Posts Tagged ‘personal development

11
Sep
14

full of knowledge or just full of it?

10347643_10154390695845296_5449585575170190089_nAs a publisher and personal-development enthusiast, I hear varied opinions about the influence of reading such material. Much to my surprise, I had two highly-successful individuals tell me on two separate occasions that they don’t read it. Their reasoning? They already know it.

While I agree there is nothing new under the sun, it’s also true that the facts don’t change; we change. When we deafen our ears and hearts at one time, at another we have the capacity to see through the glass darkly and be transformed.

Clifton Fadiman said, “When you re-read a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in yourself than there was before.” But if you already think you know it all, this continuous self-awareness is not an option.

If you have any issue going on in your life right now I implore you to open a book on the subject matter. Pain, like pleasure, has the capacity to get us to listen and to seek out the truth, to find a way to either eliminate the negative or accentuate the positive.

We are not programmed robots who perform based on a singular input. We are not “one and done.” It takes some of us a lifetime of hearing and re-hearing, reading and re-reading the same basic principles before they finally take hold. And even then it’s a constant discipline to make sure the transformation sticks.

Those who are genuinely high achievers know all too well how much they still have to learn. Muhammad Ali said, “A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life”, and the legendary cellist Pablo Casals, when asked why he continued to practice at ninety years of age, replied, “I’m beginning to notice some improvement.” Don’t turn a blind eye to self-improvement. Chances are the more you think you know the more you have to learn.

17
Jul
14

does your business need a little TLC?

Join today and take your business to the next level!A little TLC can grow a business big!! Tremendous Life Books is excited to unveil our newest program, the Tremendous Leaders Circle, offering businesses and groups of all sizes an affordable way to gather motivational books, audios, meeting space, training sessions, and even a speaker for one low annual membership fee.

This $1,500 value is being rolled out at a $500 price to attract organizations that want to invest in their greatest resource—their people—and encourage them to reach their top potential! This incredible value offers…

  • Use of the Charlie “T” Jones Conference Center for one all-day event.
  • A keynote speech or training session for up to 50 employees.
  • Two complimentary seats at select events at the Charlie “T” Jones Conference Center.
  • 30% discount from over 1,500 of the top motivational, sales, and personal development books and audios. Quantity discounts are even higher.
  • A copy of each new Tremendous Life Books publication to build your library.
  • Special “TLC Members Only” events in our sale room.
  • A personal concierge to manage your account throughout the year and to assist you in making the best possible selections for your particular organization.

Can you imagine being able to book a state-of-the-art conference center, get a keynote speaker, access to key speaker events, build a personal and corporate library with new releases from the top motivational publisher, and get an additional discount and personal concierge? We are driven to help businesses incorporate reading and thinking together to augment their training and employee development programs. So join us today and find out what a little TLC can do to help your business grow!

04
Jun
14

Summer Reading Had Me a Blast!!

Summer Readin' (2)It’s almost the start of another summer vacation season filled with all kinds of schedule changes and time slots that need to be filled.

To paraphrase what my father said, “You’ll be the same person three months from now except for two things; the people you meet and the books you read.” Do you want to be a more tremendous version of yourself come fall? Do you want your friend’s jaws to drop when you reappear after summer break like John Travolta’s did when Olivia Newton-John completed her transformation in Grease?

Well, I’ve got just the ticket for you, and it doesn’t involve wearing spandex, having big/slick hair, or smoking cigarettes. I’m going to tell you how to really be too cool for school next fall. Well-a well-a well-a huh; Tell me more, tell me more!
Get a hold of your parents and review this Reading Contract with them. It originated when my father worked with my oldest brother, Jere, to instill in him a love of reading. You select books that teach, edify, and enhance your creativity, and agree on an amount of money to be paid for every book you read. No trash, please, because as you’ve probably already learned, trash in, trash out. For recommendations to get started, please check out our top titles listed here.

You’ll also have the chance to support some great organizations as you learn the tremendous power of tithing AND earning your own money!

My father went from zero to hero because of the books that he read. As a youth, he had no money, no role models, and no formal education. But he decided that reading was his ticket to everything he didn’t have and the rest is history!

Brian Tracy said, “To gain a competitive advantage in your career, read at least one hour per day in your chosen field. One hour a day will translate into approximately one book a week. One book a week will translate into approximately fifty books over the next twelve months. If you read an hour a day, one book per week, you will be an expert in your field within three years. Through continuous learning, you will be a national authority in five years, and you will be an international authority in seven years. All leaders are readers.”

So this summer, unplug the devices and engage your brain so you don’t find your summer days wastin’ away! Make the most of them by investing in yourself!! I can guarantee the rewards are slicker than Greased Lightning !

