In this blog post, I’m going to try to cover my reading initiative. As you already know one of the difficult tasks in professional life is to find a balance to enhance or develop new skills. In today’s world, we’re lucky to reach all the information we need to get better at things we do. Several of those include learning new things, doing things more efficiently and finding the balance between work and life.
I get a lot of questions on the reading list that I had. When I started my own approach I really had no guidance. There were few recommendations but they were all related to the specific subject not broader plan that I could use. So I started my own learning program to learn how to read first.
I’ve given advice, list of books and often times examples from the books or digest of ideas from many books I’ve read. I don’t think I’ve read enough books yet but if someone tells you they’ve speed read a book in a week and they can repeat that for weeks maybe in months, please don’t take that as an example. It’s really not recommended.
In my opinion, a good book should be:
- Relevant to what you are trying to achieve in life.
- Easy to follow and understand clearly.
- Interesting and intriguing to your objectives.
Until and after you read a book, you will not know if the above is true. It’s also true that I’ve had a few disappointments myself due to different factors.
Where did I start to learn what books to read?
I can only think of one book straight out and recommend a great book by Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful . This book was not only a great beginner’s book, it was also exactly the purpose of the situation I was in. Interestingly enough, the order of the book that you will be reading will define the path you may follow. So I think this is the reason behind this blog post. I’ve had another adventure on Brain Rules. Not that it’s a wrong book or anything timing was not right. After reading several leadership books, you can easily find most information references what’s in this book. Both books are great and had me find my real journey to the rest of the grand plan.
I’ve continued with The Personal MBA. This book not only talks about what you’ve been doing wrong all along also comes with The 99 Best Business Books list. Basically, after subscribing Josh Kaufman’s email newsletter you get an email with this comprehensive list of books to read. Before moving on anything on this massive list grouped by different business subjects it’s wise to read his second book advised. The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!
Once you start with the above information, you will have a pretty good idea to pursue to focus on what you want to achieve.
Here’s a list of the top 10 books that had an impact on my business life:
- The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
- Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
- Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal
- Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
- The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues
- Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
- Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
- Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box
The order may vary by purpose and person. Again remember the idea is to figure out what’s out there and focus on purpose. This is not the full list of books I can recommend rather a give you guidance.
If you are a slow reader, maybe start with this 10 Days to Faster Reading: Jump-Start Your Reading Skills with Speed reading. I prefer Audible – Audiobooks & Podcasts. Audible mobile apps allow offline versions of audiobooks, which are perfect for long flights without the internet. Audible is also a space saver during travel due to baggage limits. I carry all my technical books in a cloud drive where I can pull offline if needed. So Audible solves this problem by bringing non-technical books to my iPad/iPhone. Cloud sync also allows devices to remember where you left off.
At the time of writing this blog post, I’ve been reading Business Model You: A One-Page Method For Reinventing Your Career and was pretty impressed by its content. In conclusion, reading self-development books is helpful in business and personal life but not enough. Eat healthy, exercise, and enjoy work-life balance to achieve greater success.