This is a nutrition-based website, and it contains tons of useful nutrition-based information.
But nutrition is not the only thing in your life. At least I hope it isn’t. Hopefully, you also have relationships, community, dreams, goals, etc. The problem with having those things, though, is that they often involve other people who might not be on the same page (not just nutritionally) as you are. Dealing with people, in real life or online, can be a challenge sometimes.
But Lately, I’ve observed some disturbing behaviors when I’ve been watching my Facebook feed every day. It may just be a result of the political season, and it may just be that I follow the wrong groups and people, but I’m writing this post, as I think all can benefit. Many reading this post, have known me since my childhood, and know that I’m far from perfect. In fact, I’m not even close to perfect.
But, I married perfection, and that helps.
But I digress.
Given the difficulty involved in communicating ideas (especially online) in a clear and concise manner, I wanted to offer a few resources that might prove beneficial in that regard. These are classic books that can help you learn how to present ideas and make friends, instead of being “right” or “correct” all the time. They aren’t nutrition books, but they can definitely help you in your interactions with people on the subject of nutrition.
If you truly want to convince people to adopt your strategies for eating and for exercising and for living, you should consider reading books that teach how to present ideas, to motivate people, and to influence people. I’ve compiled a short list of 10 of my favorite non-nutrition books that have taught me many valuable lessons in presenting, giving, and being a friend. I hope that each of you can take the time and learn from them as well.
I’ve broken them down into three areas: sales, success, and spiritual.
Yes, sales. Even if you’re not in the business world, learning how to make a convincing case for your ideas, without attempting to belittle or begrudge any opposition is a priceless skill to have.
- The Greatest Salesman in the World – By Og Mandino
- Secrets of Closing the Sale – By Zig Ziglar
- The Psychology of Selling – By Brian Tracy
This timeless classic can teach you so much about the phycology of selling, and is well worth the short time it takes to read.
I learned so many things from Zig Ziglar as I was struggling as an awkward youth. Yes, I read his books and listened to his tapes in my youth. This classic discusses the many methods for closing the sale for ideas and products.
The title says it all. Brian Tracy delves into this topic in detail.
As Brian has stated many times, in many ways, success is a mindset (there’s even a Facebook group for Ketogenic Success), so learning how to cultivate that mindset is important.
- See You at the Top – By Zig Ziglar
- How to Win Friends and Influence People – By Dale Carnegie
- Think and Grow Rich – By Napoleon Hill
- Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude – By Napoleon Hill
- The Millionaire Next Door – By Thomas Stanley
- The Richest Man in Babylon – By George S. Clason
Zig gets mentioned twice on my list, because he deserves it. I learned a lot about adopting a more positive attitude by reading this book.
All part of selling ideas.
While many people don’t necessarily want to grow rich, most rich people got that way by convincing people to give them money for things or ideas. You can learn a lot by observing the rich, even if you don’t like how they behave.
When you travel the journey that many of us have travelled, or are traveling, this is a must read. Learn to take joy in the journey.
This old classic teaches you about the habits of the wealthy, that you won’t learn from observing people that claim to be rich.
Classic literature with many opportunities for learning.
Whether you believe in God, or believe in any religion is up to you. But that’s not really the point. People from all walks of life can find important information, lessons, and guidance from spiritual books. If nothing else, you might be able to work on you own inner peace.
- The Bible
I’m not suggesting this as an attempt at proselytize or evangelize. There are substantial lessons in various scriptures on how to make the most out of your interpersonal relationships (and many cautionary tails…and how NOT to).
I have a few regrets in my life, and being a poor presenter of ideas from time to time, is one of them. I often wonder how many people I’ve poorly influenced, because I did a poor job of preparing for, and presenting the message or idea I was attempting to convey.
But, I don’t dwell on that. I’ve also had a profound influence on many people, and have had direct impact on their lives, because I remembered and applied many of the principals and lessons that I’ve learned from my many years of reading books like the ones I’ve suggested for you.
Please learn from my mistakes, read through many of these books, or books like them, and go influence other people to be awesome.