Do you remember this clever piece of advice from the Jefferson Airplane song? We all know how crucial it is to expose ourselves to words, images and sounds that help us along towards where we want to go. In this new column, we will highlight personal and professional development tools—books, audiovisual programs, movies, podcasts or any other media—that have been circulating among networkers.

And while we’re being taught, why not also be moved and entertained? Do you have a must-see or must-hear recommendation? Simply email dormouse@networkingtimes.com.

BOOK
Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World
By Bill Clinton (2007)

Clinton’s newest book is a call to action. First, it highlights the extraordinary and innovative efforts made by individuals, companies and organizations today to solve problems and save lives—both down the street and around the world. It then urges us to seek out what each of us, regardless of income, free time, age or skills, can do to help, to give people a chance to live out their dreams.

Bill Clinton shares his own experiences and those of other givers, representing a global movement of nongovernmental and nonprofit activity. These remarkable stories demonstrate that gifts of time, skills, intention and ideas are as important and effective as monetary contributions. From Bill and Melinda Gates to a six-year-old California girl named McKenzie Steiner, who organized and supervised drives to clean up the beach in her community, Clinton introduces us to both well-known and unknown heroes of giving.

“We all have the capacity to do great things,” Clinton says. “My hope is that the people and stories in this book will lift spirits, touch hearts and demonstrate that citizen activism and service are the most powerful agents of change in the world.”

BOOK
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

By Stephen King (2000)


What could bestseller Stephen King teach network marketers about success? Quite a bit, I discovered. The writer in me was attracted to this book; the networker was delighted. Here are some gems:

“Once I start work on a project,” writes King, “I don’t stop and I don’t slow down unless I absolutely have to.” As the excitement fades, “the work starts to feel like work, and for most writers that is the smooch of death.”

Close your door as “your way of telling the world and yourself that you mean business…”
Create daily goals, setting the bar “…low at first, to avoid discouragement.”

King wrote in the laundry room of his double-wide trailer when he and his wife couldn’t afford even a telephone. Rejection letters piled up; occasional checks were tiny. But he never wavered, never quit. His first sizeable check was $400,000.

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous… In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.”

Read a biography or memoir of someone you admire—a businessperson, sports figure, politician or artist—and enjoy picking up a few gems for your networking business.
(Reviewed by Marian Head)
AUDIO
Unleashing the Soul of Money: Find Sufficiency, Freedom and Purpose through Your Relationship with Money

By Lynne Twist (2006)


In this audiobook, Lynne Twist [see lead story p. 42] shares from her thirty years of global research into happiness and money to reveal a surprising truth: fulfillment has little to do with the size of your paycheck or the amount of money in your bank account, and everything to do with getting your money aligned with your deepest commitments, values and desires.

Lynne captures the listener’s attention with her first few words, when she points out that the fastest growing industry in our country is “storage units”—that we’re building whole enclaves of storage facilities to house the overflow of our “stuff.”

She coaches listeners on how to let go of the never-ending struggle for more and to realize that we are all hooked by the societal messages we see and hear each day about more being better. Whether it’s more square footage in your home, more sweaters, more food, more cars, more sex, more girlfriends, more money … we’re all doing it.

Listen to this audiobook to gather insights into your own relationship with money and learn, through a guided meditation and several dynamic exercises, how to live a life of sufficiency, contentment and benefit to others.

MOVIE
Peaceful Warrior

Directed by Victor Salva (2006)


This movie got poor reviews from the critics, but many individual viewers have given it an enthusiastic five stars on Amazon and Netflix. Based on Dan Millman’s autobiographical novel, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, this film version is a moving story about the power of the human spirit. Millman is a skilled gymnast and collegiate superstar who has everything he could ever want, until an injury changes his life forever. During his recovery, fate presents Dan with a stranger he calls Socrates (Nick Nolte), who unlocks a world of sage wisdom and spiritual understanding.

The old man puts him through a regimen that changes his diet, training and lifestyle, thus beginning a journey of discovery for Dan that will shatter every preconceived notion he has about academics, athletics and achievement. Guided by Socrates, Dan will consider a whole new ideology, one that values consciousness over intelligence, strength in spirit over strength in body. In order to succeed, Dan must somehow let go of all of his expectations and simply live in the now.

I found this movie both entertaining and thought-provoking. Get your family or organization together, watch it, then discuss it afterwards. It will leave you empowered and inspired by a message we can all benefit from: that in the search for answers, all we have to do is look within.