Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More on Reading

"A man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." - Samuel Clemens

If you're not a reader, then what Mark Twain is saying here should hit you like a cold slap in the face.  A lot of people you and I know almost proudly proclaim that they "haven't read a book since high school"!  Amazing! That's like saying "Let me tell you how stupid I really am. Even though I have the ability to read, I don't, and I'm proud of that!"

You have time to do what you choose to do. The more you read, the better you read -- and the more you enjoy it.  One of the most attractive elements of the MonaVie Team leaders is their passion for reading.  And it shows  - in their writing as they share their experinces and views with us in their books and on their blogs.

People who don't read cheat themselves. By not reading, you limit what you can achieve, make mistakes you could avoid, and miss opportunities that could improve your life. Soon, as the gaps in your knowledge will become apparent to you and to others. Think about that.
Why read?
Read to learn the lessons of history.
Read to keep up with the issues.
Read to understand why others succeed.
Read to avoid mistakes others have made.
Read for your personal enjoyment.
Read to familiarize yourself with what interests others.
Read to increase your value to an employer.
Read to improve your vocabulary.
Read good writing to learn to write well yourself.
Read to share wisdom with others.
Read to lead.

Read to improve your life. Whatever your circumstances, YOU created them by the accumulation of decisions you have made over time. Question: Would your decsions possibly have yeilded bettter results if you had had more and better quality information on hand when you made them? 

The great news is that your future decisions can be better decisions.  Why not make one now and decide to be a reader?

Thursday, March 18, 2010


A vice-president of a Fortune 500 company was getting to know a newcomer in his division, so he asked him what he liked to read. "I'm not really interested in reading," the man said. To which the vice-president said, "Then you aren't really interested in succeeding around here."

Morton Blackwell of the Leadership Institute said: "People who don't read cheat themselves." In a speech titled "Read to Lead" Blackwell continued: "By not reading, they limit what they can achieve, make mistakes they could avoid, and miss opportunities that could improve their lives. Finally, as the gaps in their knowledge become apparent, they must reconcile themselves to not being taken seriously." (emphasis mine)

Glad that's not the case with the leaders of MonaVie Team. As near as I can tell, the top 10 leaders devour 75-85 books a month between them and they've been doing that for the past 7-10 years.  How confident are you that the leaders in your organization are that committed to self improvement? 

Leaders are readers. Period.  If you're not a reader, you're NOT a leader.  You may be a manager, but you are no leader.  And if that bothers you (as it should) then start reading.  Find a mentor who you know is well read and ask for guidance in selecting books.  I suggest you begin with these 5:

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz, PhD
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger
How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People by Les Giblin, and
Positive Personality Profiles by Robert Rohm, PhD

Don't like to read?  Then start with Read and Get Rich by Burke Hedges.  The info in this book will blow you away!  And if you haven't read the top 10 books ever written, he gives you the list. Any person who wants to be taken seriously would have these ten in his or her library - and will have read them!

So, how's your reading going?

Or have you just decided to not be taken seriously?

Thursday, March 11, 2010


A couple of great quotes:

"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once."- Calvin Coolidge

"An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied."- Arnold Glasow

One thing I've always admired about the MonaVie Team leaders is that they are men and women of action. They get things done. Because they take action, the MonaVie Team has become an idea whose time has come. There is no stopping it. It will become the biggest business on the planet.

That's pretty big.

Thanks for your example Team. Keep moving.