I think I read three and half books last year. Yeah, I’m still working on the other half. And although that’s more books than most of the people I know have read — that just means I need to find some more readin’ folks in my life — it wasn’t enough to make any changes to my overall well being, professional development or personal understanding. Les Brown, a motivation speaker, says, if you want to become an expert in your career (and build wealth), you can do so by reading more. How much more? He suggest reading one book a month (21:50 min. mark).
I would love to do that. But — I’m going to aim a little lower. I’m going to read one book every two months. It’ll double where I was last year and will hopefully provide me with more resources to grow the projects I’m working on. I know, I probably should aim for one book a month, but in all seriousness, books cost money and take up space. And I don’t like to borrow from the library because you can’t highlight or underline anything; the book isn’t yours and they rarely have what I’m looking for so I have to wait to till request it from another Branch. Buying my books has been a better bet for me. Plus, I like to hold onto my books and reread them later.
So, I’m going to try to read six books this year, starting off with Jeffrey Gitomer’s “Little Red Book of Selling”. I’m not in sales, but really I am. I think we all. Whether we’re pounding the pavement sending out our resume or asking for a raise or pitching to a freelance client, we’re selling, if nothing else, ourselves. What better way to learn how to better sell ourselves to read and study it?
Now I do have four new (new to me) books that I’ve carefully selected and ordered for this commitment I knew I wanted to take on this year. So, I amped up about it. Gitomer’s book looks like an easy read, so there’s a very good chance I will be done with it in a month’s time.
Wish me luck!
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