The following texts have inspired me on my journey through life:
Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
This wonderful book is for leaders of businesses, households, and just about anyone who desires to lead people effectively. It shows how often we think of people as objects, rather than as people, and the challenges this presents for everyone. Not a text book, it inspires with a fictitious story, which keeps readers engaged all the way through the end.
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Don’t let the title fool you – this is an amazing, heartwarming, inspiring book. The book chronicles a dog’s journey through several lives via reincarnation and how he looks for his purpose through each of his lives. The story is true to life in so many ways, and provides a detailed and interesting glimpse at what is going on in the minds of our four-legged friends. And while the story is all about a dog finding his purpose, the overarching themes are just as applicable for all of us.
Where Have All The Leaders Gone? by Lee Iacocca
The former head of both Ford and Chrysler, speaks boldly and honestly about the lack of leadership in the world today. Whether in our homes, at our jobs or within our government, a failure of true leadership has led to the further deterioration of a country which once thrived under those who truly knew what it meant to lead. I only wish that more people who claimed to be “leaders” would stop by their local library and pick this one up for a read.
I’m Proud of You – My Friendship with Fred Rogers by Tim Madigan
Author and journalist, Tim Madigan, speaks candidly about the unexpected relationship he formed with everyone’s favorite neighbor. Rogers welcomes him into his personal life and his church – helping him to mend the hurts of his own existence. His writing is truly from the heart and further exposes us all to the person many of us grew up with on television – affirming that he truly was the person we all believed him to be.
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The resounding theme in this book, originally written as a children’s story, is that “what is essential is invisible to the eyes”. We spend so much of our valuable time worrying about fitting into stereotypes society has created for us, that we often overlook what should be most important in the relationships we foster – what a person is truly like on the inside.
Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers
This collection of Fred Rogers quotes and passages is truly one of my favorite books. His words are poignant and inspiring and often leave me with the hope that someday more people will find meaning in the words he had to say – passing them along to everyone.
Simple Truths by Kent Nerburn
Nerburn writes, with great wisdom and clarity, how often we overcomplicate our lives. Rather than living simply down to the very core of our being, we often make life a more difficult experience than it truly needs to be. Through subjects such as work, money, giving, love, parenting and even death, he shows us the simple truths we all need to live our lives to the fullest.
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
From his editorial columns to his books, Mitch Albom has an uncanny way of writing from the deepest level of his heart and soul to inspire his readers. When Albom is asked to deliver a eulogy for a rabbi from his past, he reconnects with himself in this timely, moving and inspiring book which looks at faith – not just who believes, but why.