Books for Business or How Not to Be A Noob Forever

In the lifelong battle against Noobdom, Knowledge is king.

My rightbrainer friends would say that Wisdom is king.  My personal muse, the great Charlie Wilson, may he rest in peace, would say that Pleasure is king.  Recall that Charlie Wilson helped Reagan, Thatcher, the Pope, and Lech Walesa bring down the Soviet Empire merely using wit and charm.   He based himself in a Vegas hot-tub (rumored to be full of strippers and cocaine – neither of which do I advocate).  Charlie knows of what he speaks.  And really, Charlie’s just quoting William Blake:  “the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.”  So, I try to rise above the Left Brain/Right Brain debate and have some fun while attempting to make the world a better place, including you and your little merry band of Biz N0oBs.

Anyway, back to the need for Knowledge to be a true player.

Three reasons not to read.  One.  You are a dumass.  Not sure how you got this far, but welcome.  Two.  You are a hater (technically, a Benchwarmer Noob).  Haters gonna hate so stay on your job, haters.  Three.  You are a Natural Baller.  That’s good news.  Success comes easy to you.  But someday it won’t.  Cuz your natural game will be eclipsed by some Noob who got his game together and crept up on you with some trick plays while you were still running the same stale plays.  So think on that and maybe start expanding your playbook, son.

What can books do for you?  Check this, Noobs:  “literature became an arsenal open to all.”  Thus spoke Alexis de Tocqueville describing how the commoners rose up and stole power and riches from the landed aristocracy in Medieval Europe.  Printing presses and translating books from Latin to regular-speak armed commoners more effectively than swords and maces.  First, they became clergy, then bankers, then merchants, and fast forward to today when any “lizard can get a king’s palace” to loosely quote the Good Book.

“Gradually the diffusion of intelligence, and the increasing taste for literature and art, caused learning and talent to become a means of government;  mental ability led to social power, and the man of letters took a part in the affairs of state.”

Inner Game – Psychological Strength

Step 1 – Stoicism

Rookies – A Guide to the Good Life – A philosophy prof details his re-discovery of ancient Greek/Roman Stoicism.  Essentially Stoicism for Noobs.

Pros – Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, Seneca’s Letters – If you only ever read one book to improve your life, it should be Meditations.  MA was the true Philosopher King, as a Roman Emperor at Rome’s peak.

Step 2 – Outcome Independence

Rookies –

Pros – Walden

Step 3 – Positive Energy Flow

Rookies – How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie’s classic for improving business acumen.  If you are in sales and haven’t read this yet, step away from the strippers and cocaine (speaking metaphorically and ironically if HR people are reading – apologies for the salespersons stereotype), and read the free copy at the above link.

Pros – Charlie Wilson’s War

Step 4 – Know Thyself/Be Thyself

Rookies – Now, Discover Your Strengths

Pros – Bury My Heart in Conference Room B

Step 5 – Stay in the Moment

Rookies – Tolle at Google (Youtube clip)

Pros – The Power of Now

Step 6 – Abundance Frame

Give all the books you bought away to someone else, buy them a drink or two, and explain how all this knowledge changed your life.  Or just buy me a drink and keep your books.

The Payoff



Extra Innings – More Knowledge for Other OffWins Topics

Calibration and Congruency – Emotional Intelligence

Healthy Masculinity – Way of the Superior Man

Paradox – Moby Dick

Framing – Beyond Culture

Social Dynamics – The 48 Laws of Power

Friendly Psychopathy for Business – The Wisdom of Psychopaths


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6 responses to “Books for Business or How Not to Be A Noob Forever

  1. Steven

    You still updating this blog ? Nothing else like it ….

  2. Dan

    Currently reading 48 Laws of Power. It has really made me rethink how I approach my relationships, personal and professional. Highly recommend.

    • RG3

      48 Laws is kinda dark. But that’s the book’s strength: it forces the reader to see relational situations as they are rather than a romanticized mirage of what we think they should be.

  3. Dan

    Agreed. Took me off guard a little, but it definitely gives a heightened sense of awareness in social situations, as opposed to just being aloof when approaching those situations.

    • RG3

      Aloof, or lost in thought. Both separate us from people. Have to stay in the now. Paradoxically, we also have to be aware to these social dynamics that 48 Laws speaks to. I’m still figuring that out myself. Similar to the paradox of being an Epicurean Stoic: enjoying life to the fullest without living for enjoyment.

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