Finding the time to read a newspaper may be a tough and reading a book may be reserved for the beach during a long anticipated getaway. However, it is important not to underestimate the power of reading and in particular some very well written books.
By reading, you can open yourself to new points of view, new ideas, new activities, and new solutions to overcome challenges. Reading can lead to a new You because a book can provide you with an insight into a different way of thinking and a different way to approach your life and your business. Many people are critical of a “New Age” approach to personal development, but self-improvement is not about a hippy approach to life, or business, its about understanding yourself and being the best you can possibly be. And sometimes a very well-written book can provide snippets that can be adapted to suit your life style. The more you read, the more you understand, the more you learn, the more knowledgeable you become, the more confident you become and all because you took the time to read.
How do you know what to read and why? Often we don’t. You may read a review or take the recommendation of a friend. You choose to read a famous person’s biography which gives you an insight into how they became successful. My barrister is an avid reader and a fan of sports related biographies because often the author has been very successful in the sports arena and is usually a very driven, focused, competitive person, attributes that are suited to the business world.
So whether you read for pleasure or with an objective in mind, you will be gaining the knowledge and experience of another person. If you are looking for guidance, motivation, inspiration, the ability to minimise risk or maximise your potential, everything is available in a book. Make the time to discover something new, it will be worthwhile.
Dale Partridge, entrepreneur & CEO of Sevenly based in Southern California published his “must read” list of books that every business person should read.
1. Rework – Jason Fried
2. The E-Myth – Michael Gerber
3. Good to Great – Jim Collins
4. Made to Stick – Chip Heath
5. Great by Choice – Jim Collins
6. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
7. Remote – Jason Fried
8. David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
9. Drive by Daniel Pink
10. The New Gold Standard – Joseph Michelli
11. Love Does – Bob Goff