I’m starting a challenge to share a non-fiction book every day for the next 7 days that has inspired me, helped me to do better or helped me to learn new ideas and new ways of doing things. Today I’m starting with Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

My ex-husband Ian was the one who introduced me to the world of self-help and self-improvement when he joined Amway in the early 1990s. I didn’t approve of it hugely at the time as it is a multi-level marketing system, but what I did love was their “International Business System” learning arm (shame that it has the unfortunate abbrieviation of IBS). Through this I got access to a myriad of different books and motivational cassette tapes, and when my ex-husband first handed me a copy of “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and I started reading it, I was hooked.

You can see from the photo how much I’ve read it over the years, and how dog-eared it is!

Looking back, I think the reason that this book and other books of this kind appealed to me and resonated with me so much was the fact that I am #ActaullyAutistic. Deep down I knew I was different and subconsciously I think I was searching for an explanation or answers as to why. I desperately wanted to change myself, to find ways to fit in and to be accepted by people. I now know that being “me” is far better than trying to be a “sheep” who just follows the crowd. But all the self-help books I’ve ever read hold a very special place in my heart.

My love of self-help books has never left me. I am always open to learning new things, new techniques and new ways of doing things to help me live my best life. Reading “How to Win Friends and Influence People” all those years ago was just the start.

What books have inspired you the most over the years?



Lisa Ventura is an award-winning Cyber Security consultant and is the CEO and Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association (UKCSA), a membership association that is dedicated raising awareness and educating small businesses, SME’s, large corporate companies and the general public as to the importance of cyber security. Lisa is also a thought leader, author and keynote speaker and has been published in various publications globally. She is fascinated by all things related to nuclear war and loves dogs, the gym/keep fit, the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury, sci-fi, films and TV series from the 1980s, especially American soap operas such as Dallas, Falcon Crest, Dynasty and Knots Landing.