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

The Compound Effect
Multiply Your Success One Simple
Step at a Time

By Darren Hardy (2010)

Reminiscent of Jeff Olson’s The Slight Edge, Darren Hardy’s book is based on the principle that taking simple actions and making seemingly insignificant changes in your daily life can make a huge difference over a period of time. In contrast with the Olson book, Hardy has added a series of exercises to help you practice what you learn, which make his approach much more interactive.

“As publisher of Success magazine,” says Darren, “I have heard it all, seen it all, and tried most of it. The Compound Effect contains the essence of what every super-achiever needs to know, practice and master to obtain extraordinary success.”

In this handy guide you will find:

  • The No. 1 strategy to achieve any goal and triumph over any competitor, even if they’re smarter, more talented or more experienced than you are;
  • How to eradicate your bad habits (including some you might not be aware of!) that are derailing your progress;
  • How to painlessly install the few key disciplines required for major breakthroughs;
  • The real, lasting keys to motivation—how to get yourself to do the things you don’t feel like doing;
  • How to capture the elusive, awesome force of momentum and other acceleration secrets of super-achievers.

Endorsed by Brian Tracy, John C. Maxwell, Les Brown and David Bach, The Compound Effect will teach you how to develop habits and make choices that will result in the success you desire.

Letting Go to Create a Magical Life
A Guide to Personal Freedom

By Pat Sendejas (2009)

Business owner, network marketer, speaker and author, Pat Sendejas has always been interested in the design of life, including interior design and what she calls the “nature science” of Feng Shui.

In this book, she recounts how her spiritual beliefs have created the design of her life in a magical way. She shares her journey in an attempt to show others what’s possible once you decide to let go and surrender to the master plan of life.

Filled with personal stories and simple, enlightening exercises, Pat’s book centers around this principle:

“Manifesting is all about getting clear on what you want, knowing it will occur, letting go of the specifics of how and when, and allowing the non-physical energy of the Universe to take over and bring your idea into reality.”

Pat’s story and insights will show you how to let go of old habits, outdated beliefs and fears in order to create the life you desire. The first and most important outdated belief you must let go of, says Pat, is that the physical world is all there is. If you’re interested in learning how to align and interact with the invisible energies of creation, this book contains great tools.

The Gem Collection
A Compilation of Wisdom

By Joseph T. Bismark (2010)

A global business leader, Joseph Bismark has dedicated his life to personal and professional growth. Having spent his childhood in an ashram, Joseph became a yoga instructor, bonsai master, martial arts expert and dynamic network marketing leader. In The Gem Collection, he shares the wisdom he has acquired over the years, turning ancient truths from Eastern and Western philosophies into an engaging read.

In a blend of stories that might best be described as Aesop meets Stephen Covey, the parables in this remarkable collection have already inspired thousands through Bismark’s Gems of Wisdom blog.

In today’s fast-paced world, where the focus for many is on monetary wealth, The Gem Collection is a reminder that true wealth stems from a life lived in harmony with oneself and the people around us.

In the foreword, Vijay Eswaran describes the stories in this book as “extraordinary thoughts and tales of morality and ethics, of duty and discipline, of virtue and vigilance, or truth and trust encapsulated and simplified without losing any of their essence […] Treat them as gems of wisdom and you will inevitably become like Joseph, a gem amongst men.” 

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Power Recruiting
How to Sponsor Your Dream Team

By Jackie Ulmer (2010)
Recommended by Jordan Adle

Have you ever wondered why it seems easy for some people to sponsor others into their business? In fact, they practically have people lined up and out the door, ready to sign on the dotted line!

What do they know that you don’t? What secret ingredient are you missing?

“I moved from zero to hero in the sponsoring department,” says Jackie Ulmer. “I struggled with this for years and I finally figured it out. Now I’m sharing what I learned with you!”

Topics in this 3-CD program include:

Disc 1:

  • Understand Team Building and Residual Income
  • Who and Where Are Your Prospects?
  • Take the Focus Off Yourself

Disc 2:

  • New Selling Skills: Forget about “Controlling” the Conversation
  • The Art of Asking Questions and Engaging Your Prospect
  • Party Plan Opportunity Conversations

Disc 3:

  • How to Give an Effective Business Presentation
  • How to Host a Private Home Business Reception
  • Getting Your New Partners Off to a Fast Start

Power Recruiting lays out real strategies, proven steps and specific skills for succeeding as a professional network marketer.

“Jackie Ulmer’s training is based on her own experience in the profession and will inspire you to take action with confidence,” says Jordan Adler. “I highly recommend it and give it five stars!”

You, Inc.
Own Your Business, Own Your Life through Network Marketing

By Rosie Bank (2010)

In You, Inc., Rosie Bank invites you to step into her world and imagine you could visit her home, share a cup of tea, and ask her questions in order to discover how and if network marketing is a good fit for you.

Reading this book is like having a conversation with someone who is genuinely interested in helping you understand what it takes to succeed in network marketing, and how it changes who you are along the way.

You, Inc. is a trustworthy guide for anyone who chooses network marketing as a way to make a living and help other people. The intent of this book is to help more people over the finish line by showing them the necessary steps to take.

Rosie has drawn on her own experience as a veteran entrepreneur. The lessons taught in You, Inc. come from her mistakes as well as her successes. “Knowing what not to do is often as enlightening as knowing what to do,” says Rosie. It is her highest hope that more prospects and budding networkers will become winners in the game of networking after reading this book.

The Business of the 21st Century - CD

By Robert Kiyosaki (2010)
Reviewed by Jackie Ulmer

How do we reach out to people in the new economy and share our opportunity? In his newest CD, Robert Kiyosaki provides a powerful answer to this question by giving several compelling reasons why now is the time to take charge of one’s future by starting what he calls the business of the 21st century—network marketing.

While Robert has never actually built a network marketing business himself, he has studied the profession at length and is a staunch supporter and advocate. He believes it offers the best chance for anyone to move from employee to entrepreneur because of the solid training, support and systems offered by network marketing organizations.

This CD sends a strong message and wake-up call to anyone who has ever faced a job loss or feared downsizing. 

Robert speaks clearly about the important role mindset and personal development play in achieving success in network marketing. He also shares insights into why most successful entrepreneurs will fail three to five times along their journey.

Finally, he urges listeners to stop caring about what other people think and start taking control of their lives and future.

Your network is your greatest asset and now is the perfect time to teach people how to build it. Robert Kiyosaki’s CD is a great tool to educate and move your prospects into action!