Books That Inspire Me

Over the years, I’ve read a lot of business books written by many successful people. But recently I came across two books co-authored by William R. Benner that have greatly enhanced my life, both professionally and personally. Benner is a success in his own right; he’s President and CTO of Pangolin Laser Systems, a multi-national organization with offices in the U.S., China and Central Europe. His products have been used by such companies as Walt Disney World, Universal Studies, Boeing and Samsung. Not too shabby!

I enjoy sharing my life stories, and I love listening to those of others, especially when there’s a message. In Benner’s two books, “Game Changers” and “Win: 35 Strategies from Today’s Leading Entrepreneurs,” hugely accomplished people generously share personal stories on their lives and all that they have learned to reach their goals.

What’s so fascinating to me is that each person is successful in their respective fields, but they all “arrived” in their own unique way. Let’s face it, it’s never a straight road and figuring out how to maneuver the bumps and the sharp turns is what keeps life exciting!

Many of the lessons are so basic that they should be common sense, but it’s easy to forget them. In fact, it’s really interesting to see how my success in life has mirrored some of the same paths of the authors in these books. It brings to light the things I’ve done that have really worked.

I’ve read these books cover to cover more than once.  But many things stay in the back of my mind and as time goes on and things happen in my life, I may flash back to a specific story. That’s when I open the book, read it again and say, “Man, that’s exactly what I should be doing, that’s exactly it.”

I also came across stories that remind me what I should be doing again – the “aha” moment: “Come to think of it, that really worked for me in the past. I need to focus again on that approach.”

If you want to reach higher levels of success, or just like to read about great journeys to success of others, I encourage you to check out these books.  I just received Benner’s latest book, “The Only Business Book You’ll Ever Need.” It’s on my nightstand. My life is great and my own stories are evolving, but I’m always ready to be enlightened and reminded of what I already know.


2 thoughts on “Books That Inspire Me

  1. Thanks for this, Steve. I admire you as a business man (and hope to work with you someday) so your insights and advice are golden nuggets for me. All your blog postings are interesting & entertaining but this one deserves an official “thank you”.

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