Over the course of the month, we discussed a number of topics, and Seth himself even chimed in and answered some questions for our group which was a really big deal. Right before we started his book, I emailed Seth, told him about our group, explained how Thought Readers worked and invited him to join us. I was blown away when he showed up.
Every year it is a tradition for me to publish a list of books that I’ve read and recommended. This year’s list is pretty stellar, and one of the reasons that it’s even more impressive is because over 60 other people read them with me.
A year ago, I started a book club called Thought Readers.
The idea came from a client of mine who was visiting me to work on her business. She said, “I have a business idea for YOU. I’m always trying to follow what you read and learn what you’re learning. I think you should start a business book club and ship us the books you’re reading each month and teach us the lessons you’re learning while you read. I’ll be your first customer.”
Last year, a client of mine gifted me a book that she thought would be powerful for my private coaching clients. That book was called The Awakened Woman and it was written by Dr Tererai Trent. You may recognize her name, as she was the woman that Oprah called her all-time favourite guest on the final farewell episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The one constant in today’s world is change. Change is so rapid that as a business owner, investing in your knowledge is no longer a nice to do, it’s a necessary requirement if you want long-term success.
Even though I am a high school drop out, I am an avid learner. When I learn new things I feel motivated, inspired and way more confident in myself and my abilities. You could say learning is addictive.
Reading has been a lifelong habit for me. My earliest memories of reading were in grade four when I lived next door to my Aunt Sandra. I used to raid her bookshelves and take books that were much too old for me because I had a voracious appetite for reading. I remember saving up my allowance and going to bookstores with her and buying my own books. As an adult this habit has continued except instead of reading the likes of VC Andrews, I consume knowledge that helps me be a better person, leader and business person.
Can a $20 book really change your life? It can, but it can’t do it on its own. Let me explain…
The author of a book I finished reading walked into the room and I told her that her book changed my life. The week I finished reading it, I quit my job and started on my journey to becoming a full-time entrepreneur. She looked at me and said, “You need to join my big table coaching program!”
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to do, chances are you could benefit from these ways to get unstuck. Overwhelm is like quicksand and when it sets in, it can completely take you off of your game and make you uber productive on all the things that really do not matter one bit in your business. I call this busy work, it has nothing to do with building a business. You may wear the “I’m so busy” badge of honor on a regular basis and still feel like you’re never making any real progress
This is why:
Annually, I take a look back at all of the books I’ve bought and read and distil it down to my top picks. This past year there were 9 great reads that I’d highly recommend you take a look at.
Reading is one of the best ways to expand your knowledge and challenge your way of thinking. It’s a daily practice of mine to read something every day.