Lead the Field Book Summary

The book Lead the Field is one of those old school self-help books who’s advice is still applicable today. It focuses on developing yourself around serving others, developing a positive attitude, personal responsibility and goal setting. I wrote this outline so I could come back and visit the key points in the book. Have you read any good productivity books? I’d love you to take a moment to tell my your favorite in the comments.

Chapter 1 - The Magic Word

The book is about 12 ideas.

Chapter 2 - Acres of Diamonds

Thoughts on the chapter

Chapter 3 - A Worthy Destination

This chapter focuses on goal setting. The author sets up some success stories and then hits you with the idea that these people, unluck others have set goals for themselves.

In summary: * First, it’s our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task that, more than anything else, will bring about its successful outcome. * Secondly, our attitudes toward others determine their attitudes toward us.

Things to do

Chapter 4 - The Miracle of Your Mind

Everything you have has come to you because you use your mind. This chapter discusses how to use more of it.

Thoughts on this chapter

Chapter 5 - Destiny in Balance

Thoughts on this chapter: * Evaluate how you are serving others now * Note one way in which you can increase your service today * Assess whether you are working not only hard but intelligently.

Chapter 6 - Seed for Achievement

Thoughts on this chapter:

  1. Reflect on your typical day. Can you spot an area where you are throwing an “unfailing boomerang” — where, for example, you are cutting corners you should not cut, or doing something you should not do? (Integrity, the “Seed for Achievement,” is a deeply personal subject. Although space is provided for notes under this question, you may not want to write down a response. You may want to simply think it out, and make a mental commitment to take any corrective action that may be called for.)
  2. Do you always look for the truth, wherever it leads? Do you check things out for yourself, weigh what others tell you, and make your own judgments?
  3. Write down a task that you consider difficult and/or unpleasant. Resolve to do it to the best of your ability, just for the joy of accomplishment.

Chapter 7 - It’s Easier to Win

Thoughts on this chapter:

  1. Our environmental conditioning teaches us to conform, to play it safe. It’s an easy trap to fall into — one that all of us fall into to some extent. In adulthood, do you ever find yourself playing the game Earl Nightingale calls “follow the follower”?
  2. Analyze the key people in your environment, those who have an important effect on you, in your family, in your community, at work, and socially. Who possesses qualities you want to emulate?
  3. How can you improve your “human environment”?

Chapter 9 - How Much Are You Worth?

Thoughts on this chapter:

Analyze your worth as a one-person corporation in three of the four critical areas of operation: research, production, and sales. Then write down ways in which you can improve in each of these areas. 1. How are you doing in research? (For example, are you holding a regular career study hour?) 2. Plans for improvement: 3. How is your production? (Are you spending an hour a day brainstorming? Are you putting the best of these ideas to work to increase your productivity? Are you more productive, more effective, on the job this year than you were last year? Are you growing and improving every year?)

Chapter 9 - Let’s Talk About Money

Thoughts on this chapter:

  1. How much money do you want? How much do you need to live in the way you want to live? There are three amounts of money that you should decide upon: the yearly income you want to earn now or in the near future; the amount of money you want to have in a savings and/or investment account; and the amount you want as retirement income.
    • Set your financial goals. i. Yearly income: ii. Financial reserves: iii. Retirement income:
  2. Who in your line of work is now earning that amount of money? (If you know, you’ll have a good idea of what you’ll have to do to earn it.)
  3. Continue to make plans for increasing your service to others, for making yourself more valuable. The money will follow!

Chapter 10: One Thing You Can’t Hide

Thoughts on this chapter:

  1. Rate your knowledge of the English language. Is it “excellent,” “fair,” or “poor”?
  2. Set goals for improving your vocabulary and usage. (Include books to read, audio programs to listen to, courses to take, a number of new words to learn each week.) Make a list of them here.
  3. Set goals for increasing your knowledge of your area of interest, for upgrading your job skills. (Include books and periodicals to read, audio programs to listen to, courses and seminars to attend.) Write them down. At the end of the book, there is a list of audio programs that will enrich your life in many areas.

Chapther 11 - Today’s Greatest Adventure

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  1. Try the $25,000 idea in your life: Write the six most important things you have to do each day, then number them in their order of importance. Print out this sheet. Work on item number one until it is successfully completed. Then move on to number two, and so on. When you’ve finished with all six, repeat the process.
  2. Make certain that the tasks you spend your time on are important ones — tasks that will move you ahead, steadily, toward your goal. List any tasks that you might be able to delegate to others or even eliminate from your agenda — tasks that, over time, have become unnecessary or obsolete.
  3. How well do you deal with interruptions and distractions? If you are often sidetracked during your day – by non-urgent telephone calls, drop-in visitors, etc. — plan a strategy for handling those diversions.

Chapter 12 - The person on the white horse

Thoughts on this chapter:

  1. Evaluate your leadership skills, and note any ideas for improvement below:
  2. How can you develop what Earl Nightingale calls “the security that lasts a lifetime”?
  3. Resolve to, each day, do more than you are paid to do.

Your Turn

I hope this helped you out. Have you read any other good productivity books? I’d love you to tell me your favorite in the comments. Thanks for dropping by.