WAF’s Five for Friday – The Literary Edition

persuasion_2007 I’m an avid reader and have been for years. For me, reading is the ultimate equalizer – knowledge gained from a great book knows no gender, race or social class. And while Kindles, Readers and ebooks have been slowly replacing actual paper filled books for some time now, for me nothing beats the feeling of curling up with a good book, flipping, folding and leaving my own marks on the pages I never want to forget.  So in this week’s Five for Friday, I thought I’d share five of my favorites…

1. Jane Austen’s Persuasion – I’m actually a fan of all of Jane Austen’s books, and the BBC versions that frequently run on PBS, but Persuasion is my favorite. Its themes of social class, women’s roles in society, forgiveness, and of course love, provide life lessons that transcend time and place.

2. After three layoffs, the one thing I’m certain of is that one stream of income is never enough. Ten years ago I was introduced to that concept by the book Multiple Streams of Income by Robert G. Allen. My copy might be ten years old, but the concepts Allen discusses are timeless. The concepts of having multiple streams of income, and almost everything else in your life, will represent, as a reviewer put it, “a powerful paradigm shift” for anyone who reads it.

3. Speaking of powerful paradigm shifts, my love affair with The 4-Hour Workweek is pretty recent, but several things its author Timothy Ferris refers to, have helped change the way I view work, working for others, and entrepreneurship. Despite its somewhat get-rich-quick sounding title, The  4-Hour Workweek offers more than great time management and work techniques, although it offers plenty of those. It also offers a new understanding of the value of our time, how we spend it and how we save it. Even if you have no intention of ever running your own business, I’m sure you’ll find many of Ferriss’ concepts intriguing.

4. I appreciate authors who spend much of their time observing people, and that’s exactly what Malcolm Gladwell did for his book, Outliers.  I’d already been fascinated by his book Blink, when I picked up a copy of Outliers. If you’ve ever wondered how people who are really successful in their chosen field got that way, Gladwell’s got a few theories that might surprise you. One such theory is the “10,000-Hour Rule”, which states that one key to success in any field is due to an individual spending 10,000 hours practicing/using their skill. If that’s the case, I’ve still got a lot of work ahead of me!

5. I first read Secrets of the Vine: Breaking Through to Abundancewhen I was going through a  rough period in my life. I was questioning my purpose, my talents – just about everything. No matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs, if you’ve ever struggled with disappointment and frustration about where you are in life, and why you’ve gone through some of the struggles you have, Secrets of the Vine could provide valuable insight. It certainly did, and continues to do so for me.

Do you have five fab things you know we’ll like? Submit your  favorite books, movies, websites, products…whatever you love, and we’ll feature them and you (if you’re not shy), in a future Five for Friday. Send all submissions to contribute@womenatforty.com.

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