The second quarter of the year brought a return to reading fiction.
I’ve recently grown frustrated with most business books. They seem to fall into two categories:
1. They are published by business coaches trying to broaden their reach and win new clients.
2. They are university professors who know exactly what you SHOULD do, but of course they’ve never done it themselves. Both come across with the same result.
They are SO preachy … as if you would just immediately change everything to do it their way, and it would result in an unprecedented windfall of profit and employee happiness. And frankly, if you are going to be that bossy, at least you should have something useful to say. Too many times, it’s a rehash of the same old thing.
Thus, my return to fiction, and a welcome diversion from everyday challenges.
Well, I know I’ve been keeping you all waiting – it’s been a while since I’ve come at you with some book reviews. In my defense, I’ve taken on some heavy reading this year, favoring quality over quantity with just 19 books under my belt.
Summer is when authors often release their “beach reads” … otherwise known as books that don’t require much brainpower. I encourage you to take the road less traveled and read something that will make YOU better this summer.
We made it through another fun-filled week – congratulations!
For this Fun Friday post, I thought I’d share a quick look at a few things I’ve been into lately. I like to share a few of these from time to time – most seem to revolve around books, purses, ABC’s Shark Tank or politics. This list covers most of those bases.
Here’s what I’ve been into:
Stop whatever you’re doing and read this book. You’re welcome.
A minor rant here – I cannot believe this. Shark Tank has jumped the shark. This is a legit business with 1. Actual Sales and 2. An owner who knew ALL of her numbers.
She has actually made money and had a plan for what to do with the investment. Kevin O’Leary even said, “you’re a good operator.” And YET … NO INVESTMENT! Lori Grenier said she “doesn’t like cookie dough.” Lies. She invested in “The Cookie Dough” bar on Season 5. Mark Cuban says he’s “worried about obesity.” Really? Does the snack bar at the Dallas Maverick’s arena only serve lettuce? Seriously.
<steps off soapbox>
I’ve been thinking this myself lately, but Gretchen Rubin of course puts a much finer point on it. Thanks for saying what I was thinking. An updated take on TR’s Man in the Arena. You can always laugh at him (or her) … but you’re the one on the outside who did nothing and accomplished nothing.
You may have heard me talk about Bullet Journaling, especially if you’ve been following along over on my Medium page, where I’m documenting my current reading material.
I’m not sure why it took Ryder Carroll so long to write this book, but I’m glad he did.
Essentially, Ryder Carroll wants you to use colored pens, recopy things when you migrate from one notebook to the next, take time to decorate and set up your notebook so that your mind can truly soak in and process all of the information.
The Bullet Journal method encourages you to just put everything in one place and keep it there.
From my experience, over the years, taking the time to gather and put those ideas in a special place I can reference again and again is priceless.
Now, I take issue with his belief that you must use a fixed notebook, in which you do not add or remove pages. I carry detailed, permanent reference materials and logs in my notebook that would take hours to recopy (at no real value).
I’d encourage you to give it a try, or at the very least, give Ryder Carroll’s book a read.
Have you been following the updates over on my Medium page? I’ve continued posting my book reviews – sharing a quick overview of the book and some of the things I found most fascinating during my reading.
You can check out the full line up on my page.
Here are a few of my most recent highlights:
This was one of the most anxiety provoking books I’ve read in the last few years. So why would I recommend it? Find out!
Published in 1994, this short gem of a book will change your perspective on marketing in a single afternoon.