Since my transition in the last year from Corporate-America-life to Entrepreneur-work-for-myself-life, I’ve spent a ton of time reading, listening, and watching anything to do with business, especially personal development. Personal development is definitely not something I focused on when I was working for someone else. Why is that? Why would we stop developing ourselves personally? I’ve given this a lot of thought and I think for one, I was very focused on thinking my development needed to be directly tied to my job. I think I was missing the bigger picture – that really any personal development you do can only make you a better person which then I would think would make you a better employee. Right?
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Anyway, no need to harp on that now, I’ve turned a new leaf! I’m now a little bit obsessed with personal development and at any one time may have started multiple books, training courses and anything else I can get my hands on. Now the issue has really become pacing myself and knowing I also need to focus on some money making activities!
I know I am always on the lookout for a great book recommendation so I thought perhaps you might be the same? It’s hard enough to find the time to read let alone find the time to go research WHAT to read. So to answer that, I’m starting a monthly book review! Some months you might get two but I will focus on at least one for now. 🙂
First up is a book by one of the first people to really get my attention as I became an entrepreneur – Simon Sinek. He. Is. Amazing.
I learned of Simon Sinek first because of his fabulous TED Talk. It was the right mix of giving practical advice – things I could go do now – with inspiration and motivation. I was hooked.
Seeing his TED Talk led me to purchase his book – “Start with Why – How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action“.
Now, before you ignore this recommendation because you think “I’m not a leader” or “I don’t need this” let me remind you of this. Being a leader is not the same as being a manager. We are all leaders (or we should be!). Whether you are leading an organization, your family, or yourself, we should all aspire to be a fabulous leader. Ok, good, so you are still with me?
In his book, Sinek leads us on a journey through leadership. What do some of the best leaders in the World have in common? They didn’t all come from the same area, the same school or have the same backgrounds. They all started with WHY. They all knew people didn’t buy into an idea or product just because we tell them they should or because we tell them something is the greatest widget ever. The greatest leaders know people buy in when we share the WHY behind it.
Sinek then shares what he calls “The Golden Circle”. You guessed it, at the center of The Golden Circle is WHY. But there is much more to it. The Golden Circle provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. Sinek does a fantastic job leading us through the layers of the circle to help us determine the WHYs in our life and business.
Since reading this book, I’ve used Sinek’s methodology with several of my clients and with myself. It has made a huge difference in my business and I hope it will benefit you too!
So there you have it, my first book recommendation!
P.S. – Check out Simon Sinek’s book “Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration” for a sweet story and cute illustrations. This would make a great gift!
Do you have book recommendations for me? I would love to hear them! Give me a shout in the comments below.
Have a great day!