While others were deer hunting this past weekend, I read Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business and Life by Trevor Blake. The author, an immigrant from England, has fond memories of libraries, books, and librarians from his childhood. Neat! He donated a copy of his book to every library in the U.S. When I saw this book in the back room waiting to be cataloged, I flipped it open and began reading the letter Mr. Blake addressed to readers at the beginning of the book. I was sold. I put my name on the request list to read it.
To sum up a great book in a few sentences isn’t easy, but the author has done that for me. Here are his 3 simple steps:
1. Reclaiming your mentality
2. Creating Winning Ideas
3. Transforming Ideas into Achievements
These steps are easier to remember by their alternative titles:
1. Escaping the Quicksand
2. Staying out of the Quicksand
3. Beyond the Quicksand
The book is divided in three parts. In my opinion, Part One should be required reading for every human being – it’s simply that important. This volume is not your ordinary how-to or self-help book. The author references several studies about the brain and our thoughts that are intriguing to say the least.
Here’s the website for this book, if you’re curious. www.threesimplesteps.com Check it out.
I will close with a quote from Margaret Thatcher:
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
What we think we become.