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The Excellence Habit

Check out the August Book of the Month: The Excellence Habit by Vlad Zachary.

This book is about becoming better: it is about performing at a higher level, excelling, and achieving more. It is about overcoming barriers both real and perceived. It will inspire and it will teach.

Zachary uses real life case histories and research to show how people have overcome obstacles to their success and achieved more. He then translates that into basic principles that will help you do the same.

Excellence is the key to achieving more. Make excellence your habit and you will succeed. That is his message. The author argues that the main source of success is excellence, and that excellence depends on our internal circumstances, grit, determination and discipline. Excellence Is a process we use to attain a result and that result is success.

Zachary frames the excellence habit in terms of three principles he calls The Iceberg Principle, The Law of Not Selling Out and the Journey Mindset. He allows that luck plays a role in our success but does not dictate it. If we practice more, practice better and do the right things luck usually follows.

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Dan Murphy

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Total Money Makeover by David Ramsey

New book review–

Dave Ramsey teaches and preaches a gospel of debt elimination. He stresses the negative aspects of personal debt and teaches people, many of whom are deeply in debt, to get out of debt and gain financial independence through austerity coupled with debt elimination followed by systematic investment.

Ramsey starts by discussing the problem – how debt buries people, severely limits their options, puts undue stress upon them and destroys relationships and marriages. He goes on to describe many of our dearly held American beliefs about debt as myths propagated by industry and the finance to enslave Americans and take a large share of their income in interest every day. He teaches that debt is not a tool and that the rich become rich not through debt but with cash.

He then provides a step by step plan for gradually eliminating all debt through what he calls Baby Steps. First is the creation of an emergency cash fund to cover all those unplanned events from car breakdowns to pregnancy to layoffs that people use as reasons to rack up credit card debt and second mortgages.

He also emphasizes the importance of using smart insurance to cover emergencies to further avoid incurring debt.

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Dan Murphy


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Michael Hyatt’s 37 Top Business Book List

Today Michael Hyatt, entrepreneur, author, blogger and speaker published his list of the best 37 business books he has read. It is a good list. I’ve read over half of them and reviewed many of them. Now I need to check out the ones I have not read. How about you?

Read the full list here.

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