 

03
Sep
13

If you build it they will come

_MG_9515It’s finally finished, the motivational Mecca in Mechanicsburg known as The Charlie “T” Jones Conference Center.  The decision to build this facility gelled from several areas. One of our strengths at Tremendous Life Books is that we are content rich, meaning that not only are we are the premier publisher of motivational material, but we also possess  the most tremendous network of friends, colleagues, authors and speakers thanks to the ceaseless work of our founder, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones. As one of our top supporters, Jeffrey Gitomer, said, “People owe him a cosmic debt of gratitude.”

We also sought to capitalize on a very basic marketing principle: If you can’t get Mohammed to come to the Mountain, bring the Mountain to Mohammed. It’s much more effective for a book evangelist to bring the weary masses into our Conference Center and put on a soiree of nourishment for the body, mind, and soul, than to set up individual meetings or sales calls. The synergy of various laymen and business people sharing a book that changed their lives or turned their company around is infinite.

As a bureaucratic refugee, I am also a convert to the power of small and medium-sized businesses. They drive the world, the labors of the few, driven to actively pursue their goals, with the entrepreneurial freedom to do so. I want a place where they can find refuge, an oasis in the sea of expensive venues that gouge us for every drop of electricity we drain out of the wall.  I also wanted a much more intimate setting as my personal experience is that that’s where the magic happens. Small groups of people meeting face to face accomplish tremendous things.

And lastly, we built a conference center to honor two things: the people we meet _MG_9556and the books we read. Those who predict the future demise of books and face-to-face interaction have totally missed the boat. Books will never die and the interaction of human beings will never be replicated, I don’t care what technology we have. I’ve learned a lot in my first half-century of years as I lived all over the world and for decades sought out the next great job or title. Life isn’t about experiencing things, it’s about developing you to become the best version of yourself so you can go out and positively impact others.

We had our soft launch in August. The room was packed for the opening two nights and the speaker shared how reading just 15 minutes a day changed his life and made him what he is today. September is slated to continue bringing them in. We’ve got three book signings scheduled, a training session by one of our authors, a corporate day-long retreat, and two chamber mixers. These events will bring in hundreds of people intent on sharing their tremendous experiences with each other and, of course, buying more books. I cannot even imagine the seeds that will be sown by these individuals and cannot fathom what type of harvest they will reap. But I do know one thing: I am beyond humbled to be a part of it. If you have ever supported us in any way, words alone will never be able to thank you because you are why we were able to build it and why they will come.

You can check out all of our tremendous upcoming Charlie “T” Jones Conference Center events on our website. Hope to see you there!

08
Aug
13

Leakproof Leadership: The Security of Character

characterYou can’t go one second without the news of some major lapse in character from someone so trusted by the public that they definitely should have known better. We all know man is flawed and the good book says his heart is wicked beyond description, but here are three ways to stay above the fray and keep your character and integrity in check. Seems like we all could use a refresher course in integrity so, just in time for back-to-school, it’s the three R’s:

Responsibility:  Peter Drucker said, “Leadership is not magnetic personality. It is not making friends and influencing people. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights and raising performance to a higher standard.” Yet with every breach that’s broadcast, those in the perpetrator’s chain of command continue to circumvent and pass the buck. No one can be a rogue operator in your team because they are in your direct chain! Just because you didn’t know, or you turned a blind eye, does not absolve you of responsibility. You cannot dodge responsibility. Doing so only shows that you are truly unfit for leadership. To learn what lack of responsibility can cost, read A Ticking Time Bomb, by Joseph I. Lieberman, which painfully details the abject failure and gross negligence of the entire chain of command throughout Ft. Hood gunman Nidal Malik Hasan’s military career.

Respect: Elbert Hubbard said, “If you work for a man, in heaven’s name work for him! If he pays you wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him, speak well of him, think well of him, stand by him and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man I would work for him.” There’s an old adage that says a wise traveler never despises his own country. Now I have worked for some pretty despicable organizations, but while I was working for them I worked as hard as possible to uphold their standards, even if my own bosses did not. You see, no one can make you do anything illegal, immoral, or unethical. If your employer tries to make you do such things, you need to seek employment elsewhere and use the chain of command to bring it to the attention of others. To respond in kind to their behavior is unacceptable. Two wrongs never make a right. Recent examples of this are found in headline names such as Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden.

