Accelerated Goal Achievement


I throughly enjoyed reading this book.  It is full of useful information on how to change your life by setting and achieving goals.

Here are a few quotes from the book:

  • A goal is the clear vision in your mind of a target you aim to hit by a specified date.
  • Goal setting is the process of defining and working towards achieving goals.  It is a powerful skill which, once learnt, is the path to success.
  • You set goals to achieve the things you want in life.
  • Goal achievement is the step-by-step realization of your specific goal — the actual process.
  • Vision is about the future, and mission is about what we will do to achieve the vision.
  • You can’t just set a goal and expect it to be delivered.  To make it happen, you need a strategy that is consistent with your mission and values.  Your strategy tells how you are going to get things done.  In a nutshell, your strategy is like a compass showing you, directionally where to go.
  • The plan will describe the way you will apply the strategies to achieve the objectives, which in turn support the overall mission (or primary goal).
  • A burning desire is the first ingredient of success.  Your desire for what you want to achieve must be so strong that it dominates your thinking, making it difficult to concentrate on anything else.
  • Achieving your goal has little to do with your ability or intellect.  It has to do with heartfelt desire.
  • The five keys to successful goal achievement still apply:
    • 1.  Define your goal in writing
    • 2.  Play your work
    • 3.  Get started — take massive action
    • 4.  Track your progress
    • 5.  Reward success
  • Written goals put direction into your life and empower you to face the future in a determined way.
  • SMART goals are:
    • Specific – the goal must clearly describe the desired outcome.
    • Measurable – the goal should consist of specific criteria for measuring progress toward its successful completion
    • Attainable – the goal should be challenging, but achievable
    • Relevant – the goal must be something you really want
    • Time Bound – the goal must have a time frame or deadline
  • If you are constantly pushing ahead and never taking the time to celebrate your accomplishments, you will most likely suffer burn out.

The Academic Book of the Future


The cover of this book does not do it justice.  I enjoyed reading it and found it to be interesting as well as educational.

Here are a few quotes that highlight the main points:

  • Books matter.  They contain knowledge, and knowledge, as the saying goes is power.
  • Books are matter: they are containers, crucibles, confrontations.  They can teach, guide, inspire, soothe, and agitate.
  • Google is becoming the most-used research channel.  In such context, national libraries will be pivotal for their preservation role, with researchers access being provided through other channels.
  • The meaning of the word ‘book’ itself will change forever and will never again be confined to that of a physical object to be held, admired, loved, subject to spilt coffee or burning by dictators.  The ‘book’ will be defined more around its function than any of its characteristics.
  • Academic books can deeply affect the ways that human beings perceive the world and interact with one another, playing an important role in cultural change.

Abiding Darkness by John Aubrey Anderson


This story takes place in Mississippi during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.  The main character is a young girl named Missy, who is consistently in danger from demonic forces that wish to kill her.  Missy relies on the power of God and her guardian angel to defeat the evil that surrounds her.

I thought the book was okay.  There are several scenarios that are a bit silly.  Also, the characters seemed flat or one dimensional, which made it difficult to relate with them.


The Alpha Plague by Michael Robertson


Michael Robertson is the author of a book series called, The Alpha Plague.  The books are about a plague that turns people into wild man-eaters, similar to a zombie.  The story is interesting and intriguing.

My only compliant, is the dialogue.  The person talking could be a doctor, a middle aged business man, or even a young women; however, the phrases and words they used were identical.  It made the conversations seem a bit weird.

Other than that, I loved it and would recommend it.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque


Erich Maria Remarque did an excellent job of capturing the horrors of war in, All Quiet on the Western Front.  The language used by the author is descriptive and graphic.

The author also portrayed how Post Traumatic Stress (known as shell shock at the time) effected the main character.  While on leave, he was unable to connect with his family, exhibited signs of depersonalization, was depressed, and dealt with feelings of rage.

Reading the book was an eye-opening experience and I would recommend it.


The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros


This book is a collection of short stories about a Latino girl growing up in Chicago.  Each story is short and easy to read, which makes the book flow quickly.

Her childhood stories are vastly different from mine.  However, many of the fears and anxieties that surround growing up into adulthood resonated with me.

Also, I understood the writers desire to be different from those around her.  I too wanted to follow my own path and live my own life.  I never wanted to live the life other people thought I should live.  In fact, that is something that has never changed about me.

The book is interesting and relatable.  I recommend giving it a chance.