, and his clients’, successes.

Interweaving real-life stories with practical tips and the latest evidence-based research, he equips readers with the insights they need to thrive in today’s world. We are in the age of the postheroic leader. Once, to move up the corporate ladder and succeed at the top, you simply had to set goals, motivate the troops, delegate to underlings, and groom a successor–probably one who looked and behaved just like you. But this white knight has become an anachronism.

Whether a person is twenty-five or fifty, if they’re leading a team now, chances are that they’re managing a kaleidoscope of people from a variety of cultures, across a range of ages, all of whom are wired together 24/7. These changing demographics and structures have led to a seismic shift in terms of the tools needed to successfully manage and grow within a company: charisma and strategic thinking abilities now matter less than qualities such as vulnerability and relatability.

Based on his popular classes with Harvard Medical School physicians and New York University business students, Hull has identified the six key elements that leaders in this new workplace need to succeed, known as F.I.E.R.C.E.: Flexibility, Intentionality, Emotional Intelligence, Realness, Collaboration, and Engagement. From start-ups to universities to Fortune 500 companies, he’s been able to help leaders across the board develop the skill sets that have advanced their careers and won them accolades.


Editorial Reviews:

Flex is a tour de force combining the art and science that makes for great leadership. With real-life stories, the latest science, and actionable strategies, this book is like a great coach: helping leaders up their game to a whole new level of success.”—Marshall Goldsmith, #1 New York Times bestselling author of TriggersMojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“Finally, a highly readable book that brings the science of effective leadership down from the Ivy tower into the real world! In Flex, Jeff’s engaging stories about the struggles—and triumphs—of real-life leaders, not just famous CEOs, make it clear that anyone, truly anyone, can become the agile leader the world sorely needs today.”—Susan David, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Emotional Agility

“A world-class workout to strengthen the muscles of adaptive leadership—developing the powers of mind, body, and spirit to become the leaders the world needs now. As with all great coaches, Jeff embodies the skills and capacities he asks us to develop. With a series of in-depth exercises and compelling stories, he encourages us to assess our capacities as leaders and commit to working out with as much discipline and focus as we do at the gym.”—Margaret J. Wheatley, bestselling author of Leadership and the New Science and Who Do We Choose to Be?

“Most leadership books teach you about leadership. But the hardest part of leadership isn’t knowing more about leadership, it’s following through on what you know. In Flex, Jeffrey Hull’s coaching expertise shines through as he offers readers the perfect recipe of clear insight, engaging storytelling, and practical application that leads us to act on what we know.”—Peter Bregman, bestselling author of Leading with Emotional Courage

“A must-read for anyone interested in navigating the complexities of leading today. Jeff invites you into his world as a seasoned executive coach, sharing his and his clients’ journeys as they learn to flex their leadership to thrive personally and professionally. This is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to dig in and lead smart.”—Tracy Duberman, PhD, president of the Leadership Development Group, author of From Competition to Collaboration

“Not just another typical leadership book. Jeff’s thought-provoking storytelling has the ability to entertain us while providing profound insights into the complexity of today’s leadership landscape. I was immersed from beginning to end.”—Scott Crum, chief human resources officer of MSCI, Inc.

“What’s the next best thing if you don’t have an executive coach to guide your development? Dive into Flex by gifted executive coach Jeffrey Hull. It delivers an engaging collection of coaching stories wrapped in succinct, profound principles for leading in the wildly unpredictable world we work in today.”—Margaret Moore, co-founder of the Institute of Coaching; founder & CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation

Flex is a jewel! Jeff addresses contemporary challenges leaders face and lays out a clear path forward as workplace dynamics get more and more complex. His vision: a more authentic, collaborative, and fluid organization. Spot on.”Marcela Manubens, global vice president of Integrated Social Sustainability, Unilever, Inc.

“Jeff is a pioneer in the evolutionary work of developing leaders. Flex is a thoughtful road map filled with ideas and practices for leaders and coaches to cultivate the kind of leadership needed to thrive in the years to come.”—Eric Kaufmann, CEO, Sagatica; bestselling author of Four Virtues of a Leader

“Brilliant! A must-read for millennials, CEOs, entrepreneurs—literally any up and coming leader who needs to know how to take their leadership to the next level.”—Carol Kauffman, PhD; ABPP; assistant professor, Harvard Medical School; founder/executive director of Institute of Coaching

“Superb! Jeff Hull has gifted us with the rare combination of lucid illustrative stories woven with the latest science, so that both sides of our brains can be well nourished. An easily absorbable read for anyone from students to managers to C-suite executives.”—Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers, author of Nature, Culture & Spirit: A Woman Listens for Leadership

“Rather than advocating for a one-size-fits-all approach, Flex emphasizes introspection and adjustment. For any leader willing to take the journey to enhance their performance, Jeff has provided a compass to find true north.”—Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, chair of anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital; professor at Harvard Medical School

“A must-read for leaders and coaches alike. The examples used by Dr. Hull enable the reader to experience today’s diverse and complex leadership dynamics in real time. This in turn, reinforces the ability of the learner to learn.”—Jay Morris, PhD, JD, MA, Vice President, Education & Executive Director Institute for Excellence, Yale New Haven Health

“Filled with compelling leadership stories that come to life wonderfully through the eyes of a seasoned executive coach.  Learn valuable leadership tips and techniques from a coaching expert!”—Brian O. Underhill, PhD, founder & CEO of CoachSource, LLC


About The Author:

Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D., is an author, educator, and consultant with more than twenty years’ experience partnering with C-suite executives on issues of high-performance leadership, change management, organizational strategy, structure, and culture. He is a highly sought-after facilitator, keynote speaker, and executive coach to both nonprofit and for-profit global organizations.

The CEO of Leadershift Inc., a management consultancy based in New York City, he is also a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct professor of leadership at New York University.






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Dare to Matter: How to Make a Living and Make a Difference

Dare to Matter: How to Make a Living and Make a Difference by Jordan Kassalow and Jennifer Krause


About The Book:

In Dare to Matter, VisionSpring founder Jordan Kassalow shares his own inspiring story and a nuts-and-bolts plan to help readers who what to make a difference right now, no matter what their job, no matter what their circumstances, on their own terms, in their own time, in concert with their commitments and responsibilities.

The desire to make a difference in the world, to leave the world a better place–and to enjoy life at the same time–is something we all share. But most of us struggle with the where, when, and how. What if the answer was as clear as: here and now, in your own way?

Dr. Jordan Kassalow, founder of VisionSpring, the global phenomenon that has helped millions stay focused on a positive future, shares his own story of connecting his real life financial responsibilities with his true sense of calling, while also offering readers the tools to map out their own path. Jordan partners with readers in their search for ways to feed both their families and their souls, assisting them in everything from discovering their higher purpose, answering questions like how much is enough, to constructing, and implementing, a nuts-and-bolts plan to live in service of others without sacrificing their paychecks.

Dare to Matter assures readers that doing good and doing well needn’t be an either/or proposition; that they don’t have to be a billionaire philanthropist or take a vow of poverty, be young and unencumbered, or retired, to give of themselves in the way that they, and only they, have been created to give. Dare to Matter will help readers put Jordan’s unique blueprint to work in their own lives, locate their joy, and make a difference in the world.


Editorial Reviews:

Extraordinary Praise for Dare to Matter

“A stirring, hopeful reflection on life, faith, legacy, meaning, and love that will guide and encourage you to try just a little bit harder to let your reach exceed your grasp as you find your way to make a difference at home and in the world.”
Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author

“An essential reminder that the greatest challenges of any age are no match for the goodwill, love, passion, and potential that abides in all human beings. I hope this superb book will inspire its readers to follow in Jordan’s footsteps in making a difference for all.”
Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State

“In an era when young people are compelled to find purpose, yet they too often find themselves stressed and anxious, Jordan offers a sustainable and impactful path, grounded in the clarity of his own experience with VisionSpring.”
Sylvia Burwell, President of American University and former Secretary of Health and Human Services

“As feelings of cynicism, apathy, and hopelessness threaten to divide people and asphyxiate progress, Dare to Matter is a breath of fresh, hopeful air. This book will restore your faith in what is possible, and inspire you to devote your personal power to making positive, meaningful change.”
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

Dare to Matter should be required reading for anyone who dreams of making a difference. The book shines with hard-earned wisdom embedded in spiritual ground and girded with practical advice. You will be inspired, enlivened and possibly, forever changed in all good ways.”
Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen and author of The Blue Sweater

“This book is an amazing gift. It shows us that the best way to develop fully who we uniquely are is to dare repeatedly over life to change the world. Because that’s what Jordan Kassalow has done, and because he’s so very reflective/observant and clear, the reader’s journey to this understanding is in rich comfort.”
—Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO of Ashoka

“Are you doing the things that make you most fulfilled in life? Are you having a positive impact on the people and the world around you? Jordan Kassalow has helped me answer these questions with the lessons artfully distilled in this important book.”
Jeff Raider, Co-founder & Co-CEO Harry’s, Inc.


About The Author:

Jordan Kassalow is an optometrist and social entrepreneur. He is a partner at a thriving practice in New York City and is also the Founder of VisionSpring, an award-winning social business that works to restore eyesight to the more than 2.5 billion people who live in the developing world in extreme poverty and need nothing more than a simple pair of eyeglasses to see.

VisionSpring has been internationally recognized by the Skoll Foundation, the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Institute, and the World Bank. Since 2001, it has distributed over 5 million pairs of eyeglasses. Jordan is also the co-Founder of the EYElliance, a coalition of multi-sector experts including public, private, academic, and NGO partners. EYElliance functions as a leader, convener, and coordinator to channel collective efforts to address the global unmet need for eyeglasses.