Reading: Oscar Wilde said, “What you read when you don’t have to determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” Let’s face it, you are what you read. If you are not reading books that help you grown and realize your own personal convictions and develop your courage, you are wasting your time. What a person has on the bookshelf is a far better indicator of what’s really gong on inside them than any polygraph. You can lie through your teeth to your boss and he may never suspect otherwise. But your actions will eventually reflect exactly what is going on at the core of your character.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton said, “Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.” To learn more about the virtues of reading in a leader’s life check out the Top 8 Ways to Unleash Success at Your Company. All leaders are readers. If you’re not reading personal development material, you’re not leading. It’s that simple.

One of my favorite reads is John C. Maxwell’s, There’s No Such Thing as “Business” Ethics. He’s right. The bottom line is that only commitment can ensure compliance. No amount of non-disclosure, background checks or polygraphs can do that. If your character isn’t totally squared away to the point that you are ready to fall on your sword to protect what is moral, ethical, and legal, then you’d better not accept one iota of responsibility. Leakproof leadership is based on choosing your thoughts and actions based upon your values and not upon personal gain. Your convictions mirror your character. So take a good look at yourself in the mirror to make sure you are fit to report for leadership duty!

28
May
13

hello mountain, it’s me muhammad

The Charlie "T" Jones Conference Center

The Charlie “T” Jones Conference Center

If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, Muhammad will come to the mountain. Life is all about making a series of decisions designed to move you closer to your goals; decisions that often involve seeking out alternative routes to get you to your final destination. My father, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, joked, “Plan on everything going wrong. If something does go right, we’ll just have to work that in!”

Like every other living, thinking person on this planet, I get up every day looking for ways to further my professional mission. I try lots of different things, plan on them all going wrong, change it up a bit, and pray a lot. This strategy kept our business steady and even on a sustained growth pattern for the last four years. Life is good, but good just isn’t good enough anymore. There’s got to be a better, more concentrated strategy out there that we just haven’t discovered.

For several years, I’ve mulled over various usage options for our vacant warehouse space. My inner child had dreams of an indoor putt-putt facility, go-carts, and bumper cars; even a year-round haunted house spooktacular. But alas, I just couldn’t link that directly to our core mission. I had even considered a flea market since our founder was such a lover of collecting antiquities and books of all types. However, nothing led this opportunity to fruition materialize either.

3d_layout_prelim1All this was going through my mind as I was still working at building our clientele base, going out and speaking, giving away books, and hosting various events at our current facility. That’s when the idea of a state-of-the-art conference center was born. Rather than go out and sing the praises of how books can transform the life of an organization, why not build a leadership annex where I could bring the entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce, and business people in so I could actually show them!

Rather than put a link on our site about how we funnel our profits to ten tremendous organizations via the Books for Tremendous Living Foundation,  why not open up a gorgeous area where these groups could come and conduct events educating people in our area about ways they can get involved and help their neighbors!

Rather than trying to get booked into high-dollar venues, why not have intimate settings where attendees can learn sales techniques from Jeffrey Gitomer; how to write books from Mark Sanborn; how to become a speaker from Don Hutson; and how to combine your faith with your profession from Naomi Rhode?

So the planning process began, and we started setting aside the money and reviewing architectural drawings. After years of trial and error and due diligence, the groundbreaking will commence on June 3rd, 2013. All systems are finally go! And while I’m still assuming everything will go wrong, I do know I’m moving that mountain one step closer. And in life, that’s all that matters. Check out our tremendous progress on our website and watch it all come together!

21
May
13

exposure to experience

ImageA bird left the safety of its home to fly and perch on the branch of a different tree. It doesn’t fear leaving the old and taking up residence in the new because it doesn’t put its faith in the strength of the branch upon which it roosts. If the branch should break, the strength of its own wings will keep it aloft.

I’ve had some major limbs break out from under me, both personally and professionally. In each case I had left the old to live in the new with great optimism and hope. Sometimes I felt the branch beginning to give way soon after I arrived. Other times I had no idea I was truly out on a limb until the bottom fell out. In either case, I not only survived but flew off to the next branch as a result of the wings of my experiences.

One of leadership’s most powerful laws is Exposure to Experience: the more356 you know, the more you grow. The more you go down, the more you grow up. The more beaten down you are, the stronger you become. My father, the late, great Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, wrote about this in his motivational classic, Life Is Tremendous. He used to tell me when I was younger that I need to “earn my stripes” and that good judgment came from experience which was the direct result of poor judgment.

He also said that we are all born with an empty psychological key ring attached to our side and every experience, good, bad, or indifferent, gave us another key with which to unlock the doors of life’s journey. The more keys the better. So believe in yourself enough to truly know that any experience in which you give your all will enable you to reach heights you never thought you could.




Tremendous Tracey


CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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