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We live in an era of instant gratification. Everything we want needs to be given us. Now. At the same time the world around us is changing rapidly. What was effective yesterday, doesn’t seem to necessarily work today. In this milieu, amongst a myriad of self -help books, one that stands out in my mind is a slim volume by Denis Waitley called  “Empires Of The Mind ” As the blurb says it contains ” Lessons to lead and succeed in a Knowledge-based world”.

Denis Waitley is an internationally renowned author and speaker. His book is full of examples of top notch coaches and their way of thinking. It has innumerable anecdotes to illustrate what Waitley believes are the principles for success. He warns of the complacency in the US industry especially in the light of severe competition from the Asian countries (remember this book was first published in 1995 but came to India in paperback form only in 2004).

Apart from tips to fight procrastination, provide superior customer service and operate based on strong internal values, the book encourages you to take charge of your life and full responsibility for your actions. It urges you to learn from your failures without blaming anyone or anything.

An extract that caught my attention:

“There was a very cautious man who never laughed or cried

he never risked, he never lost, he never won nor tried

And when one day he passed away, his insurance was denied

For since he never really lived, they claimed he never died”

It struck me as being a wonderful way of telling us the importance of life and our need to make the best of it.

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This is Post No: 290 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success.

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