Jordan was also the Founder of the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations where he is a life member and is a fellow of Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was named one of the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs, was the inaugural winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, and was recently named to Forbes Impact 30. For more information on VisionSpring, please visit
Jennifer Krause is a rabbi and the author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time. Her writing and commentary have been featured in NewsweekThe New York TimesThe Huffington PostThe Daily Beast,, and O Magazine. Dubbed “one of NYC’s Hippest Rabbis” and “the Jewish Katie Couric” by WNET’s MetroFocus, Jennifer served as the High Holidays rabbi at Manhattan’s 92Y, the first woman to hold that post in 92Y’s 145-year history.

Jennifer is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative, a network of religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers of all backgrounds and affiliations who come together for nonpartisan, cross-denominational conversations on global issues.






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KEEP IT SIMPLE SELLING The Comprehensive Auto Sales Training Manual By Damian Boudreaux


About The Book:

The automotive business is a gold mine; “Keep It Simple Selling” teaches how to tap into that gold with shortcuts that anyone can master and turn into massive income opportunities. The automotive business is a gold mine. Not just for some. For anyone who wants to reach massive success, it can happen. This industry is incredible.

It doesn’t matter if you sell cars or trucks or motorcycles. It doesn’t matter if you sweep the floors or wash the cars or file paperwork in the office. In this industry, you have the ability to advance as far as you want to. There’s no barrier to entry, and there’s no glass ceiling. Your raise becomes effective when you do. There are thousands of success stories out there. Like the kid who started as a driver delivering parts at age 19 and now he’s the service director.

Or the guy who started out selling motorcycles and is now the general manager of a huge Toyota store. How about the waiter at the restaurant who was invited to sell cars and is now a partner in several dealerships? Or the 16-year-old girl who had to leave high school and get a job because she got pregnant? She started out answering phones and running errands for the office, and now she runs the office, making $250,000 a year.

There’s also the gentleman who got into this business as a parts picker. He didn’t have much education, no high school diploma, and today he’s the founder of one of the top dealer groups in the country. There’s the used car salesman who is now a mega-dealer. And finally, there’s the newly-single mother of two who was hired for the Internet department and is now the F&I director. Anything is possible. There are no boundaries. Or me—Damian Boudreaux.

I started out changing oil and washing parts in my friend’s transmission shop part-time in the evenings. I didn’t have any grand ambitions at the time; I was just grateful to have a job so I could pay my rent. Before too long, I became one of the top sellers in the region, and now I train others how to be more successful in sales and in life.

I didn’t expect that. I didn’t plan for that. It happened, though. It happened for two reasons: It happened because I figured out who I was and how I could just be myself all the time. And it happened because I started caring more about people than my paycheck. My mantra for massive success The business of our business is people.

And the key to massive success is being who you are at your best, and then figuring out how to take care of others. Master this, and you will be profitable and proud of your way of life. No matter where you are right now in your life, no matter what your current job is, the key to the future of your dreams lies in mastering who you are at your best, learning how to do your job better than anybody else, and figuring out how to help others.

It sounds simple, right? Be yourself. Do a good job. Serve others. Easy. You got this! So, if it’s really that simple, then what’s the problem? Why are there so many people failing to achieve the success they desire and deserve? Why aren’t you experiencing the massive success you dream of?

“Keep It Simple Selling” is all about shortcuts! Let’s make selling cars easier. . . Let’s make selling trucks faster. . . And for heaven’s sake, let’s make it fun!

Imagine for a moment how it would feel if you could sell cars just by being yourself and finding ways to serve others naturally and easily. How would your life be different if sales opportunities continuously dropped out of the sky and into your lap, with no stress or struggle?Would you like to sell 80 percent of the people you talk to every day?

The automotive business is a gold mine. Not just for a few natural salespeople—for anyone. In this industry, anyone can advance as far as they want. There’s no barrier to entry, and there’s no glass ceiling. Your raise becomes effective when you do.

Damian Boudreaux started out cleaning parts in his friend’s transmission shop. From there, he tried and stumbled and tried again to sell more cars than the month before. It wasn’t until he began to open his eyes and pay attention to the people around him that he understood what it really takes to succeed in the automotive business. The lessons he learned during his journey to becoming a consistently top-selling salesman are humbling and inspiring at the same time.


Editorial Reviews:

“Damian’s unique way of teaching people in the automotive industry is brilliant. His ability to communicate and connect, along with his simple techniques about relationship selling, solving and serving is exactly what people need to be successful and proud of what they do everyday.”
-Bob Mohr, President, Mohr and Associates


About The Author:

Damian Boudreaux is the President and Founder of Auto Training Academy. For over three decades as a top performing sales professional, international trainer, and speaker, he has shared proven strategies that make success in the automotive industry a natural outcome. Damian’s firm has a track record in helping car salespeople consistently perform at their next level, frequently selling over 40 vehicles a month.






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Starting a Business QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner’s Guide to Launching a Successful Small Business, Turning Your Vision into Reality, and Achieving Your Entrepreneurial Dream by Ken Colwell


About The Book:

New author Ken Colwell Ph.D., MBA shares his wealth of knowledge to demystify the strategic startup and new venture process for new and experienced entrepreneurs. In the highly competitive world of business, what makes or breaks a new entrepreneur? Sourced from over twenty years of firsthand experience working with entrepreneurs, new ventures, and high-growth startups, author Ken Colwell, Ph.D., MBA has the answers.

He concisely presents the core fundamentals that all new entrepreneurs need to know to get started, find success, and live the life of their dreams. Business and entrepreneurship students, small business owners, managers, and soon-to-be entrepreneurs will all find a wealth of value within the pages of the Starting A Business QuickStart Guide.

From the very first steps conceptualizing your venture to winning your first customers, delivering value, and turning a profit, this book acts as an invaluable blueprint for your path to entrepreneurial success. Colwell’s clear voice, extensive experience, and easy-to-understand presentation come together to make this book a must-have resource in the library of every budding entrepreneur!

“I believe that starting a business is the ultimate creative act, My goal is to help new entrepreneurs understand that they can do this, that many of the barriers that they believe are holding them back are in their head, and how to start a new venture with a strategic mindset.”

The “Starting a Business QuickStart Guide starts from the very beginning of a venture”—an opportunity—and walks readers through each of the aspects of getting their startup off the ground. Complete with actionable examples and practical advice, after reading this book, new entrepreneurs will be armed with the tools they need to follow their passion.


Have you ever dreamt of starting your own business and living life on your terms?

This book shows you EXACTLY what you need to know to stand out from the crowd!

Do you have an idea for an amazing product or service but you aren’t sure how to build a business around it?

Then you NEED this book. Buy now and start reading today!

Are you a current business owner who struggles to identify your customers and deliver true world-class value?

Everything you need to know is included in these pages!

Do you want to build your hobby business into a fully-fledged venture that will help you build the life you deserve?

Then you NEED this book. Buy now and start reading today!

The most comprehensive guide ever developed for starting and growing a business in 2019! In the highly competitive world of business, what makes or breaks a new entrepreneur?

Sourced from over twenty years of firsthand experience working with entrepreneurs, new ventures, and high-growth startups, author Ken Colwell, Ph.D., MBA has the answers.

In his comprehensive Starting a Business QuickStart Guide, Ken Colwell concisely presents the core fundamentals that all new entrepreneurs need to know to get started, find success, and live the life of their dreams.

Business and entrepreneurship students, small business owners, managers, and soon-to-be entrepreneurs will all find a wealth of value within the pages of the Starting a Business QuickStart Guide.

From the very first steps conceptualizing your venture to winning your first customers, delivering value, and turning a profit, this book acts as an invaluable blueprint for your path to entrepreneurial success. Colwell’s clear voice, extensive experience, and easy-to-understand presentation come together to make this book a must-have resource in the library of every budding entrepreneur!

Perfect For:

  • Would-Be Entrepreneurs With a Ton of Passion!
  • Entrepreneurial Students of All Ages!
  • Beginners with Zero Prior Experience!
  • Managers, Business Owners, and Decisions Makers Growing into a New Role!

You’ll Discover:

  • The Difference Between an Idea and an Opportunity!
  • What Makes an Entrepreneurial Opportunity Great!
  • The Very First Steps You Need To Take To Get Your Venture Off The Ground!
  • Pricing, Competition, Customer Identification, Marketing, and Distribution Demystified!
  • The REAL Components of an Entrepreneurial Mindset!
  • Exactly How To Craft Your Value Proposition!
  • How to Write a Comprehensive Business Plan!


Editorial Reviews:


About The Author:

KEN COLWELL Ph.D., MBA is a seasoned strategic and operational leader with extensive experience working within entrepreneurial ecosystems and interacting with relevant private and public sector stakeholders at all levels in order to accomplish objectives. He has consulted for hundreds of start-up ventures and is the Founder of Innovative Growth Advisors. Dr. Colwell is currently dean of the School of Business at Central Connecticut State University.

He was previously dean of the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences at Long Island University–Brooklyn. Prior to taking his current decanal post, he was director of entrepreneurship programs at the University of Miami School of Business Administration and a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Drexel University.


  • Extensive in-depth and hands-on entrepreneurial experience as both new venture founder and new venture consultant.
  • Has taught Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, New Venture Planning, and Entrepreneurial Consulting at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels.
  • His research has appeared in such journals as Organization Science, British Journal of Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, and Futures.
  • Draws on his extensive experience and broad exposure to the entrepreneurial ecosystem to develop a unique and holistic approach to starting a business.






