This issue, in place of our usual one-page “Books of Note” column, we decided to ask several networking experts and NT editors to tell us what would be on their “Top Ten” take-with-me-to-the-desert-island reads. Not surprisingly, many-to-most of the choices are especially relevant to the personal growth and development theme of this issue. We may need to supply desert islands of varying sizes: in some cases, ten was simply not enough, in others, more than.

Several of our authors had already supplied a list to Michael Clouse for his Web site ( Michael kindly gave us permission to incorporate that material here.

Michael Clouse’s Top Ten
Atlas Shrugged by Any Rand A few years ago my son, Taylor, and I took a class so that we could learn how to read a little faster. Since then, I have devoured over 2000 books! I thought the task of selecting just ten might be insurmountably difficult. To my surprise, it was amazingly easy.

10. Lead the Field, Earl Nightingale Often called, “The Program of Presidents.”
9. The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, Jim Rohn Philosophy, attitude, activity, results, lifestyle!
8. The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity, Catherine Ponder This book explains how prosperity works.
7. The Magic of Believing, Claude M. Bristol When you understand the power of the mirror….
6. Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill What do the 500 richest men have in common?
5. The Greatest Salesman in the World, Og Mandino The only book I simply could not stop reading!
4. The Richest Man in Babylon, George S. Clason The first book on money everyone should read.
3. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand Profoundly effected me; wish I had read it sooner.
2. As a Man Thinketh, James Allen Read this book 100 times!
1. How To Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie If you want what the title offers, read this book!

Randy Gage’s Top 15
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill All the “how-to” stuff in the world is worthless unless you change your underlying consciousness. These titles will help you change your consciousness, create an abundance mentality, challenge your mind, and craft a magnificent vision. Several, like The Making of Modern Economics, made the list because I have read them recently. Others, like As a Man Thinketh, have been on the list for years. I’m sure six months from now the list will change.

I am constantly amazed at how stupid I was—last month. It seems that the more you grow your consciousness and intellect, the faster you seem to discard old beliefs and move forward exponentially. If I lost everything I owned, I would collect these 15 books, go to a beach or forest somewhere for two weeks, and do nothing but study them. And I’d bet that within six months, I’d be a multi-millionaire again.

15. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand A novel; it will help you stop thinking like the “tribe.”
14. The Richest Man in Babylon, George S. Clason Another novel, but great lessons.
13. The Magic of Thinking Big, David J. Schwartz To open a larger window in your mind.
12. Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill Should be re-read every year.
11. For a New Liberty, Murray N. Rothbard To stimulate intellectual thinking.
10. The Making of Modern Economics, Mark Skousen Great stuff on the great thinkers.
9. The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith To get rid of all the socialist and lack programming you get from society.
8. The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity, Catherine Ponder Entry-level prosperity training.
7. Fear of Life, Dr. Alexander Lowen Good for staying in touch with reality and grounding yourself.
6. Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand A summary of the philosophy of arguably the greatest intellectual of the last 200 years.
5. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey Best book on organization and time management ever written.
4. Prosperity, Charles Fillmore Takes some work to get through the language, and well worth it.
3. Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes Light-years ahead of his time.
2. As a Man Thinketh, James Allen Should sell for $50,000, so people would read it with the reverence it deserves.
1. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand This book has influenced me more than any other.

John Milton Fogg’s Top 15
Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle This is today’s list. Tomorrow, I’ll probably have some differences. Ten tomorrows from now, who knows. In no order of importance, other than that’s how these are coming to me.

15. The E-Myth, Michael Gerber Major business paradigm buster for me. Work in your business or on your business: your choice.
14. Strategy of the Dolphin, Dudley Lynch & Paul Kordis The world is full of carps, sharks and dolphins. Guess who you want to be? Elegant solutions, teamwork, freedom—in business. Great stuff.
13. Unlimited Wealth, Paul Zane Pilzer Taught me about technology and progress, and how we’ve changed and will change again. Gave me a deeper understanding of the energy that moves the markets—and therefore, our lives.
12. The Dictionary
I have seven. Words are power. Clarity is essential. I am responsible for how my words land on people. The older I get, the more specific I have become with my use of language. (When you buy into the idea that life is created in conversation, you’d better be!)
11. A Good Thesaurus
For the same reasons as owning the dictionary; plus as a writer, it’s indispensable.
10. All of Og Mandino's books
My personal favorite is The Choice. He is the grand old man of PG&D writing and speaking. The guy was pure love; I wanna be like him.
9. Mach II With Your Hair On Fire!, Richard Brooke The best book on vision ever written and Brooke is a true gem!
8. Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, Lynn Grabhorn Exceptional. Finally, I understand why I’ve messed up in the past. I’ve learned the role of feelings and already, my life and work are changing for the better. Old dog. New tricks! Cool.
7. Anything by J. Krishnamurti Thinking on these things opened me up to a different way to live and be. I’ve been working on this for my whole life.
6. The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle This book is exceptional. Probably the most important book on “practical enlightenment” I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a ton).
5. Spiritual Marketing, Joe Vitale Superb! If I had only one from this whole list, this would be it. Do what’s in here and you’ll be successful and happy—no kidding.
4. You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought, Peter McWilliams Long in the read, but…. The title says it all. The rest of the book shows and tells you how.
3. As a Man Thinketh, James Allen The classic; the most poetic of all the personal growth books. “Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit.” Find a better way to say that. (You can’t!)
2. You Were Born Rich, Bob Proctor Is Bob the best, or what?! This is a book for a lifetime of reading. Pick a page, any page, and you find powerful, practical truth you can use right now!
1. Any material you can get from Abraham-Hicks ( Abraham is a collection of “non-physical” beings that speak “through” Ester Hicks. Don’t be fooled by the woo-woo factor of that. I’ve never encountered more profound wisdom in one place in my life.

Chris Gross’ Top 12

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clason 12. The Road Less Traveled, Scott Peck
11. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
10. Either/Or, Soren Kierkengaard
9. Leadership, The Inner Side of Greatness, Peter Koestenbaum
8. A Course in Miracles, Helen Schucman and William Thetford
7. Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
6. As a Man Thinketh, James Allen
5. Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
4. Romancing the Shadow (Illuminating the Dark Side of the Soul), Connie Zweig and Steve Wolf
3. The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav
2. The Edinburgh and Dore Lectures on Mental Science, Thomas Troward
1. Nonviolent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg

Bob Burg’s Top Five
My top five; this will probably duplicate every other list!

5. Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz
4. The Richest Man in Babylon, George S. Clason
3. The Magic of Thinking Big, David J. Schwartz
2. Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

Len Clements’ Top Five
I’ve been a personal growth and development hound for the last 15 years. Here are the materials from which I've gotten the most benefit.

5. Personal Power (audio), Anthony Robbins
4. Verbal Advantage (audio), Charles H. Elster
3. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (video), John Gray
2. Finding The Champion Within (book), Bruce Jenner
1. Body For Life (book/video), Bill Phillips

Laura Kall’s Top Two
Here are the two books my dad made me read before I could start this business.

2. Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People, DaleCarnegie