May 12, 2010

Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life by Bryan Curtis

Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program, I was able to review Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life by Bryan Curtis. This book is a fantastic source for inspiring and motivational quotes from famous people such as Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Mark Twain, Conan O’Brien, and many more.

Book Description

Your attitude toward your career and the way you conduct yourself at work can make the difference between a happy life and a miserable existence.

It's no secret that most people spend the majority of their waking hours at the office, but how you spend those hours and allow them to shape who you are is completely up to you. Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life is a collection of quotations that remind each of us of the important principles necessary for a happy, successful, and productive career.

My Thoughts

Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life edited by Bryan Curtis is a book of quotes. It is a really great present for someone who just graduated from college, starting a new career, or even those who are looking for a new career or job.

The book itself is a short read, if wanting to read all the quotes in one sitting it is definitely possible to do so. To really get more out of the quotes though, I would suggest reading a few pages a day. The quotes that really stick with you, perhaps you can print out and put in a frame to encourage and inspire you each time you read it.

Personally, I love reading good quotes. I have a word document which I save quotes I find inspiring in some way. I plan on one day adding them to a special quotes journal. Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life shares so many fantastic quotes that I really can’t share all of the ones I personally loved. However, I will share some of my top favorite quotes with you, maybe they will bring you some inspiration too.

My Favorite Quotes from the Book

It’s important to scare yourself, to do things you don’t think you’re capable of doing
- Reese Witherspoon

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by somebody else’s rules, while quietly playing by your own.
- Michael Korda

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But, if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
- Conan O’Brien

Life is not fair. Get used to it… Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
- Bill Gates

Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.
- J.K. Rowling

Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of immortals.
- David Oglivy

Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
- Booker T. Washington

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

Lucy said...

I would love this book! I love quotes too. I would love to give it to my son but he has enough summer reading (7 books) that I am sure he would not touch it (lol) but my daughter would love it too, she is just like me. Anyways, I am going to definitely grab this book!