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Success Through Diversity by Carol Fulp Review

Success Through Diversity: Why The Most Inclusive Companies Will Win by Carol Fulp Review


About The Book:

Explores how investing in a racially and ethnically diverse workforce will help make contemporary businesses more dynamic, powerful, and profitable

In our fast-changing demographic landscape, companies that proactively embrace diversity in all areas of their operations will be best poised to thrive. Renowned business leader and visionary Carol Fulp explores staffing trends in the US and provides a blueprint for what businesses must do to maintain their competitiveness and customer base, including hiring in new ways, aligning managers around diversity, providing new kinds of leadership development, and engaging employees to embrace differences.

Using detailed case histories of corporate cultures such as the NFL, Eastern Bank, John Hancock, Hallmark Health, and PepsiCo, as well as her own experiences in the workplace and in advising companies on diversity practice, Fulp demonstrates how people of different races and ethnicities represent an essential asset to contemporary companies and organizations.


Editorial Reviews:

“Business leaders and those in education will find these stories inspirational and will learn tactics they can apply in their lives.”

“Convincing and sorely needed work . . . Fulp’s book gives businesspeople the tools they need to prepare for an ever more ethnically and racially diverse society.”
Publishers Weekly

Success Through Diversity‎ is an eloquent and persuasive argument for tapping the power of difference to stimulate creativity and innovation. Carol Fulp’s compelling stories of individuals and companies give a human face to the statistics about diversity of thought and higher performance. This timely book will help leaders of all kinds envision and implement positive workplaces for the future.”
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School professor and best-selling author of Confidence, SuperCorp, The Change Masters, and Men and Women of the Corporation

“Diversity matters! Carol Fulp tells you both why & how to achieve it.”
—Karen Kaplan, chairman & CEO of Hill Holliday Group

“Carol Fulp brings her considerable experience to bear in this thoughtful analysis and blueprint for creating truly diverse, inclusive, and effective communities, be they workplaces or learning environments.”
—Paula A. Johnson, president of Wellesley College

“Required reading for learning how diversity can promote not just business success but civic responsibility as well. Carol Fulp points the way with a win-win blueprint for corporate executives, public sector officials, and, most importantly, every citizen.”
—Kenneth R. Feinberg, former administrator of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

“A book with a lot to teach us about how to build successful workplaces and organizational communities: required reading in my book.”
—David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College

“This is the one book every CEO needs to read to understand what diversity offers them.”
—Corey Thomas, CEO of Rapid7

“While corporate greed and malfeasance may dominate the news headlines, this book reminds us that our most admired companies harness the power of difference to create innovative, vibrant, and dynamic organizations. [This book] tells how we can do well by doing right.”
—Deval Patrick, from the Foreword


About The Author:

Carol Fulp is president and CEO of the Partnership, New England’s premier organization dedicated to enhancing competitiveness by attracting, developing, and retaining multicultural professionals.

Prior to joining The Partnership, Inc., she held executive roles at John Hancock Financial, WCVB (the ABC-TV Boston affiliate), and the Gillette Company. In 2010, President Obama appointed Fulp as a US representative to the sixty-fifth session of the UN’s General Assembly. She lives with her husband, C. Bernard (“Bernie”) Fulp, in Boston.






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You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor Summary and Review

You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor Summary and Review


About The Book:

You Were Born Rich gives you the COMPLETE, PROVEN SYSTEM for using the potential you have locked inside of you to achieve financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual prosperity. Recognized worldwide as one of the most comprehensive personal development book available, Bob Proctor’s You Were Born Rich will open your eyes to the deep reservoirs of talent and ability that lie deep within you.

You Were Born Rich contains a complete plan for developing the untapped potential in every aspect of your life, including:

  • Begin to relate to Money as you SHOULD, not how society generally thinks or tells you how you should.
  • Take careful inventory of your thoughts and current financial condition because the two ARE absolutely related!
  • Understand why every millionaire is a Master Image Maker who understands the absolute necessity of building the right images in one’s Mind.
  • Learn how to truly let go and turn your imagery over to a Power within and around you that immediately sets to work on materializing the images you hold in your Mind.
  • Introduce one of the most powerful words, “expectation”, into your daily life.
  • Finally understand why some people keep attracting what they do not want, while others attract exactly what they do want, and the steps to take to be a member of the latter group.
  • Come to understand the true meaning of “risk-taking.”
  • Sharpen your effectiveness by implementing the principles behind “The Razor’s Edge.”
  • Why do some people keep getting the same results year after year? You’ll learn why and how to avoid it here.
  • Finally, learn how to easily open the doors to all the wealth and abundance you seek.


Editorial Reviews:

Zig Ziglar may be the master motivator, Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup For the Soul, the master storyteller; Anthony Robbins may be the guru of personal development, but Bob Proctor is the master thinker. When it comes to systematizing life, no one else can touch him. He is simply the best.

Bob Proctor collects thoughts like Imelda Marcos used to collect shoes. He strings them together in exquisite arrays; one thought leading logically to the next until a whole method has been constructed. In this volume, You Were Born Rich, Bob Proctor has done it again, this time taking you step by step to the surprising discovery that success is not always reaching out for something that you don’t have but rather only reaching over and rearranging the pieces already there.

I read with fascination as Bob carefully built his case and then found myself instantly applying his conclusions to ongoing projects and relationships. Therein lies the great value of this book. You can instantly apply the conclusions to your own life. It will begin to impact you long before you reach the last chapter.


About The Author:

Bob Proctor,  in 1961, started studying “Think and Grow Rich” and it transformed his life in addition to studying the book. Bob listened to Earl Nightingale’s condensed recording of the book thousands of time.

He is a towering figure wherever the mention of self-help comes into discussion. In 1973, he founded his company and has been celebrated ever since. Being an entrepreneur, a teacher, a writer, a business consultant, and counselor, the man is famous for his motivational speeches on how to be a better version of you.

He has been on his mission to advise people to strategize their ideas in such a way that they would be able to create extravagantly glamorous and fulfilling lives for themselves for more than 40 years now. Reading classic books by people like Earl Nightingale, Wallace D. Wattles and Napoleon Hill has inspired him to have developed firm ideas and concepts about how one should live life in order to be fully prosperous in whatever it is that he wishes to accomplishes, and more importantly, as Proctor himself places, to live a luxurious life.

Then, Bob worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Earl Nightingale at Nightingale-Conant from 1968 to 1973, before leaving to start his own personal development company. Today, Bob has studied thousands of books, continues to read “Think and Grow Rich” every day, and is considered the world’s foremost expert on the human mind.

Bob instilled his concept of how elitism lies within us all and is waiting to be found in his bestselling book You Were Born Rich and has gained much following worldwide with his other works including Mission in Commission, The Goal Achiever, The Winner’s Image, The Recruiting Puzzle, The Success Puzzle, The Success Series and Being the Very Best.

He also worked with Michael Beckwith and Jack Canfield, authors of The Secret and Chicken Soup for the Soul respectively in order to create a course based on the Science of Getting Rich program. In his eminent interview with Larry King, Bob Proctor explained the ideas of self-development in his perspective, bringing into light his explanation on how one should be on the quest to recognize his best self and to polish that version and take it with him on the road to success.

He also talked about how creativity and imagination plays a significant impact in becoming happy and achieving incredible results in all facets of life.






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-The Promised Land

No more shall I look to the far skies for my Father’s loving aid; Since here upon earth His treasure lies, and here is His kingdom laid. No more through the mist of things unknown I’ll search for the Promised Land; For time is the footstool of His throne, and I am within His hand. The wealth that is more than finest gold is here, if I shall but ask; And wisdom unguessed and power untole are here for every task. The gates of heaven are before my eyes; Their key is within my hand; No more shall I look to the far skies; For here is the Promised Land.
Alva Romanes

LET GO AND LET GOD Something wonderful is happening.

How many times have you been faced with what appeared to be an insurmountable problem and you silently wished you could “turn it over” to somebody else for a solution. Or have you ever sat daydreaming—building magnificent images on the screen of your mind—wishing you had a certain sum of money, wanting to take a trip to some exotic place, or possibly hoping to be able to purchase the automobile you have always wanted?

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there was some “magic formula” that would give us the things we want and permit us to live the way we choose? Well, there is, and it has been around since time began. Therefore, you can have the things you want—all of them—and you will have them if you will only make the ideas in this book a part of your way of thinking; a part of your way of life. Make up your mind to read this chapter over and over—100 times if necessary—until you feel deep inside that you really comprehend the idea being expressed. For if you fail to grasp the idea presented to you in this chapter, the rest of the book will be of little value to you.

However, once you do understand this chapter, it will be as if a tremendous light has gone on in your mind—truly illuminating your life— and you will realize you will never again be the same person you once were. No person, thing, or circumstance will intimidate you ever again. Your days of idle-wishing will be brought to a halt. Happiness, health, and prosperity will follow you all the days of your life and you will spend the rest of your years wanting to share your new understanding with everyone and anyone who is willing to take the time to listen and learn.

Be aware, however, that many of the people whom you try to share your new awareness with are simply not ready for it. In fact, nine out of ten people will laugh and tell others you are odd, when you have shared your formula—Let Go And Let God—with them. You must realize this is because the vast majority of people whom you encounter every day, treat God like some cosmic bellboy, who is supposed to run and fetch and then deliver.

