Category Archives: Personal Development Book

Information and reviews of personal development books. These books have been read by myself and I will provide a review of their use for self development and motivation.

Duncan Bannatyne – Anyone Can Do It – Book Review

Bannatyne, Anyone Can Do ItThought I would bring you all another book review as I have just finished reading the auto-biography of Duncan Bannatyne, titled “Anyone Can Do It“.

Duncan Bannatyne has become well known in the UK but I guess that outside the US he is would be not as well known. People in the UK will know Duncan Bannatyne from the Hit TV show called “Dragons Den“. Dragons Den is now in its third year and has been a total surprise success for the BBC.

For those of you have not seen Dragons Den, it is a one hour TV program that normally runs around 10 weeks and it is one of my pick of TV shows that are worth the time investment. Dragons Den has a room of five so called Dragons, each a Self Made Entrepreneur Millionaire, or what Duncan calls a SMEM in his book. These Dragons all have a pile of cash, ready to invest in the ideas of the Entrepreneurs that the shows producers line up to pitch for the investment. So, this is like watching real life entrepreneurs pitching for investment, under the intense scrutiny of five SMEMs and the TV Cameras. All of this makes for compelling watching and great for watching peoples reactions under the pressure applied to them.

Anyway, back to the book. So, Duncan Bannatyne is one of the Dragons on Dragons Den, so I guess it was inevitable that an Auto-Biography would ensue.

The book is about Duncan’s life and how he has amassed a fortune of over £100 Million and inclusion into the Sunday Times Rich List. Duncan really did come from quite humble beginnings from Clydebank in Scotland. Hewas a late starter in the business world andhe started by owning and operating Ice Cream vans when he was 30. He then took a few risks that paid off and the book makes for very interesting reading on how a normal person can make a fortune just by working out simple maths against lucrative business deals.

Duncan has quite a story to tell that involves time spent in Prison, Drug Busts, Ice Cream Turf Wars and also telling some City Stock Brokers where to go very impolitely!

I picked up this book and could not put it down. I read it in a matter of days, taking every opportunity I could to read it. I really found it a motivating read, and if you are trying to be a Self Made Entrepreneur Millionaire, as I am, it is worth the £10 investment as learning from other people is one of my major beliefs for success.

The book can be found on Amazon.

The War of Art – Win Your Creative Battles

Well, I have just finished reading the War of Art, by Steven Pressfield and I thought I would write a few words about my experiences with the book. I first heard about the book via a post at and I added it to my book reading list. A few months later, and a bit of spare time found me with the book in hand.

Being an avid martial artist, I had read the Art of War by Sun Tzu on numerous occasions, so I was intrigued by the title “The War of Art”.

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The Travelers Gift – Book Review

Travelers GiftI have been away for the last week in The English Lake District, hence why there have been no updates to the site. Whilst I was away, as well as getting in a good few chapters of the Getting Things Done book, I also took the time to read a book that has been on my bookshelf for quite some time.

The book I read was The Travelers Gift, Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success, by Andy Andrews. The book is in the same vein as titles by the great Og Mandino, and if you like Mandino books you will love the Travelers Gift. These books tell a story, and the story has meaning. I personally find these a great read. Don’t get me wrong, I love the generic motivational books from authors such as Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, and Brian Tracy, but I also feel that books such as this help to capture your imagination by guiding you through a story with meaning. The lessons to be learned from the book are intricately woven into the story line, providing substance and example behind their interpretations. I guess you can tell that I liked the book.

Anyway, the book is about a guy called David Ponder. David is made redundant from a chemical factory where he has worked his whole life. He then faces various life challenges and his life takes a drastic turn. This turn leaves him facing a journey of a lifetime that will introduce him to several key figures from the past, each with a message, and related story to tell, that make up the seven decisions that determine personal success. We start by visiting president Harry Truman, and end up with the Angel Gabriel. The last two chapters bring the whole story together and it leaves an excellent and positive impression on your mind.

Don’t just take my word for it but be sure to purchase this book and see for yourself. US readers can order the book from and UK visitors can order it from by following the links.

I liked the seven decisions so much that I have created a mind map of them. The PDF of the Mind Map can be downloaded here. I am a real big fan of mind maps and tend to use them a lot. This is something that I have not yet blogged about here but I aim to mind map the whole Getting Things Done book once I have finished reading it as well as other topics related to personal success and motivation. I am very interested in your comments and feedback about the Seven Decisions Mind Map and if this were something you would like to see more of on this blog. Also, do you want these as PDFs or would you also like the mmap file as well for use with MindJet Mind Manager? Until next time.

Book Review – Great Quotes from Zig Ziglar – Motivation and Success

Zig ZiglarI had bought this book quite a while back and I must admit that I had not really looked at it. I have been away for the weekend and as always, I grabbed a few books I had not yet looked at and this was one of my choices.

This book is from Successories, the company responsible for the corporate motivation posters we all know and love. It is only a short book, 94 pages and is full of 250 quotes from Zig Ziglar and his friends.

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Who Moved My Cheese!

Well, I promised you some book reviews. The last book I read, on a train from Boston to New York, was “Who Moved my Cheese” by Spencer Johnson. I have owned this book for two years and never read it. The timing was perfect so I read it. Wow, great story, great parody, and a MUST read for anybody who is scared of change, and this is most of us.