HOW YOU CAN MAKE READING AND THE BENEFITS IT PROVIDES PART OF YOUR LIFE
I should admit I wasn’t much of a reader growing up, I loved having someone read to me. I would beg my sister to read to me every night before I went to bed. She read all the Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books to me. I would have to get up often to fetch her more water as I would beg her to read just one more chapter. As I grew older I would read for school but that was about it.
In my early 20’s, I started my first business and realized that I needed success required a lot more information. I had a great mentor and I noticed he was an avid reader. So, I asked him what some of his favorite books were and why he read so much. He told me knowledge is power and that with the fast pace world and technology changing things so quickly it was his only way to stay up to date on what was going on around him. Since he was 30 years older, I thought I don’t need to read all those business and self-help books. But I did remember how much I loved being read a good book and since my sister wasn’t close by, I picked up a book. Soon, I became an avid reader.
I love biographies & memoirs and history books. They are still my favorites although I’ve added some mystery books into the mix. 5-6 years into owning my business, I realized I needed more help. We were steady but not growing and I had to take a hard look in the mirror and realize if I wanted us to grow I was going to have to change and lead my team. I checked back in with my mentor and asked him to recommend my first business book. Any guesses on what it was???? How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It really changed my life and recommend that everyone read this book at least once a year! I soon asked my entire team to read the book also. I bought each of them a copy and during our weekly staff meeting, we would discuss different parts of the book. I don’t know if they all read it but I know that some did and it made a difference in my business.
But a woman does not survive on business books alone! I remember my Mentor telling me not to read just business/self-help books. When you do this, you run the risk of getting tired or bored and will stop reading. He said read one fun book and then one self-help or business book. This was fantastic advice and something that I practice regularly.
I’m a firm believer that if you want succes in business or in life, you must read. You also need to take what you read and put some of it into action. It’s great to have all the knowledge but if you aren’t willing to get started, it’s not going to work. For example, I recently read a book that said successful people make their beds every day. It’s a task but you start off every morning accomplishing something, which starts your day off with a bang.
For more on the relationship between reading and success check out this article. https://www.themuse.com/advice/20-books-that-the-worlds-most-successful-people-read-and-recommend
Here is a list of my favorite books:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen
You’re a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson M. D.
A Life Well Played by Arnold Palmer
What On Earth Am I Here For? Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson and Ron McMillan
Leading With My Chin by Jay Leno
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
Lincoln on Leadership by Donald Phillips
Over the last 25 years, I have read a lot of books. There have been times when I just stopped reading but when I would start to struggle I would realize I’m not reading and I need to pick up a book. It is so easy to find a book on a topic that interests you. You can go to Amazon, type in your search and have it downloaded or at your doorstep in a couple of days. Or, just visit your local library. I’m also an audio book fan, alternating between one “fun” book and one book that is going to help me grow. On my nightstand, right now – Lovely Traces of Hope by Kathy Burrus. I hope this inspires you to pick up a book.
July 12, 2017
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