These individuals erroneously believe that merely because a person verbalizes certain thoughts in their mind—“God please get me this,” or “God give me that,”— they will receive what they have asked for. But unfortunately, these people do not understand the true nature of prayer and what is even more tragic—they don’t even know, that they don’t know! Potential Is Everywhere Always Understand this—everything you see in this universe, yourself included, is nothing but the expression of infinite power. This power is forever flowing into and through you. Scientists will tell you that everything is energy. I choose to say that everything is Spirit.

For centuries there has been a select group of people who are the real thinkers. These individuals have always known there is a power which permeates, penetrates and fills the interspaces of the cosmos, and that everything you see around you is an expression of that power. The power operates in a very precise manner, which is generally called the law.

In other words, everything comes from one source, and that source power always flows and works to and through the individual—that is you. Stated slightly differently, the image that you have formed can only come to you on the physical plane of life (your results) in one way, and that way is By Law and through Faith. The Mormon religion has a scripture in its Doctrine and Covenants which demonstrates this point extremely well, and although I am not a Mormon myself, I have grown to love these lines:

“There is a law; irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world upon which all blessings are predicated. And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”

D & C 130:20-21

The more you study this scripture, the more you will appreciate just how perfect it is. The more you understand its truth, the easier it will be for you to improve the quality of your life.

Clarence Smithison’s Story

A number of years ago, when I was working in Chicago, Illinois, I became close friends with a man by the name of Clarence Smithison. Since Clarence is not a celebrity, by any means, I am sure you have never heard his name before. In fact, he is such a modest, self-effacing person, that if he were to walk into a room crowded with people, you would probably not even notice him.

Nevertheless, there is a certain indefinable spark in Clarence Smithison which makes him one of the most remarkable individuals I have ever had the pleasure to know. In an attempt to identify this elusive quality, I have come up with the following hypothesis: Clarence Smithison incorporates, within his very being, the principle upon which this entire chapter is based— namely, if a person will let go and let God (i.e. have faith that whatever must happen for him to achieve his goal, will indeed occur), all things become possible.

One day I confronted Clarence and asked him to share with me his view of faith and more specifically, his explanation of why he personally seemed to possess such a cornucopia of this important attribute. True to his nature, he explained to me he had not developed a complicated philosophy with respect to the subject.

He said everything he believed about Faith could be summarized in a simple definition, and it was this definition which gave him the strength he needed to endure the trials and tribulations in his own life. “Faith,” he said, “is the ability to see the invisible and believe in the incredible and that is what enables believers to receive what the masses think is impossible.” I have fallen in love with this particular definition and have shared it with countless numbers of people since Clarence first shared it with me.

Using a slightly different vocabulary, I would make the observation: “If you can show me a person who achieves great things, I can show you a person who has great faith in his God-given ability to achieve what he images.” In fact, there is absolutely no question in my mind that faith has always been the miracle worker throughout history. It is the connecting link between God and You, and therefore, it is your most valuable nonphysical possession. In truth, it is the cornerstone to everything you will ever build or achieve during the course of your entire lifetime.

Comparatively few people today realize just how much faith in oneself (that part of oneself which is spiritual, perfect) has to do with achievement, because the great majority of people never seem to conceive of faith as being a genuine creative force. Yet the truth is that not only is Faith a bona fide power, but it is the greatest one we will ever encounter. In fact, I would go so far as to say that whatever you accomplish in your lifetime, will be in direct proportion to the:

1) intensity and
2) persistence of your faith.


-David And Goliath

Consider, for example, the biblical story of David and Goliath, which surely must rank as one of the greatest testaments ever written on the subject of faith. As you will recall, Goliath, the giant of Gath, came into the Israelite camp boasting pompously and taunting the Israelites to select a man to do battle with him.

The Israelites, naturally, were terrified and, not surprisingly, none of them leaped forward to accept the challenge. Sometime later, however, when Goliath returned to reiterate his challenge, David, an Israelite youth, overheard the giant’s obnoxious boasting and he stepped forward to pick up the gauntlet. Finally, after much pleading before his elders for the dubious honor of facing Goliath in battle, the youth was accorded the great “privilege” of going forth to do battle.

The elders insisted, however, that David clothe himself in heavy protective armor. They also gave him a sword with which to smite his powerful adversary. But David said, “I am not used to these things, I cannot fight with these handicaps. These are not my weapons. I have other weapons with which to fight the giant.” So he stripped himself of all his armor and went into battle with no weapon other than a simple slingshot and a few pebbles which he had gathered from the nearby brook.

When the giant leader of the Philistines, protected as he was with armor from head to toe, armed with mighty weapons and preceded by his shield-bearer, saw the unarmed, unprotected Israelite youth approaching, he was infuriated. He said to David, “Come to me and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air and to the beasts of the field.” Young David, however, never one to be intimidated, answered the giant saying, “Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear, and with a shield, but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom thou hast defied.

This day will the Lord deliver thee into my hands.” While the giant Goliath placed his faith in physical objects like armor, swords, and shields, David placed his solely in an unseen God. The result—the young Israelite shepherd defeated his far mightier foe! With nothing, save a single stone from his sling, David struck Goliath, and the giant fell lifeless to the ground. By accepting the principle “Let Go And Let God”, and believing that whatever must happen for you to reach your goal, will happen—like David— you too will successfully conquer the “giant” in your life (i.e. you will witness the physical manifestation of your image, and in the proper time).

You see, the trouble with those of us who fail to achieve what we desire, is not that we lack the ability to do so, but that we lack the faith implicit in the “Let Go And Let God” principle, which dictates whatever is necessary for us to reach our goal will indeed occur. We do not believe we can simply tap into the great spiritual reservoir that lies within us, to make connection with divinity, all-supply, or whatever else you wish to call that power which sustains each one of us.

However, if you fail to make this connection in your own mind, or if you lack the divine selfconfidence born of faith in omnipotence, you will never be what you long to be, or have what you rightly deserve to have. All of your prayers will return to you unanswered; your best efforts will bear no fruit and your negative attitudes will thwart the realization of your goal. A mind “saturated” with fear of failure or images of unwanted results, can no more accomplish, create, or produce anything of value, than a stone can violate the law of gravity by flying upwards in the air.

You must realize the creator does not alter the law of gravity to accommodate a person who walks off the roof of a house. (Even though the person may do it unconsciously or in a drugged state.) Similarly, the creative principle of the law of achievement cannot be violated with impunity. Therefore, you will achieve what you desire, be what you long to be, only when you become obedient to that inexorable law of life. To recapitulate—the first step in the creative process is to relax and see yourself already in possession of the good that you desire. (Build the image.)

The second step is to—Let Go And Let God. In working with Spirit, it helps to focus on the truth that Spirit is in all places at all times. Since this is so, it follows that you possess the godlike ability to tap into positive thoughts anytime you wish and anywhere you choose. Moreover, once you become aware of your kinship with the creative power, that you are in truth a child of spirit, you cannot possibly be anything other than positive, forceful, radiant and self-reliant in your dealings with the world (a conqueror of those forces which would attempt to drag you down or hold you back).

Once this happens, all the forces in the universe will come together to help you reach your goal or the manifestation of your Image. Finally, gaining the understanding that you are made in the image of the creator of the universe— and are a living part of eternal spirit—will ultimately transform the results that you are achieving in your life, every day.

Another thing you should know about Spirit is that it is a power which is forever flowing into and through you (we also call this power “thought”). But as Spirit or thought flows into you, you choose the image you will then form with it. Experiment for yourself—sit back, relax and then become fully aware of this great creative capacity. You can actually form one image or picture, after another, on the screen of your mind (images of things which already exist physically, like your car, your home, your place of business, or images of things that do not yet exist— such as your short-term and long-term goals).

But the point I want to impress upon you now is that although Spirit is the very essence of your being, it will never move into the form or into an image, without your assistance. So those people who sit back and do nothing, saying, “God will look after me,” are just fooling themselves. For since it is true that God helps only those who first help themselves, it follows that you must always do your part to start the creative process in motion.

You must always build the image and know in your heart the image will materialize. You must come to look upon God as being a great unseen provider who inhabits every fiber of your being and you must also understand that the instant you form the image in your mind, God will go to work in God’s Perfect Way and move you into an entirely new vibration (i.e. you will begin to feel differently). So always remember, the new feeling coming over you is really God at work and although you may sometimes express your elation by saying you feel enthusiastic, remember that the word Enthusiasm is just a derivation from the early Greek— “en theos”—meaning in God.



You are only one inch … one step …
one idea … away from turning onto the
boulevard of beauty in your own life.

It has often been said the line which separates winning from losing is as fine as a razor’s edge— and it is. (I am talking about winning in a big way and in all areas of your life.) W. Somerset Maugham wrote an entire book entitled The Razor’s Edge, and Daryl F. Zanuck spent four million dollars producing a movie which had the same title.

Both of these great men—author and movie maker alike—knew there wasn’t a big difference among people; there was only a big difference in the things they accomplished. (That was the theme of the movie as well as the book.) One person “just about” starts a project, the other person starts it. One individual “almost” completes a task, the other does complete it.

One person sees an opportunity, the other acts on it. One student “nearly” passes the exam, the other does pass it—and although the difference in their marks may be only one percentage point out of a hundred, it’s that one point that makes all the difference. The annals of sport’s history are rich with dramatic illustrations of the Razor’s Edge concept.

For example, at the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal, Canada, there were eight finalists competing in the one-hundred-meter dash, but the runner who won the Olympic gold medal was only one-tenth of a second faster than the runner who finished in the last place. In 1947, ARMED —the first racehorse in the history of United States’ racing to win over one million dollars in prize money over the duration of his career—had earnings of $761,500.

