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Saturday, January 3, 2015

What's On Your Reading List?

As a boomerpreneur, you know that reading is important.  And I'm sure you have made a resolution to read more this year.  Of course, actually reading is tougher than resolving to do so.  Use this problem-solving guide to help you on your way to keeping that resolution:

If you think you don't need to read: The average adult reads fewer than two books a year.  If you read a book a month, you are automatically in the top 5% of the population when it comes to educating yourself.  Reading informational, educational, or inspirational books is one of the easiest, least expensive ways to give yourself a competitive edge.

If you think you don't have time to read: No free time to crack open a book?  I have one word for you: AUDIO.  Books on CD, books on tape, books downloaded from places like audible.com, podcasts... you have lots of choices for listening to books.  Borrow a few from the library, download a book from the Internet, and load up your MP3 player.  Listen away while you're mowing the lawn, exercising, watching the kids' soccer practice, or driving around town.

If you don't know what to read: If you don't know where to start, choose one area you'd like to improve upon, whether it's public speaking, networking, technical skills, or time management.  Then head over to Amazon.com and look at top-sellers in that field, or put out a call for suggestions on your Twitter stream, Facebook page, or blog.  Pick one and go.  What are some of my recommendations?  Check out my list of books you should read!

If you forget what you read: Even the most dedicated readers can burn through books, then move on the next, only to forget what you read in the first volume.  While knowledge is great for knowledge's sake, it really only becomes wisdom when you put it to use.  By reflecting on what you read and choosing one or two lessons to implement in your own life, you will convert your knowledge to wisdom and improve your business.  Think about joining a business book club where you read a business-related book a month or quarter, and discuss what you're learning.  That will also help the lessons sink in.

There's a famous quote that says that a year from now, you'll be exactly the same as you are now, except for the people you meet and the books you read.  Start now on your path to a bigger and better you.
 
What are some of your recommendations for a great read this year? 

8 comments:

Debra Jason said...

I prefer to read print books (in my hands). However I just took a road trip and listened to my first "books on tape." It was a great way to spend the drive - listening & learning.
:)

Melodieann Whiteley said...

I agree Debra. I much prefer to read print books. There's nothing like the smell and feel of a brand new book! I am considering trying my first audio book though. I'm glad you found it enjoyable. Maybe that will be the push I need to make the leap!

Lisa Thompson said...

I love reading physical books - the feeling of paper in my hand.

I am reading two books right now - a historical book "Death of a President" by William Manchester and "Money Master the Game" by Tony Robbins

Dr. Lisa

Melodieann Whiteley said...

I love historical books, Lisa. And of course anything by Tony Robbins has got to be good. I'm glad I am not the only one who reads more than one book at a time. I, too am reading two books. Kill The Elevator Speech by Felicia Slattery and The Likeability Factor by Tim Sanders.

Larry said...

I'd make this a "New Years Resolution" but that would doom it to failure. ;)

Seriously, we do best when we find something we REALLY want to know more about, then dive in. Thanks for this piece, Melodieann!

Jaye Carden said...

I may get hurt for saying this, but I hardly ever read a book. I love learning and I am all about reading in small pieces like blogs. I also love videos that teach. So as far as a book goes, I haven't been disciplined enough to dive in to it. But, I can see the results those who do read get from them. Great post Melodieann!

Melodieann Whiteley said...

That's right Larry! No more resolutions! Let's make it a goal instead.

Melodieann Whiteley said...

That's okay Jaye Carden. We still love you! The important thing is to keep learning. Books are only one tool. Blogs and videos are also great ways to learn.