Needless to say, over my 45 year career in the selling-related universe, I’ve read a lot of books. I think this is a necessary activity, regardless of vocation, to balance the negativity that bombards everyone, every day. It’s critical to continually feed your mind and sharpen your ax. This equips you to play above the rim regardless how you feed your family.
I would like to “serialize” my next dozen posts by reviewing the 12 chapters of the best inspirational book you’ve never read; All You Can Do is All You Can Do. It was written in 1988 by Art Williams. He was an ex-high school football coach who became a financial services entrepreneur and billionaire.
Over all my years in business, this man has been the most positive and highly motivating figure I’ve ever met. I was fortunate enough to be indirectly mentored by him for several years, and the recipient of his wisdom and admonition to simply “be somebody.” I’m sure I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t crossed paths with Art all those years ago. I might also add I am the proud owner of an original, personalized, signed copy of AYCDIAYCD.
In order to give you a peek under the tent of what to expect during the next six weeks, below are the titles of the twelve chapters of Art’s book that we will be exploring together:
- Everybody Wants to be Somebody
- Failure Messages Ahead
- The Secret to Winning
- No Free Lunch
- Become a Dreamer Again
- Have a Crusade
- Dream Big but Keep it Simple
- Always Be Positive
- Treat People “Good”
- Never Give Up
- The DO IT Principle
- Don’t Blow It
Considering all of Art’s endearing characteristics, the one I’m most fond of is the what-you-see-is-what-you-get, simple and direct writing style he exhibits. He goes out of his way to use as few words as possible to deliver his message in a way that is impossible to misunderstand!
If you decide you want a copy of Art’s classic, you can jump on Amazon and order it in hard copy, paperback, or for Kindle here .
For this series, I’ll write a blog-length post summarizing each chapter of Art’s book. I’ll be adding some editorial comments to his content, and updating and modernizing some of the original examples he used back in the 1980’s. During this special series I will posting from this classic every Monday and Thursday through Valentine’s Day. It should be fun, as well as informative and inspirational, so let’s get started.
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