But the horse which finished second in earnings that same year—a horse which often lost races a mile long by only “a nose”—won only $75,000. Now, if one were to look at their winnings alone, it would appear that ARMED was thirteen times better than his closest competitor. However, when you compare “the times” that were actually registered by those two horses in their races, you discover he really wasn’t even four percent superior! Now, you may have grown up with the idea that some people have it and some people don’t.

Or, because some people are much better than others, they enjoy much more of the abundance of life. But I want you to understand, right here and now, this idea is absolutely false! For you are every bit as good, or as powerful, as anyone you see, know, or even hear about. Remember, since the difference between them and you is only in the area of accomplishments, and since there is something you can do that will vastly improve the results you are achieving presently, you have the potential to become even more successful than they are. You may already know how to do what others are doing (if you don’t, you can learn), and since your potential power is unlimited, you can do even greater things than they are now doing.

The “something” that you must do to become more successful may not be what you think it is. But whatever it may be, rest assured, you are quite capable of doing it. Always bear in mind, however, that because each person’s world is just a little bit different, the something which you must do is not necessarily the same thing the person you live with or work with, must do. Nevertheless, there is no question that you will eventually find out what it is that you must do. So make up your mind— immediately—when you do figure out what that Razor’s Edge is for you, you will do it.



“That slight misdeed of yesterday,

why should it mar today?

The thing he said, the thing you did,

have long since passed away;

For yesterday was but a trial; today you will succeed,

And from mistakes of yesterday will come some noble deed.

Forgive yourself for thoughtlessness,

do not condemn the past;

For it is gone with its mistakes; their mem’ry cannot last;

Forget the failures and misdeed, from such experience rise,

Why should you let your head be bowed? Lift up your heart and eyes!”




“Let us not look back in anger

nor forward in fear

but around us in awareness.”

Leland Val Van De Wall


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Maintaining Your Financial First Aid Kit by Tony Steuer Review

GET READY: A Step-By-Step Guide to Maintaining Your Financial First Aid Kit, by Tony Steuer, CLU, LA, CPFFE


About The Book:

This is the kind of book you want to have before an emergency happens. Whether you need to organize your finances in the event of a disaster or simply prepare yourself for life’s inevitable changes, Get Ready! will show you how to gather everything in one place and help you breathe easier.

Your Financial First Responder. This is the kind of book you want to have before an emergency happens. Whether you need to organize your finances in the event of a disaster or simply prepare yourself for life’s inevitable changes, Get Ready! will show you how to gather everything in one place and help you breathe easier. Life is uncertain, and things happen.

Award-winning author and financial guy, Tony Steuer, has created an emergency kit specifically stocked with tools and supplies that put you in charge of all the aspects of your financial life, making it a lifesaver, no matter your age or personal circumstance. Everyone needs to keep track of their finances. Get Ready! provides you with a full head-to-toe exam of your financial life and checklist of all your basic needs, using a simple, organized, smart approach to preparedness.

You’ll learn how to easily assess your situation, identify issues that need to be addressed, become better educated about your finances, and help organize important information for your heirs. You’ll also find out how to maximize your resources and use simple tools and techniques to improve the health of your current financial plan.

Preparing for an emergency is a critical step to your financial success. This workbook shows you how to take action and gather what you need before it’s too late. Get Ready! is the most comprehensive financial first aid kit out there. It’s financial-know-how + disaster preparedness, all in one planner.


Editorial Reviews:

“If you were given five minutes to get out of your house in an emergency, what would you do? […] A recognized authority on financial literacy, Tony Steuer, author of GET READY!: A Step-by-Step Planner for Maintaining Your Financial First-Aid Kit, is on a mission to help every household create a plan of action in the event of an emergency.”

“In his new book, GET READY!: A Step-By-Step Guide to Maintaining Your Financial First Aid Kit (2019), Steuer provides readers with the organizational advice and practical steps needed to secure financial information in the event of an emergency.”
-Sytonia Reid, Green American 

“Marie Kondo has inspired many to declutter their lives, whether it’s through her writing or her wildly popular Netflix series. Her KonMari method can also be applied to all those personal and financial documents that are scattered around your home. Steuer has created this handy guide to keep track of it all. The same principles can be applied to electronic documents, which can be placed into folders you can create on your computer.”
-Yahoo Finance

GET READY! is the most comprehensive financial first aid kit out there. It’s financial-know-how + disaster preparedness, all in one planner.  Whether you need to organize your finances in the event of a disaster or simply prepare yourself for life’s inevitable changes, GET READY! will show you how to gather everything in one place and help you breathe easier.”
-West Michigan Live with Justin Barclay

“Going KonMari on Your Office? Slow down . . . We know, everyone is obsessed with Marie Kondo’s KonMari method. That’s why these tips from Tony Steuer, author of GET READY!: A Step-by-Step Planner for Maintaining Your Financial First-Aid Kit, got our attention. Before you discard your financial documents (step one of the KonMari method), consult Tony’s list of recommendations. You might be surprised by how long you need to hang on to some documents.”
-California Broker Magazine


About The Author:

Tony Steuer, CLU, LA, CPFFE, is an author and advocate for Financial Preparedness. He helps people make sense of the financial world in a way that’s easy for them to understand. His books, including GET READY!, Insurance Made Easy and The Questions and Answers on Life Insurance Workbook, have won numerous awards, and Questions and Answers on Life Insurance:

The Life Insurance Toolbook was named as one of the top nine great investment books worth reading by Forbes in 2010. Tony is regularly featured in media and has been interviewed for the New York Times, the Washington Post, US News & World Report,, and other media and appeared as a guest on shows like the Wall Street Journal Morning Radio Show, Prudent Money Show, Your Financial Editor, Insider Secrets, Suzy G. in the Morning Show, and other programs.

He also served as a technical editor for The Retirement Bible and The Investing Bible. Tony offers financial advice and resources at

I’m a teacher with a sense of humor.

I love helping others makes sense of the financial world in way that is easy to understand. I get that we all don’t speak insurance-ese or financial-ese. As a financial guy with a knack for writing, my goal is to guide you through the insurance and financial worlds using language and laughs that everyone could understand. As a result, my first book, Questions and Answers on Life Insurance, was born in 2004 and opened up a new path for financial literacy.

Since then, book writing has led to many media interviews, guest articles and the launch of the Insurance Literacy Movement and the GET READY! Financial Principles, designed to protect your financial interests. 

I love learning.

The world of finances and insurance is always changing, i.e.: new president = new health care. Stick with me and I’ll keep you on top of the financial and insurance worlds. Being financially and insurance organized was a must when my young son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes a few years ago. I learned how to access resources for my son. Today, I am really excited to share all of that with you in the “Get Ready!: A Step-By-Step Guide to Maintaining Your Financial First Aid Kit” so you can be prepared and empowered.

When I’m not working on Get Ready, you might find me cheering on the Warriors with the latest IPA, playing basketball with my friends, enjoying some Grateful Dead tunes or reading a great mystery or history book. My greatest joy is being Cheryl’s husband and Avery’s dad. 

My goal is to always treat you with respect and to help guide you to make the best insurance-related decisions for your needs. Running a business with integrity is important to me.

So, let’s stay connected.

  • Take the financial preparedness quiz and receive a free report with resources
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  • Join the GET READY! Financial Preparedness Group on Facebook
  • Pick up your copy of The GET READY! Planner

If you are a member of the financial services industry who is committed to integrity in insurance and finances, download The GET READY Financial Principles Seal. Looking forward to helping you Get Ready!







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See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes Review

See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy by Frances Mayes

About The Book:

Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine The Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower, the Piazza San Marco: these are the sights synonymous with Italy. But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this magical country’s offerings.

In See You in the Piazza, Frances Mayes introduces us to the Italy only the locals know, as she and her husband, Ed, eat and drink their way through thirteen regions–from Friuli to Sicily. Along the way, she seeks out the cultural and historic gems not found in traditional guidebooks.

Frances conjures the enchantment of the backstreets, the hubbub of the markets, the dreamlike wonder of that space between lunch and dinner when a city cracks open to those who would wander or when a mind is drawn into the pages of a delicious book–and discloses to us the secrets that only someone who is on intimate terms with a place could find.


Editorial Reviews:

“A sparkling and irresistible view of Italy… Mayes has a wonderful eye for detail as she lyrically describes her surroundings… Readers will want to take their time, savoring this poetic travelogue like a smooth wine.” Publishers Weekly(starred)

“Here, we are off the beaten track, soaking in the distinctive sunlight, traditional cuisines, architecture, and geographical features of each area…providing delightful trattoria recipes, poetry and anecdotes. Readers will definitely eat well by staying by her whimsical and conversational side.” Library Journal (starred)

“Mayes has arranged her memoir geographically from north to south, rather than chronologically, to allow readers to peruse the sections randomly, perhaps using the book as a companion guide to their own trip. Her descriptions are painterly and alluring, and she includes recipes for memorable dishes—grilled prawns with fennel and olives, sea bream poached in special seasoned broth, lemon ricotta tart, gnocchi with wild hare, and crispy octopus—that are likely to whet the prospective traveler’s appetite. A charming homage to upscale travel through Italy.” —Kirkus Reviews


About The Author:

FRANCES MAYES Twenty years ago in Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside.

With her signature evocative language and vivid sensory descriptions, she described the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy, inspiring generations to embark on their own journeys–whether that be flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, tasting one of the book’s dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply engaging in the armchair travel for which Frances’s writings are famous.

Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, a whole new crop of readers is poised to discover the tastes and passions of Italian living in the 20th anniversary edition. Frances has always adored houses, and when she saw Bramasole, a neglected, 200-year old Tuscan farmhouse nestled in five overgrown acres, it was love at first sight. Out of that instant infatuation have come three marvelous, and hugely popular, memoirs.

The bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun, remained on The New York Times bestseller list for two and a half years. The other international best sellers are: Bella Tuscany, and Every Day in Tuscany, the last in her Tuscan trilogy. She has published two photo-texts, In Tuscany, a collaborative photo-textbook with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes and photographer Bob Krist, and Bringing Tuscany Home:

Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy, another collaborative book with Edward Mayes and photographer Steven Rothfeld. All five highly personal books are about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, the pleasures of food, wine, gardens, and the “voluptuousness of Italian life.”

The books are translated into more than forty languages. Recently, Frances and Ed published The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from My Italian Kitchen, a collection of their favorite Tuscan recipes. Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, published in April, 2014 by Crown, is Frances Mayes’s coming-of-age in Georgia memoir. The story begins and ends in the present, with the middle of the book devoted to life in the deepest South in a small town.

It’s an ode to the South as an intense and (then) isolated place and to the people who lived their passionate lives there. The book is populated with a cast of intrinsically southern characters—fatalistic, ribald, eccentric, and big-hearted. Her first novel, Swan, a family saga and mystery, returns Mayes to her childhood home of Georgia. A film version of Under the Tuscan Sun, starring Diane Lane, was released in fall of 2003.

She is also the author of the travel memoir entitled A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller, which immediately debuted as a New York Times bestseller in 2006. Working again with Steven Rothfeld, she published Shrines: Images of Italian Worship. A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written numerous books of poetry, including Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, Hours, The Book of Summer, and Ex Voto.

Her text The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems is widely used in college poetry classes. Formerly a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing, Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing. She and her husband divide their time between North Carolina and Tuscany.






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  • Chapter 1


The waiter slides toward me a clear little glass layered with cream, chocolate, and coffee. Sip the layers and you taste Torino. The bicerin—dialect for small glass—has come to be synonymous with the many atmospheric cafés that are the city’s life blood. Torino is flush with regal boulevards and piazzas ringed with these delicious haunts. I’m at the wood-paneled Caffè Al Bicerin, intimate, with candles on tiny marble tables. In this very place, someone in 1763 first concocted the bicerin, a wickedly sumptuous drink. I like a place that remembers a coffee drink invented 256 years ago.

I’ve slipped into other historic cafés to sample their bicerin or lemonade or cappuccino. Bliss. There’s Caffè Torino under the grand arcades, where the great Cesare Pavese, who lived nearby, used to meet other writers; Caffè Mulassano, with marble bar and bentwood chairs, said to have the best espresso in town. Baratti e Milano, more chocolate- and confection-oriented than the others but with an old-world air, and Caffè San Carlo, all gilt and columns and statues.

In late afternoon, the cafés serve aperitivi. No surprise: Campari and vermouths such as Punt e Mes were all invented in Torino. Order a drink and you’re welcome to a lavish buffet of stuzzichini—crostini, olives, chips, focaccia, prosciutto, slices of omelet, and grissini, bread sticks (also invented in Torino). This interlude previews dinner. Which is glorious to anticipate. Torino restaurants are up there with the best in Italy.

Late morning, Ed and William, who’ve been out walking, meet me under the arcades at Caffè Torino. They are impressed by its bodacious chandeliers, smooth waitstaff, and medallion of a rampant bull inlaid in the flagstones outside the door. This is a perfect perch for watching the human parade. We order cappuccino, then tramezzini, the triangular half sandwiches made of trimmed, soft white bread—the kind of air bread we usually scorn. “These were invented in Torino,” I tell them. “At Caffè Mulassano. The weird poet D’Annunzio made up the name . . .” Mine is ham and cheese.

“Tramezzo, a divider. Across the middle,” Ed says. “The -ino or -ini is the diminutive.”

“Across the middle of the morning or across the corners of the bread?” William asks.

“Who knows? It was easier to say than the popular ‘English tea sandwich.’’’

“Everything was invented in Torino?” William concludes.

Unlike panini, the tramezzini usually have mayonnaise. Almost all bars, train stations, and cafés serve a variety. Ed took to them right away, especially the tuna and olive for a mid-morning snack.

Spread out on the table, our books on Piemonte and the poems of Pavese. Never much of a café sitter, I could while away the morning like this. A well-dressed businessman grinds his foot over the balls of the gold bull. Not sure how that brings the good luck it’s reputed to.

We stroll along Via Garibaldi and Via Roma, checking out the designer shops (oh, no! William is attracted to Louis Vuitton belts). Torino has eighteen kilometers of covered walkways, a reminder that inclement weather can pour in from the Alps. The chic shops are punctuated by more appealing cafés in glass-roofed Galleria San Federico, where we happen upon Cinema Lux, an Art Nouveau theater. In smaller streets we find Libreria Internazionale Luxemburg, a vintage British bookstore and a cool contemporary café and art space.

Where are the tourists? we wonder. They’re all in Florence. We came to Torino last summer with William and loved every minute of the four days we spent blessedly free from mobs. We all agreed—we needed more time here. As we begin a trip into Piemonte, we decided to light here again.

What a fantastic place to bring a child or young adult! Highlights from our first visit:

We took a taxi out to the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile. Even if you’re not a car fan, you have to swoon at the design genius on display. The emphasis is on vintage Fiat, Lancia, and Alfa Romeo, though there are Bugattis, Ferraris, and others. A long-time Alfista (one who adores Alfas), Ed examined each.

Eataly: the Italian food emporium near the car museum. We walked from the car museum to there for lunch and to look at the amazing range of olive oil, pasta, honey, jam, wine, and other products, all from this country.

Museo Egizio: after Cairo, the largest Egyptian museum in the world. Torino began collecting in 1630, and now displays 6,500 items (with another 26,000 in storage). The museum is located right in the centro.

Museo Nazionale del Cinema in the Mole Antonelliana, where on the ground floor, you can watch movie clips in lounge chairs with headphones. You spiral up to three floors of changing displays; many are interactive, demonstrating the history of photography and film. It’s a lively tour. The glass-walled elevator takes you to the tower for a view over Torino and the Alps in the distance. I didn’t go; it looked claustrophobic and harrowing. Ed and William did, and they reported it was claustrophobic and harrowing.

Via Po: Stroll along this grand boulevard lined with palazzi and arrive at the Po River. The rarefied French influence of the House of Savoy, which ruled Italy from 1861 to 1946, is everywhere in Torino. A gaily lit string of cafés beckons as evening falls. A moment to time-travel to nineteenth-century Paris.

We are staying at the home of Pavese! By chance, I came across a listing for a B & B called La Luna e i Falò (The Moon and the Bonfires is the title of one of Pavese’s novels). I was shocked to see that the B & B had been his home. With awe, I reserved two of its three rooms. His own copies of his paperbacks lie on the hall table. His small writing room (or was it his dining room?) is now the guests’ sitting room. Our bedroom, furnished with antiques, blue toile fabrics, a table in front of a window, looks out at the graceful balconies that festoon the elegant houses across the street.

I open the window and look at what Pavese looked at. Where he smoked and smoked, and wrote and wrote. Where he sipped Campari and left his slippers by the chair. The current dining room, where we’re served afternoon tea and breakfast at round tables with flowers and silver, must have been his living room. There would have been books and paintings. If he appeared today, what would he think? Yes, the young woman who checked us in says, yes, he lived here in 1950 when he committed suicide. “Not at home,” she adds quickly. “He locked this door for the last time and checked into Hotel Roma near the train station. Overdose of sleeping pills. He was two weeks shy of forty-two.”

All that passion and romance and darkness and profundity and work silenced by a handful of pills. There’s an undercurrent of loss running through his poems but a swifter stream of longing and acute love for people. I tried this translation of his poem, “La Casa”:

The House

The man alone listens to the calm voice

with eyes half-closed, almost a breath

blowing on the face, a friendly breath

that rises, incredibly, from a time gone.

The man alone listens to the ancient voice

that his fathers, in their time, have heard, clear

and absorbed, a voice that like the green

of the ponds and the hills darkens at evening.

The man alone knows a shadow voice,

caressing, that rises in the calm tones

of a secret spring: he drinks it attentively,

eyes closed, and it doesn’t seem past.

And the voice that one day stopped the father

of his father, and everyone of dead blood.

A woman’s voice that sings secretly

At the threshold of the house, to the falling dark.

I like his poem. He is trying to express something that cannot really be said. Translating feels like pouring water through a sieve. Two lines don’t go happily into English. Perhaps aren’t that happy in Italian, either. That’s okay. Pavese has pulled me into an intensely private moment. A woman sings. The song has been heard by his father and his father’s father before. The threshold—now and then, life and death, love and loss. The song spirals in his DNA. A lullaby, a love song, a dirge.

I like his house, too. There’s a squeak to a floorboard, a panel of sunlight falling in at an angle, a gray quietness where something might happen. And it did. Beginning with Walt Whitman, he worked vigorously on translations, in addition to his own novels and poetry. Moby-Dick! From this small room, he brought contemporary American fiction to Italy: Sinclair Lewis, John Dos Passos, Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, Gertrude Stein. Nights of work. Then he would take long walks in the rain.

At lunch we stop at Pepino on Piazza Carignano and sit outside for quick vegetable salads. William notices an old, wheeled ice cream cart parked near the door and people at the next table ordering what we called “nuggets” when I was growing up. We find out that the Pinguino, penguin, the original chocolate-dipped ice cream on a stick, was invented here in 1939. Pepino has been making gelato since 1884. “That list of Torino inventions is getting longer,” William remarks. I think for years invented in Torino will be a family saying.

