“Management”—the first word that probably pops into your mind is “boring.” I admit, there are many concepts in the management arena that may not be known to people who haven’t studied it. But once you’ve acquainted yourself with some basic terms and concepts, you’ll be able to better appreciate how significant the management system is in our day-to-day lives. Below, I’ve compiled a list of my top 3 favorite management books; these books have inspired me, provoked a reaction in me, and basically guided me through the ropes of the management system. These books can be read and understood by anybody, so don’t hesitate to add them to your bookshelf.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Favorite quote: “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
This is a self-help book that actually helps. It’s no wonder, then, why this became such a best-selling book, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide. Read this book if you want to know how to deal with people in areas such as leading them, persuading them into your way of thinking, and bringing out the best in them without giving them cause to resent you.
I’ve held various management positions throughout the years, and I can honestly say that this is a self-help book for anyone, especially those who find themselves in a position of leadership for the first time. After I read this book, I learned that it’s all about perspective. There’s always an alternative way of looking at something, because nothing is absolute in this world. Once you find the positive in anything, good will naturally gravitate towards you.
I love paintings and one of the things I really love to do is just look at these works of art. I immerse myself in the countless brush strokes in the canvass, each color evoking different emotions in my soul. I have long believed that there is something spiritual about painted art. It does not just interact with the eyes but also with the heart.
I once experienced two painful events in one year. I lost my dad to cancer and my long-term relationship with my high school sweetheart ended. I was in pain, angry, and doubting my chances of getting back to the happy and content man that I was.
Christ and the Angels: Painting that Heals
I decided to visit my favorite art museum just a couple of blocks away. I frequent this place so I am familiar with the displayed artworks. Since paintings give me a feeling of calm, I thought I might as well roam around to clear my head. There was this one piece by Givoanni Bellini that showed the dead Christ supported by two little angels. As I looked at it I felt sadness as I remember my dad and my girlfriend. It just dawned on me that I can never hold them in my arms ever again.
But then the painting spoke to me. The dead Christ might be dead but the angels were there, supporting his weight, carrying the burden of death and despair. I felt a renewed sense of hope. If angels can take care of Christ, then they can surely take care of my dad and my wounded heart.
With the busy lives people are leading today, many find it too taxing to spend their free time in the great outdoors. But not for me. I like taking part in all that nature has to offer—whether it’s through hiking, biking, or camping. And for me, listening to music while taking these nature trips is one of life’s finest moments. I’m able to drink in the sights yet sink into the music.
Great Playlist, Great Day
I’m as passionate about the outdoors as I am about music, and with me, these two often go together. If you’re as outdoorsy as I am, or you at least want to try, your playlist could set the mood for the entire activity. So at the time you’re planning for your next outdoors trip, I suggest you also prepare a playlist to accompany you. Below are some tips you may find useful.
Match Your Playlist with Your Activity and Your Taste
The first rule in harmonizing music and the outdoors is this: look at what you’re going to do, and get songs that will likely liven up that activity. That’s the purpose of bringing music into your outdoor activity—to inspire you to reach your destination and to fuel your determination to get there with your sunny disposition as intact as possible.
There are a lot of suggestions online about possible songs you could put into your iPod when you’re going hiking or camping. But it all boils down to one thing: what you want. Don’t choose a song that you’ll probably end up disliking. Remember that the goal is to keep you upbeat and calm while on your nature trek.