Updated on 05.06.07

Who Won The Six Books? What Personal Productivity / Development Books Were Recommended?

Trent Hamm

For Giveaway #4, I elected to give away five books. Here are the winners of these books.

Ted L. won The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman
Seth from Houston, TX won Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life by Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth
PT won Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
ISPF won A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel
J.H. Wilkerson won America’s Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides

Because some people asked, there were 148 entries in the drawing, and America’s Cheapest Family was the most requested book with exactly 60 requests. The next most popular was A Random Walk Down Wall Street and the least popular was Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

In addition, I also gave away a copy of The 4-Hour Workweek which was won by Blaine Moore.

Congratulations to all the winners. Your books should be heading your way via Media Mail and will hopefully arrive by the end of the coming week.

What Personal Productivity Books Were Submitted?

In the giveaway for The 4-Hour Workweek, I asked people to email me a personal productivity or personal development book that they wanted to have me review. Since there were 378 entries, and many of those entries listed multiple books, I decided as a first step to make a list of the books that were mentioned by two or more people as being of interest to them. This resulted in a pretty hefty list of personal development and productivity books, all of which I will review in the next several months. I usually post a personal productivity or development book review on Sunday evenings. Anyway, here’s what’s coming up, in no particular order:

Getting Things Done – David Allen (far and away the most requested)
Ready for Anything – David Allen
The Now Habit – Neil Fiore
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferazzi
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
Living the 7 Habits – Stephen Covey
The 8th Habit – Stephen Covey
How to Read a Book – Mortimer Adler
The 12 Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back – James Waldroop
On Writing Well – William Zinsser
Self-Discipline in 10 Days: How to Go from Thinking to Doing – Theodore Bryant
Organizing From the Inside Out – Julie Morgenstern
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie
Never Check Email In The Morning – Julie Morgenstern
Words that Work – Frank Luntz
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig (this one will be interesting)
Now, Discover Your Strengths – Marcus Buckingham
Go Put Your Strengths To Work – Marcus Buckingham
Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking – Dale Carnegie
The Simplicity Survival Handbook – Bill Jensen
The Success Principles – Jack Canfield
Ordering Your Private World – Gordon MacDonald
On Writing – Stephen King (another interesting one)
Thinkertoys – Michael Michalko

If you have more suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me with more books. These will be enough to get me through about six months, and I have about three months’ more of my own ideas to get through (as I write this), but I’m always interested in new ideas.

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  1. dariaclone says:

    A suggestion from a non-blogger (so I have no idea how difficult these things are, although I can guess that it is annoying to have random people make suggestions), but Giveaway #4 might have been a little more interesting if you had a “recent comment” module running. I’m curious what articles people posted on and what all they had to say.

  2. dariaclone says:

    Oh, and I forgot to add–the contests are great. Thanks!

  3. Trent Hamm Trent says:

    dariaclone: the site is popular enough that if I put on a “recent comments” sidebar item, the site would get quite slow. It gets slow on occasion as it is.

  4. ispf says:

    Trent: Thanks for the chance to share your 6th month anniversary with you through the giveaway. I enjoy reading your blog, and here’s to many more years of blogging!

    Dariaclone: If you are interested, you can find my post for the Giveaway #4 titled “5 Of the Most Inspiring Posts from ‘The Simple Dollar'” at http://gradmoneymatters.com/2007/04/5-of-most-inspiring-posts-from-simple.html

  5. plonkee says:

    trent, is there any possibility of posting the other responses that made up the entries to your blog? Or are they already up somewhere that I haven’t seen?

  6. lorax says:

    I really do like these book reviews. I’ve probably mentioned these before, but my suggestions are:
    Unconventional Success
    Fooled by Randomness
    Irrational Exuberance

  7. PT says:


    The book (RDPD) arrived a few weeks back…finally got around to reading it today. I had read snippits of it before, but hadn’t tackled the full 175 pages…primarily b/c of all the negative I’ve heard about it. I knew if I requested it for this contest I would get it, and thus, wouldn’t have to pay for a book that I assumed wasn’t going to be worth the read.

    Well, I did enjoy the book. It was inspirational. However, like you, I think it falls short on practical advice, with a few exceptions. After reading it I went back and read your review of the book. Excellent!

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for sending the book. All the best.

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