I read a fair amount. I say ‘fair amount’ because volume is relative and some of you might read considerably more than I do. During my best year, I was able to get through 78 books, but, over time, I have reduced my reading load to around 2 books per month, focusing primarily on financial literacy, leadership, and fitness. I write brief summaries on each book I read, which I share at the end of each year. Recently, I decided to start listing my favorite quote from each book, which I will share more often. Below are quotes from the books I’ve read to date during the month of May, along with my thoughts on those quotes as they relate to our current situation….
From The Design of Business by Roger Martin: “Design isn’t just about making things beautiful; it’s also about making things work beautifully.” – This pandemic has resulted in our society having to make massive shifts in the way we work, shop and communicate with each other. How can we design our lives going forward so that we are protected, but do not lose those things which are most precious to our livelihoods, relationships, and souls?
From Keys to a Successful Retirement by Fritz Gilbert: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born…and the day you find out why.” – All of us were born for this moment in time, but we have to recognize this and take action. Who will we be for someone that needs us right now? How do we want to be remembered by others when times were tough?
From Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy: “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – I love this quote. With everything going on in the world, this is a critical question to ask, both for ending this pandemic and in deciding what we want our individual futures to look like. Define what success looks like to you and then map out your path to get there….
From The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: “…at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – The character in the story who makes this quote goes on to discuss one’s ‘Personal Legend,’ which really has me thinking more and more about what I was put on earth to accomplish. What is your ‘Personal Legend’ and what are you doing to achieve it?
We each take different lessons from the books we read, the lives we lead and the lessons we heed. Continue to look for opportunities to learn, grow and get better. Feel free to share any recent books you’ve read, along with your takeaways…