Reading

The 5 best books I've read so far in 2019.

Bonjour my intelligent and humble ami...

I've been on a bit of a reading binge lately. Something about taking the time to improve myself and learn is intoxicating and truth be told, I become quite obsessive at times. I've consciously avoided picking up any leadership books, but I have found the following titles challenging and educational.

Hopefully, you will too...

A Fortune Teller Told Me by Terzani Tiziani

What I've learned/been reminded of from this read:
There's something beautiful about listening to spiritual wisdom from surprising places. And, travel changes you from the inside out. 


Favorite Quote:
“Every place is a goldmine. You have only to give yourself time, sit in a teahouse watching the passers-by, stand in a corner of the market, go for a haircut. You pick up a thread – a word, a meeting, a friend of a friend of someone you have just met – and soon the most insipid, most insignificant place becomes a mirror of the world, a window on life, a theatre of humanity.”

Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

What I've learned/been reminded of from this read: 
Crafting something worthwhile requires courage, discipline, and attention. And, I've still got a long way to go when it comes to marketing my work well.


Favorite Quote:
“From sacrifice comes meaning. From struggle comes purpose. If you’re to create something powerful and important, you must at the very least be driven by an equally powerful inner force."

Choose Yourself by James Altucher

What I've learned/been reminded of from this read: 
You have to continually, unapologetically choose yourself no matter what. Because no one else will unless you do. 


Favorite Quote:
“No matter who you are, no matter what you do, no matter who your audience is: 30 percent will love it, 30 percent will hate it, and 30 percent won’t care. Stick with the people who love you and don’t spend a single second on the rest. Life will be better that way.”

Setting the Table by Danny Meyer

What I've learned/been reminded of from this read: 
Hospitality is not a one-time event, it's a state of mind and attitude you bring with you everywhere you are. And, people will always remember how you made them feel.


Favorite Quote:
“In the end, what’s most meaningful is creating positive, uplifting outcomes for human experiences and human relationships. Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard.” 

Not Knowing by Stephen D'Souza

What I've learned/been reminded of from this read: 
It's good to suspend judgment and be a learner again. In fact, unlearning is a big part of figuring out the best way to solve most problems. 


Favorite Quote:
“Our knowledge and our expertise limit our perspective and the exploration of possible solutions, and make it difficult for us to think laterally and outside the box.”

I'd recommend any (and all) of the books above. Pick the one which resonated with you the best. And, let me know how you go.

Here's to the life-changing magic of self-improvement...

Steve Knox
 

PS. What are you reading? Seriously. I'd love to know. Hit me up via email steve@steveknox.us.