By Al Argo
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, June 25, 2019
“Page after page of golden mental snacks!” Gymbeaux
CliffsNotes (formerly Cliffs Notes, originally Cliff's Notes and often, erroneously, CliffNotes) are a series of student study guides. The guides present and create literary and other works in pamphlet form or online. Detractors of the study guides claim they let students bypass reading the assigned literature. (Note by me, the Detractors were right. I can honestly say and contrary to what most of the students around me were doing, that I used the Cliffs Notes only once and it involved something written by Shakespere. I could not get into the book of which I had no interest and the Cliffs Notes on the book was the ONLY way I could get through it.)
If this is a book review, why do I begin the report with a definition of CliffsNotes? The book IS a form of Cliff’s Notes on some of the most famous and beneficial books anyone could read regarding sales, leadership, motivation, goal setting, resolving conflicts, etc. etc. I am sure you have seen the posts on LikedIn and Facebook that provides a quote used by an author. You can find such worthy quotes on every page of this book, EVERY PAGE! In my opinion, it would be impossible NOT to learn something discussed on every page that could/should enhance your attitude and your future. If that is the case and I believe it is, why would you not want to read this gem?
Al Argo begins his book with an explanation as to why everyone should make it a habit of walking for exercise and for good long term health. There can be little argument with that premise. Then the book gets really interesting when Argo talks about listening to books while he walks that he did for one hour a day, EVERY DAY, FOR A YEAR! The book covers a year of his walking and he provides the critical elements of each of the books he listened to while walking. That makes it a form of CliffsNotes where you are provided with “the meat” of a book without reading the entire book referenced. I must provide this disclaimer that everyone should read. What should people read? You can obviously read fiction but in most cases, I find reading fiction is a case of using your time for enjoyment as compared to reading to learn and improve. The books discussed in this book are books designed to learn and improve.
I was shocked at how many of the books Argo references that I have also read. That is either a coincidence or I have selected some really good books to read as confirmed by the author’s choice to read them as well. It also gives me a great list of books that I can still read. Great minds…..
Here us a list of books discussed in Walking, Living, Learning! By Al Argo When possible they appear in BLUE meaning you can click on a link that will take you to a location for more information.
- Walking Andrew Weil
- Brain Rules John Medina
- Position Yourself For Success Nido Qubein
- Flawless Consulting Peter Block
- How To Win Friends And Influence People Dale Carnegie
- My Father, Maker Of The Trees Eric Irivuzumugabe
- How To Win Customers And Keep Them Dr Michael LeBoeuf
- What Makes An Effective Executive Peter Sticker
- The Sales Advantage Dale Carnegie
- Book Of Proverbs
- The Magic Of Thinking Big Dr David Schwartz
- Loving Your Child Is Not Enough Nancy Samarinda
- The 7 Secrets Of Effective Fathers Ken Canfield
- Inspire Any Audience Tony Heart
- Kiplinger’s Planning Your Business Joseph Anthony
- Spin Selling Neil Rackham
- Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert Kiyisaki
- Never Make The First Offer Donald Dell
- Fit To Lead Christopher P Neck
- The 360 Degree Leader John Maxwell
- 25 Ways To Win With People John Maxwell
- The Speed Of Trust Stephen M R Covey
- Think And Grow Rich Napoleon Hill
- Sticker 366 Days of Insight And Motivation For Getting Things Done
- 25 Sales Secrets Of Highly Successful Salespeople Stephan Schiffman
- How To Write Selling Humor Peter Mehlman And Mel Helitzer
- The Personal Efficiency Program Kerry Gleason
- Master Leaders: Revealing Conversations With 30 Leadership Greats George Barna
- The Personal Efficiency Program, Kerry Gleason
- The Small Business Bible, Steven Strauss
- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
- Learned Optimism How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, Dr. Martin Seligman
- Goals, Brian Tracy
- How to WOW Frances Cole Jones
- Managing Oneself, Peter Drucker
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, Stephen Covey
- Leadership & Self-Deception, The Arbinger Institute
- Becoming a Contagious Christian, Bill Hybels Mark Littleberg
- The Book Of Investing Wisdom: Classic Writings By Great Stock-Pickers And Legends Of Wall Street
- The Winner’s Brain, Dr Jeff Brown And Dr Mark Fenske With Liz Neoprene
- A Chicken’s Guide To Talking Turkey With Your Kids About Sex, Dr Kevin Leman And Kathy Bell
- You can Read Anyone, Dr David J Lieberman
- Up The Organization Robert Townsend
- Management By Results, The Human Side Of Enterprise Douglas McGregor
- The New Rules Of Marketing & PR 2.0 David Meerman Scott
- Team Building Deaver Brown
- The Little Big Things Tom Peters
- How Doctors Think, Jerome Groopman MD
- Retail Superstars George Whalin
- Twitter Power 2.0 Joel Comm
- Eat That Frog Brian Tracy
- A Perfect Mess Eric Abrahamson
- How The Mighty Fall Jim Collins
- Mastering Monday John Beckett
- The Platinum Rule Dr Tony Alexandria And Dr Michael O’Conner
- How To Communicate Like A Pro Midi Qubein
- From Concept To Consumer Phil Baker
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
- Pyramid of Success, John Wooden
- The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner.
- Rethink by Ric Merrifield.
- Scientific Advertising by Claude C. Hopkins.
- The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn.
- Living Long, Living Good by Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara.
- How To Think Like Einstein by Scott Thorpe.
- 100 Ways To Motivate Others by Steve Chandler and Scott Richardson.
- Funny People by Steve Allen.
- Attention: This Book Will Make You Money by Jim Kukral.
- KaChing by Joel Comm.
- On Becoming A Leader by Warren Bennis.
- Stripped Bare Richard Branson