Reading List: The Wisdom of Oz

UPDATED: September 6, 2014
PUBLISHED: September 6, 2014

It’s all up to you. Only you can unleash the power of personal accountability to overcome the obstacles you face and achieve the results you desire. Personal accountability means doing what you can do instead of focusing on what you can’t do.

That’s the “big idea of the book,” the authors say of this follow-up to their 1994 best-selling The Oz Principle. But it’s certainly not the only idea in the slender yet valuable volume. Accepting accountability means choosing to act, rather than waiting to be acted on. It’s refusing to blame others. It’s what the authors call “living above the line.” People who hover below the line blame others for their situation, a belief that leaves them stuck. Through anecdotes and personal experiences, the authors illustrate how to use accountability to strengthen personal relationships, inspire and motivate children, increase job value and financial well-being, and attain other major goals.

The advice and motivational mantras in The Wisdom of Oz may not be revolutionary or novel, but they’re evergreen. The lessons merit a trip down the yellow brick road.

by Roger Connors and Tom Smith

Portfolio/Penguin; $26.95

Jessica Krampe is the digital managing editor for A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, Jessica has worked for news, entertainment, business and lifestyle publications. Outside of the daily grind, she enjoys happy hours, live music and traveling.