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Books Showcasing Gary Smith's Writings
Gary Smith has been a writer for Sports Illustrated for more than 25 years. He has written stories about all types of sports including professional, college, and high school. Smith has been pegged as one of the greatest article writers of our time.
His features are not just stories about sports, they are much more about life itself. Smith has won numerous awards including four National Magazine Awards, the most won by any writer to-date. There are two books, Going Deep 20 Classic Sports Stories (Sports Illustrated, 2008) and Beyond the Game (Grove Press, 2000) that together showcase 35 of his award winning, unforgettable, hauntingly told stories.
His writings really are novellas which readers can get heavily involved with the plot that just happens to be based on fact and true life. On the surface, Smith's writings don't appear to have too many business lessons to teach, but underneath there is always a lesson to be had on how to be a better person both professionally and personally.
Smith's stories tell us about perseverance, hope, truth, how to listen, how to talk, and above all else, integrity. All of which are great principles to apply to any business situation. Take a look at these two books, they are worth the read, maybe several reads.
The April 2016 issue of "Success" magazine has an interesting bestseller's list in the back. The list has 10 bestselling business books. The magazine notes "Success analyzes a combination of sales data acquired from Nielsen BookScan-which gathers point-of-sale data from more than 16,000 locations across the U.S.-and from a variety of independently verified sources within the personal development industry."
The list is compiled from sales from Jan. 4 to Jan. 31, 2016. What's interesting is that there are at least two books on the list that where first published decades ago. See if you know which ones. Here's the the 10 books with author names that were listed.
1. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)
2. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman (Northfield Publishing)
3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Pocket Books)
4. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cudd…
This has been a very busy summer for writing assignments. Unfortunately
I’ve made very few blog entries over the past several months. I vow to get
better and start posting more regularly. For now, here are a few links that
will take you to a few recent book reviews on Blogcritics.