Are you bored of reading business books?
Would you enjoy a change?
A business book, after business book, and yet more business books!
Reading a variety of books can be both entertaining and inspiring.
In fact, I believe reading a variety of books can help not only your business but you personally.
“I am a part of everything that I have read.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
Reading has always been critical to me.
You see, when things were ‘not great’ at home, I would find a book to read. Escaping reality was therapy in itself.
But it was more than just escaping.
I had to learn to read more advanced content as my escape material was (and remains) science fiction and fantasy, which at the time, was not written for little children.
So I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction books, resulting in me reading well beyond my 5-7 years of age.
And I genuinely believe my desire to be different from my dysfunctional family, from an early age, was inspired by reading books about:
- different worlds,
- different perspectives about life,
- and how the hero acted to make a difference.
As a result, I did more than escape, I learned, I adapted, I dreamed of a better life, and I believed I could achieve it.
The reading became a habit, and I continue to practice learning from one topic and finding ways to apply it in my personal life and consulting craft.
As you get to know me, you’ll often hear me talk about my ‘toolkit’ approach to my consulting services.
I don’t rely on one method or approach.
Instead, I learn about, listening to, absorb and apply a large variety of topics.
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
– Haruki Murakami
Thankfully, my toolkit is quite extensive and continues to grow, enabling me to customise solutions for clients and support my business.
It also enables me to help my family, and more importantly, help me show up as the best version of myself as I can.
Are you looking for ways to be different from everyone else?
How about finding and applying what seems like unrelated topics, lessons, stories, approaches and methods to your toolkit?
This is yet another way to continue to help you differentiate yourself from all the other consultants saturating the market.
To give you a kick start, here is my list of books I have read and learned a great deal from. Same as the ones in the picture.
12 Non-Business Books
- Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Dr Wayne Dyer
- Who Will Cry When You Die by Robin Sharma
- The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
- The Art of Power by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruize
- Let the Elephants Run by David Usher
- How to Be Everything by Emilie Wapnick
- What I know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
And the one I’m currently reading at the time this article was written:
- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (Science Fiction)
I hope they give you an example of the breadth you can go.
Pick one and expand your toolkit. You never know how it may help you, those important to you, your craft as a consultant and your business.
Thank you for reading, again and again!
Founder and President
Stand & Deliver Inc.