All of Piemonte is known for the pleasures of the table but Torino particularly so. Those Savoy royals brought from France the tradition of fabulous desserts, not always, or even usually, a given in Italy (except for gelato). The wine region just to the north, the irresistible cheeses, the ever-present taste of hazelnut, the coveted beef of Piemontese Fassone cows, and sopratutto, above all—chocolate. Not only plain chocolate but gianduia, chocolate with roasted hazelnuts, one of those genius mother-of-necessity inventions at a time when chocolate was scarce and roasted hazelnuts were incorporated to stretch the quantity. Gianduia probably was named after a commedia dell’arte character. A foil-wrapped gianduia in the shape of Gianduia’s hat is called giannuiotto. The plump triangles melt in your mouth and on your fingers.

Several superb chocolate makers reign in Torino. Our good friends in Tuscany, Aurora and Fulvio, grew up here. With the gift of a lavish box that could have held a limited-edition art book, they introduced us to Guido Gobino chocolates. Last year, we visited the jewel-box shop at via Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange, 1. Now, we retrace those steps. Gianduia, check, fruit gelatine (jellies), check. Also the jellies of pear, lemon, myrtle covered with milk chocolate. But this time we go for the ganache, flavored with Barolo, candied lemon, orange and almond, lemon and cloves, vermouth. William selects our box for the road. After being offered several delectable tastes, we can’t even try a chocolate granita or a cold summer bicerin.

I so want to write about food! Where to begin? I could write an entire book about Torino. We were wild about every restaurant we tried on our trip last year, beginning with the classic Tre Galline and the inventive bio-aware Consorzio. Before the Savoys entered with their fancy ways, Torinese were feasting on goose, rabbit, venison, boar, snails, goat, and—oh, yes—donkey. Never scorned: il quanto quarto, the fifth part, meaning offal. Modern chefs are still inventing around these ingredients, which endure in temples of gastronomy dusted with Michelin stars.

We each had our favorite restaurants. Mine was:

Del Cambio. The long mirrors sending back the sparkle of chandeliers, the tables, drawn up to claret velvet banquettes and laden with polished cutlery and hothouse flowers, the atmosphere of friendly hauteur. I wished I’d worn a black dress and very high heels, but the printed silk shirt and linen pants had to do. I imagined all the occasions that Torinesi families have celebrated here.

Since 1757, Del Cambio has served the locally beloved finanziera, a stew our friend Fulvio always raves about anytime he returns to Torino for a visit. The hallowed dish earned its name from what was on the backs of bankers who dined at this very restaurant; they wore coats called finanziere, financiers. The recipe is sometimes called finanziera Cavour, for the prime minister–­statesman who frequented the restaurant. The ingredients include brains and veins, veal, bone marrow, calf and/or rooster testicles, cockscomb, wattle, mushrooms, Marsala or Barolo, parsley, garlic, and bay leaves. Finanziera’s popularity in Torino reveals something essential about the local palate: anything that moves or grows is fair game. Were we brave enough to try this signature dish?

I’m afraid, in summer, we tended toward lighter fare. Pretty shapes of melon on ice, gossamer fried slices of vegetables; plin (pinched ravioli) with lardo, lemon, and mackerel; vitello tonnato (a Piemontese favorite, veal with a creamy tuna sauce); sea bass in sea lettuce. William is served a small amount of wine. He wore a fitted gray sport coat and white shirt. He was wide-eyed with pleasure. I had a glimpse of the man he will be, someday sitting with someone he loves.

Service is cordial. If you get up from the table, the waiter doesn’t just refold your napkin. He brings a fresh one. This lighting makes everyone look glamorous. I’m intrigued by a bejeweled older woman next to us (an aged-out high-class prostitute?), sitting beside her ancient, coiffed, and silent mother. There’s a story there, as there’s a story everywhere.

Dessert arrived. A gianduia expanse topped with blackberries and, on top of William’s, a chocolate model of the Mole Antonelliana, the tower he ascended. The tower is toppled and we all had a bite.

Ed’s favorite: Circolo dei Lettori, formerly a private literary club that now hosts publishing events and book clubs in their reading room, but also serves lunch and dinner in hushed, clubby rooms lined with paintings of artists. What a special lunch, watched by the faces of Torino’s artists.

William’s favorite, and a topic of conversation all year: Combal.Zero, a long taxi ride outside town to Rivoli, one of the royal palaces, and now Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. By the time we arrived, the museum was long closed. We had to ring at a gate, where a hip-looking guy escorted us to the long, glass-walled restaurant of chef Davide Scabin. Only two other tables were occupied. (This really is too far from town for a spontaneous visit.) William was immediately stunned when they presented a water menu, listing an array from all over Europe with their mineral contents. He and Ed proceeded with the extravagant tasting menu, far too experimental for my tame palate. Ed selected the wine pairings and William was offered pairings as well, various fruit, water, and tea preparations. The courses began to roll out. This, clearly, is play. The chef is having fun. We had fun, too. The waiters hovered, enjoying William’s awe and delight. It’s a party.

Torino: Forty museums. Sixty markets. Churches, more cafés, contemporary galleries—we must come back. Again, and again. We cannot, we agree, leave without visiting the Musei Reali complex, the residences and collections of the Savoy rulers, and the gardens designed by André Le Nôtre. The scale of the city complex is daunting. We tour the royals’ personal quarters, which are so gilded and frescoed and sumptuous that we emerge feeling that we must be gold-leafed ourselves. I like the neoclassical ballroom best—the gold rosettes on the coffered ceiling with allegorical dancers representing Time frolicking around Apollo and the Muses. The Armeria, a grand room of armorial dress, is surprisingly interesting because the heavy plates often are decorated or personalized. Fashion was as important as protection.



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Building a StoryBrand Book Review

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller


About The Book:

New York Times bestselling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach readers how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses. Donald Miller’s StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses.

This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides readers with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBrand does this by teaching readers the seven universal story points all humans respond to; the real reason customers make purchases; how to simplify a brand message so people understand it; and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media.

Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion-dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.


Editorial Reviews:

Donald Miller has helped more than 3,000 businesses clarify their marketing messages so their companies grow. He’s the CEO of StoryBrand, the cohost of the Building a StoryBrand Podcast, and the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their dogs, Lucy and June Carter.


About The Author:

Donald Miller is the CEO of StoryBrand and every year helps more than 3,000 business leaders clarify their brand message. Combined, Don’s books have spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list. His books include: Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and Scary Close.

Don is widely considered one of the most entertaining and informative speakers in the world. His audiences are challenged to lean into their own story, creatively develop and execute the story of their team, and understand the story of their customers so they can serve them with passion.

Don’s thoughts on story have deeply influenced leaders and teams for Pantene, Chick-fil-A, Steelcase, Intel, Prime Lending, Zaxby’s, and thousands more. Don lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.






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Formulas are simply the summation of best practices, and the reason we like them is because they work. We’ve been given great management formulas like Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership and formulas we can use in manufacturing like Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. But what about a formula for communication? Why don’t we have a formula we can use to effectively explain what our company offers the world?

The StoryBrand Framework is that formula. We know it works because some form of this formula has been active for thousands of years to help people tell stories. Talk about a summation of best practices. When it comes to getting people to pay attention, this formula will be your most powerful ally.

Once you know the formulas, you can predict the path most stories will take. I’ve learned these formulas so well that my wife hates going to movies with me because, at some point, she knows I’m going to elbow her and whisper something like, “That guy’s going to die in thirty one minutes.” Story formulas reveal a well- worn path in the human brain and if we want to stay in business, we need to position our products along this path. If you’re going to continue reading this book, I have to warn you, I’m going to ruin movies for you.

I mean, these things really are formulaic. They’re predictable. And they’re predictable for a reason. Storytellers have figured out how to keep an audience’s attention for hours. The good news is these formulas work just as well at growing your business as they do at entertaining an audience.



The narrative coming out of a company (and for that matter inside a company) must be clear. In a story, audiences must always know who the hero is, what the hero wants, who the hero has to defeat to get what they want, what tragic thing will happen if the hero doesn’t win, and what wonderful thing will happen if they do.

If an audience can’t answer these basic questions, they’ll check out and the movie will lose millions at the box office. If a screenwriter breaks these rules, they’ll likely never work again. The same is true for the brand you represent. Our customers have questions burning inside them and if we aren’t answering those questions, they’ll move on to another brand.

If we haven’t identified what our customer wants, what problem we are helping them solve, and what life will look like after they engage our products and services, for example, we can forget about thriving in the marketplace. Whether we’re writing a story or attempting to sell products, our message must be clear. Always. In fact, at StoryBrand we have a mantra: If you confuse, you’ll lose.



Business has a fierce, insidious enemy that, if not identified and combated, will contort our company into an unrecognizable mess. The enemy I’m talking about is noise. Noise has killed more ideas, products, and services than taxes, recessions, lawsuits, climbing interest rates, and even inferior product design.

I’m not talking about the noise inside our business; I’m talking about the noise we create as a business. What we often call marketing is really just clutter and confusion sprayed all over our websites, emails, and commercials. And it’s costing us millions. Years ago, a StoryBrand client who attended one of our workshops pushed back. “I don’t think this will work for me,” he said. “My business is too diverse to reduce down to a simple message.” I asked him to explain.

“I have an industrial painting company with three different revenue streams. In one division we powder coat auto parts. In another, we apply sealant to concrete, and in another, we have a sterilized painting process used specifically in hospitals.”

