Look at all these books I've read: Pt 1
Those who look at my company, and see some sort of success in it, often ask me the question: Have you ever run a company before?
Inquisitive Person: How did you do this?
Me: I had nothing left to lose, so I dove head first, didn't look back.... I also read every book I could to grow myself.
But what are some of those books? I am happy to say that I've compiled a quick list of the top ten. To be completely honest, as usual, I wrote this very quickly... focusing on quick answers. I may often come back to this question and update this list. But for now, I'm liking this list.
- The Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey | This book completely changed my life. I'm not going to address Dave Ramsey's critics here. Simply put, he has changed far too many lives to argue with about his broad speaking methods. He combines wisdom for the human condition with financial common sense to deliver a playbook to get of debt and change your life. This is why my company is still debt free.
- Linchpin - Seth Godin | Seth Godin has been the primary reason in my life that I seek to grow my artistic, creative abilities. This is why I invest in my creative abilities.
- QBQ - John Miller | This book can be read in less than an hour, but the basic truth in it is so profound and life changing that I give this book away more than any other book, with the exception of Strengthsfinder. This is why I fight against victim mentality.
- Cash - Johnny Cash | Johnny Cash's life and work taught me a great deal about the consequences of bad decision making... and how God can still redeem, even the most selfish of fame seeking artists. This is why I push myself to develop my creative voice, and why I'm obsessed with stories of redemption.
- The book of Proverbs - King Solomon | The book of proverbs set me on a pursuit of wisdom in my early 20's, and igniting a second wave of self growth. This is why I've developed a good sense of patience, even in the face of a frustrated client.
- Decisive - Chip and Dan Heath | This book gives an excellent framework in which to make better decisions, both large and small, and I've come to believe that good decision making skills can significantly elevate your position in life. This is why I value good decision making.
- Mere Christianity - CS Lewis | CS Lewis's ability to use reason and logic in his articulation of the Christian faith is moving. This set me on a course to grow my intellectual understanding of God.
- Billy Graham: His Life and Influence - David Aikman | I learned so much about conflict resolution, having humility and winning others over by reading about the life of Billy Graham. This book is why I am (usually...) good at conflict, and have no problem interacting with someone who may have a negative presupposition about me.
- Amusing Ourselves to Death - Neil Postman | The part in this book that first grabbed me was the notion that people don't really understand the ideas and beliefs of the famous/leaders of their community or country, they merely understand their looks and cultural standing. This book has continued to shape my artistic style to make work that is meaningful and intelligent, not just emotive.
- Strengthsfinder 2.0 - Tom Rath | I finally understood that my perceived lack of skills was because all of my skills were hard to define soft skills. For those who know Strengthsfinder, my top 5 are WOO, Ideation, Connectedness, Individualization and Strategic... This book gave me hope that I could actually have skills that were valuable, and how to handle them.. not to mention how to work with people who have different strengths.
The decision to become an avid reader has GREATLY impacted my life. What books have you read that influenced you?