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This week I asked our expert friends something a little different …
Let's say that you're being paid a million dollars to be stranded on a deserted island for one month. You'll have a nice bungalow and will have food and water delivered as well as necessities like soap and sunscreen – but NO technology.
You can, however, pack up to 10 books.
Which books would you bring? Why?
So, let's have a look at what everyone is packing for their island trip this week…
Mark Mason from MasonWorld.com says:
Well, if there was no technology, I simply would not go. LOL But, if you forced me to go, books would be critical. I'd think in terms of what my goals were for my stay.
With all that time on my hands, my goals would be:
1. Spiritual health
Book 1: Bible with annotations (probably an NIV edition)
Book 2: 1 year Bible study guide (would have to research which one)
I have always wanted to learn Taekwondo
Book 3: Learn Taekwondo
3. Entrepenuer/Finance Plan for when I return
With a million Dollars to spend, I would want to have some books to motivate/stimulate my business mind
4. Betterment of self
I would want to read the following classics (or read them again)…
Book 6: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Book 7: Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Book 8: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
Book 9: Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Book 10: Tolkien, Lord of the Rings Trilogy
So, the point would be that with these 10 books I would return from the island better than when I arrived, with $1M in my pocket.
Dr. Mani of DrMani.com says:
Mmmm… LOVE this question.
I read, on average, one book a week (though I try to do more) – and this gives me a chance to go back through memory lane and browse through my bookshelf to come up with some picks.
I'll split my answer into two parts.
A. If I *knew* for sure that I will be rescued from that desert island in one month to return to my business and professional work, here's what I'd take with me:
1. E-Myth Mastery by Michael Gerber – because it is the most solid grounding course in the essentials of entrepreneurship and business building.
2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini – because even though I've read it five times through, each reading adds value in a new way about the core elements of influencing behavior.
3. The Robert Collier Letter Book by Robert Collier (recently republished by his estate) – because it is the best collection of sample copy and brilliant analysis of the mindset behind writing explosive copy that sells.
4. Secrets of Successful Direct Mail by Dick Beson – because, let's face it, direct mail is back with a bang, and no one teaches the principles behind it better than Mr.Benson. It's one book in my collection I would never give away!
5. Cardiac Surgery by Kirklin and Barratt-Boyes – because I'd want to review and revise some sections of it before getting back to work a month later!
B. If I had no idea when (or even IF) I was going to get off that desert island, my choices would be VERY different. No point getting ‘business building' books then, right? So this is what I'd pick up:
6. Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl – because I simply love the philosophy shared by this holocaust survivor that puts everything else into proper perspective.
7. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle – because I can read it over and over, and find peace and calm even on that remote desert island, knowing that's what matters most at that point in time!
8. The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil – because I haven't finished reading it yet, and believe it worth doing.
9. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Ablom – because it will help me see just how simple and uncomplicated our existences are when you get right down to what matters most.
10. Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield – because he teaches the power of ASKING with total confidence and belief that you'll get what you ask for… and I'll be asking to be let off the desert island soon! 🙂
Looking forward to read the recommendations of other experts, thanks for letting me be a part of this one, Nicole.
Shannon Cherry of List Building Promotion Secrets says:
You know, I love reading, but since I do so much of it for work, it's hard for me to want to read at all!
So please, pay me to be stranded… please! And here are the books I'd bring:
1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. This is one of my all-time favorites and I do try to read this every couple of years.
2. Contact by Carl Sagan. Unlike the movie of the same title, this is a love story… about a daughter's love for her father.
3. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. My daughter is named after the heroine of this trilogy. She gives up love to save the world.
4. Birdsong: A novel of Love and War by Sebastian Faulks. My husband bought this for me when we first met… and I never got to finish it. But he swears it's the most beautiful story.
5. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I know the movie by heart but not the book… yet.
6. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 8 comics. I am a Buffy addict. And this anthology leaves off where the series ended so I can still get my Buffy fix.
7. Chases Calendar of Events. With this book, I can plan all my marketing around other holidays and events when I get back!
8. Autobiography of Mark Twain. This man is brilliant. Enough said.
9. Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. A classic to read before bed every night.
10. How to Weave Hawaiian Coconut Fronds by Jim Widess. Hey I need to do something more than read!
Nicole Dean of .. here! .. says:
Again, I actually asked this question because I need some good book recommendations. I always strive to make myself a better person so I read as much as I can.
However, I know already what 5 of the books I'd bring even before I asked the question.
I'd bring 3 empty notebooks and I would spend the month writing. I can't even imagine how much I'd accomplish in that time. Just think how creative you'd be without the distraction of technology. I could take those notebooks home at the end, and hire a Virtual Assistant to type them all in and, voila!, I'd finally have all of my next infoproducts done!
A place to write my thoughts that weren't related to business. I'd write notes to my kids, jot down my personal reflections during the long, quiet days, and any “ah-ha” moments related to becoming a better person.
I think this qualifies.
A photo album of my family. I'd miss my kids too much if I couldn't see their little smiley faces.
For my last 5 books, it's more of a struggle.
On the one hand, I'm thinking I should bring LONG books because I read really fast. Like maybe I could finally read War and Peace or re-read Gone With the Wind.
CONFESSION: There are books that I'd like to bring vs. the books that I would actually bring.
I'd like to think I'd bring something to make myself a better person, but probably, I'd just bring some steamy sexy vampire novels. A month is a long time to be alone, if you know what I'm sayin'. 😉
However, if I were to list the books that I'd hope I'd bring (and not the steamy ones), I can only think of one, and probably not for the reason you're thinking.
The Bible. Yeah, I know. It's a standard answer. But, I've never read it, and I think it would be interesting because it's something I know very little about. I'd want a version that put things into historical context and included annotations to explain the differences in perspective of each chapter, preferably in a scholarly manner.
Then, what I'd do, is to ask some people who I admire what they'd recommend and then bring those books.
Oh wait. That's what I just did. 😀 (Pretty smart, eh?)
As for genres, for my last four books, I'd like to bring..
- A time-management book. I love them and could read one every day. (Yes, I get the irony there.)
- A classic novel that I haven't read.
- A biography or autobiography of someone I admire from history. I like to see how people actually handle situations, not just what they “say” they'd do. Actions speak louder than words.
- A financial investment book. I'd want to know how to best handle the million dollars that I'll be handed.
Now, let's hear from you …
Which 10 books would you bring?
Loretta gave me a great idea. She wanted to post a list on her blog and link to this blog post.
So, let's all do it. If you'd like to answer this question, please post your list on your blog (with a link to this post if you wouldn't mind) and then comment here to let us know where you posted your book list so we can go see!
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