Out of the hundreds of books I have read Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi is my number three recommended secular book. The are a few other Christian books I would put over it, and my top secular read will probably always be How to Win friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (see that blog here).
But, as far as practical help in navigating life, this one is the best! Keith is a master at connecting people, and his book is a real life guide on to to create a valuable in person social network that benefits not only you, but everyone in it. He talks about how to create a plan for your career, how to navigate social events, how to make all your relationships mutually beneficial, and the value of mentors just to get started. The practical advice in this book literally made me over $10,000’s worth of extra money within a month of reading it, and set into motion 100’s of opportunities that we are still reaping the benefits of today. I’ve come to the point where I feel sorry for anyone who hasn’t read this book, which is why I decided to share.
This applies to everyone from corporate CEO’s to mommies with 5 children, from High School Students, to middle age factory workers, and from those driven by small business success to those who work in the corporate world. For anyone who wants to create and maintain a network of one on one relationships that help everyone involved this is a must read. If you like to sit at home, avoid contact with people, and live on government welfare I would avoid it. =)
Over Christmas I was looking through my bookshelves and started tossing the books I’ve read over the last year and a half into piles. Fortunately, most of them were recommends, so the pile I would pass on to you is larger than the other two piles. The recommend pile would be even larger than in the photo, but some of them were Kindle books and a number of them are out on loan right now. =)
Among the pile of books I would recommend I would say all of them were life changing. Some of them changed very small areas of my life in small ways. Just kind of a tweaking on ways I could improve. Other’s changed big areas of my life in bigs ways and made me look at the way I do things from a completely new perspective.
All said, I thought I would spend a few days over the next few weeks and do a short little review of some of my favorite books. I don’t want to go over the whole book, but just wanted to write a quick paragraph on how the book helped me, and a little diagnosis of what kind of person would find this book helpful. If you’ve read any of the books I go over or read similar ones I would love to hear about it!