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The Greatest Self-Help Books of All Time

greatest self help books for your BIGG SuccessOg Mandino is one of our favorite success authors ever. He was the President of Success Unlimited magazine (the predecessor of Success).

He’s most noted for The Greatest Salesman in the World. Our favorite is the much under-rated The Greatest Miracle in the World.

But in another book, The Greatest Secret in the World, he shared what he thought were the twelve greatest self-help books of all time. We thought we’d share with you in case you have time to do a little extra reading in the next couple of weeks.

Og Mandino’s 12 Greatest Success Books

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin(Benjamin Franklin) 
  • Think and Grow Rich(Napoleon Hill) 
  • Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude(W. Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill) 
  • The Power of Faith(Louis Binstock) 
  • Your Greatest Power(J. Martin Kohe) 
  • Wake Up and Live(Dorothea Brande) 
  • I Dare You(William Danforth) 
  • Acres of Diamonds(Russell H. Conwell) 
  • The Ability to Love(Dr. Allan Fromme) 
  • How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling(Frank Bettger) 
  • As a Man Thinketh(James E. Allen) 
  • The Bible

It’s a great list but since it was published nearly forty years ago, there are some great books missing. Just one example – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

We also note that The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason didn’t make his list. It certainly makes ours.

And our favorite book by W. Clement Stone is The Success System That Never Fails although we like the one Og Mandino picked as well.

What book(s) would you add to the list?

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How to Have a Three-Day Weekend Every Week

weekend giveaway | BIGG SuccessWe really wanted to make the title to this post:

“How to Have an Extra Day Off Every Week Without Working More Hours in the Remaining Four Days and Without Sacrificing Productivity.”

But it seemed a little long!

We have a three-day weekend coming up here in the United States. It’s Labor Day.

It got us thinking:

What if you had more time for leisure?

What if you didn’t need to labor so much?

What if every weekend was a three-day weekend?

It’s not such a novel idea. Frank Bettger did it. More employers are considering a four-day work week.

What would it take for you?

You could work more hours over four days. It’s a step in the right direction if you want more time for play, one of the five elements of BIGG success.

Your leisure time is bunched up instead of being spread over the week.

But it’s still just a tradeoff. Why settle for a quid pro quo?

So ask yourself a question to get to the crux of the issue:

What if you could be more productive?

Is it possible to get ten hours worth of results in eight hours? Or twelve hours in ten hours, depending on how long you typically work.

This is the question we often ask ourselves. And we know it’s possible. Or more accurately stated, we won’t accept that it’s impossible.

So we have to figure out how.

Conduct a time audit

We’ve started by measuring our activities. So we’re doing a time audit.

It may not sound like fun. But it’s temporary. And an incredible tool to discover waste.

Every fifteen minutes, we record what we’re doing at that moment. We set an alarm to remind us that it’s time.

We’re going to do it over a two week period. We feel this will cover a typical week for us.

Sure, it’s a bit of a pain. Sure, we could be doing something else.

But when we’re done, we’ll know better if we’re wasting time. And if we are, we’ll know where.

Then we can make corrections. And move on to testing something else to be more productive. It leads to BIGG success!

How have you increased your productivity?

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