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Courier Article by Sean Davis
Sunday, December 27, 2009

Maximizing Potential and Staying Connected

While the snowball of the recession is rolling to a stop, many of us still wait to see the promised relief. No jobs on the horizon, and bills on the way leave some to wonder where they can make just a little something extra to get them through the tough times. Author Loral Langemeier may have a few pointers in this regard.

In "Put More Cash In Your Pocket: Turn What You Know Into Dough" Langemeier introduces a couple key points. First and foremost, you are your number one product. Who you are should determine where you can find potential for money making. From power washers to long forgotten part time jobs, many of us are sitting on a goldmine of marketable resources and experience. Langemeier underscores this core idea by stressing that we create who we are through the mindset we live with. We shape our path through our hopes, dreams and past experiences.

This idea of controlling ones destiny is at the heart of Mike Dooley's "Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams." Where Langemeier's book focused on one's financial present, Dooley's work focuses rather on the greater picture of the now. Dooley argues for an introspective search in order to find one's inner roots and as a result more fully understand who we are in the present. The author uses this theme to tie together several sections specific to hurdles that face all people on their life's journey. A journey which many of us have a tough time beginning.

"Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old" by Joseph Allen and Claudia Worrell Allen studies this "failure to launch" and offers solutions to raising more healthy adolescents. The Allens provide sound professional advice for those looking to understand and create a better relationship with their teen children. They stress that it is the adult's responsibility to maintain the emotional connection with the teen and to show them what it means to be an adult. While family relationships may form our fundamental makeup, some would argue it is only a drop in the bucket.
If you say social networks th

ese days, most people think of Facebook of MySpace. The truth is we live within such social constructs every day and interact with people in a myriad of ways. In "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives" Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler explain how these social circles mold us into the people we have become. The authors argue a three degree of influence principle that affects everything from your health to your success in your career. They also show how our online presence (including the attractiveness of our avatar) can affect our real world life. It seems the digital world has become inextricable from our every day.

Author Ken Auletta makes a sound argument for this in his book "Googled: The End of the World as We Know It." Google has systematically challenged one industry after another. Whether using YouTube or Gmail, millions of us use their products daily. Auletta presents the reader with a rare inside look at a company looking to be the biggest in everything it does. From the early garage days to the modern day campus filled to over flowing with innovation, Auletta presents an analysis backed up by research and interviews with those that have created that success.

Whether making an extra $1000 or billions, the path ahead is one we must tread. With the advice and experience others have to offer, the road to a better tomorrow is assured. However, one must listen in order to hear.

Sean Davis is a readers' advisor in the Reference Services Department at Central Library.