His business was diverse, but nothing so complex that it couldn’t be simplified so more people would hire him. I asked if I could put his website on the giant television screen so the entire workshop could see it. His website was thoughtful, but it didn’t make a great deal of sense from an outside perspective (which is how every customer views your business).

The man had hired a fine- arts painter to create a painting of his building (was he selling a building?) and, at first glance, it looked like the website for an Italian restaurant. The first question I had when I went to the website was, “Do you serve free breadsticks?” There were a thousand links ranging from contact information to FAQs to a timeline of the company’s history. There were even links to the nonprofits the business supported. It was as though he was answering a hundred questions his customers had never asked.

I asked the class to raise their hands if they thought his business would grow if we wiped the website clean and simply featured an image of a guy in a white lab coat painting something next to text that read, “We Paint All Kinds of S#*%,” accompanied by a button in the middle of the page that said, “Get a Quote.”

The entire class raised their hands. Of course his business would grow. Why? Because he’d finally stopped forcing clients to burn calories thinking about his life and business and offered the one thing that would solve his customers’ problems: a painter. What we think we are saying to our customers and what our customers actually hear are two different things. And customers make buying decisions not based on what we say, but what they hear.


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How to Sell 100 Cars a Month Book Review

How to Sell 100 Cars a Month by Ali Reda and Damian Boudreaux


About The Book:

Every salesperson looking to succeed beyond their wildest dreams. If you want to succeed beyond the status quo and create an exceptional quality of life for you and your family, then this book is for you.

Does Selling 100 Cars a Month Sound Impossible? I Thought So, Too….Until I did it!

No one can sell 100 cars a month. Can they? Well, yes, they can. And you can, too. All you need are two things. You need to believe it’s possible. And you need to decide you want to do it. Once you have those two pieces of the puzzle firmly in place, your brain will start seeking out ways to make it happen. You’ll start thinking in new ways.

You’ll approach your job differently. You don’t sell cars? That’s okay. It doesn’t matter whether you sell trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, or houses. Heck, this even works if you’re selling insurance or appliances. It’s a different approach that blows the doors off the traditional sales techniques. This book is all about getting to the next level.

Whatever that is for you at the moment. You might not get to 100. You might not even care to get to 100. Maybe 45 would rock your world. The number itself doesn’t matter. What matters is continually raising your awareness of what’s possible. And challenging yourself to get to that next milestone. Everything in life is impossible until it’s done . . . Then it’s inevitable.


Editorial Reviews:

About Ali Reda

People will drive 40 minutes and pass 100 dealerships to come to me because I provide a fun atmosphere. Ali Reda is a sales consultant at Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac in Dearborn, Michigan. He currently sells an average of 115 cars a month through the Relationship Model of selling.

In an effort to help other salespeople reach their highest aspirations, Reda is also a faculty member at the Auto Training Academy, an online resource for salespeople in the automotive business.

About Damian Boudreaux

The business of our business is people. And the key to massive success is being who you are at your best, and then figuring out how to take care of others. Master this, and you will be profitable and proud of your way of life. 

Damian Boudreaux is a speaker and teacher for the automotive industry and founder of the Auto Training Academy, an online training resource for automotive salespeople. His 30 years of experience selling, training, consulting, and connecting with auto professionals across the United States, South America, and Canada is the perfect recipe for those who are hungry to improve every area of their lives.

He educates and inspires folks to succeed by believing in themselves, the deal, their product, their company and their service—one lifelong relationship at a time. Boudreaux’s unique approach to relationship selling has helped thousands of salespeople, service advisors, managers, and dealers double their dollars in this business—including selling 100 cars a month and beyond.


About The Author:

Damian Boudreaux “I help you align WHO YOU ARE AT YOUR BEST, to what you do to solve other transportation needs. WHO YOU ARE…IS PERFECT to win at this great business.”

Damian Boudreaux is a Speaker and Teacher for the automotive industry. His 30 years of expertise selling, training, consulting and connecting with auto professionals across the US and Canada is the perfect recipe for those that are hungry to improve every area of their life. His unique gifts are his authentic, believable and sincere understanding of people at their best…educating and inspiring folks to succeed by believing in themselves, the deal, their product, their company, and their service…one lifelong relationship at a time.

Damian compares the opportunity of stumbling into the auto industry to winning the mega million jackpot, it’s your golden ticket to an amazing journey. There are so many great stories of folks who had no aspirations of being in this industry that got a job to wash cars, deliver parts, change oil, answer the phone or sell cars who have built an incredible career in our industry. More people deserve what we have to offer, let’s make it happen!

Damian’s uncanny ability to connect with automotive professionals together with his simple, unique and natural approach to “Keep it Simple” Selling, Solving and Serving, has positively influenced those who have laughed at his stories and the lessons he powerfully delivers because of those stories.

Damian’s core message is that the business of our business is PEOPLE, and the key to incredible success is to build and maintain LIFE LONG RELATIONSHIPS with EVERYONE so that if your in service, parts, sales, accounting or management you can be PROFITABLE and PROUD of how you serve others.

Every business connected to the automotive industry benefits from Damian’s techniques and strategies. His perspective makes our industry SIMPLE, NOBLE, PROFITABLE and FUN!



I have read the PDF version of the book.

How to Sell 100 Cars a Month by Ali Reda and Damian Boudreaux is in non-fiction business training genre written in late 2016, incorporating biography and autobiography along with storytelling to provide a clear and realistic situation that all automotive salespersons are dealing with, or many of them will quit shortly after dealing with problems.

The author began with a comparison of selling cars with a baseball game to explain the lack of training and also working traditionally for just first UPS, which is a transactional model based on dealer-driven opportunity. He uses some numbers to show you it is impossible to sell 100 cars in a month in this traditional model and introduces a new model of selling which called Relationship model.

Ali believes in Relationship model, since you don’t need to build rapport with new customers, let them know, like, believe and trust you to buy your products. in this model, the author introduces 9 simple and interesting steps that he does every time he talks or meet with customers or just on a daily bases to reach 100. Ali believes a new car salesman or someone who just move to a new town also can reach this number by following his model and focusing on their level, not the number.

This book is well-written, easy to grasp and I believe every salesman in any industries could benefit from it since the relationship model is not Automotive based model but a friendly way of selling.


Did You Know: (Book Articles)

-For Many Sales People, 100 Cars a Month is the 4-Minute Mile

It seems impossible. No one can sell 100 cars a month. Can they? Well, yes, they can. And you can, too. All you need are two things.
1. You need to believe it’s possible.
2. You need to decide you want to do it.

Once you have those two pieces of the puzzle firmly in place, your brain will start seeking out ways to make it happen. You’ll start thinking in new ways. You’ll approach your job differently. And that’s what has to happen. You have to think about your job and the car business as a whole in a different way if you want to reach those higher levels.

-The industry teaches a transactional model based on dealer-driven opportunities (or Ups).

You know the drill, right? You go out on the floor, talk to people who come in the door, call, or inquire over the Internet, and some of them buy a vehicle. If you follow your training, you’ll manage to sell somewhere around 20% of the people you talk to. That means if you swing the bat 60 times, you’re going to sell somewhere between 10 and 14 a month. The only way to increase that number is to wait on more dealer-driven opportunities or increase your closing ratio.

To get to 100 vehicles a month at a 20% closing ratio means you have to wait on 500 people. That’s 25 people per day working 5 days a week so that you can spend time with your family a couple of days a week. You might want to go fishing, attend a ball game, or just get home early enough to watch Wheel-of-Fortune at 6 pm. The point is you need a great quality of life. That’s just not possible the way most people choose to do this business.

When you get really good at this transactional model—you know all the word tracks and closes; you know how to give a great walk-around presentation; you know the business inside and out—you could increase your closing ratio to maybe 35%. That gets you to second base. You’re swinging 60 times, and selling between 18 and 30 cars. And that’s where most salespeople get stuck. They’re frustrated and angry because they can’t seem to make it to the next level. They work harder and harder, and they still can’t get past 2nd base.

Many of them stay stuck between 8 and 16 cars—forever—and jump from dealership to dealership looking for their magic!
They’re waiting for the next Up . . .
Hoping they have good credit . . .
Hoping the manager is in a good mood . . .
Hoping they like the car inventory . . .
Hoping the used car manager gives them enough for the trade . . .

And they’re praying they don’t spend 9 hours serving 2 customers only to wind up with a couple of mini-deals.
Most salespeople live right there. To get to 100 cars on 2nd base, you have to talk to 300 people, which is 15 people a day, and that’s not possible.

-Here’s a Different Timeline.

Instead of thinking about how many years you might have to spend—just think about the levels you need to reach. And focus on your next level. If you currently sell fewer than 20 cars, that’s where you want to focus. Don’t think about 50 or 100. Those levels are too far away, they won’t feel achievable. 20 cars. That’s it. That’s all you have to do. Then once you’ve hit 20, take a little while to enjoy that. Celebrate that achievement. Then set your sights on the next level—40 cars.

In my experience, these are the thresholds or levels you’ll want to focus on:
20 cars a month—if you can sell 1, you can sell 20. That’s believable. You’ll get there.
40 cars a month—if you can sell 20, you can sell 40. Again, believable. You might even know people at that level in your store.
50 cars a month—if you can sell 40, you can sell 50. It’s only 10 more. You can do it.

Do you see how this works? It’s just small boosts up the ladder. If you can sell 50 cars a month, you can do just about anything—including reaching the 100+ level. So, challenge yourself. At 50, you can do 60. At 60, you can do 80. At 80, well 100 is just around the corner.


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