In the digital world,the gentleman can make the mistake of getting lost in the fast food information found on apps such as facebook and twitter. In fact some skills every gentleman needs will not be available on any website. However, they can be found in books. The books detailed below offer timeless advice that other gentleman in the past have used before.
1. Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist.
A fascinating read, Paulo Coelho takes you on a journey through the eyes of the young shepherd boy Santiago. The key theme of the book revolves around the young shepherd having met a king who tells him to sell all his sheep and travel to Egypt.
“when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
What you have most to learn from this book, is that the theories of alchemy can be applied to your life. It is possible to create something from nothing. Santiago sells all he has on the whim of finding treasure. Whether you are trying to start a business or are moving on to a new chapter in your life, it is possible to be 21st century alchemist.
2. Robert Greene: The 48 laws of power.
If you haven’t read this book yet then are you really a man? Robert Greene takes you through the 48 laws that men and women have been using since the beginning of history. A favourite of celebrities and those in leading corporate jobs, everyone can learn something from this book. For each law, Greene gives the transgression of the law, observance of the law and reversal of the law.
Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please and impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite—inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power
From this book you can learn the mistakes some of the great leaders of history made, for example, Napoleon Bonaparte. What a better time than 2017 to finally consolidate power in your life.
3. W. Chan Kim, Renne Mauborgne: Blue Ocean Strategy.
The most potent book I’ve read in 2005 -Across the Board, USA.
Suited to those of you are entrepreneurs, Blue Ocean Strategy is a must read before you take one more step. The core concept that Kim and Mauborgne try to put across is that don’t shed blood trying to enter a very contested marketplace. In fact, go find an uncontested spot in your market and this is your blue ocean. Once you have acquired a blue ocean you make the competition irrelevant and you are no longer fighting for market space, because you own the market you are now in. It is now up to other people to come into your market an challenge you. Its the best possible scenario any business can have. So before you embark on your entrepreneur journey give this a read and give your business a head start.
4. George Orwell: Animal Farm.
It is disservice to yourself if you never read a book by George Orwell. Animal farm is a politically charged book, however it is cleverly written that if for some reason you are not familiar with Stalin’s Russia you will just think its a story about animal on a farm. The plot revolves around the animals led by two pigs Snoball and Napoeloen, rebelling and taking over the farm from the irresponsible farmer Mr Jones. The animals after having succeeded rename the farm Animal Farm. Then they enact seven commandments with the most important being the “animals are equal”.
ever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
No animal shall wear clothes.
No animal shall sleep in a bed.
No animal shall drink alcohol.
No animal shall kill any other animal.
All animals are equal.
Regardless of your view on communism, this book should be on the shelve of every gentleman if not for just the fantastic writing of Mr Orwell.
5. Ian Fleming: Any of the Bond books.
For this last pick you have the power. Forget the films, if you want a truly immersive Bond experience then you wont go wrong with any of the brilliant Bond books. The New Gentleman always looks to 007 for inspiration. Sure Daniel Craig plays Bond very well, but the Bond in the books take shape of whoever you want , you can put yourself in Bond’s oxfords. Click here to see Anthony Horowitz’s pick for his best Bond novel.