Leaders are Readers

th7OCX11ZZWelcome to 2015!

I’ve spent the last few days looking back at 2014 to see where I grew and evaluating the different areas of my life that were impacted. One of the things that stood out to me was my love of books. I’ve heard many of the people I follow and admire say these words:

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When men like Michael Hyatt and Dave Ramsey say these things, I pay attention. I spent 2014 being more intentional with my time (I wasn’t perfect, but I definitely improved). I want to ride that momentum into 2015.

And I want you to join me.

I am going to spend more of my time reading books designed to improve my life (both personally and professionally). I have created an account for that purpose using Goodreads.com. The link will take you to my list (or you can click the image above).  I would love for you to join GoodReads and send me a friend request to help keep me accountable, on target, and motivated and I, in turn, can do the same for you.

If you aren’t much of a reader, I’m going to challenge you to do one of two things.

First, stop making excuses. There’s a great quote from Charlie “Tremendous” Jones I’ve loved for some time now:

Take a look around your life. Jim Rohn said you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Those two quotes are extraordinarily powerful. The easiest way to grow is to seek out those that have accomplished what you want to accomplish, find out how they did it, and then do the same.

Books allow you a glimpse into the lives of people we wouldn’t ordinarily have access to. Either because they are long dead or run in significantly different circles than we do.

The second challenge if you aren’t much of a reader is to change the way in which you consume books.

Over the next couple days, I’ll be taking away my current email list sign up bonus of my eBook. I am hoping to partner with Audible.com, so when you join my email list, you will get a free month of Audible.

Don’t have time to read? I’ll bet you spend a significant portion of your day commuting or exercising, right?

Audiobooks are a great way to maximize your time while doing other activities. I listened to Simon Sinek’s latest book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’’t, using Audible during my commute. Not only was the book amazing, but I spent my otherwise boring commute expanding my knowledge, improving my leadership, and learning something new.

Now, I’m not starting a book club wherein we all have to read the same thing. And I’m not saying you have to strictly read non-fiction (as a matter of fact, I think fiction is a much needed escape and I always have one non-fiction paired with a fiction book). I do, however, want to encourage you to pick up a book and make some positive strides in 2015.

If I had to pick a word to describe what I’m looking for in 2015 it’d be Momentum. This past year saw some amazing progress and I plan on riding that high into the next year.

Will you join me?

Question: What’s a book that has had an impact on your life? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

BONUS: Check out this post from Derek Halpern about why he reads. The timing of it was pretty awesome as I had written this post about an hour prior to getting an email from Derek containing the linked post.  I’ll go ahead and call that confirmation.

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12 thoughts on “Leaders are Readers

  1. This is the first book club I might actually join. Normally book clubs choose self-indulgent downer books. Bring it on.

    • Fantastic! You can choose whatever book you want or find one I’m reading (or want to read) and follow along. Entirely your choice, I just want folks to be involved!

      • Read “Unbroken” well before seeing the film. Just started “Leading Quietly”, and also American Sniper.

  2. MC, good article. Started this morning with the book of Job (will try to read the Bible through this year) and just finished your book. One down, many more to go. Good read and thanks for putting it together.

  3. OK I needed some incentive to read more and I think you may have provided it. I have joined and sent you a request. Our tastes in books may be different but you may inspire me to read something new. Thanks and let the journey begin.

  4. The Bible, actually. The advice (especially throughout Proverbs) is practical, with true comfort found in the Psalms. It has action, drama, and romance.

    And Oh The Places You Will Go, by Dr Seuss. Lol

  5. Favorite book of all time is “Kingston by Starlight”. Fiction and so descriptive but fun. My goal this year is 52 books for the year. Wish me luck!

  6. The book The Happiness Advantage is a favorite of mine. No, it isn’t a touchy, feely book, or one that is about positive thinking. It is an amazingly easy, fun book to read, with very practical information. You will be surprised and amazed how it helps you not just in some vague way, but in practical daily ways.

  7. What a great way to inspire people to read. I am like one of your reader in that I devour books. I loved Leaders Eat Last. Blogger L.B.Johnson, Home on the Range, wrote Book of Barkley which quickly became my favorite book of 2014. Guess I will see if subscription to Goodreads is still active.