Introduction: Top 10 Invisible Mentor Blog Posts in 2017
This year, I looked at my analytics to see what were the top 10 Invisible Mentor blog posts in 2017. The results are not much different from the past few years. The older posts tend to get more traction than the newer ones. Only one post that I wrote this year made it on the list.
And the winner is...
Top 10 Invisible Mentor Blog Posts in 2017
- 11 Lessons from The Desiderata: The Desiderata is a poem written by Max Ehrmann, who was a poet and lawyer who lived from 1872 to 1945. Throughout the ages, people have wanted to understand the meaning of life. And I think that is one of the reasons that the Desiderata is so popular. Max Ehrmann explains life in his poem, and in the end, I think what he is trying to say, is that it is important for us to become fully human. This is important today, when people are not really living and enjoying life. They flit from one thing to another without much thought.
- How to Analyze Information: I am not surprised that that this post is so popular. Information is doubling at a dizzying pace, and to be able to understand what it is telling you, you have to be able to organize it. Information or knowledge is not power, it is how you use it that is powerful. When you know how to analyze information, you are able to spot patterns. I recommend all the time that people read more books, then extract the big ideas from their notes. You can profit from the ideas you glean from reading if you know how to curate and analyze them.
- Summary: The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone: This is one of the best books that I have read. The information in The 10X Rule shows you how to stretch yourself. The author Grant Cardone lives what he preaches. One of the things he recommends is to be everywhere and he practices what he preaches – he appears to be everywhere. When you write your goals for next year, amplify them by 10 times, and think about how much you will accomplish at the end of that year.
- Book Review: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach: This is a children’s book with some beautiful illustrations. The story is a simple, yet a powerful one, that adults can learn from. We play it safe, because often those who take the road less traveled are ostracized. No one likes to be the odd one out, so we try to be a part of the herd. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is a story about following your dreams even when they go against the grain. It is about making the most of the life you have been given.
- Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles: This is a fable. To succeed in business, you have to create Raving Fans – satisfied customers are no longer enough. To deliver Raving Fan Service, you have to look after the customers’ needs whenever possible, be consistent in delivering the service, promise more and deliver more than you promise, and be ready to change direction when the vision changes because customers’ need and want change all the time. There are three secrets to creating Raving Fans – Decide what you want, discover what the customer wants, and deliver the vision plus one percent.
- Book Review – The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde: I often wondered why this book ranks among the top posts on my blog. It turns out that they study the Canterville Ghost in schools in India, so a lot of Indian students visit my blog. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde is a short story about role reversal. I found this story quite funny and I laughed a lot.
- Silas Marner By George Eliot, Book Review: Silas Marner by George Eliot will remind you that bad things happen to everyone. Silas Marner by George Eliot has a very ominous start, and you find yourself asking many questions like what do they mean by disinherited race, the Evil One and the living dead? Sounds like a ghost story doesn’t it? The story is about an outsider, and how he becomes an insider. Most socialized people do not like the feeling of being outside looking in, but Silas Marner feels comfortable doing just that, why?
- Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne a Review: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne is set in the 1870s and is a book of contradictions. When the main character encounters a challenge, he calmly finds a solution because he is determined to win the wager. When he misses one of the steamers along the way, he finds another way to reach his destination, and is able to do so because he has that disposition. Do you give up at the first sign of trouble, or do you work at finding a solution?
- You Cannot Step into the Same River Twice: I wrote this post years ago, because a quote by Heraclitus moved me so deeply. Every day, people change, because they have new experiences, which shape them. So, you cannot step into the same river twice. People also encounter new people who influence them, and change their lives. They read books, they take courses, they travel to new places – all of which change them. If everything is in a state of flux, how can you use that to your advantage?
- Selective Reading: What Books to Read and Which Sections to Read: I came across the concept, selective reading a few years ago. In this article, you will find the definition of selective reading. The concept is about reading with purpose. Selective reading also includes selecting the right books to read, and not only sections of the books to read. Let’s say that you are either reading a book for information or to get a deeper understanding of a topic, you would practice selective reading to get the specific information you are after.
Final Thoughts: Top 10 Invisible Mentor Blog Posts in 2017
I think that it is important to check your analytics to get a sense of what topics your readers like. But you have to be flexible so that you have the time and place for experimentation. I am glad that I know what the top 10 Invisible mentor blog posts in 2017 are, but I want to explore some new topics in 2018.
The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and FailureJonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete EditionRaving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer ServiceThe Canterville GhostSilas Marner (Penguin Classics)Around the World in 80 DaysThe Fragments of Heraclitus
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