Mid Life Celebration Asks, What Has Been The Most Influential Book You’ve Read In The Past Three Years And Why?

Dallas, Texas Airport, Fall 2011

Boomers, Midlife Celebration wants to know how committed you are to reading influential books, because there’s very little time to indulge in reading for self-improvement. If we read many books, we’re bound to find a few home runs. A few of jeff noel’s most impactful reads:

Any must reads you’d like to recommend?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. I have to name two; Creating Magic by Lee Cockerell and Be Our Guest – Perfecting the Art of Custoner Service.

    While I am not in the magic business, I can still create magical moments for my guests that will keep them loyal.

  2. David, great books. Got any non-Disney great reads?
    PS. These are the two best books on Disney’s business side, in my humble opinion.
    Thanks for sharing. Have an awesome Wednesday!

  3. Jeff,

    Here’s a few that stand out in my mind:

    Building Your Leadership Resume by Johnny M. Hunt
    How to Become CEO by Jeffrey J. Fox
    Poke the Box by Seth Godin
    The Rules of the Game by Kurt Hohenstein (more for the context for which the book was written than the book itself)
    Inside the Magic Kingdom: Seven Keys to Disney’s Success by Tom Connellan


  4. Bob, very nice list. Several I’ve never heard of. That’s one of the things about social media that is so cool – the sharing of diverse thoughts and sources of inspiration.

  5. Jeff,

    I use The Rules of the Game: Simple Truths Learned from Little League in my ethics classes I teach because of how the book was written. The author was a very successful lawyer, state senator, and Little League coach, but he got caught stealing money from clients. The book was written from prison in Nebraska, and what he does is goes back through all of the life lessons he had learned growing up on the ball field that he had lost a sense of when he became a successful adult. If you didn’t know the background of the author, you would think it was something similar to the “Everything I learned, I learned in kindergarten” kind of concept. It is a very good book on ethics!


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